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  • May 18, 2013
For video game enthusiasts who can't stand the thought of playing a racing game on a single television screen, using a standard controller and (gasp!) sitting on a couch, there are plenty of realistic racing simulators out there. While better simulators usually include a trio of monitors, a racing chair and appropriate steering wheel and pedals, Costco has what could be the ultimate racing simulator for Formula One fans in the UK with deep pockets and a desire for a life-like gaming experience.

Costing a mere 90,000 British pounds (roughly $136,000), Costco UK sells a simulator mounted to a life-size F1 car that includes plenty of composite, carbon fiber and alloy. It even has full brakes, wheels and tires. The price includes set up and training, but don't expect to pick one up in addition to a 10-pound package of bacon and a 40-count package of toilet paper, since it takes about 12 to 18 weeks to deliver. All that is missing to get this thing on a real track are the engine and transmission. As for the simulation aspect, this system uses three 23-inch thin film transistor (TFT) screens, an Intel Core i7 processor and a five-speaker surround sound system.

Head over to the Costco UK website to check out what has to be the coolest and most excessive gaming device ever.


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      Shahul X
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whatever...Id love that for my living room if I had money to burn and had some real track cars... ;)
      Shahul X
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ive actually "driven/played" in something like these and the lack of real G's make you want to throw up... the real F1 teams use that simulator that can simulate like 2g's (less than a real f1 car but still awesome).
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shahul X
        I'm sorry, why would the *lack* of G forces make you pukey?
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a horrible way to spend 100k. Wait did Justine Bieber just buy one?
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      20 meter tall gundam simulator will be appreciated by us japanese geeks.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hajime1990 #follow
        Just dont expect a 20 lightyear tall Gurren Lagann simulator.
      Brian of London
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lunacy. For that kind of money you could compete for two or three years in some really fun levels of clubman motorsport in the UK. And keep a Playstation in the living room for the weeknights.
      Narom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Less of a simulator, more of a posh chair.
        ToyotaSupraMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Narom
        Posh chair my ass, if it's like the sim I tried at the Spanish GP Fan Fest it has a realistic F1 seat, which means HARD and NARROW and UNCOMFORTABLE as hell. It's literally a piece of molded plastic.
      Timothy Carey
      • 1 Year Ago
      For that kind of money one would expect at least 8 displays, and mention of a quad SLI set-up or something.
        Bryant Keith
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Timothy Carey
        First, Quad SLI is terribly unstable and that's why you never find anyone using it, unless they are using a dual SLI double cards. Second, anything running 8 displays would run at about 17 fps on any gaming rig.
          sturdius
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bryant Keith
          You could try a four way crossfire setup and race to see which will crash first; you or AMD's graphics drivers.
          Peter
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bryant Keith
          dual double GPU cards is quad SLI
      Sebringisbumpy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reminds me of the unused USF1 chassis . . .
      Erik Bigford
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Ferrari challenge race in Sonoma had a tent setup with one of these, except it had 3 projectors and a curved huge screen in front of the car. It looked impressive but the line was way too long to wait for a turn.
      Snark McGee
      • 1 Year Ago
      If autoblog had searched for 'racing simulators', they would have found this item from Costco US - motion actuated racing simulator with 2Gs of force for a 'mere' $50k http://www.costco.com/VRX-iMotion-Custom-Racing-Simulator-with-White-Glove-Delivery,-Setup-and-On-site-One-on-one-Training.product.100016149.html
      Steven
      • 1 Year Ago
      Overpriced...I'll take the display and the computer w/o the tub. I've seen similar set ups but with actuators mounted underneath. Pitches and yaws as you drive it. That would be the one to have.
      404 not found
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this thing LITERALLY an engine and transmission away from being an actual working vehicle? That would be epic.
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