Welcome to 2023, where all new products must be ultra-sleek and sexy. These days, it seems functionality has been thrown out the window because we’d prefer a toaster that can barely heat bread but looks artistic enough to be hung at the Louvre. The latest victim to fall to this aesthetic trend is the home racing simulator. Incredibly, they’ve managed to turn every bloke’s dream toy into an ostentatious ornament. Shame on you, guys.
Every journalist on the internet is currently bowing down to Studio Casti’s DrivePod concept due to its seductive look and interior design appeal. Yet here’s the problem. Racing simulators should never feature as part of your home’s decor. Not every appliance or toy needs to get the Bang & Olufsen treatment. Some things are just purpose-driven in nature, and that’s ok. With that said, if the Italian-based studio wants to throw one my way, I wouldn’t say no. It does look kind of cool, I guess…
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Now that I’ve vented my frustration with the modern world, we might as well take a deep dive into what Studio Casti has whipped up.
The DrivePod system consists of two major components—a square frame with a rounded edge and a platform. The champagne-coloured frame houses a widescreen HD display and a Formula 1-style steering wheel with integrated RPM and gear-indicator displays. The royal blue platform, meanwhile, is home to a set of pedals and a colour-matching seat. Both the pedals and seat are pressure sensitive and have a six-point harness just in case you … flip the vehicle in a high-speed accident?
The simulator has been designed to be both attractive and functional. The position and angle of the system’s steering wheel, seat and pedals can all be adjusted to fit the driver’s height and preferences, ensuring a comfortable driving experience for all shapes and sizes. Additionally, the DrivePod is also easy to set up and use. It requires no additional tools or installation. Apparently, all you need to do is plug it in and you’re ready to go, featuring compatibility with all the major car racing games across both consoles and PCs.
Ok, I must admit that the DrivePod has been well thought out and looks like it could make for an incredible driving experience. Unfortunately, there appear to be no plans to put it into production, so you Formula 1 wannabes will have to stick with the eyesore that is the traditional racing simulator. Take it back to the garage where it belongs, gentlemen.