Using our motorsport background we looked to identify the crucial areas in design for our Challenger Sim rig to enhance the Fanatec high end hardware.
If you're serious about Sim racing or you require a simulator rig for self improvement on the track you need good quality equipment to achieve the best results. Fanatec simulator hardware is some of the best on the market at a realistic price, so we at Simmersive with our motorsport background realise that if you use high quality hardware you also need a Simulator rig built to similar high standards.
When you purchase high end load cell or hydraulic pedals any flex in the pedal mounting on the simulator frame will cause major loss of feel and performance (same applies to race cars). All the effort applied to the pedals needs to be transferred into braking force and not into the flexing of the frame.
With the Challenger the pedal plate is Constructed from 6 mm aluminium plate supported by two 40×40 mm aluminium extrusions. Result? Almost zero flex.
The pedal plate assembly can be raised or lowered in height within seconds.
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.
Due to the monocoque design the Challenger is fitted with a bulkhead. The result? A massive improvement in stiffness, and rigidity, giving a solid mounting platform, whilst giving full adjustability of the steering wheel.
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 sports reclining seat can move forwards and rearwards, or recline back for F1 laying down style position or vertical for touring car position. The seat mounting cross beams 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. Racing drivers complain if their seat doesn't fit correctly, as it causes their body to move about in relation to the steering wheel. Whilst some full motion sims are very good, they need a larger installation space. They also exaggerate movement which is not natural when actually driving. Motion sickness can be a real problem with full motion sims.
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.
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 design we allow you to mount the screen directly to the simulator - no separate frame 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. You 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 by 130 mm dependent on your preference and eyesight. The graphics on this monitor are superb! You can also choose a universal mount where you can link up to 3 x 27” monitors should you prefer this set up.