Kartkraft Update Available – Customizations

Kartkraft Update Available – Customizations

Studio Black Delta deployed a new update for their KartKraft karting simulator focusing on customizations.

Besides the usual list of fixes and improvements, this update brings you the first batch of parts and apparel from AIM, Arai, Alpinestars, KG, and Oryx. You can start showcasing your style, by going to the pits, select your kart, choose your setup, and then browse the parts menu to select a new component.

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Sim-Lab Fanatec Podium Mount Review

Final thoughts on the Sim-Lab Podium Wheelbase Mount. Anytime you have a Direct Drive wheelbase, it’s good practice to make sure you have a solid mounting assembly. This will guarantee that you get all the fine details that these systems are capable of delivering. The stock flat wheelbase mount deck that comes with the P1-X cockpit is great for mounting belt or gear driven force feedback wheelbases. But once you mount a Direct drive wheelbase to it, you can detect some flex in that flate plate when running
at higher torque levels. The new Podium mount from Sim Lab is a noticeable improvement in the way the DD2 feels now. I can feel more of the finer details that this direct drive motor can produce. Being able to mount the DD2 using the M8 sized holes in the sides of its case, provides the proper bracing for this high torque motor. Using the M6 holes on the bottom of the wheelbase as you
may imagine, does not give as solid a result. And the full potential of the DD2 cannot be realized when mounted that way. The materials used in this kit are all high quality bits. And coming from the guys at Sim-Lab I would expect nothing else. Another bonus here is that if you have a profile cockpit that is not a Sim-Lab brand. You can still use this mount if you have your own profile pieces cut to the proper length use them in place of the ones that come in the kit. So, if you have a Fanatec Podium wheelbase and need a proper way to mount it to your profile cockpit, you should be looking hard at this solution.

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GRID Supported Peripheral List

GRID Supported Peripheral List

Codemasters published the list of compatible controllers for their upcoming new GRID racing game for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Codemasters promised fears racing on four continents, in different game modes such as Circuit, Street Racing, Oval, Hot Laps, Point-to-Point, and World Time Attack.

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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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Z-Ring Podium Wheelbase QR Flex Reducer Review

Final thoughts on the Z-Ring shaft adapter for the Fanatec Podium Series Wheel bases. First I want to make sure the guys at EKSimracing get full credit for designing this rather clever solution to
allow owners of the Fanatec Podium Series wheelbases to eliminate any flex they may have in their quick release connections. They also have a design for the complete wheelbase side shaft that may eliminate any flex moving forward. All you need is a 3D printer, or friend with a 3D printer to make one. Once that’s done, it’s simple matter of swapping out the rubber band and gold washer for you newly printed unit. Then just install your wheels as is normally done on the Podium Series wheelbases. And start enjoying your new found increase in wheel to Wheelbase
connection firmness.

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Fanatec Podium DD2 Review

The overall build quality of the DD2 is typical Fanatec style. It’s presents itself as a very polished piece of Sim racing hardware. With features that some other wheelbases don’t have. The main one that sticks out to me is the front OLED panel display. Here the user can get live real time information on the status of certain wheel functions. Like motor data, temp info and fan speed, system info, and my personal favorite FFB torque output in real time. Very handy indeed. With cooling air drawn in from the front of the motor case and expelled out of the back, I never even
heard the fan running. With a peak torque rating of 25Nm this unit requires a large power supply to keep it happy. I do like that the power supply has its own fan for cooling duties. The E-stop button is a nice add on for this wheelbase. Being able to turn the wheelbase on and off with its included power button feature is a welcome addition. I found it interesting that the E-stop button
actually powers down the motor instead of disabling the motors torque like most other DD motor solutions. I like how solid the wheelbase quick release assembly felt here. I did have to tighten
the M6 bolts on the locking collar on my sample to eliminate the wheel losing its center point when driving. Something that you should not have to do on a new wheelbase, but easy enough to fix. Now because the this assembly is so stiff with no flex, it did cause attention to be drawn to the not new issue of the flex in the wheel side quick release that is used on most all Fanatec wheels, Universal hub, and upcoming Podium hub. Even with the expanding rubber ring cinched down as tight as I could get it, and using the fixing bolt, there was still some visible flex in that area. I would love to see Fanatec come out with an adapter that would connect directly to the  DD2’s motor shaft like the current wheelbase side quick release unit does. With a 70mm PCD bolt pattern in a plate that would allow users to attach their own quick release solution. This would allow us to squeeze the last bit of force feedback fidelity that the DD2 has to offer. Speaking
of which, the driving experience with the DD2 is quite good. It has all the power that most any Sim racer would ever want I think. With the overall driving experience to be just as good as other
newer direct drive solutions I have tried to date. And now we have the new Fanalab tuning software to make dialing in your preferred Force feedback feeling a rather easy thing to do. I was able to get my DD2 setup where I really didn’t want more adjustments that are not already available using Fanalab. Of course not every feature was available on the 1.08 beta version that I was
using. But this is early days for Fanalab and am sure it will be tweaked a lot as it matures. Just like other direct drive wheel tuning software that’s available from other vendors has. Really looking forward to seeing how this application improves moving forward. Overall I really like the DD2 wheelbase. I couldn’t find anything to complain about when it comes to driving with it. No obvious
bad habits were detected. I wasn’t sure how a direct drive motor using an out runner design would function in this role. But I’m happy to say it does this job quite well.

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Automobilista Hotfix V1.5.26 Deployed

Automobilista Hotfix V1.5.26 Deployed

Reiza Studios deployed a new hotfix patch for their Automobilista racing title. Update v1.5.26 includes some urgent fixes and improvements, while also the AMS Dedicated app on Steam has been updated to rectify a few issues with mismatches.

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Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2 Review By The Sim Channel

Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2 Review By The Sim Channel

The Sim Channel published a very informative quick review of the Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.

This Formula-style wheel is officially licensed for Xbox One and Windows 10. The Microsoft security chip inside the wheel means you can attach this product to any of the current Fanatec wheelbases and enjoy full Xbox One compatibility.

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Fanatec Podium DD1 Direct Drive In-Depth Review By The Sim Channel


Fanatec Podium DD1 Direct Drive In-Depth Review By The Sim Channel

The German Sim Racing hardware manufacturer Fanatec, offers a complete line-up of high-end Direct Drive solutions. The Fanatec Podium DD1 and DD2 are standalone wheelbases featuring different levels of performance, while the Podium Racing Wheel F1 is the first ever direct drive system officially licensed for the PlayStation 4.

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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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RaceRoom Updated – FR X-90 CUP Available

RaceRoom Updated – FR X-90 CUP Available

Sector3 Studios deployed a new update for their RaceRoom Racing Experience title. Besides a healthy list of fixes and improvements for the simulator, this latest update also adds some new DLC content in the form of the Formula RaceRoom 90 car which is an open-wheeler roughly based on a selection of Formula One cars from the ’90s.

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Assetto Corsa Competizione Hotfix Version 1.0.1 Deployed

Assetto Corsa Competizione Hotfix Version 1.0.1 Deployed

A week ago, 505 Games and Kunos Simulazioni released the full version (V1.0) of Assetto Corsa Competizione, the official game of the Blancpain GT Series on Steam. Now Kunos deployed a new hotfix (V1.0.1) update ironing out some of the most urgent issues reported by the ACC community.

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Fanatec CSL Elite Wheel Base V1.1 Now Available

Fanatec CSL Elite Wheel Base V1.1 Now Available

Today Fanatec announced the updated CSL Elite Wheel Base V1.1 is available for purchase.

The upgraded V1.1 unit takes the original CSL Elite Wheel Base to the same performance level as the PS4 version. That said, the V1.1 is NOT compatible with PS4, but it shares all of the same improvements, i.e. the same motor and motor electronics as the ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5.

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iRacing – Full 2019 Season 3 Release Details

iRacing – Full 2019 Season 3 Release Details

iRacing.com is getting ready to deploy the 2019 Season 3 build of the iRacing online racing service this coming Tuesday, June 4.

The new build will include six new or upgraded cars, three new or upgraded tracks, a host of massive improvement to the iRacing BETA Interface, and a whole garage-full of other enhancements to make iRacing more realistic than ever before.

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Fanatec Podium Peripherals Update


Fanatec Podium Peripherals Update

Fanatec CEO, Thomas Jackermeier provided the community with some updated information regarding the status of the Fanatec Podium Series Peripherals.

The Fanatec  Podium Direct Drive systems are currently on pre-order via www.fanatec.com/dirtsocials

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Podium KillSwitch

  • This product is available from today in all territories for immediate shipment.
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