Force Dynamics Driving Sim

By Deane Barker on October 30, 2005

Here’s a video link (that goes direct to the WMV file changed to the Force Dynamics videos page) of a crazy-looking driving simulator.

I don’t know what game he’s playing, but from the sounds, movement, and what I could see of the screen, it looks like a Formula One game. The sound is visceral, and movements of the thing are downright violent.

Does anyone have anymore information about this? I’ve found a ton of sites linking to the clip, but no one seems to have anything extra to add.

Via this MetaFilter thread which doesn’t have anything to add, either.

Update: Thanks to a reader comment, we’ve identified the company as Force Dynamics. The product is their “301,” which is priced from “$10,000 to $30,000, depending on options.”

There are three or four videos on their videos page. The bottom one is an open-wheel sim of some kind — Forumla One or Champ (it’s on a road course, so it’s not IRL).

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Comments

  1. I gotta agree with Gnotalex, with the piece of metal going down the left side of the screen I don’t think its any type of open wheel vehicle. Adding to that, when was the last time you saw that many trees that close to a F1 course. ;-)

    Needless to say if they have an F1 sim, I gotta see it. ;-)

  2. the piece of metal going down the left side of the screen

    I noticed that on second viewing. An off-road buggy of some kind?

    The Force Dynamics site is up again. According to their videos page it must be some kind of rally sim. They say:

    There’s only so much acceleration force you can generate on gravel! […] No, there’s no handbrake. We just don’t have one in there at the moment, since we just got RBR support put in recently. This doesn’t mean you can’t get a 301 with a handbrake!

    Sounds like rally driving, anyway.

  3. I sent an email to Force Dynamics, and they responded with this:

    First, thanks for repointing the video to our own; it gets old having people strip out our contact info and then spread the link…

    The sim in the video is a production prototype of the 301 motion simulator. It’s not just a rally or F1 simulator; it’s a peripheral for PC racing simulations. The game in the video you posted is Richard Burns Rally; it’s based on the World Rally Championship, which uses heavily modified street cars timed through special stages.

    The bottom one is open wheel, yes, but it’s actually a simulation of a small ‘Formula Student’ car that McGill University built; the software there is Live For Speed (http://www.liveforspeed.net).

    — David Wiernicki / Force Dynamics

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