Fanatec Mclaren GT3 V2 Wheel Review

Final thoughts on the new, version 2, McLaren GT3 wheel from Fanatec. Out of the box the GT3 exactly like the previous version. Which in no surprise because it is an officially licensed wheel. I have always like the way
this wheel feels in hand with it’s molded rubber grips. It also feels stiffer that you would think a wheel from the elite line wheel would. But it does have a very wide plastic frame that helps give the GT3 that stiff feel The button layout is the same as the old one so nothing new to talk about here. With the good feeling 7 way funky switch the user does have enough inputs here for most to get what they need done. Most of the buttons are easy to reach from the grip position. The biggest changes on this new version to the GT3 wheel are on the back. With the older metal band cinching system being replaced by the new and much better tool free quick release system. Even though it looks like the same rocker styled shifter setup, it is now a magnetic unit that has better tactile feedback when actioned. The dual axis paddles have good spring tension and Fanatec has made it a very easy process to chose how you would like to employ them. From dual clutch to mappable axes they can meet most racers needs. I had no issues quickly setting up a proper bite point when testing. I also took a shot at using the paddles for a throttle and brake instead of my feet. Now Fanatec states on their website that this GT3 can be used on their direct drive podium wheelbases without any problems. But if you want to use it in this way you will need to swap out the Elite QR assembly for a club sport QR. Or you could just cut the small pole off the Elite QR, so it will not action the torque limiter element on the wheels circuit board. Once I was up a driving I liked the way this new version reacted to the 20nm of torque I was running. It didn’t feel like it was being pushed beyond its limit. There was some felt flex or softness when compared to podium level wheels. But again not anything that gave me concern that the wheel could not handle it. Overall I think the GT3 is a good wheel design that can cover a lot of different cars without it feeling out of sorts when you are using it. Of course, you would need a proper round top wheel for any dirt driving activities. At around 200.00 I think this is one of Fanatecs better values.

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Prosimu T1000AL 4M-PRS Motion Platform Review

Final thoughts on the newT1000AL Cockpit from the guys at Prosimu. I did a review on the older all steel T1000 cockpit when I reviewed the Prosimu P5MP platform a few months ago. I found it to not be as strong and as easy to adjust as I would have liked. The new T1000AL addresses most of these concerns. With a base made from 45 series aluminum profile it is noticeably stiffer than the original T1000. The pedal tray, wheelbase mount, and shifter mount are all made from plate steel. Which complements the stiff aluminum frame. When driving the cockpit I did not notice any flex in the wheelbase mount sections. Nice and solid feeling. While the pedal tray also provides a very solid place to mount your pedals and has good angle and reach adjustments, I would have liked to see a way to adjust the height here. The shifter mount uses 4 corner brackets at its
mounting point. But there is no other support at the other end of the profile. While is does get the job done, I think it would be much better add a perpendicular piece of profile at the back to make it as strong as some
other cockpits I have tested. Of course being made from profile, you could always add this yourself. The seat side mount brackets have a good range of adjustment in them, I was able to easily mount my NRG Prisma seat.
I did remove the 45×90 profile pieces under them to lower the seat for a better ergonomic seating position. I tested the T1000AL as a motion solution using some updated parts and Prosimus PRS200 150mm travel actuators. You can order your T1000AL in this configuration. Posimu has improved the controller box by ditching the glass door on the old one for a solid metal door. This should help mitigate EMI interference. They also increased the motor power cable shielding to a 12mm thick unit over the older 7mm ones. Good to see Prosimu making some improvements to their product. The PRS200 actuators didn’t need any improvement as they already deliver great performance. Once I had everything mounted and cabled it was time to have some fun. I used the latest edition of Sim Racing Studios Tuning software. Which is a great alternative to Sim Tools. It did not take much time for me to dial in a good setup. Once I was driving at speed this system came together to deliver a very good motion experience. With a good feel for road surface and bumps. When driving circuit cars
I don’t feel the need for the full travel that the PRS200’s can deliver. But when it comes time for some dirt action, the extra travel capabilities come into their own. I always try to push hard on any systems I review at the
SRG. And the iRacing Lucas Dirt Trucks are a great way to do that. Just a huge amount of fun on this T1000AL 4M setup. Even though I don’t show it on my reviews, this amount of actuator travel is also great for flight
simulation. Overall the new T1000AL cockpit makes a great improvement to the feel of Prosimus motion systems. I think they made a wise move going with aluminum profile for their  cockpit solutions.

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Simagic GT4 Carbon Review

Final thoughts on the new GT4 racing wheel from the guys at Simagic. Out of the box the GT4 has a quality feel to it. The grip design fills my hand in a way that feels comfortable to me. When you hold the GT4 it feels light
yet very stiff. Which makes sense when you see that it has an aluminum housing and a 5.5 mm thick carbon frame. Which is the thickest carbon frame I have ever had on a wheel here at the SRG. The GT4 has two 7 way
joysticks that give the driver 14 different inputs from only two locations. Good to see more wheels coming to market with this much utility. The push buttons on the wheel have a good tactile feel in them and have colored LEDs that allow to you to change the color of each individual one. And you have a total of seven different colors to choose from on each button. Or you can just turn the LEDs off. There are 2 rotary encoders that have what I consider very good detent feel in them. They also have a push button feature. Except for these encoders, all the controls were easy to reach with my thumb from the grip position. The shifters on the GT4 are made from
aluminum with adjustable carbon paddles. They are contactless units that use an infrared sensor. I found them to have a very good tactile feel. And were a pleasure to use. The clutches are made the same way as the shifters. With good spring tension. Setting up the bite point on the clutch was easy. Without any dramas getting a good launch with no wheel spin. I used the GT4 as a USB wheel and connected to the Simagic M10 wheelbase. For USB use it comes with a very nice coiled cable and remote mount solution. With excellent cable connectors installed on the wheel and cables. It performed well in both setups. Just one of those wheels that feels right when using it. If you are looking for a GT styled wheel that has a lot of available functions and a very sturdy build. I would have the GT4 on my list of ones to consider.

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SRP GT Edition Pedals Review

Final thoughts on the SRP GT Edition Pedal set from the guys at Sim Racing Pro. The first impression I got when removing this set from the box was just how clean the layout looked. Even with all the cables connected. The pedals are mounted to a solid 10mm thick baseplate that provides a nice stiff feel when using the pedals. The front pedal faces have a durable finish to them that showed no signs of wear after a few hours of some very spirited heel and toe driving. The pedal faces have a good adjustment range on the lever faces. The pedals can be moved sideways. But only to a predrilled and tapped position. It would also be easy to remove the clutch pedal and position the brake pedal in its place. The overall build quality is very good. There is high quality heavy-duty hardware and fasteners throughout this assembly. Including thick steel pins and bronze bushings
in front pivot points. The GT Edition pedals use stainless steel sleeved pneumatic cylinders to provide resistance and damping effects. There are also plenty of adjustments available on this set to allow the user to dial in
their preferred pedal feel. Sim Racing Pro uses a circuit board of their own design which has a very neat layout. There is a nice LED light feature on this board that will be useful to find a problem should one arise. I used my usual heel and toe driving technique to give the pedals a good workout. If a pedal set has any short term weaknesses this will usually make them noticeable. But I found no  issues here as I hammered away on them. I was able to find a suitable setting on the brake pedal to allow me to go deep into the brake zones consistently. And trail brake the way I normally do. The throttle has enough throw to permit smooth modulation on tricky corner exit points. The clutch does have an interesting magnetic solution employed that give you a sense of pushing on the clutch pressure plate spring. Although, at speed the sensation was not noticeable. As usually happens when you are using the heel and toe technique. Overall I could not find anything in this SRP GT Edition set that would keep me from recommending them as a pedal set that deserves a look if  you are looking for one. A solid set of pedals with a very clean look to them.

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SimCore UD1-J Sim Racing Dashboard Review

Final thoughts on theUD1-J Dashboard from the guys at SimCore. From the moment you take this dash out of the box, you know you have top flight piece of kit in you hands. The machining and finish are very good. You can tell that SimCore is a detail oriented company. The UGT dash fits the front of the machined enclosure perfectly. With every led hole centered on its led. Sometimes I can find a hole or two that are not perfectly aligned when looking at wheels or dashes that have them. Not on this one. I like the way the enclosure has a visor element machined into it. This can help keep stay light from interfering with the dashes readouts. Most enclosures you will see out there today are just flat at the top. The back panel is made from carbon fiber. Which fits nicely in the recessed lip around the edge of the enclosure. Once we had the enclosure open you could see the theme of quality kit is also present inside. About as neat and tidy as you can get. The USB connector is a quality unit that reminds me of some audio headphone connectors I have used. A nice spring tensioned collar that allows it to snap securely around the enclosure mounted connector. There are plenty of mounting options available when ordering the dash from Simcore. And I was able to demo several of them here. I did have to use spacers on two of the mounting solutions to clear the rear carbon plate bolts. Using the UD1-J was pretty straight forward. There a lot of features available with the Ultimate Game Tech display used in this unit. Although some may not work depending on which game you are using. I spent a few weeks using this dash on a Mige motor mount and a Kollmorgen motor mount. I found that you can use this dash to your advantage to develop or tweak your race strategies during the event. This is a very nice display that has clear and crisp fonts. Easy to take a quick glance and get the data you are looking for. At around 600.00 this is one of the most expensive I dash solutions I have ever tested. But also the nicest I have
tested.

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CoRe PESC 2021 Preview

CoRe’s Setsaas & Ramsteijn In For Porsche Esports Super Cup 2021!

In what seems like no time at all, we once again are revving up for the 2021 season and focus on the most prestigious simracing series in the world – all eyes look towards the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Super Cup. Starting on January 9th, right through until the end of April, 2021 will go off with a bang, treating us with even more thrilling racing and excitement. A look at the previous season underlines just how fierce and close the competition was in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup was. Just as last year, CoRe SimRacing will field an extremely strong pairing. Firstly, real-life racer and CoRe SimRacing veteran Sindre Setsaas will return for his second season after an impressive 13th place in the world championships in 2020. Partnering the Norwegian is the teams fresh and promising newcomer, Maxim Ramsteijn, from the Netherlands.

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Advanced Sim Racing ASR6 Cockpit Review Part 2 “The Setup”

Final thoughts on the VSR 6 Cockpit from the guys at Advanced Sim Racing. This is part 2, called “The Setup”, of a 2 part video review series on this cockpit. In part 1 went through the complete build process. In this video we will be attaching racing peripherals to the cockpit and testing them in our driving segment. Attaching hardware to the ASR 6 is a pretty straight forward affair. The seat rails are mounted in a perpendicular arrangement and getting my seat bolted to it was quite easy when using my set of side mount seat brackets. The wheelbase mount is a massive piece of steel plate that held a 20nm Mige servo motor with no problem. It is a bit of an effort to get it attached to the ASR 6 wheel uprights. But this was mainly due from the over 36Lb or 16 Kilos combined weight that had to be supported during the installation process. Another set of hands would be very helpful in this situation. But this also makes for a very solid wheelbase mount result. The pedals I used are the type that have a mounting flange with long slots on each side.  A common style these days. This made quick work of getting the pedal set mounted. I did have to use some extra pieces of 40 series profiles and fasteners to get the shifter mounted. But this was because of the shifter I had chosen to use in testing. And also highlights the ability of the 15 series style profiles to use 40 series hardware. Once everything was mounted, it was time to stress test the cockpit with some heel and toe H pattern shifting. This is a very solid cockpit. Exhibiting no weak points or flex what so ever. It truly is a pleasure to drive a cockpit like this. All mounted controls were able to transmit their maximum tactile feedback when using them. Unlike when you mount them to a section of cockpit that has some flex in it. The guys at Advanced Sim Racing have done their homework and have delivered a cockpit that would be on the top of my list when looking for a buy it once and never regret it platform that is pretty much future proof for your Sim Racing Duties.

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Advanced Sim Racing ASR6 Cockpit Review Part 1 “The Build”

Final thoughts on the ASR 6 Aluminum profile cockpit from the guys at Advanced Sim Racing. This is part 1 called “The Build” of a 2 part  review series. In part 2 I will be adding Sim Racing gear to the ASR 6 and then testing it in real world conditions. The first thing you notice when you start taking the parts out of the shipping boxes is the very nicely done white powder coating on the profiles. They have a nice gloss finish and I couldn’t find any defects in that finish. Add the black brackets and support pieces and you have the ultimate in color contrast. Which I think makes the lines of this cockpit stand out more than others. ASR decided to go with a heavy version of aluminum profile here. With no holes in the profiles channel walls like in the light and ultra light types of profiles. Which gives the ASR 6 more mass. Which for me is a good thing. Once  constructed this is
as heavy and solid a cockpit that anyone would every want I think. This kit was complete, with all parts and fasteners present. Building the ASR 6 is a pretty straight forward process. If you are handy with a screwdriver you should be able to build this. All the mounting brackets are made from steel plate that has nice black pebble grain finish to it. Brackets made from steel will have a very noticeable increase in mass when compared to the same brackets made from aluminum plate. So, there will be some areas of the build process that would be easier if you have a second set of hands to help you out. Really not much to complain about with this ASR 6 kit. I did have to use a clamp to get the front end of the 50″ side profiles lined up properly to fit the front connecting plate. But that wasn’t the first time I have had to do this when building with longer aluminum profiles. All these parts come together to give a very solid cockpit result. That should be a great base to Sim Race from. But I won’t be able to comment on that until after I have put some miles on it in testing. Which I will to in part 2 of this 2 part video series called “The Setup”

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Dutch Reinforcement For CoRe

CoRe Welcomes Maxim Ramsteijn To The Team!

CoRe is happy to announce their latest addition to the team : 24 years old Maxim Ramsteijn, living in Nootdorp in the Netherlands, who is working in an aircraft part-out company after finishing his Aviation Engineering studies, will join CoRe SimRacing full-time and prepare for the upcoming Porsche Esports Super Cup in 2021 alongside Sindre Setsaas.

Maxim, who is interested in real-life motorsports and simracing obviously, is also a big fan of wintersports and hitting the gym. Being a competitive guy, Maxim found the entrance to simracing pretty quick after starting out with Porsche 2000 as a young kid. After going through racing games such as DTM Race Driver, GRID and rFactor 1, he finally started out with iRacing in 2012. Getting better and better within the last years, Maxim is finally ready to tackle his journey with CoRe SimRacing : “I expect to become part of a team where people help each other improve their game and work to (continue to) race amongst the best in the world, all whilst not forgetting to enjoy the process. Going into my first pro-season on the service I will be on a team with people who are more experienced than me, so I’m expecting to learn a lot and I’m very much looking forward to doing so!” – said Maxim.

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ARLTC Season 2 Review

Mangan Secures 2nd – Balfour Missing Out Championship Chances

The second season of the Apex Racing League TCR Series was held on various competitive racing circuits around the world once again – fighting for the championship on 13 venues across several months in fall and winter of 2020, CoRe SimRacing decided to join this season with Oscar Mangan and Ross Balfour. Carl Jansson, who decided to enter the series a bit later, was able to contribute valuable points to the team championship by gaining great points and showing solid performance, too.

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