Trak Racer TR8 review “The Setup”

Final thoughts on the TR8 cockpit from the guys at Track Racer. First off I have to say this is the stiffest pre-fabricated type of cockpit I have had in the SRG to date. It’s quite clear that this is the result of the Track Racer team concentrating on the connecting points of the cockpits main frame pieces. With no less that 10 M8 bolts securing the two bottom frames. And 8 M8 bolts securing the upper wheelbase frame. It’s easy to see where this stiffness comes from using 2mm x 50mm tubing throughout
the TR8s design. Also from using welded gussets on the inner radius where these tubes have bends in them keeps any flex in those areas to the minimum. Where other cockpits have a single side of their metal to metal connections welded, the TR8 has welds on both sides. Again contributing to this solid result. I had two different shifter mounts in this review. The smaller one that comes with the kit and the larger one that is available as an accessory. Both are sporting the same tubes as the frame and proper welds throughout. Here again, once properly cinched down, one of the stiffest I have had in the SRG. There is some movement, but not enough to be of a bother I think. The pedal tray has plenty of adjustment range built in. The fact that it uses a series of drilled holes instead of a long slot in its angle adjustment feature is a very
welcome site. I was able to mount all the pedals on hand here at the SRG including offerings from Logitech, Thrustmaster, Fanatec, and my HPPs. However all is not perfect
here as there is some noticeable flex in the pedal tray when driving in an aggressive manner. Mostly under braking. I would like to see some sort of bracing implemented in the back of the tray to bring this flex under control. Now on to the wheelbase support and mount system. Again here you can tell the focus of attention was on minimizing flex. The wheelbase mount itself is one very solid unit. Using no less than 8 M8 bolts to secure it to the 50mm tube. The mounting plate was also very solid with an adjustment range for most to be able to dial in their preferred reach and wheel angle. Of course when a product is put through the SRGs review process it will be pushed hard to test its limits. And this review is no exception. I decided to mount one of my heaviest DD wheelbase solutions to see how the TR8 handled it. A Mige 20 motor with a Q1 quick release connecting my USB modded Fanatec F1 wheel. This package weighed in at over 28.5lbs, or around 13kilos. When driving with this monster mounted, I did get some flex in the wheelbase mount frame. But not in the wheelbase mount itself. To be honest I was not surprised by this result when you consider how far away from the connection point this heavy weight was suspended. It induced a bit of spring effect during heavy force feedback hits. And not really distracting enough to impact my driving. But not and optimal environment to provide driver the finer details a DD wheelbase can deliver. To be fair here I can’t find any mention of the TR8s compatibility with any DD wheel systems. And when I did use my TS-PC racer, and Clubsport 2.5 wheel bases. I did not notice any flex when driving those systems at the limits of their Force Feedback power capabilities. Another high note here is the TR8s ergonomics. The seat that you can get with this cockpit is better than I had expected. A one piece fiberglass shell, with thick dense foam in all the right places provided a good comfortable result once my driving position was dialed in without any mods. I was able to get quite close to my preferred driving position I use in my P1 cockpit. And if the seat brackets had holes to go an inch or so lower, I would have been there. This is as far as I can remember the most comfortable out of the box cockpit I’ve tested. The speaker mounts available for the TR8 are a solid solution. With the only minor gripe of not being able to change the angle of the rear speakers for a more direct path to the drivers ears. The keyboard tray did have an issue of getting its clamp tight on the 50mm tubing where I mounted it. But I was able to shim it a bit to get things more stable. I’m sure there are those who really like the double deck style of this keyboard accessory, but I would rather see a mouse area located on the same plane as the tray. This for more clearance  when having to run a wheelbase at lower angles. Overall I like what the guys at Track Racer have come up with here in the TR8 cockpit. There is room for improvement, but that is true any pre-fabricated type of cockpit I have tested to date.

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