: Check this out! Virtual drag race with your own car!



Blackout
07-28-06, 05:28 PM
Drag Tag - virtual drag racing with your own car (http://www.autoblog.com/2006/07/28/drag-tag-virtual-drag-racing-with-your-own-car/)

Posted Jul 28th 2006 12:55PM by John Neff (http://www.autoblog.com/bloggers/john-neff/)
Filed under: Motorsports (http://www.autoblog.com/category/motorsports/), Tuner Tuesdays (http://www.autoblog.com/category/tunertuesdays/), Etc. (http://www.autoblog.com/category/etc/)
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AUTOBLOG AUTO NEWS - - Drag Tag is an indoor facility in Australia where you can virtually drag race your own car using a patented dyno, hold-down, steering and visualization simulator. Design, developed and operated in Australia, Drag Tag uses its own specially-designed hold-down system to keep your car strapped on the dyno during WOT. Laser sensors are used to monitor the angle of the front wheels and gather steering data, while three massive 4.5-meter screens provide over a 200-degree of various simulated race environments.

The Drag Tag website (http://site.dragtag.com.au/index.php) points out the obvious benefits it has to offer over actual racing, which include a complete disregard for the weather outside, shorter lines, no helmets or race suits required and really fast cars don't need any expensive safety equipment like a roll cage.

In order to join the fun, one must first purchase a membership to Drag Tag that include installation of the special hold-down brackets, after which nightly racing can cost anywhere from AUS $10 to $50 for an evening of digital automotive mayhem.

While there's no replacement for the experience of a real Christmas Tree going green and dropping the hammer, the idea of driving your own car in a video game is strangely appealing.

[Source: Drag Tag via autoblog.nl (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Autoblognl/~3/6383093/virtual-reality-drag-racing)]

LittleB
07-28-06, 07:16 PM
That's awesome!!!!! :bouncy:

Lord Cadillac
07-28-06, 07:27 PM
Wow! Interesting!

codewize
07-28-06, 09:26 PM
That is awesome

terrible one
07-29-06, 03:14 AM
Wow! That's too cool! I would love to do that.

davesdeville
08-01-06, 06:34 AM
The only reason I could ever see myself going to something like that would be with a quick street car that lacks the NHRA mandated safety equipment. Even then it seems pretty stupid and useless.

Blackout
08-01-06, 08:33 AM
The only reason I could ever see myself going to something like that would be with a quick street car that lacks the NHRA mandated safety equipment. Even then it seems pretty stupid and useless.How is that? You can race during the middle of winter when the track is closed down, you can do run after run an dnot have to wait an hour plus in the staging lanes while the bikes go then the dragsters go then the street cars get to go.

codewize
08-02-06, 10:04 PM
How do we get one here in the states? I wonder if that's a custom build or if it's an obtainable product?

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
08-03-06, 02:14 AM
Don't like that, I agree it's daft.
Go play on a Nintendo.

davesdeville
08-03-06, 04:27 AM
Yeah, I forget how tracks close down for a long period during the winter, mine closes late Nov, opens late Feb/early March. And I'm too used to nice weather, so far my track has cancelled racing one night this year.

But hooking your car up to a machine and getting numbers to brag about is nothing new, and dyno shops are generally open year round.

Blackout
08-03-06, 05:16 AM
Yeah, I forget how tracks close down for a long period during the winter, mine closes late Nov, opens late Feb/early March. And I'm too used to nice weather, so far my track has cancelled racing one night this year.

But hooking your car up to a machine and getting numbers to brag about is nothing new, and dyno shops are generally open year round.But dyno shop's don't give you ET's or going WOT the whole time

davesdeville
08-03-06, 07:56 PM
The only ET that would give you is an Estimated Time...

It's like porn. Good, but not as good as the real thing.