$185K Suspended Racing Simulator From Hammacher Schlemmer Is Allegeldy World's Most Realistic

July 27, 2015


This is The Most Realistic Racing Simulator (that's what they named it) available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $185,000. I am going to buy one and put it in my arcade. "You don't have an arcade." Fine, I am going to buy one and put it in my garage. "You don't have a garage." You got me, I am going to buy one and-- "You are not going to buy one." I am not going to buy one.

This is the simulator that provides riders with the most realistic car racing experience available. Selected by Ford Motor Company to demonstrate ride experiences, the simulator uses linear servo actuators that cause its suspended, monocoque fiberglass chassis to roll, pitch, and rotate 360° at up to 0.5G acceleration. Faithfully reproducing actual racing conditions such as entering a turn at 200 MPH or moving up a bank in the slipstream of an opponent, the chassis' front dips when braking at hairpins, pushes forward when accelerating during passes, and rumbles when driving on an apron, all while a driver up to 300 lbs. is secured by an actual racing seat, seatbelt, and "doors". Its two paddle gear shifters, steering wheel, accelerator, brake, and clutch--all from real race cars and modified for simulator use--provide rapid gear changes and provide adjustable travel for optimal realism. The force-feedback steering system generates 10x the forces of lesser simulators. Providing 12 race cars that include stock, GT, F1, and F3 models, the simulator replicates precisely modeled signage and backgrounds for 16 short, tri-oval, or road courses, ranging from Joesville Speedway to Nuerburg on a 108"-wide, triple HD monitor display with a 500-watt audio system.

I'm going to be honest -- if you have $185,000 laying around to spend on a racing simulator, you've probably got the money to buy an actual race car and not NEED a simulator. Am I making too much sense? I'm making too much sense, aren't I? I don't like it. Somebody brain me with a sock full of quarters and bring me back down to below normal.

Keep going for one more shot and a video while I wonder if it can realistically simulate crashes.


Thanks to rahul, who agrees the REAL most realistic racing simulator is still robbing a bank and trying to get away.

  • Rix Trix

    Going obsolete the moment Oculus VR comes out. Much more realistic/immersive and no ugly bezels.

  • MadisonKobalt

    That kind of money can get you 264 track days on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the MINI Performance Motoring School "Miles Ahead". If at that point you are not actually racing professionally, you should just turn in your Drivers License.
    Nothing beats a real car on a real track.

  • Toastrider

    Hammacher-Schlemmer is famed for ridiculously overpriced, outre stuff. If you can get their catalog, do so, as it's great fun to read -- but I'd never buy anything from them.

  • TheQiwiMan

    TIME SAVING PRO-TIP: Don't watch the vid expecting to see what it does when you crash. Dude doesn't crash. (was hoping to see him get thrown through the windshield)

  • Gene Kaufman

    If I could play Mario Kart on this I'd be game.
    Otherwise no thanks, the amount of money spent on a racing sim general starts showing diminishing returns after about $5000 or so.

  • Zirthran

    tecnology is wonderfull
    we put computers driving real cars while we drive virtual cars

  • BriteSkittle

    I love racing games! if I had that kind of money to blow I would definitely buy this.

  • Meh

    Or just buy like 4 cars with the money, also an option.

  • Michael Knight

    or better idea:
    buy a car and time on an actual race track. probably have money still left over to throw at training too...

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