iRacing Development Update – Dirt, Le Mans, VR and more

iRacing Development Update – Dirt, Le Mans, VR and more

June 28th, 2016 by
Steve Myers

We Are Building Dragons

I have spent a LOT of time in the car and on planes lately traveling to meetings and events for some very exciting developments for iRacing.  I can’t really get into the specifics yet on what these trips are for but during these long drives and flights I have had a lot time to reflect on iRacing.  Some thoughts that popped into my head on my travels….

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Scorpion Actuators From PT Actuator Review

Final thoughts on the new Scorpion actuator from the guys at PT Actuator. It’s always good to see a manufacturer making efforts to improve on their products. Especially when it’s easy to see that a
product could be improved upon. But I always considered the Monster actuator from PT Actuator to be a solid, well performing unit. So, what needed improving? Apparently a few things. We now have a larger TBI ball screw unit in the Scorpion. Moving from a 1605 unit found in the Monster, to a beefier 2005 unit. This should give the Scorpion a longer life cycle for this part of the actuators construct.
Along with a new anti-twist solution using a 6 tooth gear and 6 grooves machined into the piston housing unit. This will spread the twisting load on the piston across a larger area. Instead of the single machined grove in the piston shaft used before. Another change here is the new bronze support bushing being used inside the piston to support the end of the screw element in the ball screw unit. Where there was no support before, now we have support for the screws end along the entire stroke of the pistons travel. All these changes come together to create a more robust way to construct their actuators. And is the reason the new Scorpions have increase their weight capacity to 200 kg from the Monsters previous weight capacity of 150 kg. I was also able to convince the guys at PT Actuator to send me a sample actuator so that I could tear it down and do a direct comparison on the differences between the Monster and the Scorpion. This also allowed me to do a build video for those who would like to perform their own maintenance on the new Scorpions. Something I will be doing every two years or so. Overall I am pleased to see PT Actuator was able to improve upon their Monster design without effecting the already great performance I was getting from the Monsters. Now when I’m running the Scorpions I get a good feeling about just how long these units should last.

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iRacing Development Update – Dirt, Le Mans, VR and more

iRacing Development Update – Dirt, Le Mans, VR and more

June 28th, 2016 by
Steve Myers 45 Comments

We Are Building Dragons

I have spent a LOT of time in the car and on planes lately traveling to meetings and events for some very exciting developments for iRacing.  I can’t really get into the specifics yet on what these trips are for but during these long drives and flights I have had a lot time to reflect on iRacing.  Some thoughts that popped into my head on my travels….

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PT Actuator 5DOF Motion System Review Part 3 “Configuring/Testing”

Final thoughts on the PT Actuator 5DOF motion system. This is the last of a 3 part video review series for this PT Actuator build. I have already published the first two. Called “Part 1 the build”, and “Part 2 wiring and cabling”. This does reflect the complexity of this 5DOF system. But I believe anyone that is handy with tools can get it done. Especially now that you have my videos to help you sort things along the way. There were
two updated parts I received during this build. I think this shows the commitment of PT Actuator to continually improve on this kit when the need arises. And they are always looking for ways to improve or tweak on
the components they make. I also tested the third party E-Stop unit from Bajer. I like it and think you should give it a look if you need and E-Stop that is compatible with the PT Actuator controller unit. The default software that is used with PT Actuators kits is Sim Tools. And you will get a Pro license for free with this kit and some of the other kits that they sell. There are other software apps available that you can also use with
PT Actuators kits. These are FlyPT, X-Sim, and  Lan’s 6DOF BFF. But I used Simtools for this review. Simtools is not the most user friendly tuning software, but is very learnable if you take some time to do it. And there are good support forums and groups if you look around for them. I was able to get my system up and running without too much drama. Speaking of running this system, it is a very immersive experience. Whether I was driving in a circuit car configuration or a dirt configuration, it was easy to dial in the settings I preferred. I really like the Surge element in this system. But, to fully realize the capabilities of it I highly recommend you
build the harness tower used on mine. Who’s design was developed by JC of JCL Racing. Having the waist and shoulder harness belts pull against you at the same time with equal pressure under both regular braking and engine braking give you car control ques that were previously not available. And no extra motors, drivers, pulleys or wiring to worry about. I also want to let you guys know that PT Actuator also sells complete kits with 3 or 4 actuators that you can expand upon later to a full 5DOF kit. Overall, I think there is a lot to like here with this system. A true 5DOF motion system chassis for 9500.00 plus shipping. Which should be around 1500.00 to North America. I think most would agree this is bargain relatively speaking of course. And something that is easier to build than you might think at first glance.

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PT Actuator 5DOF Motion System Review Part 2 “Electronics/Wiring”

Final thoughts on getting the electronics, wiring, cabling, and basic system parameters setup for the PT Actuator 5DOF motion system. This is part two of a three part review I am doing on this system. In the part one video I did the motion system build. The PT actuator 5DOF system uses the AASD-15A servo drivers. They are a commonly used driver solution for driving actuator servo motors. They were easy to install and setting up the required parameters for driving the
PT Actuator servos was not very difficult. The cabling and wiring used in this kit was very well sorted. Once you begin the process of connecting the power cables and wiring, it was just a matter of repeating the hookups as you went
along. All the wiring and cable terminations and connections were well done with nice attention to detail. I especially liked the aviation style power and data connectors that run between the servo motors and servo drives. Another great plus is that PT actuator actually uses a grounded shielding solution on the power cables. This will help mitigate any EMI/RFI interference that can an issue with so many electric motors and circuit boards running in close proximity to each other. And this is not the only example of PT Actuator doing their part to prevent this. They have made a solid metal enclosure for the servo drives. That again help shield the rest of your cockpits electronics from EMI/RFI interference. While giving the servo drives protection and ventilation to keep them cool and out of harm’s way. The PT actuator AASD-15A controller is a nice compact unit. Using the Thanos controller board for its PC interface. This board has a good
feature set, like spike filtering, and onboard actuator control abilities that can be used without being hooked up to a PC. It easily mounted to the servo drive enclosure so you will still have access to it once all of the cable routing and
management are complete. Speaking of which it’s nice that PT Actuator thought of that also when designing this kit. The wiring duck included here, make cable management a lot easier that it would have been without it. I think PT Actuator has done their homework and come with a good electronics and wiring solution to complement what I have seen of this system so far. They have made something that could be very difficult to figure out and construct much easier for the average person to do. Again this is Part two of a three part review series of the PT 5DOF motion system. In Part three we will be setting up the software components and of doing some real time tuning and driving.

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PT Actuator 5DOF Motion System Review Part1 “The Build”

Final thoughts on building the PT Actuator 5DOF motion platform. As you can see from the length of this video it is an involved process to build one of these kits. I would sum it up as a complex but not difficult build. There
are a lot of things you need to get done. But if you take your time, and do your due diligence, I think most anyone who is handy with tools could get it done correctly. The build quality of the parts and actuators from PT Actuator are very good. From the assembly hardware to the industrial type parts I feel like this assembly will stand the test of time. Things like the heavy duty pivot bearing an pivot pin, the custom TL actuator bracket that allows the actuator to follow the arc of TL movement without binding. The quality aviation syle connectors, with cabling to match. There a lot of custom bracketry pieces that are made in house at PT Actuators factory. And With the exception of the Surge bracket bolt clearence issue, they all fit without any dramas. The linear rails and carrier bearings in the kit seem to be of good quality and have a heavy feel to them. Just what you want for parts that will
be carrying a lot of the load. Which brings us to the actuators that PT actuator manufactures at their factory. The are hand down the beefiest looking actuators I have had in the SRG to date. With 70mm diameter piston rod
housings and 50mm piston rods, they give you the impression of being able to handle whatever you throw at them. The brackets used mount them are heavy steel units that are secured to the motion chassis with no less
than 8 M8 bolts each. Which follows the theme I encountered through out the build phase, of being a heavy duty solid system. I have had several people over to the SRG during this build process and all of them felt the same
way. Now this is part one of a three part review series I will be doing on the PT Actuator 5 DOF motion system. Part two will be covering all the electronics, wiring, cabling and controller hardware bits. With Part 3 covering the
configuration of the supporting software elements and real time testing of the system in different driving disciplines.

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The CoRe 2K20 Team Video

CoRe Proudly Presents The 2020 CoRe Team Video!

We are happy to announce that we released our latest team video for 2020 directed and created by Maik Paluch in association with the CoRe SimRacing team. After around three months of production time we’re finally looking forward to share this movie with the simracing community. Featuring footage from CoRe’s 2019-2020 iRacing season we proudly look back to our achievements in iRacing special events, the Sports Car Open league, in the NEO Endurance series and other one-time competitions.

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Prosimu T1000 M5 4DOF Motion Cockpit Review Part 1 “The Build”

Now this is a very long video, even when compared to my usual lengthy reviews. This directly reflects the build complexity of this platform. The metal beams and
other bits that make up this platform are what I consider to be rather heavy duty. And this a good thing. As they will be required to bear some very stressful loads from the motion it will be delivering. All the parts have a nice black powder coat finish on them. The welds on the larger load bearing beams are nice and thick. Creating a good durability expectation. Actually assembly of is a bit more involved than say a profile style platform. There are many bolts and nuts to cinch down
here. And some of the attachment points required some creativity to be employed to get them properly located for fixing. Some areas require the proper assembly sequence to insure you don’t cover up a bolt or nut access hole. So slow and steady was the rule for this build. For the yaw element of this platform, Prosimu has
chosen to go with transfer bearings. Which I think is a very good choice. And the fact that they are used at all four corners of the moving base, ensures the
SCN6 actuator has a very smooth and easy to move platform. Much better solution than a single pivot bearing used in many other yaw capable cockpits. The top
frame assembly is the heaviest part of this unit. I managed to get it assembled and installed by myself, but I would recommend having a friend help you out. Of
course the heft is directly proportionate to the forces it will be subject to from the four 150mm travel actuators. Speaking of which. These are Prosimu’s proprietary actuators. Call the PRS200 they deliver what I would consider some very good specs. At 280mm per second of travel and capable of up to 2g’s of acceleration up to 193kg. I can’t wait to get them up and running for testing. This unit came with the T1000 cockpit assembly. With wheelbase, shifter and pedal tray assemblies that seem to be sturdy enough to keep a driver happy. But of course we will have to wait and see how it does once I start driving it. The seat that can be ordered with the T1000 also seems to have a nice and stiff shell. With a good looking soft cover with adequate padding. Of course when comes to a seat for sim racing you
really don’t know how it will work for you until you use it. Overall this build went as smoothly as I could have expected. It did take me a while to get it done. But now that it is finished, it does give confidence that it will be able to deliver a good motion experience. But more on that in the “Setup” video. In that production I will be
going through the steps to bring the motion system online and tuning it to my own personal preferences.

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CoRe Partners With Z1

CoRe SimRacing officially partneres with Z1!

We are happy to announce that Z1 Software, the Dashboard & Telemetry analysis suite for every simracer, now officially supports us in our simracing adventures. Beside their products within the simracing hardware range such as their Z1 LCD Screen, Z1 also features several very helpful simracing software tools to always makes you be a step ahead. Z1 is used in simulators by many companies including Porsche. Their 911 GT3 Cup Car simulator uses the Z1 Dashboard software running with rFactor 2.

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iRacing announce Fairbury Speedway, coming this September

iRacing have teased the highly anticipated Fairbury Speedway on their twitter earlier today, also stating that the track will be launched in september 2019. This track will be the ninth dirt oval added to iRacings already impressive line up for dirt oval fans.

Fairbury speedway is a ¼ mile semi-banked dirt oval located in Fairbury, Illinois at the Fairbury fairgrounds. The speedway has been named UMP DIRTcar Track of the Year three times and is a highly anticipated track for all dirt oval fans on iRacing.

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