Have you ever seen something that makes it clear anyone who buys it has too much money? It may be a purchase that makes no sense and comes with a plethora of problems only the super-rich could absolve. Formula 1 has now created two huge PC gaming racer simulators based on the RB18 model F1 car—the Race Edition and the Champions Edition. For the price of £74,999 to £99,999, plus shipping and remodeling costs, you can have one of these overpriced sims.
Formula 1 has created two PC gaming simulators based on the RB18 model F1 car that won 17 out of 22 races in 2022. Both the Race Edition and Champions Edition cost between £74,999 and £99,999, plus shipping and remodeling costs. While the housing is made with the same process used to make real F1 cars, you essentially get a half-made racing vehicle shell in Verstappen or Pérez paint job. It boasts a curved AOC gaming screen, Z906 Ultimate THX Surround Sound, and “The latest gaming hardware,” but none of which warrant such a hefty price tag.
Due to the pandemic, the rising interest in racing sims has sent the industry into hyperdrive. However, the most dedicated racing sim aficionados don't spend anywhere near these prices on their rigs, nor do they have to remodel their house to fit them. Players are now spoiled for choice when it comes to wheels and joysticks, and the most expensive will only cost around £30,000.
The F1 sims have built-in controls that look cool, with a large screen and plenty of controls. The wheel is also one of the coolest-looking ones seen yet, and it’s been paired with great pedals to make for a solid racing simulator experience. Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner claims, “this simulator is as close as it gets to the real thing.” But unfortunately, this overpriced hunk of metal won’t fit in most people’s houses and hardly provides an authentic F1 experience.
In conclusion, the F1 sim setup is one of those purchases that makes it clear anyone who buys it has too much money. It’s an overpriced hunk of metal with a hefty price tag that hardly provides an authentic F1 experience. Even the most dedicated fans of racing simulators don't spend anywhere near that kind of money on their equipment. The pandemic has caused an increase in racing sim interest, but players are now spoiled for choice with wheels and joysticks at a fraction of the cost. Don’t waste your money on this; invest in a more reasonable racing rig setup.