Sony PlayStation Audi R8 LMS Racing Simulator

Sony has created PlayStation Racing Simulator in the style of Audi’s R8 LMS race car. The impressive-looking machine made its début today at gamescom 2011 in Cologne.

European GT3 champion Christopher Mies was present at the simulator’s unveiling to witness gamers experience Gran Turismo 5 – while controlling it from the cockpit of a carbon-black Audi R8 LMS.

The simulator isn’t based on an adapted production car, but was purpose-built by quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm. Inside there’s a bucket seat for the ‘driver’ and a second one added for a spectator. There’s also a roll-cage, but this has been simplified so players can enter and exit the car more easily.

One strapped in, the occupant grips a race steering wheel equipped with flappy paddle gear shifters which – along with the foot pedals – are connected directly to the PlayStation-3 system. Pneumatic cylinders replace the car’s suspension, helping to bring centrifugal forces to the player’s body while accelerating, braking and cornering.

The addition of a Dolby Surround system, feeding noises from the racetrack into the cabin, is the icing on the cake.

[Source: Audi Motorsport]

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