PESC & PESPC R4.2 Review

CoRe Drivers Both P12 in PESC & PESPC Silverstone Weekend

– due to the cancellation of round four at Le Mans few weeks ago the series of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Super Cup as well as the Sprint Challenge headed to Silverstone. CoRe SimRacing was represented by PESC drivers Carl Jansson and Sindre Setsaas as the PESPC line-up consisted of Thomas Gibson, Samuel Libeert and Matti Sipilä this time by.

It was a tough race for Gibson, Libeert and Sipilä after qualifying in the mid-fields of a competitive Porsche Cayman GT4 grid. Trouble out of the Copse corner in lap one made Gibson and Libeert suffer damage to their cars early on. A retirement and a rough race result outside the Top-20 for both of them let all the hopes go to Sipilä who was trying to defend and keep to a Top-10 position before the race finish. Nevertheless with fierce battles and defensive moves all along a maximum of a 12th position was all Sipilä could save up at the end. With moderate points in the bag though the guys will head on to the next round while Gibson still remains on P2 in the overall standings while Libeert looks close to the Top 10 in the lists. The next round will be at Road Atlanta.

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TrueBrake Logitech Brake Pedal Mod Review

Final thoughts on the TrueBrake Logitech brake pedal mod kit from the guys at AXCSIM. This kit takes a different approach than others I have tested. Using a sensitive linear potentiometer to deliver the same result you would see from other pressure based systems currently used in sim racing brake pedals. The materials and production methods
used here are all top flight bits. Starting with the CNC machined 6061 aluminum body you can tell that AXCSIM wanted their product to stand the test of time. The Bourns linear potentiometer used here has a very liquid smooth movement to it. Which conveys a quality feel. The stiff inner spring gives this unit the a stiff, short pedal stroke under use. Which allows the user to navigate braking requirements by the amount of pressure applied rather than how far you have pressed the pedal. The four machined aluminum pucks sporting the polyurethane bumpers allow to adjust the pedals preload, or take up distance by selecting between their different heights and inserting using them in the
spring stack that provides this function. Even the top cap that captures the three fins in the top of the brake pedals top
piece has been machined from the same aluminum stock. Much better solution than a rubber hose with slots cut into
it. Installation is very easy compared to other load cell solutions available. So you should be up in running in short
order. When Driving the TrueBrake, I was able to initiate braking by sensing the amount of pressure it took to get the
desired result just as advertised and like other pressure based braking solutions. Which in turn makes braking very consistent. And this is exactly what you want from a brake pedal. At 62.00 plus shipping, this is one of those products that seems to justify the amount of money spent as soon as you take it out of the box.

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PESC & PESPC R4 Review

PESC : Fuel Drama At LeMans / PESPC : Libeert & Gibson Inside Top-10

PESC | With a months break between rounds, Setsaas and Jansson had a great opportunity to kick on in the fourth round of the Porsche Tag Heuer Esports Supercup. Setsaas entered in 7th in the standings, and Jansson was looking to push towards the top 20 after a continuation of his bad luck in Donington Park last time out. Qualifying at such a long circuit gave the drivers their biggest test to date, and Setsaas would again provide a strong laptime, seeing himself qualify in position 8, which with the reverse grid would line him up on pole for the opening race. Jansson would line up in a solid 26th.

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Setsaas & Jansson Qualified For PESC 2020

Two CoRe drivers in the 2020 Porsche Esports Super Cup!

The tough qualifier series for the 2020 Porsche Esports Super Cup has finally come to an end and the results are official. CoRe SimRacing drivers Sindre Setsaas and Carl Jansson made it into the list as one of the best 20 drivers in the series and are qualified for this year’s Porsche Esports Super Cup. They will compete against the best iRacing Porsche Cup drivers and race for a sweet prize pool. Sindre finished the series with a solid Top-5 result while Carl barely made it in by qualifying on 20th position on the list. Nevertheless the effort was extremely high to grab one of the highly demanded available spots. Three months of hard dedication paid off for the CoRe drivers to earn a spot on the overall 40 car sized grid.

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Cube Controls Formula CSX 2 Review

This is Cube Controls flagship Formula 1 wheel from their Formula 1 wheel line. Which includes the Formula Sport, which I have already reviewed a while back. and the Formula Pro. This CSX 2 is a feature packed F1 style wheel. I think it can do just about anything that you would want to with all the available inputs. The lighted buttons have good spring tension and a satisfying click when you press them. The addition of the different sized button shields with raised sections. Allows you to easily navigate between them once you mentally map your anchor points. This is a plus if you are a VR driver. Easy to find you way around all of the controls using the different sized button shields as a guide. The 7 way hat joystick is a great feature and worked as designed. I  only wish there was more than one of them. The knob on this 7 way has nice definitive edges on it. Giving you a good non slip surface to grip. Which is also a feature on
the side and grip rotory switches. Speaking of which, they feel like very good units. Very little lash on the shafts and good feedback from the detents in them. No problem feeling how many clicks you have turned them. The front rotorys also have aluminum knobs, but have a smoother edge on them. They also work very well with only enough lash to let them turn. The selector switches do have a bit more lash than the other encoders but did not have any issues when
I was using them. The UGT display that Cube is using here is a treat to look at. All 4.3 inches of it. The UGT app that controls the display and wheel functions is easy to use and allows you to do a lot of customization to your dashes. I did have an issue with changing the color of one of my added elements. But other than that it worked quite well. The Cube Controls shifters are up to the usual high standard I am used to when reviewing their wheels. Good range of adjustments and just fun to use. Using a Hall effect solution on them should give them long life cycles. The dual clutches did a great job of allowing me to dial in a good launch point. And no hoops to jump through. Just turn the bite point wheel to adjust. And off you go. I like that Cube has added reinforcement points
where the 4mm thick carbon plate meets the grips. This has certainly made a noticeable improvement to the overall stiffness of the wheel. Now this is by no means and inexpensive wheel. At 1500.00 plus shipping, not something that everyone is going to want. But it is a feature packed F1 style wheel that has
a solid build quality to it. And believe or not, you can spend a lot more than this on a function rich F1 wheel in the today’s market. So, I think if you are looking for this type of wheel, the CSX 2 should be on your short list of ones to consider I think.

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Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Shifter Sequential Review

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is originally from a review from September 22, 2018. I am providing a written version of the review for people who may want to read what I had originally written.)

This is my review of the Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Shifter Sequential. This is my first dedicated sequential shifter review, as in the past I’ve used “Hybrid Shifters”, such as the Fanatec Clubsport Shifter or the Thrustmaster TH8RS. While those shifters can alternate between H-Pattern and Sequential shifting, it’s more of a “Jack of All Trades, Master of None” situation. Generally, it was the “Sequential Mode” that struggled more for both shifters, in my opinion. 

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Feel VR Pedals One Review

First impressions of this pedal set out of the box is positive. Having an all metal construction give them a heft that you would not expect from a set of pedals at this price point. At 6.3 kilos a substantial feeling kit here. The aesthetics on the set do seem to come together for an overall pleasing look I think. Throughout this review I tried to properly manage the expectation of a pedal set that comes in at the price that the early supporters got them at. I found that expectations were exceeded in some areas and not met in others. The high points being a brake pedal with a load cell and decent bumper stack. The
contactless position sensors on the clutch and throttle. The custom circuit board sporting the load cell amplifier and USB conversion electronics. A very good range of adjustability is available in all the pedals. The pedal faces, although not what I would call stainless, do have nice shapes to them that lend to themselves to smoother pedal operation. Then we have areas where this set needs some improvement I think. There are sharp edges on some of the parts used in sets construction. With the most notable being the pedal faces. The back edge of these pieces were sharp enough to cause
some concern. So, one needs to be mindful of this when working on the pedals. The overall finish on this set could easily be improved by filing down the sharp edges. The metal plate that all the parts are mounted to is just too thin. It causes some unnecessary flex when the pedals are being used. So much so that pushing on the brake pedal actually induces movement in both the clutch and throttle pedals. I did sense some tortional flex in the pedal arms under hard use. I believe this is due to the unsupported span on the pedal levers between the top spreader and the rod end mounting point. The brake pedal pivot point quickly developed a very annoying metallic squeak. I was able to temporarily fix this with some spray lube. Not enough to keep the squeak from returning though. Again, I think this is something that the guys at Feel VR should be able to fix with a few tweaks to the joints assembly. Overall, I think these pedals still need some refinement to make them what I think they are capable of being.

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Cube Controls Formula Sport Wheel Review

Back in February 2019 I did a review on Cube Controls first Formula wheel offering. It was their high end wheel at the time. The Sport wheel is the entry level wheel of the three different models they offer now. So no clutches, or lit buttons, except for the toggles, on this unit. But it does come with all the latest design changes. I like the way Cube has increased the stiffness of their wheel by adding 6 more mounting points to the nice looking carbon fiber front plate. The new grips on this wheel offer a shape that is deeper than they are wide. I thought them to be very comfortable while I was using it. And the new injection grip material can be used with or without gloves. I used it with gloves during my testing sessions and never had any issue with slipping. The 13 buttons give a decent tactile feel when pressed. And the angled button shields give you extra tactile guidance to your intended button. A plus for VR racers too. The 7 way joystick is a treat to use, and has a nice texture to it. I only wish there were 2 of them instead of 1. But I say that any time I review a wheel with only one. The front rotories give a good sense of feel. Nicely spaced detents make it easy to turn and not overshoot your intended setting. The
aluminum housing in the rear is nicely machined and finished. The circuit board inside is a very professional looking unit. Keeping with what I have seen thus far when testing any wheel from Cube Contols. The carbon and aluminum shifters have a good range of adjustability for an F1 styled wheel. And being switchless in design, should give a long life cycle. They are also a pleasure to use. Giving you a nice
crisp tactile click when activated. I like the design of the hub you use for mounting. Allowing you to use either 70mm or 50.8mm quick release adapters. Not really anything to not like with this wheel.
It has no bad habits I could find and seems to be one that is built well enough to last a long time.

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NEO 24H Series R3 Review

CoRe With Third Consecutive Podium Position!

The third round of the NEO Endurance 24H Esport Series was taking place at Silverstone for a six hours race. CoRe SimRacing TCR drivers Thomas Gibson and Carl Jansson tackled the challenge to beat CraigSetupShop’s Jack Sedgwick and Simeon Lynch once again.

A thrilling TCR fight, back and fourth, between SimRC, CraigSetupShop and CoRe’s Thomas Gibson encountered the first couple of laps in the third round at Silverstone – CoRe was able to grab the lead after a first battle against SimRC while CraigSetupShop shortly dropped back in the Audi RS3 field. The traffic consisting of Porsche and GT3 cars made the stint management hefty for Gibson, but a tiny lead was achieved. Simeon Lynch performed well as the secondary driver and put pressure on Carl while CoRe tried to defend the lead.

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Next Level Racing Wheel Stand Lite Review

Here is my review on the Next Level Racing Wheel Stand Lite. This is a budget entry-level Sim Racing wheel stand, retailing for $149, meant for the space-conscious Sim Racer. This is my second wheel stand review, and this is a drastically different model than the Trak Racer FS3 that I just reviewed the other day. The way I am viewing this wheel stand from Next Level Racing is a tier BELOW the Trak Racer FS3, as the standard wheel stand from NLR is priced and specced more to compete with the FS3.

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