Of all the ways to catastrophically break a Sega Rally Championship Arcade cabinet, Artica's hack at Portuguese hackathon Codebits earlier this month must surely go down as the most creative. With the addition of an Arduino board and an XBee RF module, the cabinet was made to race two camera-equipped radio-control trucks around the floor at Codebits VI.
Removing all the electronics from the cabinets (with all due reverence paid, one trusts, to the once mighty Model 2 board inside), the Artica team set about connecting the steering wheel, pedals, gears and buttons up to an Arduino board.
"There is a strange beauty in this sturdy mechanical systems," Artica writes on its blog entry about the hack. "They are so well engineered and one can feel they were pushed into the limits through the years, and are still able to be pushed a lot more."
read more (1/18 datsun 240z): http://www.gizmag.com/sega-rally-arduino-rc-trucks/25211/