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.