Specially-designed brackets hold the vehicle down to the dyno which is driven by the car’s wheels. Steering input is then monitored using laser sensors directed at a front wheel. Finally factors such as vehicle weight and weather conditions are added to the equation. All these inputs are then sent to a computer which then projects a simulation of the race on three massive 4.5-metre screens positioned in front of and to the side of each vehicle to provide a life-like 200+ degrees of view to the driver. Users can select different race locations, from the standard drag strip to a sunny beach or stretch of highway.
Since it’s virtual, the system requires no modifications to your car - all that is required is a valid license and a registered vehicle. Pundits may criticise the system as being too gimmicky and hardly accurate, however, each dyno is calibrated identically, so now you can end the question of who’s the fastest among your mates. Think of all the factors that affect a result a real drag strip. You’re looking at differing track conditions and even the effects of weather.
The cost of a race is $195 Australian dollars, plus $60 for a compulsory induction course. Your friends and family can also watch in a spectators stand for additional cost. This is something you'll either love or hate, but one thing's for sure, the thrill and passion of drag racing is something a computer can never replace.
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