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On everyone’s bucket list should be what it’s like to get behind the wheel of an F1 race car. But since it’s probably out of most of our reaches, the F1 simulator from BRD Simulation might just be a worthy substitute.
The specs on this thing are mind-boggling. It sports a fiberglass and carbon composite monocoque chassis that simply looks stunning. There’s tons of carbon fiber throughout the simulator, including its suspension components, steering wheel, front and rear wings and Nomex F1 seat.
And clearly the complete turn key system will simulate the G’s of forces during acceleration, braking and turning through its sophisticated construction while drivers enjoy it all through 66-inches of TFT displays and 5.1 surround sound. And if the unit itself isn’t cool enough for you, you can grab some options which includes a smoke machine to emit puffs of smoke when your tires get locked up.
Delivery takes around 12 weeks and a one-day operational trainer can be sent to you if you cover their expenses. What’s the chances that this thing is affordable?
GALLERY: BRD Simulation F1 Simulator
So you’ve spent a few hundred bucks and got yourself a driving simulator with a Sparco racing seat and Fanatec’s steering wheel, shifter and pedal combo. And as great as it is, it just doesn’t simulate the coolest part of racing: the actual movement and shifting of your body with plenty of actual force pushing against your organs. Apparently a few engineers out at the Max Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics (zzz…) had the same problem and decided to take things to a whole new level – literally.
Imagine taking your driving simulator way up in the air and attaching it to a gigantic robotic arm. Wait, what? Are we dreaming? Are we nuts? Nope, that’s exactly what is staring back at us in this video. These crazy engineers created what they call a CyberMotion Simulator that’s based on a Kuka KR500 6 axis robot. The simulation and control is courtesy of Matlab and Simulink while the seat is a fancy Recaro. Hook up a curved video projector and a force-feedback steering wheel and you have a whole lot of fun.
This lucky tester got to buckle himself in and go behind the wheel of a virtual Ferrari F2007 F1 race car to tackle the famed race track at Monza, Italy. The Kuka KR500 robotic arm is programmed to toss the driver around as he pilots the virtual race car around the track, simulating every bit of force that an F1 driver succumbs to. Jealous yet? You will be after you watch the video, that is if you really think you could stomach it all.