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‘GRID2: Mono Edition’ is the world’s most expensive racing video game – but it comes with a real car

GRID2: Mono Edition BAC MonoOver the years, racing simulators have sought to bring the realism of actual driving to gaming consoles, but the makers of GRID2 have taken that concept one step further.

At $190,000, GRID2: Mono Edition is the world’s most expensive video game (according to the Guinness Book of World Records), but it also comes with an actual car, and not just some old Toyota Yaris.

The BAC Mono is an open-wheeled, formula-style car that you can drive on the road. It’s powered by a 2.3-liter Cosworth engine, which spits out 280 horsepower, coupled to a Hewland sequential transmission.

With so little bodywork to push around, the Mono can reach 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, about the same time as a Lamborghini Aventador. Top speed is 170 mph.

As if a formula car for the road wasn’t good enough, BAC threw in a few extras, just to give game buyers their money’s worth.

GRID2: Mono EditionThe GRID Mono comes in a special color scheme, and the package includes a matching racing suit and helmet for the driver. Buyers also get to spend a day at the BAC factory, getting measured for their cars, plus a Playstation 3 to play the game on.

Still, the $190,000 price tag is significantly higher than a normal Mono’s $108,000 base price, so the car isn’t exactly free. Maybe the Playstation is.

GRID2: Mono Edition also poses a unique problem: How will owners choose between playing the game, and driving the car? Maybe they can alternate depending on the weather.

What do you think of this unique (and pricey) combination of digital and analog driving fun? Tell us in the comments.

Stephen Edelstein
Stephen is a freelance automotive journalist covering all things cars. He likes anything with four wheels, from classic cars…
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