We’ve seen a lot of racing simulators in our time, but we haven’t seen anything quite like what Sony and Audi have done. It’s a Playstation Racing Simulator that has been built in the style of a carbon-black Audi R8 LMS race car.
Granted, the simulator wasn’t based on an actual production model of the Audi racer, but the whole thing was custom-built by the people over at quattro GmbH. The set-up features a bucket seat for the driver, another seat for the passenger, and a roll-cage that’s really more about aesthetics than it is for actual use. Once the driver is comfortably seated inside, he uses a race steering wheel that comes equipped with paddle gear shifters, which together with the foot pedals, are all connected to a Playstation 3. For a more realistic time inside the car, the engineers also added pneumatic cylinders in place of the suspension to bring centrifugal force to the driver during high-speed acceleration, braking, and cornering, and a Dolby Surround system that makes for a realistic time around the track.
The whole set-up first made its debut in Cologne, Germany as part of Gamescom 2011 where European GT3 champion Christopher Mies was on-hand to present the machine to the awestruck audience.
There are plenty of simulators out there that we’d love to own, but there’s nothing quite like this. Imagine having an Audi R8 LMS sitting as the centerpiece of your game room.
We’re drooling already.