Ford builds a race car for pretending to race cars in

In case racing an actual car is too expensive
by Drei Laurel | Aug 30, 2021
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So you want to race cars but can’t—either because it’s a pretty expensive hobby or, well, you think you’re more likely to end up plastered against a wall than set a new lap record somewhere. What do you do?

Well, the most obvious option is to build a racing simulator rig. Sure, it won’t capture the same feel and intensity of actually being behind the wheel of a supercar on a legitimate track, but it’s arguably the next best thing.

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Unless, of course, you go Ford’s route and build pretend race cars you can pretend to race cars in.

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This is the Team Fordzilla P1 Racer (TFZ-P1). It’s essentially a full-scale model race car designed to play racing simulators. Built-in collaboration with gamers, this vehicle comes equipped with an 18-core HP Z4 workstation featuring an Nvidia RTX A6000, a racing wheel and pedals, and a built-in audio system and lighting units.

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That lighting bit? It’s pretty neat, as it gently pulses while the rig is idly waiting for a race and comes alive (complete with synchronized brake lights) once drivers get going. Ford also says the sound system channels a “realistic, bespoke sound design” to the P1’s user. What’s more, the rig is compatible with HP’s Reverb G2 VR Headset, in case you’re looking for more immersion (and possibly nausea).

“We’re aiming squarely at gamers with this project. Technologies that we’ve built into the car have enabled us to turn this concept into an ultimate entertainment device,” Ford Europe design manager Boris Ferko said in a statement. “With an ‘always updating’ mindset, TFZ-P1 is never standing still and it keeps surprising.”

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Neat, but we reckon this thing will be way out of our budget. We guess the good old monoblock and PlayStation will have to do for now. What do you think of the TFZ-P1? Let us know in the comments.

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