2003 Dutch Karting Championship winner Rudy van Buren gave up on racing at age 16 when the budget to continue became prohibitively expensive. Now he’s been picked as McLaren’s new Formula One simulator driver after beating 30,000 other gamers worldwide in the World’s Fastest Gamer competition.
Our own Mike Ballaban is at the wheel of a virtual reality simulator. Koenigsegg’s new development driver is standing next to him. Watch him narrate our driving (of an Aston Martin Vulcan) and, almost inevitably, our crashing.
Racing games are a great way to get close to the cars, tracks, and behavior you'd never be able to pull off in real life. But I can't help but feel like the focus usually stays on pavement-bound sports cars. What have been your favorite off-road titles on consoles, computers, and arcades over the years?
We're no stranger to driving simulators around these parts. Tradeshows bring in simulators by the boatload, but this is definitely a new twist on the old faux-driving technology. Force Dynamics is a leading manufacturer of driving simulators and has paired one of its 301 model simulators with debatably the greatest…