Hammacher Schlemmer have revealed their extremely expensive home racing simulator, priced at an absurd $185,000 US Dollars!
This full-motion seat setup is made out of a fiberglass monocoque, with the ability to roll, pitch and 360° rotation, as you can see in the video. The driver, who can weigh up to 300lbs, will be seated in an actual racing seat and secured by state-of-the-art racing belts.
Now, the question I ask myself is:
Why the fuck would you spend $185,000 on Pretend Race Cars when you could buy yourself a real racecar with that kind of money, or pay an actual racing team to prepare a car for you to drive.
You might argue that only people with enough disposable income to throw away will buy this anyway, but then again, I’d rather be at a physical race track every weekend than sit at home in my basement and play rFactor Pro.
The other obvious choice for who might buy this are small to medium sized racing teams who can’t afford to build their own simulator like most F1 teams or big car manufacturers like Mercedes, Audi or Porsche, and have to rely on other companies to get their drivers into simulators. I can definitely see some of the LMP2 teams in the WEC or some of the bigger non-factory GTE teams using this.
What do you think? Would you spend $185,000 on an elite setup for sim racing, or would you actually put your money where your mouth is for that kind of price? Let us know!