A racing simulator sporting the style of the Audi R8 LMS was made available to all visitors at the PlayStation booth at the world's leading trade fair for interactive games in Cologne. Players can experience Gran Turismo 5, the top-selling game for the PlayStation 3, whilst sitting behind the wheel of a real-world Audi R8 LMS race car. The presentation was accompanied by racer Christopher Mies, who became the European GT3 champion in the Audi R8 LMS and won the Bathurst 12 Hours in February.
PlayStation and Audi went to great lengths to provide fans with a true motorsport feeling in the new Audi R8 LMS Racing Simulator. quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm did not just convert a production vehicle or a race car but actually purpose-built a simulator vehicle. Visually, it is directly oriented to the Audi R8 LMS.
When fans climb into the carbon-black race car with PlayStation graphics, they are given a feel for a true racing machine. The physics of driving are felt in the cockpit and the player has the feeling of actually driving a race. He or she feels all the centrifugal forces while cornering, braking and accelerating.
"We built up the base vehicle for the simulator within six weeks," explains Jürgen Zürn, Head of Test and Production of quattro GmbH. "For many fans, playing a game that is as advanced as Gran Turismo 5 in our race car will no doubt be a unique experience."