How a Motion Simulator is Built

I recently stumbled upon this video by CXC Simulations, which demonstrates all of the steps that go into building one of their simulators. Considering in terms of price they fall more into the low-cost category when it comes to full-motion simulators, the amount of effort it requires to build one of these things is actually pretty impressive. Their cheapest version comes with a single screen setup, a 5.1 surround sound system (even though I personally would prefer a set of quality headphones), no shifters apart from the paddles on the wheel and that’s about it apart from the obvious things like the racing seat, wheel, etc…

What I would entitle to be their best-value model includes everything that their entry-level model has, plus a triple-screen setup, their advanced dash display, the seat-belt tensioner system which tightens the seatbelts under braking, and an additional Formula-style racing wheel.

Their high-end model includes everything they offer with the previous two models, plus some more variety in steering wheels, an H-shifter, a sequential shifter, full-blown fighter jet control unit and a helicopter control unit.

I don’t necessarily approve of their choice of racing simulation to show off how everything works together (iRacing, really? Why not rFactor Pro?), but I certainly appreciate the attention to detail, R&D, and overall effort that went into creating this product. From what I can see the build-quality looks very good, and it seems easy enough to operate by anyone who’s read the user manual.

The only thing that I really don’t like about this are the steering wheels. For the amount of money that they are offering them for, they could a) have a little more action going on on them (Fanatec wheels cost 10-25% of their wheels and include on-wheel LED mini-displays and shift lights ON the wheel) and b) unless it’s a simulator for an amusement park the wheels should really have alcantara or suede rims. Other than that, apart from maybe the overall price, I have nothing to criticize with this product. And even the price can be justified by thinking about how much effort went into the research and development of this simulator.

Auf Wiedersehen

 

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8 thoughts on “How a Motion Simulator is Built

  1. How dare you post positive remarks about something so extravagant!

    Don’t you know that James uses a DFGT and a lawn chair and that everyone should be satisfied with that setup?

    Anything more than that is just a useless waste of money.

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    1. I didn’t realize how ghetto my setup was until I started checking out the occasional sim rig thread on r/SimRacing. Do NOT let the gear snobs know that one of the quickest guys across all sims is sitting in a lawn chair with a refurbished DFGT. It goes against everything they know.

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    1. I have nothing against those types of wheels. If I would have the money to buy one of those I certainly would. Having used one of these I understand why you would never want to go back to a toy wheel like the G27 or something similar. My next wheel will probably be a T500RS. I can somehow justify spending 400 bucks on a wheel+pedals set, but not 1,000+

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  2. Pretty neat stuff.

    Have to really question why I would purchase their monitors though.

    ‘The ultimate realism of panoramic vision featuring three wrap-around 55″ High-Definition LED-backlit LCD Displays’

    Disturbing lack of actual information about the displays themselves when they are asking a bit less than 10k USD for them.

    1080p on a 55″ that close to your face does not look good, adding two more doesn’t change that either.

    Also have to agree with what you said about the wheels themselves.

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  3. The thing that really bothers me here is that even the top priced version (starting at $83,515) does not contain the ‘international power converter’ you need, to use this system pretty much anywhere outside North and Middle America. It needs to be added to you order seperately, adding $190 to your total bill.

    To put this into perspective, this stupid electric box costs you 0.228% of the base price. If you buy a value meal at McDonalds you get a bag of ketchup for free which would actually cost you 3.85% of the meals price. So why don´t they include the power device in the first place for orders from a certain location? They even ask you for your location as soon as you go to the ‘buy now’ section. They certainly do not only have a profit margin of only $189 per sold unit. Or is it too much to ask for a working product if you pay more than 80 grand on it?

    Wait, did I mention the numerous design and manufacturing flaws they show you in their pics and videos? 😀

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  4. they don’t showcase their product with rfpro because they cant buy it. only car manufaturers can buy rfpro. even professional racing teams have to use other software unless they build and develop their cars themself. simulator centers also use software like the normal rfactor because rfpro is not for commercial use.

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