Download video: Building a Driving Simulator - Part One

Channel: Gregg Lagnese


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This video is the first in a series which describes how to build the DIY Simulator Sled. Part one describes how to build the base. Part two will discuss the monitor rack, and part three will cover the steering rack. If you are using the Simulator Sled for flight simulation pusposes, only parts one and two will apply.

The overview of the driving cockpit can be found at the original YouTube video:

The design concept overview can be found int he video - Anatomy of a Driving Simulator:

This design uses tactile feedback at all contact points (seat, pedals, wheel) and is completely self contained.

The entire construction cost of the cockpit was approximately $800 and the details are described in this video.

Total build time was approximately 12 weeks.

Photographs and free as-is partial blueprints can be found here:

The specifications of the simulator sled:

Height 46"
Length: 65"
Width: 60" (assuming 45 degree monitor rake)
Weight: 190 lbs. (without monitors)

Seat travel: 10" fore and aft, 20 degree tilt in 5 degree increments
Pedal travel: 12" fore and aft, 0-30 degree tilt in 5 degree increments (from 10-30 degrees)
Steering travel: 16" fore and aft, up to 12" up and down, 30 degree wheel pitch, 30 degree steering shaft pitch
Monitor travel: 8" up and down from center point, accommodates up to three 30" monitors, individual monitor pitch 180 degree, yaw 60 degrees.