|Weekend| Simming it up!

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During the off-season, it’s always important to find someway to sharpen your racing skills for when the spring time returns. So over the weekend, I played some RFactor on a friend’s computer.

In my opinion, quality simulation games are a good way to improve your mental programming while racing on a budget.

We spent the afternoon practicing with classic Formula 1 cars, on tracks that we’d never driven before. It gave us some time to re-learn some of our old skills, and also create a list of new habits to start working on for the upcoming season.
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Can video games help racing drivers? I think so.

About 20 years ago, when Sega came out with ‘Pole Position’, video-games weren’t much help for the up- and- coming racing driver. However, now with the advances in modern video game technology, I feel that racing games have become a useful driver development tool.

For drivers like myself, who don’t have access or budget to spend all day at the track or in a state-of-the-art racing simulator, using a video game is useful aid for when I am able to set a wheel on the track. Of course, you don’t get the same kinesthetic information as you would in a real car. I don’t think that racing games should be used to simulate real-world physical driving. However, I think a good video game is useful to develop stronger mental programming within the driver.
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Racing Simulators- Driving aid or fancy toy? (Videos)

Those of us who are passionate about improving our driving skill, like myself, use every aid at our disposal to unlock more of our driving abilities. Simulators are one way to develop good mental programming in order to condition your mind to think and perform in certain ways under racing conditions.

They also provide the added benefit of allowing you take greater risk than on the actual race track, to experiment on what would happen if I took Corner “A” on Line “B”.

Now people like me with, how you say, a “limited budget” use things like Xbox games, and playing RFactor to simulate the racing environment as much as possible. But how do the professionals do it? Check out the videos after the jump to see some examples of some professional racing simulators.

I need one of these. (Videos after the jump)

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