Calgary is home to Canada's largest virtual racing arcade

Jun 5 2018, 7:34 pm

Sure, professional race car driving looks like a lot of fun, but after securing the car, hiring the crew, getting onto the circuit, and buying that slick looking helmet and racing suit, you may not have enough money left for the gas.

Luckily enough for anyone in Calgary who wants to go fast, YYC has just become home to the largest virtual arcade in the country. 

TracksVR, which opened on May 4 of this year, houses multiple virtual reality racing consoles, and these things are no joke.

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According to their website, the Japanese-made racing chairs that you sit in while rocketing down the track (in your mind, at least) have actuators that translate movement to the cockpit 140 times per second — meaning that every bump and turn will feel just as real as it looks.

Though we hope that the crashes don’t feel quite as realistic.

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TracksVR building (TracksVR/Facebook)

The building has a total of 12 racing station, meaning that you can round up 11 of your fastest friends to see who would come out victorious if anyone was crazy enough to entrust a dozen high powered, state-of-the-art race cars to the lot of you.

… Yeah, not likely to happen any time soon, so this is really the closest you can ever get to the real thing.

TracksVR is open for walk-in hours on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 9 pm, and on Friday to Sunday from noon to 6 pm.

Booking is available outside these hours at any time of day, you’ll just need to contact them at [email protected] to set up your next big race.

TRracksVR is located in southeast Calgary at 625 Manitou Road.

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