Sim Racing 101 Series | Episode #4: Shifter & Handbrake

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In episode #4 of Sim Racing 101 we test out Heusinkveld Engineering sim Sequential Shifter and sim Handbrake. These are often overlooked pieces of a sim rig, watch the video to find out why you should be adding them to your setup!

Check out all the products from this episode below:

Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Shifter Sequential

Many modern race cars feature a sequential gearbox, so when looking to recreate the feel in a simulator, the Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Shifter Sequential provides the ideal solution. The shifter offers an authentic experience with a short throw action like a real sequential gearbox.

As not every driver or simulator rig has the same requirements, this sequential shifter is supplied with three different levers and shifter knobs. These are interchangeable to suit the users’ requirements. For mounting, the shifter comes with a separate table clamp for mounting to a flat surface. Also, an alternative mounting bracket for attaching onto aluminium profiles with a size of up to 40mm is supplied.

The shifter can be used standalone via a USB cable or through a 4×1 2.54mm female Molex socket for connecting to the Heusinkveld USB Controller.

Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Handbrake

Heusinkveld Engineering’s sim handbrake is a versatile pressure sensitive sim handbrake that uses load cell technology. The lever can be set in a horizontal or vertical position with adjustability of up to 26 degrees so you can fine tune it to the perfect position. Maintaining the same dimensions of the classic sim handbrake with a more compact base yet it can handle a much higher force.

This sim handbrake gives an unprecedented progressive brake feel with a 2-stage spring system. An initial metal coil spring simulates the pad to disc gap or slack on the handbrake cable. The main loading on the handbrake is simulated by compressing elastomers.

The sim handbrake includes three elastomers, adaptor plate with yaw adjustment for aluminium profiles and a USB cable to connect to a PC. It also comes with a powerful configuration tool and Smart Control which allows for instant mapping of (nonlinear) output curves, dead zone, and handbrake force.

These products are sure to take your sim setup to the next level!


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