The evolution of motor sport has created a path for an aspiring driver to reach the pinnacle of the sport has always been through slower machinery through years of training, development, mistakes and cost. The more complex the machine the higher the costs. At some point these costs became prohibitive and technology came to the rescue producing ever more accurate simulations of the conditions and cars, saving costs — this was the evolution of the commercial level simulator. At the same time, enthusiasts and fans of the sport started from the other end, wanting to have a similar experience to the drivers, consumer level simulators began as games and through time have become more and more complex.
- Costs – for me this is the main reason for simulators to exist, the ability to save on costs (tyres and fuel alone for one session will easily buy most hardware needed for years of use, let alone the cost of an accident!) will keep on driving development and progress of simulators. While this development will increase overall running costs, simulators will always be cheaper than the reality they aim to reproduce.