Playseat is one of THE major names in sim racing cockpits, and they’ve had some radical designs in the past. One that comes to mind is the Playseat F1. However, one of the common issues with Playseat chassis is the “Center post”, which goes between your legs and can limit leg mobility. Now, the manufacturer has announced another rig, which may be one of their beefiest yet (and no center post!)
The Playseat Xtreme Elite TOPGEAR is a sim racing chassis, developed especially for Top Gear enthusiasts (see the irony there?). It is made out of a tubing framework, as opposed to Playseat’s more conventional center-post design. In turn, that is said to create a rock solid experience, with full leg mobility while driving.
Another unique feature is the ability for the built-in monitor stand to tilt, to suit your preference. Speaking of suiting your preference, Playseat says that the cockpit is totally adjustable, to fit almost any driver.
NOTE: Darin Gangi of Inside Sim Racing took this cockpit for a spin at E3 2014. In the video, it is noted that the shifter-looking thing IS, in fact a shifter. However, it sounds like it will be sold separately. I haven’t seen a price for that yet.
I would hope so too, with the hefty price tag the rig carries. The Playseat Xtreme Elite TOPGEAR will retail for €1,699, or around $1,900 USD. That is an insane price, especially considering this is a stationary rig. If you wanted to add Playseat’s 2-actuator motion setup to the rig, that’s an extra €1,399, or $1,560 USD. That’s over three thousand dollars! I don’t know if this would be worth the value, what do you think? Let us know in the comments!