Drivers can race in place in Bensonhurst simulator
Racing Rooms, a Bensonhurst business, is billing itself as Brooklyn's first racecar simulator.
"It was very exciting, because you find yourself immersed in a world you'd never think you'd find yourself," says Alvin Chau, a high school student who doesn't yet have a driver's license.
A 30-minute run costs $20 -- and simulates speeds up to 200 mph, along with resistance in the pedals and steering wheel.
"According to my mother, my second word was car -- after I said mother," says owner Zach Vaysburg, whose stated goal is to attract young people to racetracks and keep them from driving dangerously on open roads.
The simulation was originally developed for racecar drivers to practice with, Vaysburg says.
And for people who want to see the real thing, Red Hook will host this year's Formula E Prix electric car race in July at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.