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BMW M3 simulator inside an actual BMW M3

Kyle Orland

Think you'd got the ultimate driving setup with your wireless steering wheel, futuristic HD widescreen and custom gaming seat? You ain't got nothing. This is the ultimate virtual driving experience.

The M3 simulator being shown off at BMW's press event this week features a computer simulation projected onto the windshield and dashboard of an actual M3 from a projector mounted in the back seat. Input from the car's actual steering wheel and gear shifters goes into the computer simulation, which in turn feeds the simulated road conditions into the car's shock absorbers for an authentic bouncing effect.

Granted, you probably won't be able to recreate this experience in your home -- the car itself costs the equivalent of over $100,000 even before the simulation accouterments are added in. Then again, when you consider that a high end home racing setup can cost $10,000, maybe that price isn't so ridiculous.

[Via Jalopnik]

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