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VisionRacer VR3 Racing Simulator

The seating position left us extremely impressed. You get a comfortable and high-quality racing style bucket seat, which envelops you and holds you tight just as it should. Okay, so you don't strictly need this given you won't be going around any actual corners, but it is vital to creating the immersive experience the VisionRacer aims to offer. This seat is fully adjustable, too. It can be slid forward or back to find the right distance to the pedals, while the front section can be set to three different heights to find the ideal position for the steering wheel.

It's really the pedal positioning that's key here, though. Anyone who has tried to use steering wheels and pedals will probably concur that finding a comfortable position for the steering wheel is pretty simple. Just clamp it to a table at a reasonable height and off you go. However, pedals are far more complicated, since they have a tendency to move around when put under pressure, which is hardly ideal if you're trying to brake hard at high speed. There's also the issue of comfort, since it's often difficult to find a seating position that doesn't cause your left foot to cramp up between periods of braking.

It's these kinds of problems that the VR3 entirely eliminates. Its seating position, which is more akin to a racing saloon or rally car than a single-seater, feels completely natural. It gives you a nice line of sight to the display, be it mounted on the frame or elsewhere, while the steering wheel and pedals are perfectly positioned to give you the maximum level of control. It's pretty much perfect.

There are a few things that can be added to basic rig, too. These include an LCD mounting bracket, as well as a mounting for the gear shift accessory that comes bundled with VisionRacer's recommended steering wheel, the Logitech G25. Speaking to Geoff Turton, he told us that the recommended maximum LCD screen size is 26in if you're planning to mount it on the frame, which is a tad on the small side. Admittedly, though, you are sitting extremely close to the screen in such a configuration.

Moreover, we can't help but feel that maybe an LCD monitor, rather than a TV as VisionRacer offers if you buy the £1,699 complete system with console, steering wheel and screen, would be a better bet. This would mean you could get something with a Full HD capable resolution that's not only cheaper, but potentially lighter than a 26in TV, which has a lot pf extra circuitry.

Of course, if you already own a large HDTV, or even a projector, you might decide you just want to use your incumbent kit instead, though we did find the intimacy of having a screen so close added something to the experience. There's also the added bonus that you can mount the console on the back of the LCD mount, reducing the amount of clutter you might have to deal with.

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