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05-29-08, 07:05 PM

I even love the title Jalopnik used:

Homemade Driving Sim Cockpit Made of E30 Parts, More Realistic Than Modern BMWs?

The cockpit of many modern cars may make the driver feel like they're in a video game, what with drive-by-wire steering, floppy-paddle gearboxes, and an array of electronic nannies. But what about a video game that makes you feel like you're in a real car? Thats what one Bimmerphile over at r3vlimited was apparently going for with this: a driving simulator cockpit that utilizes the ergonomic interior of an old E30 BMW 3-Series. But, this isn't just some junkyard seat sitting in front of a TV, everything is actually functional. The steering steers, the shifter shifts, the gauge needles pivot, the vents blow, the radio cranks out tunes, you even have to twist the key to restart the car if you stall out. Don't believe us? Check out the video.

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Those guys on R3V are absolutely nuts, but :worship:

05-29-08, 07:07 PM
Hey that things not a Sega Dreamcast. ;)

05-30-08, 05:21 AM
Here's the thread on r3vlimited where the creator shares his masterpiece:

Night Wolf
05-30-08, 07:11 AM
Heh, that is really cool.

The guts of it all are the logitec steering wheel/pedals and probably shifter, which makes up the bulk of the work. Very cool.

I keep thinking about the E30, there is a high probability that it will be my next car as I can't get my mind off a sporty, fun to drive convertible, that is affordable, which means older... Saturn Sky will be too much money for a very long time... so that leaves E30 convertible or MX-5 Miata....