This Real F1 Car-Turned-Simulator Is The Ultimate Man Cave Centrepiece
Those familiar with either the world of eSports or motorsport right now will know that sim racing, both as a casual hobby and as a genuine pathway into the world of professional motorsport, is having a bit of a moment right now.
Every year great racing games get cheaper, pro-grade gaming set-ups get more accessible, and professional series produce more great drivers poised to take on the real world of racing.
Put simply, whether you want to take on the pros, or simply have a bit of fun feeling like a real-life racer for less, there's never really been a better time to buy yourself a cheap set-up and a copy of iRacing. But even if you can't be the fastest (and believe us, given the times that the top, top players set these days, you probably won't be), you can have the most envy-inducing set-up possible.
For some, that could take the form of something like this ultra-realistic, $270,000 simulator. For others though, it could be the simulator you see before you, which is made from a real-life ex-F1 car.
Those who have watched the sport for a while may know the car as one driven by the Super Aguri Team in the later stages of last decade, when F1 was in the peak of its V8 era. Operating as something of an unofficial junior team to the Honda F1 set-up, it mostly served as a platform to champion Japan's most talented drivers, with Sakon Yamomoto, Yuji Ide and Takuma Sato all driving for the team over its two-and-a-half seasons in the sport. Sato managed a team-best result of sixth at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, but halfway through 2008 financial problems caused the team to pull out of the sport.
The car-turned-sim is derived from an actual 2006-era chassis, which despite having been recently serviced and fitted with four new bridgestone tyes, is now no-where near being in track-worthy condition. The steering wheel and pedals have both been replaced with a force feedback set-up for video games, while the car also comes equipped with a high-end laptop, the F1 2019 game and a 55-inch monitor that mounts to the bottom of the car's front wing. The carbon tub of the car has also been widened to allow for greater entry and exit from the car.
Even cooler, the car's air intakes have been modified into speakers, playing the sound of the game into the driver's ears to create a greater sense of immersion.
The car was put up for sale as part of Classic Drivers' Silverstone auction of race cars, and auctioned for somewhere between $29,000 and $39,0000. The auction also featured the last Subaru WRX rally car driven by the late Colin McRae, a 1965 Aston Martin DB5, and a GT4-spec Jaguar F-Type. You can check out all the listings here.