Many of us experience the need for speed, but the cost of sports cars, their maintenance and trackday passes add up very quickly indeed! For those of us who aren’t in the position to own the car of our dreams, or for someone who just wants to squeeze in extra practice ahead of the racing season, the latest racing simulation technology may be of interest.
While mainstream gaming has been the killer app for virtual reality thus far, the realism achievable with VR was always going to appeal to car driving simulation fans. Obsessed with re-creating the most realistic racing experiences at home, racing sim fans have built up an online community, which innovative small companies are battling to serve with VR compatible games, high-tech hardware, peripherals – and racing simulator cockpits to mount them all in.
VR has made racing sims more immersive than ever, offering a huge benefit over the three-monitor option serious simulation enthusiasts used before. As the resolution of VR headsets continue to climb, we edge ever-so-slightly closer to an experience that is indistinguishable from the real thing.
If you’re already sim racing using VR and a wheel/pedal set, why not consider housing all this hardware in a cockpit? Tying your VR setup and the racing sim hardware together, cockpits are the final word in realism when it comes to racing sims.