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Honda F1 Car Gets Hooked Up to 55-Inch Monitor, Turns into a Racing Simulator

Ever dreamed of racing around a Formula 1 track in an actual Formula 1 car? Well, you can’t, so forget it. But here’s the next best thing: an actual F1 car that can be driven on simulated circuits, in the comfort of your own home.
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The car we’re talking about is one that raced back in the 2006 F1 season with Super Aguri, Honda’s unofficial B-team for the world’s most watched motorsport. It is (or, to be fair, used to be) powered by the carmaker’s RA806E 2.4-liter V8 engine and equipped with Bridgestone tires.

After the car’s career ended, someone decided it would be a great party trick to have it converted into a racing simulator. You know, keep the car as is and link it to a monitor and other hardware just like you would a similar contraption in a mall.

More precisely, the car has been hooked up to a 55-inch monitor, which in turn is connected to a laptop. The laptop is used to run a variety of programs and circuits (based on a 2019 software, so everything should be up to date) for the ultimate racing experience.

The car still wears the original FIA stickers on the body, but some modifications were made to it. For one, the tub is now wider to be able to accommodate people regardless of size and age. Then, the steering wheels and pedals have been replaced with ones capable of vibrational feedback.

As an extra, there’s even a sound system in place to make the illusion complete by pushing engine sounds and such through the air intakes.

The simulator is now in the possession of a British group called 1st Place Events, and it is largely used, for a fee, to entertain guests attending weddings and private parties. But the owners wouldn’t mind selling it, so they posted the car on the Silverstone Auctions website.

 
 
 
 
 

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