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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NRG Prisma Seat Review

I get emails from people all the time asking if I know of a good racing seat that is more affordable than the ones from Sparco, OMP, Bride and such. And I really didn’t
have a good answer. As I don’t like to recommend something that I have not had a chance to test in the SRG. So, I went looking for a seat that wouldn’t  break the bank. But at the same time not be a like some of the cheap eBay seats that have flex in them. A stiff bucket seat is another Sim Racing cockpit item I think is a requirement
to fully realize tactile feedback from other hardware elements we mount to our cockpits. With the brake pedal being one that comes to mind first. If you have a nice stiff seat shell. When you press on the brake pedal, especially Load cell equipped ones, you get a more precise feel of the pressure it takes to apply the brake. Which is important to be able to brake consistently. With a seat that flexes when you apply the brake you lose some of the finer detail in the tactile feedback you get from it. If you have tactile and motion elements on your cockpit, again a stiff seat shell will let you experience them much better. I could go on but I think you guys get my point here. I can say that this Prisma seat is very stiff. Just as stiff as my Sparco Evo seat. Which is my favorite seat to date. But, of course my Sparco seat cost well over twice what you pay for this Prisma. And I’m actually a bit embarrassed to say that. With most of the savings coming from the fact that the Prisma is not an FIA certified seat. Which
means I would not want to mount it in real circuit racing car. But fine for uses like track days I think. Everyone that tried this seat liked the smooth Alcantera like material
that it uses. And the multi colored metal flake finish went over quite well. This seat comes with a set of side mount seat brackets attached. Adding some value to the Prisma. Also, I had several different body types sit in the Prisma. With no complaints of it being too tight from anyone. Unlike when they sit in my Sparco seat which fits
my 5’8″ 150lb frame like a glove. At around 300.00 for the Prisma, I think it is a good value. And will be able to serve the Sim Racing role just as good as my Sparco can.
And should be at the top of your list when looking for a nice stiff bucket seat for you rig.

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Thrustmaster “True” QR Review

Final thoughts on the Thrustmaster True quick releas kit from Peter Makes Things. I always enjoyed using my Thrustmaster wheels when I was regularly using them. The only thing that I didn’t like was the quick release system. Not because it didn’t work, but because I had to unscrew the phillips head screw to change my wheels. I don’t use a Thrustmaster wheel as my go to wheelbase anymore. But it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate how a true quick release system can make life a lot easier for those who do use a Thrustmaster wheelbase on a daily basis. This “True” quick release system takes easily sourced, and inexpensive eBay quick releases, and turns them into a very nice upgrade for your Thrustmaster wheel collection. The ability to quickly change between different
wheels is always a plus no matter what wheelbase you drive. Using custom designed 3D printed PLA and PETG parts this kit is easy to assemble and tune. The included shim selection should get
your quick release connection nice and tight. I have included a link to Peter’s video in this video’s description section on how to use these shims to tune your fitment. So look for it there. You can purchase this kit from peter on eBay. I will also provide a link to that listing. Overall I think this is a great product. And if you are looking for a real, or “True” quick release system for your Thrustmaster kit, you should have this one on you short list.

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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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NLR Traction Plus Platform Review

Final thoughts on the Traction Plus Platform from the guys at Next Level Racing. The first thing you notice about this unit is the heft and solid, commercial level build quality. Manufactured by Motion
Systems. An established builder of motion simulation solutions. Everywhere I looked, I could see that the Traction Plus Platform was built to last and take some abuse. Thick 4mm steel plate is used
through out in this build.  A testament to this is the 101lbs that each of these modules weigh. You will need a friend to properly handle these motion units. The parts used in the mechanical sections of the Traction Plus also look be of very good quality. With solid engineering theory like the heavy duty chromed rails to guide the multiple pulleys used to maneuver the motion sections. Adding a nice
sealed bearing configuration to help the those pulleys track straight. Which reduces wear in those areas. The use of cogged toothed belts and gears to move the modules creates a smooth and relatively quite ride. I like the way that there are access panels in all the right places to ensure that the owner will be able to properly maintain and even execute repair if needed. I could see that if you ever needed to replace a belt, it would be something that most could do without too much problem. The software package that is used to tune this unit is easy to use. With what I think are intuitive tuning controls for making changes. The addition of the Motion Post Processing section will give the owners who love to tweak settings plenty to play with. Of course the real magic here happens when driving the Traction Plus Platform. Now I had a motion platform with a Yaw element for a few years. Which operated like most we see today. Using a static pivot point on the front of the chassis and moving the rear of the chassis for inducing Yaw. The Traction Plus unit uses a different take on this. Using a front and rear module that can move in a lateral direction independent of each other. Which not only does Yaw, but also give us a Sway element that is quite convincing. If you have never been in a motion cockpit that has a real Sway function, you are in for a treat. The feel of a cars chassis as it enters, apexes, and exits a corner has never been so immersive to me. You can feel the cars weigh transfer from side to side as it loads and unloads the suspension. The Yaw and Sway elements work seamlessly together to give you a motion experience that you have to feel for yourself to fully understand the impact it has on immersion. I actually turned down the V3 seat movers pitch and roll to very low levels. Especially the roll element, as the Traction Plus unit made roll less relevant with its convincing Yaw and Sway movements. From what I have seen, and felt so far of the Traction Plus Platform. I would not hesitate to recommend it for someone looking to add a very immersive Yaw and Sway element to their cockpit. It is certainly built to commercial use standards. With around 400 hours of use in mostly a convention environment, this unit is still going strong with no issues that I could detect. It comes with a 2 year warranty for home use, and a 1 year warranty for commercial use. Which says that the manufacturer of this unit has high confidence in the durability of the Traction Plus Platform. But, all is not perfect here yet. Next Level Racing only had profile for Assetto Corsa that was ready for use at the time of this review. I was told that a profile for iRacing would be released soon. Also with a stated weight limit of 518lbs or 235 kilos, you will have to put some effort into meeting that limit when planning to mount you own rig to this unit. Which I’m sure some of you are thinking about while watching this review. I know I am. Now I’m sure there will be a lot of “it cost too much” comments about the Traction Plus Platform And at 6000.00 I would readily agree that it is expensive. However, if you consider who manufactures this unit, the build quality used here, and especially the added level of immersion it is capable of bringing to you existing cockpit whether it already has a motion element of not, I think those who have the means to purchase the Traction Plus Platform, will be able to see the value here.

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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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The Dubai Autodrome is coming To RaceRoom Racing Experience

The Dubai Autodrome is coming To RaceRoom Racing Experience

Sector3 Studios officially announced that the Dubai Autodrome is coming to the RaceRoom Racing Experience title. As the preview screenshots reveal, we can expect an up to date high-quality track recreation of the famous UAE endurance track. 

At the time of writing, no official release date was mentioned, but when Sector3 Studios says ‘very soon’  they usually mean very soon.

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Porsche 911 GT3 Cup For rFactor 2 Released

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup For rFactor 2 Released

Great times for rFactor 2 fans. After yesterdays release of the awesome Nürburgring Nordschleife track, Studio 397 now released the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car which is the perfect weapon to attack the Green Hell.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for rFactor 2 is available via the dedicated Steam page for a very modest 4,99€.

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Introducing the Gran Turismo Sport September Update

Introducing the Gran Turismo Sport September Update

Polyphony Digital has deployed the latest free update for Gran Turismo Sport. The v1.45 update introduces four new cars, wet conditions on the Tokyo Expressway track, and more.

Features:
1. Four new vehicles, including classic Chevrolets and 1970’s sports cars, join the lineup.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Racer Concept ’59 (Gr.

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Nürburgring Nordschleife For rFactor 2 Released

Nürburgring Nordschleife For rFactor 2 Released

As expected after yesterdays promising teaser screenshot, Studio 397 has now released the highly anticipated Nürburgring Nordschleife track for the rFactor 2 racing simulator.

The new Nürburgring Nordschleife track for the rFactor 2 is available via the dedicated Steam page for 11,99€.

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Studio 397 Is Getting Ready To Release The Nordschleife For rFactor 2

Studio 397 Is Getting Ready To Release The Nordschleife For rFactor 2

It becomes clear that Studio 397 is getting ready to release the highly anticipated Nürburgring Nordschleife track for the rFactor 2 racing simulator.

A few days ago, Studio 397 posted a screenshot stating they were counting the days. However, the latest screenshot makes it clear they are now counting the hours.

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Ascher Racing F64-USB Wheel Review

Final thoughts on the new F64-USB wheel from Ascher racing. Whenever I get a piece of hardware from Martin I expect to receive a top shelf, polished product. And the F64 is exactly that. The fit and finish on this wheel is top flight everywhere I looked. Attention to detail is what Ascher Racing products are known for, and the F64 maintains this expectation quite nicely. The buttons on this wheel have a nice stiff feel to them. And you have to really press one with purpose to activate it. Which to me is a good thing. You won’t’ have to worry about accidentally activating a switch on this wheel. The 7 way joysticks are, as usual a treat to use. They have nice tactile feel to all of their movements. The four rotory switches are also on par with the 7 ways when it comes to tactile feel. And give use a sense of continuity with the rest of the F64s controls. The two 12 way rotory switches are also top flight units that have a nice detent spacing and feel. The shifters on the F64 are the same ones used on the F28-FC wireless wheel that I reviewed a while back. They offer a very crisp, firm, and tactile feel when activated. And it’s very easy to tell that you have made a shift. Now they are rather loud. So keep that in mind if you race in close proximity to someone trying to sleep. The dual clutch feature on this wheel is something I personally like to have, as I do some races with a standing starts.  Allowing you dial in a constant no spin start for those types of events. Setting up the bite point on the F64 couldn’t be easier. And the fact that you can adjust the bite point in full percentage points as well as points in a tenth of a percentage point makes it easier to dial it in where you want it. The bite point engages in less than 20ms so you won’t’ have the delay that is present in some other dual clutch solutions. Another bonus with the F64 is the configuration software that is included here. Easy to use, and some great options to get you wheel setup to your own personal taste. Overall the F64-USB wheel has met the very lofty expectation levels I had for it. And should be on your short list of wheels if you are in the market for one.

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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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Trak Racer TR8 Cockpit Review “The Build”

Final thoughts on the build process for Track Racers TR8 Sim Racing Cockpit. This is Part one of a two part video review series on the TR8. This one is called the  “Build”. Make sure you look for part two of this review called the “Setup” I have to say that everything about this cockpit has a very stiff and sturdy feel to it. Using 2″ or 50mm tubing that is 2mm or 3/32″ thick. Adding bracing and double sided welds in all the right places, brings it all together to produce a very sturdy cockpit result indeed. Of course we still have to configure this cockpit with our hardware and spend some time running it to reach a final conclusion on its performance. Which we will do in part 2 of this review. The pedal tray seems to have plenty of range to be able to dial in you preferred pedal position. I like that the TR8uses a series of holes instead of a smooth slot in its angel adjustment mechanism. And this theme carries on the Wheelbase brackets adjustment range. Speaking of which, based on its design and the way it clamps on to the top tube of the upper frame section. It looks to be able to provide a very stiff and flex free wheelbase mount. The custom seat used is kit is a one piece fiberglass design. I wish more cockpits came with this type of seat instead of the adjustable back type of seat. It has plenty of thick foam padding which should allow it to fit a lager range of body types. So far the TR8 kit is looking like it will provide a very solid driving experience.

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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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