“The Challenger is a quality Simulator Rig designed for Racing drivers who like an advantage"
The construction of the Challenger uses two 8mm thick aluminium side panels located together by a steel bulkhead and fabricated top section to complete the monocoque style cockpit. Two 40 x 40 mm aluminium extrusions mount the seat and a further two mount the 6mm aluminium pedal mounting plate.
The body shaker kit is also available where the two front body shakers are mounted directly to the underside of the pedal plate using the provided bolts and spacers. The seat shakers are mounted to a 6 mm aluminium plate which bolts to the underside of the seat mounting extrusions.
Manual Gear Shift
The optional manual gear shift mount locates to the two 40 x 40 seat mounting extrusions and can be raised and lowered as well as adjustable for & aft. Four 6 mm bolts locate the Fanatec SQ shifter to the mounting plate. A Fanatec hand brake can be mounted directly to the side of the shifter if required.
Pedal Mount Flex
When you purchase high end load cell or hydraulic pedals, any flex in the pedal mounting on the simulator frame will cause loss of feel & performance (same applies to race cars). All the effort applied to the brake pedal needs to transfer into braking force and not into flexing of the frame.
With the Challenger Rig the pedal plate is Constructed from 6 mm aluminium plate supported by two 40 × 40 mm aluminium cross beams. Result almost zero flex.
Steering Mount Flex
High end wheel bases create a lot of force feedback which generate feel for the car, understeer and oversteer, so any flex in the mount causes loss of feel and reaction speed, so you need a solid platform.
With the Challenger Rig due to the monocoque design, fitted with a bulkhead, this results in a massive improvement in stiffness and rigidity giving a solid mounting platform.
Different cars require different driving positions, a lot of Sim rigs on the market seem to be designed around a Truck style driving position, then you have the other extreme of the laid back F1 style position.
With the Challenger Rig the pedal mounting plate is easily adapted from a raised nosed Aero style position or to a Touring car design. The recommended sports reclining seat can move forwards & rearwards, recline back for F1 laying down style position or vertical for touring car position, the seat mounting cross beams also have 3 height positions. The steering wheel position can be moved away from you or closer to you, as well as being able to raise or lower. The gear change mount if fitted can also be adjusted relative to the steering wheel.
Part motion simulators where the seat moves without the steering wheel are completely unnatural and can cause erratic driving lines, most racing drivers complain if their seat doesn't fit correctly causing there body to move about in relation to the steering wheel. Whilst some full motion sims are very good, they are also very expensive and need a greater installation space, they also tend to exaggerate movement which is not natural when driving in reality. Motion sickness can be a problem.
With the Challenger Rig we recommend the use of the optional body shakers, two mounted to the pedal plate and another two mounted under the seat, these operate via Simvibe software and will give you engine vibration and chassis vibration rather than full movement. We believe this is the way forward for a home based simulator or where space is at a premium.
The common solution to mount monitors is to use a completely separate frame independent from the simulator rig, these tend to be bulky and clumsy especially with a three screen set up.
With the Challenger Rig our design allows you to mount the screen directly to the simulator, no separate frame is required. Our standard mount is designed for the Samsung 49” curved gaming monitor which eliminates the problem of bezels as on the three monitor system. We still maintain the Samsung variable height stand which allows you to adjust the height relative to the steering wheel quickly and easily. The monitor can also be moved fore and aft by 130 mm dependant on your preference and eyesight, the graphics on this monitor are superb. Also available is a universal mount where you can link up to 3 x 27” Monitors should this solution be preferred.