We’re not talking about the latest Gran Turismo game. We’re talking about a peripheral that will blow even the most jaded videogamer out of his mind. In the recently concluded Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), the Tuason Racing School display included a driving rig that goes beyond our wildest dreams.
The centerpiece equipment in said rig is a motion simulator supplied by Movies With Motion Pte. Ltd. (MWM Ltd.) They are a Singapore-based outfit selling and renting such devices all over South-east Asia for special events and specialty applications such as what was presented in the TRS MIAS booth, a training tool for aspiring race car drivers. The representative of MWM described the KK-200 setup to be a custom frame with two specially designed actuators mounted on the sides, with each actuator costing more than a used EG Civic sedan. They allow almost realistic simulation of a vehicle’s movements on the road, with fore, aft, and side to side movement mimicking the weight shift that happens when cornering, accelerating, braking, or a dynamic combination of the three forces. For even more realistic movement in scenarios such as off-road racing, a third actuator can be mounted at the back to more effectively simulate vertical movement that crawling over virtual boulders produces.
The motion simulator was combined with a modification of rFactor, an open-source racing game for the PC. Players during the Auto Show were able to race a Mazda RX-7, skinned similar to TRS’s actual RX-7 race car that they field in a top-tier touring car series, in Philippine race tracks. We saw Clark International Speedway and the recently-defunct Subic International Raceway in use. Players steering the car had their hands (and feet) touching a Logitech G27 steering wheel, an excellent controller with awesome force feedback and tactile feel, and their eyes focused on a massive multi-inch display.
Watch us take the motion simulator out on a spin. Our tester can be seen immensely enjoying the experience. Read more for the clip.