German boffins construct world's greatest boys' toy

Nic Cackett

We've tried out a few hi-end F1 simulators in our capacity as Autoblog scribes, and we can assure you that none possessed the visual impact of this German Goliath.

Engineers at the Max Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics hotwired a racing-sim setup to a huge Kuka KR500 6-axis robot to replicate the physical sensation of driving an F1 car.

They've dubbed it the CyberMotion Simulator.

We're not convinced the colossal arm is any better than the current generation of advanced motorsport simulators, but as it looks like something Bruce Wayne would have in his basement, we want one almost as much as we want a real trip round the Monza circuit.