Toyota managed to climb itself back into road racing with the development of the TS030 prototype, but it wasn’t without its issues. The entire project was delayed by a month, due to damages caused to its monocoque from a wreck during a round of practice.

Some people may think that Toyota is haphazardly testing these cars without the drivers being properly trained, but they would be sorely incorrect with that thought. Since before Toyota pulled out of road racing, it has had a racing simulator to allow drivers to get a good feel for the car they will be driving and the track they will be on.

The simulator, according to TMG driver, Kazuki Nakajima, has all of the pedal and steering wheel feel of the real cars, as well as the real feel of the track. Much like the simulator rides that were popular in the early-1990s and are still around today, the simulator is on a hydraulic base that bounces the car and moves it along with the driver‘s input through the steering, brakes, and gas.

The simulator includes 20 different tracks, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans track that you see in the above video. It also includes a slew of cars, so that drivers can get the feel of the varying cars TMG uses in races. Mild adjustments are made to the simulator to compensate for changes in the vehicle’s suspension, aerodynamics, horsepower, etc., making for a very real experience for the drivers.

Have a look at the above video and see the simulator in action yourself.


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  (728) posted on 08.17.2012

It will be ideal on the race lovers and goers to feel the real intensity of driving race cars.

  (473) posted on 08.16.2012

Toyota is the only company that has a racing simulator. And note that the feature on the cabin of a Toyota racecar is inside the simulator so it’ll be a reality.

  (467) posted on 08.16.2012

Is Toyota only the car company that produced racing simulator? It’s my first time to hear a racing simulator.

  (463) posted on 08.16.2012

At least, Toyota releases their simulator for racing. I hope it has the same features of the real race car on its interior.

  (507) posted on 08.13.2012

It’s a good simulator that will virtually turn the racing simulator into a real dimension.

  (596) posted on 08.13.2012

Where will I find a race simulator like this? Will it be available to all states?

  (159) posted on 08.9.2012

Seriously? The “economy car” manufacturer refuges to this notion? I’m just surprised. Perhaps this will give more opportunities to those who want a hard race, which can be felt and experience with this simulator.

  (765) posted on 08.6.2012

The race simulator is very impressive and its amazing to know that Toyota made it after a long research work.

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