This may be hard to believe, but driving a real race car is actually not all that much like sitting on the couch with a controller in your hand. It’s a lot louder, shakier, and just generally a lot more immersive – qualities that are emulated by the VRX iMotion racing simulator. This man-boy’s toy features an Italian Sparco racing seat, customizable Clubsport accelerator, brake and clutch pedals, a force feedback steering wheel, a Bose 5-speaker surround sound system designed for 5.1-encoded games, and three-screen-wide NVIDIA GeForce 3D Surround Vision. Best of all, it also utilizes the D-BOX Motion Code, that uses an actuator to tilt and shake the cockpit according to what’s happening in the game.

While the fun parts of the system are pretty impressive, the utilitarian stuff isn’t too shabby, either. The whole thing sits on a carbon fiber base combined with stainless steel tubing, and all the components are joined together with CNC-machined aluminum parts. The rig has locking caster wheels on the bottom to ease in its positioning, or even perhaps for taking it out on the track..? No, probably not a good idea.

The iMotion is compatible with games for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. It has been available since August 1st, for the price of a reasonably fast car – $US27,995 complete. If you're not feeling quite that wealthy, you can get the Xbox-dedicated version of VRX's Mach 3 racing simulator, minus the screens and the gaming platform, for just $9,195.

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