If you love racing games, but feel your current living room setup lacks a bit of authenticity, this might be the way to go.
One of the lots presented at the upcoming Race Retro Classic and Competition Car sale, organized by Silverstone Auctions, is a game simulator featuring a real old Formula 1 racing car.
Supplied with all the equipment needed to play, it could be an intriguing business venture or extravagant fun at home in F1.
Big dreams and quick plans
The Formula 1 car in question was used by the short-lived Super Aguri F1 team during the 2006 season. Founded by 1990’s F1 driver Aguri Suzuki, an agreement to supply engines and other media by Honda helped prepare the team for the competition.
Developed from a 2002 Arrows A23 chassis, and known as the SA05, the first Super Aguri car took to the track at the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix. Driven by Japanese Takuma Sato and Yuji Ide, the SA05 was used for eleven rounds of the 2006 season.
Success was difficult to find, Ide being replaced after four laps by Frenchman Franck Montagny. Sato proved his worth by taking the Super Aguri SA05 to a respectable twelfth position at the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.
(Virtual) Reality bites
Super Aguri launched a new chassis from the 2006 German Grand Prix, leaving the SA05 redundant. The whole team will persevere until the middle of the 2008 season, when financial difficulties see Super Aguri disappear from the grid.
This meant that this real ex-F1 chassis was transformed into a simulator, with an electrically adjustable force feedback steering wheel and pedals installed. Air intakes house the speakers, providing a full surround sound experience.
Silverstone Auctions is also keen to point out that the simulator features a âwiderâ tub frame, helping to accommodate those who are not quite the size of a racing driver.
Playing for good
A 55-inch monitor is provided, connected to a modern laptop running the latest Codemasters F1 2019 racing game. We imagine that enough DIY could be used to use different games as well.
Having been part of an ongoing sales team, the F1 simulator is sold with a closed Brian James twin axle trailer. The trailer was fitted with four new tires and was also recently serviced.
Silverstone Auctions notes that two events have already been booked in 2020 for the simulator, providing opportunities for continued commercial use.
It leaves the winning bidder with the choice of making the money or just having the Super Aguri as the elaborate centerpiece of a motorsport themed entertainment room.
The Race Retro and Classic Car Sale 2020 competition runs from Friday February 21 through Sunday 23. A number of intriguing lots have already been listed, including a rare Ford Escort RS2000 with Australian specs.
Held at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry, the Race Retro show features live Group B rally action, as well as the chance to see legendary racing cars up close.