Alright, you like racing but don’t have sponsors? Does going fast get your blood going but your local constabulary has you on speed dial? Will your mom not let you borrow the car?
Have no fear, the world of racing sims is here. Home PCs and video game consoles are now up to snuff and can provide you with an in-home experience to rival that of your favorite arcade. If, however, you are not satisfied with simply keeping up with the joneses and want to spray them with tire chum and leave them in your turbulence, pay attention, I’ve got the setup for you.
Gran Turismo 4 with a force feedback steering wheel? Kid stuff.
Microsim Racebase with three 17” LCD monitors? Go big or go home.
If you really want to go the full nine yards you need the Hexatech™ Racing Simulator.
The Hexatech™ experience is as close to a true race experience as you can get: Feel the real G-forces, battle the accurate force feedback steering and exact car dynamics. All placed in a multiplayer arena.
Yep, this bad boy is a motion platform with a full 6 degrees of freedom. There is enough articulation and power in the Hexatech to generate over 2 G’s of acceleration. A Corvette with a good suspension setup and sticky tires can exceed 1 G on a good day (I’ll tell you for sure, that’s a ton of fun), so there’s no doubt that if you hook yourself into this racing sim you’re going to feel like you’re really there. Combine the F1-like g-forces with 3 23” LCDs, THX surround sound and a bunch of other cool acronyms and you’ve got guaranteed adrenaline. Heck, if it can impress Jan Lammers it’ll be fine with me.
Are they allowed to do that? Sure, FCS cut their teeth by making motion simulators for aircraft. Spun off from Dutch aircraft company, Fokker, FCS has a ton of experience building high-end motion simulators. Having the military as your customer tends to give you license to generate some really, really cool stuff.
And now for the bad news: you either need to fly to Six Flags in Holland or pony up $227,000 per station. If, however, you have the bucks and roughly 8000 square feet of floor space you and 19 of your closest friends can get together for some real(ish) hard-core racing. You are 100% less likely to die… you may, however, puke.
Check out FCS’s Hexatech site and be sure to watch the video.