Pro athletes and wealthy gamers are spending thousands on these custom racing rigs

Not so long ago, just having a steering wheel peripheral basically made you a racing game pro. And if that wheel had force feedback? Watch out, online racing game lobbies. Mario Andretti just showed up.

2022’s standard for sim racing equipment is somewhat more evolved. In the last few years, sim racing esports have surged in popularity, and prominent young F1 stars now stream themselves playing in their rigs. If you’re not sitting in a carbon fiber monocoque, holding a direct drive wheel worth more than most used cars, watching three 50-inch panels project the latest F1 game, do you even race?

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