Formula RSS 2 V6 2018 review

The Formula RSS 2 V6 2018 is the latest release from Race Sim Studio, the creators of the Formula Hybrid 2018 (which we believe to be one of the greatest cars in sim racing to date).

If you hadn’t guessed already, the Formula RSS 2 is built from the FIA F2 specs for 2018. It boasts the following base stats:

  • Peak power: 620 hp
  • Wheelbase: 3135 mm
  • Front track: 1573 mm
  • Rear track: 1523 mm
  • Weight: 750 kg

and comes with the spec correct tyre compounds (Super Soft / Soft / Medium / Hard).

Like the Formula Hybrid 2018 before it, the Formula RSS 2 V6 2018 is a ‘pay what you want’ release available through the Race Sim Studio website with a minimum purchase price of 4 Euro. RSS have also decided to include last years car as a free download when you purchase the 2018 version, a nice touch we think.

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Be more than a memory

This is the season 12 trailer, a picture says more than thousand words – imagine what a video does.

Promotion by: Zansho.co.uk
Thumbnail by: Maxeru.com
Audio mix by: DanielDFinney.com

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So I Got to Drive The FeelVR Direct Drive Wheel

You guys have been asking me (relentlessly) about this, and now I’ve finally gotten the chance to test out the FeelVR Wheel! This wheel has been an incredibly hot topic in the Sim Racing Community, and I’m one of the first people in the United States to get my hands on this wheel! I got to spend a bit of time behind a prototype model of the wheel, and here are my thoughts on this highly anticipated wheel so far!

Before we begin, I want to put out a disclaimer. In my previous videos, I mentioned that the wheel would be the “Sub-$400 Direct Drive Wheel”, with the wheel base’s early bird price being $333, Pedals being $99, and Bundle being $388, which included the base, pedals, and two rims. However, a couple weeks ago, we got a notification that the prices have increased. The Wheel will now start at $399, Pedals will start at $149, and the Bundle will start at $549. Retail prices have also been raised, so now the full bundle for this package will now be $899 after the Kickstarter campaign ends. That means that now, we have to look at this bundle differently. Before, this was in the “CSL Elite” or Thrustmaster T300RS/TX price range. Now, we’re looking to compare this to the Clubsport Wheel V2.5 or Thrustmaster T-GT and TS series wheels. So, how does this bundle stack up?

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Building a 6DOF Sim Racing Cockpit

First, I would like to thank the guys and at Next Level Racing for loaning me their excellent Traction Plus platform. And letting me experiment with it. I also want to thank JCL Racing for
loaning me their awesome V4 chassis. And allowing me to cut it down to the proper dimensions to get this Sim Lab P1-X cockpit mounted. It’s a pleasure to work with manufacturers
focused on pushing the envelope in developing Sim Racing motion systems. To achieve the result you see in this video, I did have a lot of work to do. I had to fabricate a custom bracket system to get the JCL V4 chassis mounted to the Traction Plus platform. It was an involved process to end up with the brackets you see here. And I have included segments in the video for those interested on how I got it done. Then I needed to get the V4 chassis narrowed down from the OEM width of 780mm to the P1-X width of 580mm. Which required a complete disassembly and re-assembly of the V4 chassis. But once both of these challenges has been met, I think the resulting motion experience was well worth it. Now it was a matter of getting the
two different platforms to work together. And I have admit I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t. But as it turns out they work together quite well. And deliver a very believable 6DOF Sim Racing experience. I had a total of five different drivers over to test the system, some who had their own motion setups at home. Every one of them where very impressed with the driving experience. Now with an official weight limit of 518 pounds or 235 kilos I was concerned on how Next Level Racings Traction Plus platform would handle the heavier drivers. I weigh 150
pounds or 68 kilos. With me in the seat the total weight on the Traction Plus unit was around 500 pounds. I had drivers at 175 pounds and 185 pounds that tested the rig. And I saw no obvious degradation in the motion of the Traction Plus platform. Of course this does not speak to long term use at these levels of weights that exceeded the manufacturers stated weight limits. At the end of the day I would have to call this build a good result. Not perfect, but the small imperfections mentioned in this video did not seem to matter much when you are in this
cockpit and experiencing all 6 Degrees of freedom or DOF’s at racing speeds. For the first time I and the other drivers who were able to come by the SRG and test, were able to  navigate a racing circuit by feel instead of only muscle memory. It’s one of those things that I wish everyone who is a Sim Racing enthusiast could have a go at. And actually building this platform in the SRG has given me more hope that someday a true 6DOF driving experience will be more accessible to all of us.

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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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Have Insomnia? Asian LeMans Series to the Rescue!

With Daytona over and still too long until Sebring I have been getting the endurance racing itch again. My dealer came through with a race in Malasia with qualifying coming up in the middle of the night or super early morning of Saturday the 23rd. The race is Saturday evening. I don’t have any flowery words to say about the Asian LeMans Series as I haven’t seen one of their races before, but I do hope for some action. Thankfully the English broadcast will be featuring folks from the Radio LeMans team so commentary should be on point.

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