Car Sim Racing - BMW M4 & Alfa Quadrifoglio

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    I like sim racing, and have good software, bucket seat, motorised steering wheel, flappy paddles, reasonable pedals, and good H pattern manual shifter.

    I wouldn't blame any of you to consider the subject childish, but with the right equipment and software, some F1 drivers have reported to have been on the iRacing platform. I don't own or have tested any of these cars, but the closest, a M5 2012 did feel a bit like my 535d of the same generation; albeit mine with less power and mods. It still felt like a 5 series.

    Just been driving a M4 and Alfa Quadrifoglio around Monza, and the Alfa really kicked the M4's butt. The M4's control system wouldn't let me engine brake, by shifting down quickly, where the Alfa did. I thought the Alfa had one of these complicated dual clutch type gearbox, but, to my amazement, it was same ZF 8 speed gearbox. The M4 felt like a fast comfortable GT and the Alfa like a track star.

    I looked up a review of the Alfa, on Evo, and they described what it did in the Sim.

    I'd like to try other cars, but the better sim software has less choice of cars. I'd like to try one of these exact cars in real life around a track. I guess you can do one of these track hire days.

    I know you guys love your cars, so would suggest looking into a basic set up to see what you think.
     
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    The Alfa was 6 seconds faster for me, than M4.

    The Mclaren GT3 was 16 seconds faster than the Alfa, on second ever lap, all times around Monza.

    I guess this will help pass the evenings.
     
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    Apologies, not GT3; instead should have been Mclaren P1 GTR
     
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    Show us some pics of your set up? I've always wanted one of these to satisfy my inner kid!
     
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    That's a good idea. Can you upload pictures directly from PC; how do you share a picture?
     
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    This the rig. I have two more seats for side by side racing.


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    These are the first rigs which got me into this. They look basic, but are actually very good, and fold flat.
     
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    That is some set up.
    And my wife tutted at me when I suggested I might stop using my Xbox 360 and buy and Xbox One......
     
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    My wife went all wierd on me one year, and suggested we don't but Christmas presents. I agreed, and decided to buy for myself what she may have bought for me instead, to make her feel less bad. I bought this set up as a gift from her to me.
     
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    I think I’d get more use out of the concept2 rowing machine....
    cracking set up there... dread to think how much you’ve spent...?


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    Is the small coffee table to the side for beer whilst driving...


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    Ha ha ha, great minds, beer and whiskey
     
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    I definitely agree the cost may be prohibitive for some, but you can start out with Logitech wheel and pedals, and clamp to small table; then build as circumstances allow.

    Part of my rationale for investing was it keeps me at home, instead of pub, and it might be the cheapest way of trying many cars. I don’t know how close they mimic the real cars, but I read articles where car writers have driven cars on a track, then the same car of the same track on a domestic simulator; the comparisons were encouragingly favourable.

    If I do a real life track day and compare for myself, and they are directionally similar; I’m going to save up to upgrade the wheel to a Fanatec model.

    The cost is eye watering, but I've read of accounts of wrists getting damaged, because they didn't let go of the wheel in time.

    The car I'd like to try on a real track would either be the Alfa in the thread subject line or a Nissan GTR.
     
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    Can I hazard a guess that you're single? :D
     
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    No, I've found the key to a long lasting relationship is a man cave or some sort of heated shed.
     
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    And a dog....


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    Definitely!! I couldn’t imagine life without a GSD
     
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    Would love a racing sim setup myself. Got my boy an Xbox one for Xmas. I’m nearly addicted to assetto corsa myself. I’m playing with the standard controller which is not easy. I get the impression the physics are very realistic with this game and would warrant a full sim rig to capitalise on this. I just don’t have anywhere to store it at present.


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    I agree that Assetto Corsa can make your hairs stand up riding a tank slapper; it's great.

    You might find this link about the Assetto Corsa champion vs a F1 driver interesting.


    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www....-racer-beats-former-f1-driver-real-world.html

    Try a playseat challenge. They are the pair of seats I posted photos of above.

    Even with the wheel and pedals still attached, the whole thing folds flat enough to store. Logitech G920 wheel and pedals can sometimes be got for £150 in flash off sales.

    You could get the wheel and pedals and clamp to a desk or table, to dip in slowly.
     
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    Love it, I wish I had the space for a set up like that!
     

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