JCL V4 4DOF D-BOX Motion Cockpit Review

JC Godard is man who drives his own race car in real races. So, if anyone is qualified to build a simulator to replicate the feeling of driving a real race car it would someone like him. And I think the resulting immersion you get from the V4 is proof of that. When I first saw videos of the V4 platform in action, It didn’t look as though the driver would feel much more than some good braking effects as you
are pressed into harness, and that would be it. As with many things in the Sim Racing hardware world, pictures or videos are not
a good way to judge how a motion system is working. Selecting D-Box to provide motion elements in the V4 was a wise choice. In my
opinion it is the best actuator motion system when you want a seasoned, fully developed, turn key system. With an intuitive and easy to use user interface, it will also be an easier solution to support and service once the system has been deployed and is in use by the costumer. The V4 platform uses the 4 actuator Gen 2 4250i kit from D-Box as the base motion element providing the usual awesome tactile, pitch, roll, and heave motion elements. With a single 1250i 3 inch actuator to provide the forth DOF motion element, Surge.
The build quality of the V4 chassis is certainly at a commercial level. Very well laid out cable management and heavy duty corner brackets are use throughout the build. The very clever slider system that JCL has developed here works a treat. The thick cockpit
slider brackets mount to an hour glass shaped rail which looks to me to be made from a Delrin like material. The actual slider mechanism houses two opposing rows of ball bearings riding on the upper ridge of the rail. Providing a very slick movement, while
requiring minimal effort to move. This system is also used, on the quick controls adjusting elements adding a locking system that is so well made it only requires minimal effort to release and secure. Speaking of the quick controls feature on the V4 I am testing here. If you have the need to quickly change between different sized drivers, like in a game center environment, or a simulator that a race team use. The quick controls feature is a must I would think. Making control location changes could not be easier, or quicker. Now let’s talk a bit about the Surge DOF that this system delivers. JCL and D-Box have been collaborating on this result for more than two years. And the
final result is something that will change your mind about how effective the Surge effect can be. It is much more than just a chassis that moves forward under breaking. It replicates the varying amount of G force you feel under all braking conditions. Continuing to squeeze you against the harness belts as you reach the end of you braking threshold marks. It does this with a surprising amount of finesse and accuracy that you need to experience fully appreciate. Then there is the awesome effect of engine braking the system delivers. This is the first time I have been in any motion solution that can do this. To actually feel a race cars engine braking while feathering the throttle in a corner is quite an eye opener. And allows you to learn a certain cars handling characteristics unlike I ever have before. The shifting queues the V4 delivers are also the best I have felt to date. Having your whole cockpit pop forward during up shifts is of course much better than just pitch motion, or what a tactile solution can deliver. Overall the V4 D-Box solution that I received has made me change the way I look at motion simulation now. The configuration that D-Box and JCL has developed for this V4 system is spot on. Not hard to see that there were many hours of development being put in here to deliver something so convincing. This is the first time I had other drivers ask me when would be the earliest they could come back to the SRG and have another session in this V4 full motion platform. Now, you can buy this platform in many different configuration levels. The V4 is a very flexible design that can be used with a cockpit
of your choosing. Like a Sim Lab P1-X. All you have to do is tell JCL how wide you cockpit is and they can build the V4 platform to fit it.
Then professionally crate it up and ship it to anywhere in the world. If you have the means the V4 would be an awesome motion system
to own no doubt.

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Unboxing The HP Reverb Pro Edition VR Headset – By AussieStig

Unboxing The HP Reverb Pro Edition VR Headset – By AussieStig

Mark Puc, aka AussieStig had the opportunity to test the new HP Reverb Pro VR headset which is being hailed as the new benchmark in Commercial VR solutions.

The HP Reverb Pro is the successor to the company’s first Windows VR headset and is compatible with Windows Mixed reality and Steam VR through an official plugin, making it perfectly suitable for some serious sim racing use.

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F1 2019 – Compatible Wheels And Controllers Revealed

F1 2019 – Compatible Wheels And Controllers Revealed

Codemasters have revealed the compatible wheels, controllers and peripheral list for the official 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship game on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One. Check them all out below.

F1 2019 features all the official teams, drivers and all 21 circuits from the 2019 season. This year sees the inclusion of F2 with players being able to complete the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship.

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Vesaro D-BOX Powered Stage 6 Pro Motion Simulator Review By AussieStig

Vesaro D-BOX Powered Stage 6 Pro Motion Simulator Review By AussieStig

Back in October 2018, a very excited Mark Puc aka AussieStig announced that a DBOX powered Vesaro Racing Simulator was going to be dispatched to his sim racing studio in the Netherlands. The British Vesaro Simulators in Kent, UK, design, engineer and build a selection of very impressive high-end racing simulators for home and professional use.

In a previous video, AussieStig took us for a walk around his awesome Vesaro D-BOX equipped Pro Motion simulator and pointed out some of the main features of the rig. Today, he presents his long-term review of the Vesaro D-BOX powered Stage 6 Pro Motion Simulator. During this talk & drive session, Aussie shares plenty of cool info regarding this high-end motion rig and shares his thoughts.

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2018 Black Friday Sim Racing Deals

2018 Black Friday Sim Racing Deals

In the USA, the day after Thanksgiving is famous for its Black Friday Sales. Since the early 2000s, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The last few years Black Friday even spread beyond the American borders.

For bargain hunters, it is the biggest shopping festival of the year. So let’s have a look if there are some interesting deals to be made for Sim Racing enthusiasts. Should we missed out on some interesting deals, just let us know in the comments section, so we can update the list below.

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DBOX powered VESARO Racing Simulator Test By AussieStig – Part 1

DBOX powered VESARO Racing Simulator Test By AussieStig – Part 1

A few weeks ago, an exited Mark Puc aka AussieStig announced that a DBOX powered Vesaro Racing Simulator was dispatched to his sim racing studio in the Netherlands.

Now AussieStig finished the assembly of the Vesaro rig and shared part-1 of a multi-part video-series in which he will test this high-end sim racing chassis. In this first episode, AussieStig takes us for a walk around the awesome Vesaro D-BOX equipped Pro motion simulator and points out some of the main features of the rig.

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