As keen sim racers will know, there is always one more accessory to save up for, no matter how complex your rig may be. However, with an endless number of accessories on the market to choose from, it can leave many sim racers wondering what they actually need to buy to improve their setup.
The 10 best sim racing accessories are:
- VR headset
- Racing seat
- Sim racing rig
- Gear shifter
- Sim racing gloves
- Sim racing shoes
- Button box
- Dashboard app
- Motion platform
With so many manufacturers telling you that their product is the best in its field, it can be difficult to find the right option for you. Below, we will list the 10 best sim racing accessories that you need to buy, as well as give you a few pointers on what you should look for.
The 10 Best Sim Racing Accessories
1. VR Headset
Imagine being able to transport yourself into the cockpit of your favorite car and race around tracks halfway across the world, all without leaving your room. Well, that’s what having a VR headset allows you to do. Using a VR headset adds to the immersion of your sim racing experience, offering the ability to gauge your speed accurately as the surrounding scenery becomes a blur.
There are also performance benefits that come with using a VR headset, as greater depth perception will help you navigate corners with added precision. Having an ultra-wide field of view will help you avoid crashes as you will be able to use your side mirrors effectively, as well as be able to check blind spots that just aren’t visible on a monitor.
With many VR-compatible sim racing titles out there, Virtual Reality is as good and as optimized as it has ever been for sim racing. Do bear in mind that headsets don’t necessarily come cheap, with mid-range headsets priced between $300-$600, and high-end headsets often costing over $1,000. You will also need a good quality PC to run VR effectively.
There are some drawbacks to VR gaming, with complaints of motion sickness and dizziness not being uncommon. To combat this, it is recommended that gamers have long enough breaks away from screens in between sessions, as well as place a fan in front of themselves while they are playing.
Oculus Rift S
Pixels: 2560×1440 (per eye) | FOV: 115° | Weight: 0.5 kg / 1.1 lbs
Oculus (now owned by Meta) is arguably the most famous manufacturer of VR headsets, and for good reason. Despite the Rift S not being the most expensive option on the market, you will still feel the benefits of its 115° field of view, which will mean you won’t have to turn your head a great deal to be aware of your surroundings. It also has a decent screen resolution of 2560×1440 pixels.
It is comfortable to wear, and its ‘halo’ headband design makes it secure enough over the head to block out any external distractions, allowing you to fully focus on racing. In-built speakers mean you also won’t have to purchase any external headphones in order to hear what is going on in-game. Priced at around $400, it is a very good product at a mid-range price.
HP Reverb G2
Pixels: 2160×2160 (per eye) | FOV: 114° | Weight: 0.5 kg / 1.1 lbs
The HP Reverb G2 is a step above the Oculus Rift S in display resolution, with 2160×2160 pixels per eye. This resolution is high enough to rival a 4k monitor and will eliminate the screen-door effect, where users can visibly see the outlines of pixels. The screen-door effect is becoming less of a problem with VR as technology advances, but it can still be an issue with cheaper headsets.
For around $500, the Reverb G2 comes with built-in headphones as well as an adjustable face mask which allows you to increase or decrease the distance of the headset to your eyes for improved comfort. Weighing just 1.1 lbs (0.5 kg), the Reverb G2 is around half the weight of the Rift S, meaning you won’t feel as much pressure on your neck muscles after long sessions.
HTC Vive Pro 2
Pixels: 2448×2448 (per eye) | FOV: 120° | Weight: 0.9 kg / 2 lbs
If you have a bit more cash lying around and want to invest in one of the very best VR headsets on the market, then the HTC Vive could well be the option for you. The reason for the huge $850-$1,400 price range is because you can either buy the headset on its own or as a ‘full kit’ which comes with two controllers and two Steam VR Base Stations, which help to track your movements.
If you only want to use the headset for sim racing, it is unlikely that you’ll require the full kit option, as your movements will be very limited. The headset itself offers high-quality headphones, as well as a 5k display, which is the best resolution on the VR market. The Vive Pro 2 is also designed with ergonomic features to help keep you comfortable.
Pixels: 2000×2040 (per eye) | FOV: 110° | Weight: 0.56 kg / 1.2 lbs
Unfortunately for console gamers, there is very little variety out there for VR gaming. PlayStation users only have one option available to them, which is the roughly $250 official PSVR headset for PS4 and PS5. Xbox is still yet to enter the VR world, with no options available for players at the moment.
2. Racing Seat
Owning a dedicated sim racing seat will not only add to the immersion of your sim racing experience, but also it will provide you with adequate back support, preventing you from doing major damage to your posture during long racing sessions. There are multiple types of sim racing seats, all with different features. These include Fixed Back seats, Formula seats, and Reclining seats.
Fixed back seats are reminiscent of traditional racing seats and offer stable, rigid back support. These tend to be the best option for those who want great posture support and comfort. Formula seats are designed to mimic the seats used in single-seater cars and have a cradle-like reclined shape to them, perfect if you prefer to play Formula 1-style games.
Reclining seats are closer to what you would have in a normal road car and are often wide in shape, with the ability to recline backward. Sim racing seats have plenty of variables, so it is recommended that you do adequate research before choosing your seat. Notable brands include Sparco, Playseat, and GT Omega.
Good quality sim racing seats will often have steel structures with either a fabric or faux leather exterior and have adequate padding for comfort as well as cushions for increased lumbar support.
Type: Fixed Back | Reclining: With dedicated mounts | Materials: Steel, Fiberglass | Weight: 6.5 kg / 14.3 lbs
Priced at around $450, the Sparco Grid-Q QRT is a fiberglass fixed back sim racing seat with moveable cushions for adjustable back support. In terms of shape, the Grid-Q is narrow and figure-hugging, which is perfect for supporting you during a racing session, although larger racers may find it claustrophobic. Sparco has a wider alternative called the Evo XL, which is available for around $550.
The Evo XL has all the same characteristics as the Grid-Q, from the fiberglass to the moveable padding, just with added breathing room for larger users. As both seats are fixed back (also known as bucket seats), they aren’t easy to recline. However, you can purchase special mounts which allow you to adjust the angle of the seat within your setup.
GT Omega RS9
Type: Reclining | Reclining: Yes | Materials: Reinforced PVC, Foam | Weight: 39 kg / 86 lbs
The GT Omega RS9 is a reclining seat on the cheaper end of the price scale with wings below the shoulders and the torso for added support and comfort. While it may be cheaper than a lot of the options on the market, its leather upholstery means it remains durable as well as easy to clean. The RS9 is a wider chair than its narrower version, the RS6.
One issue that appears to be common in reclining seats is you may feel slight movement in the back, especially if you have harder pedals, meaning you may feel a bit of pushback when you brake very hard. For around $250, you will be getting a very effective product.
Type: Formula | Reclining: No | Materials: Fiberglass | Weight: 18 kg / 40 lbs
The Sparco GP is a formula seat made from fiberglass, meaning it is lightweight as well as solid in its structure. It is designed for rigidity, and if mounted correctly, users won’t feel any movement in the seat at all, which is great for those with harder hydraulic pedal setups. Being a formula seat, it is aimed at those who enjoy single-seater racing games. It’s priced at around $600.
3. Sim Racing Rig
One of the main accessories that will improve your sim racing experience is a sim racing rig, which is a stand on which you can mount both your wheel and your racing seat to. This will stop you from sliding around when you put your foot down on the pedals and prevent your wheel from moving around when you try and get around a sharp corner.
The rig is effectively the glue that holds your whole sim racing equipment together, turning it from lots of individual parts into a full working setup. These stands can cost you between $75 to over $1,500, depending on both the build quality and materials used to manufacture it. Cheaper stands will often be made of plastic, whereas their more expensive counterparts will be made from strong metals.
When purchasing your rig, you should make sure that you go for one that reflects the type of racing you enjoy the most. For example, endurance racing rigs tend to be more upright, and open-wheel rigs are more reclined and lower to the floor. A lot of rigs will be fully adjustable with the option to move the seat back and forward.
GT Omega ART Simulator Cockpit
Adjustable: Yes | Seat Compatibility: GT Omega RS6, RS9, RS-XL | Hardware Compatibility: Major brands | Length: 149 cm / 4.8 ft
If you have a GT Omega RS6, RS9, or RS-XL racing seat, the ART Cockpit is a great, fully adjustable rig with great options for adding extra hardware such as keyboard trays, monitor stands, and handbrakes. The rig supports the use of hardware from all the leading manufacturers in the sim racing scene. The one drawback is that only GT Omega seats will fit onto the mount.
This rig, costing around $250, is made of premium steel and will support players up to a weight of 200 kg (440 lbs). As with most sim racing rigs, you will be required to have a substantial amount of space in the room that you wish to use it in.
Fanatec Rennsport Cockpit V2
Adjustable: Yes | Seat Compatibility: Most seats | Hardware Compatibility: Major brands | Length: 174 cm / 5.7 ft
At around $1000, the Rennsport V2 may be on the high end of the price spectrum, but it is made with durable and strong aluminum and it’s compatible with most racing seats available on the market. It is fully customizable and adjustable, both in terms of hardware that you can add to it and in the way the seat height and driving position can be adjusted.
Playseat Challenge Cockpit
Adjustable: Yes | Seat Compatibility: Seat included | Hardware Compatibility: No room for gear shifter | Length: 136 cm / 4.4 ft
The Playseat Challenge is a foldable rig, making it perfect for those with limited space. Reminiscent of a deckchair, it isn’t the sturdiest looking rig out there, but it is made with high-quality materials, making it deceivingly strong. One of its drawbacks is that there isn’t room for a gear shifter within the rig. However, for the lower price of around $250, it’s a very safe investment.
Handbrakes are generally aimed at players who enjoy rally and drifting games and can hugely add to the immersion within those disciplines of sim racing. The satisfaction of pulling the handbrake when you’re flying around a corner is unmatched compared to pressing a button on your wheel, and it also carries the aesthetic satisfaction of having a complete sim rig.
There are lots of good sim racing handbrakes out there, with prices ranging from around $100 to over $600 if you want the full hydraulic treatment.
Fanatec Clubsport Handbrake v1.5
Platforms: PC / Xbox / PlayStation | Weight: 1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs
Fanatec has long been recognized as a leading manufacturer for sim racing hardware, and their quality shines through with the ClubSport handbrake, even as they keep it down to a very reasonable price. The handbrake has the option to be used both vertically and horizontally, depending on your preference. Although it is optimized for PC use, it is also compatible with consoles for use in certain titles.
The ClubSport has a comfortable foam handle to go with its metal exterior to give players maximum comfort when speeding around dirt tracks. While it is designed to fit on a sim rig, it can also be mounted to a table if you purchase the correct Fanatec table mount. For around $250, you will be getting a very assured, good-quality product.
Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake V2
Platforms: PC | Weight: 2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs
If you’re looking for a handbrake that fights back, then look no further than this superb Heusinkveld product. Packing 22 kg (49 lbs) worth of force feedback, this handbrake will offer you a truly immersive experience, leaving you feeling the physical pressures of rally driving as well as helping you to expertly glide around corners.
With a sleek silver finish, this handbrake looks the part as well as plays the part and would be a great-looking addition to any sim racing rig. As with the Fanatec ClubSport, the Heusinkveld handbrake also allows you to make the choice of whether you use it vertically or horizontally. This handbrake will cost you around $300.
Simtag Hydraulic Handbrake
Platforms: PC | Weight: 1.9 kg / 4 lbs
Made with real racing technology, the Simtag Hydraulic Handbrake is a true representation of how far sim racing hardware has come over the years. Its hydraulic system means that it will have the feel of a real-life rally handbrake, pushing back against you when you use it. The handbrake was manufactured in conjunction with Bosch and Leo Bodnar, meaning its build quality is second to none.
Simtag’s headquarters is also based on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, so they have plenty of know-how when it comes to racing technology. The wow factor of this handbrake does come at a very steep price of around $600, but that is to be expected for the benefits that the product offers.
5. Gear Shifter
With most wheels having a paddle gear shifting system, sim racing gear shifters may, on the surface, appear as if they were going out of fashion. However, there is still a great level of enjoyment and immersion to be found in shifting gears manually, as well as a great selection of both sequential and H-pattern shifters to choose from.
While many are priced between $200-$300, there are cheaper USB options available to purchase for under $100. When looking for a shifter, it is important to know the materials used in manufacturing as they will be the main giveaway in terms of a product’s durability.
Fanatec ClubSport Shifter SQ V 1.5
Materials: Metal | Gears: 7 | Compatibility: Most recognized wheels (with USB adapter) | Weight: 3.3 kg / 7.2 lbs | Style: H-Pattern & Sequential
The Fanatec ClubSport shifter is an excellently made product, cased in metal with a shiny aluminum shifter knob costing around $250. As with all Fanatec products, this shifter is durable and will sit well within your sim racing rig. It can be used alongside any racing wheel on PC if you purchase a ClubSport USB adapter to go with it. Please note that this adapter won’t work on consoles.
The shifter can be moved from its H-pattern mode to a sequential mode at the click of a button, making it easily and quickly adjustable. There are also mounting options on all four sides of the shifter as well as its underside, meaning it will be easy to attach to your sim rig.
Logitech Driving Force Shifter
Materials: Steel, Leather | Gears: 6 | Compatibility: Logitech G29 & G290 | Weight: 0.8 kg / 1.8 lbs | Style: H-Pattern
Logitech is known for delivering great quality products for a cheap price, and for around $40, this shifter certainly fits that description. Made from steel with a leather shifter knob, this shifter is both durable and comfortable to use. Looks-wise, it is reminiscent of the sort of shifter you’d find in a normal road car, which gives it a familiar feel.
Unfortunately, it is only compatible with Logitech G29/290 wheels (and the Pro wheel with Logitech’s adaptor), and while they are themselves a decent and very popular product, they aren’t likely to feature on many highly advanced sim rigs.
Thrustmaster TH8A Shifter
Materials: Metal | Gears: 7 | Compatibility: All wheels for PC/Thrustmaster wheels for console | Weight: 2 kg / 4.4 lbs | Style: H-Pattern & Sequential
The Thrustmaster TH8A is one of the most popular shifters on the market due to its price at around $250, its quality, durability, and the fact that it can be used on both consoles and PC. Bear in mind, however, that due to the limited number of USB ports on consoles, the TH8A will only work with a Thrustmaster wheel.
The TH8A has adjustable resistance as well as internal memory, meaning you won’t have to readjust it every time you play. Mounting this shifter to your setup is easy as you can adjust the rotation of the clamping mount.
6. Sim Racing Gloves
It is easy but unwise to overlook sim racing gloves when completing your setup considering the hygiene, comfort, and performance benefits that they offer. For a start, wearing gloves when you race will eliminate the chance of any sweat getting onto your wheel. Sweat will not only leave dirty marks, but it will also reduce your grip on the wheel, making you prone to errors.
Having a good pair of gloves will also prevent you from getting blisters or rashes on your hands after long sessions, so they are most definitely worth spending a little bit of extra cash on. It is important that you specifically look for racing gloves as they will be made of the right materials and contain grip and comfort in all the right places.
Gloves will usually be one of the most inexpensive aspects of your sim racing rig, with prices ranging from around $30 to $60.
Materials: Rubber coated palm | Breathable: Yes | Sizes: XS-XL
The Sparco Hypergrip gloves are designed specifically with sim racing in mind. The main area of the glove is made of perforated material, allowing for breathability and keeping your hands cool during sessions. The palm is coated with rubber for an enhanced grip of the wheel.
The Hypergrip also has removable tips on the index finger and thumb, allowing players to use touch screens without removing the glove. Priced at around $50, depending on your chosen retailer, the Sparco Hypergrip is a great place to start when looking for a great quality sim racing glove.
Alpinestars Tech 1-K Kart Gloves
Materials: Polyester mesh, Suede | Breathable: Yes | Sizes: S-XXL
The Tech 1-K gloves are a longer cut, slightly looser glove than the Hypergrip, although this comes with no compromise in performance. Meshing in between the fingers means these gloves are breathable, and a synthetic suede material used on the palm of the glove means that they also have a good level of grip. Although originally designed for karting, these gloves will do a great job for sim racing.
They will set you back around $50, which is well worth it for the benefits that they offer.
7. Sim Racing Shoes
Now, you can have the best wheel and pedal set and sit in the most realistic racing seat you can find, but if you’re racing in your socks, then you will never be able to achieve the full racing simulator experience. Having a proper pair of racing shoes will help you to fully immerse yourself into the game of your choice while also offering you some performance benefits.
The rubber soles found on racing shoes will prevent your feet from slipping off the pedals, potentially causing carnage in your race. The soles on racing shoes are also very thin, allowing you to feel the pedal when you are pushing down. Having a good pair of racing shoes is especially important for those with a heavier pedal set as they will reduce damage to your heels caused by foot extensions.
The standard heel area of most shoes would be likely to cause blisters if used for long sim racing sessions because of the constant friction caused by foot extensions. However, racing shoes are designed with extra focus on the heel area to prevent any blisters or longer-lasting pain in the heel.
They are also more breathable than your average shoe, which will feel (and smell) much better when you take them off after putting multiple hours into your sim racing. The average price range for a pair of sim racing shoes is between $40-$70, meaning you won’t have to break the bank for that extra bit of comfort and a boost in your performance levels.
Sparco Hyperdrive Gaming Boots
Colors Available: 4 | Shoe Type: Boot | Breathable: Yes
The Hyperdrive gaming boot is a super-lightweight boot designed by Sparco in the interest of sim racers, priced at around $80. They are made from perforated material, much like the Hypergrip glove, in order to ensure your feet have breathability. They also have an internal sock design to fit your foot perfectly.
Puma Evoknit Esports Sock
Colors Available: 1 | Shoe Type: Sock | Breathable: Yes
Although branded as a sock, the Puma Evoknit Esports sock is reinforced with grippy rubber soles and has a sturdy structure, meaning it is, if anything, closer to a shoe than a sock. Priced at around $80, it is super lightweight and features a laceless design, meaning you’ll have no trouble slipping them on and off again.
Alpinestars Tech-1 T Race Boots
Colors Available: 6 | Shoe Type: Boot | Breathable: Yes
The Tech-1 T Race Boots have a double fastening feature, and they have both laces and a strap at the top of the boot to keep your feet secure when using the pedals. Although they appear chunkier than the previous two options, they maintain their lightweight feel, with breathable holed leather used for most of the shoe, with a suede upper section.
The Tech-1 boots aren’t specifically designed for gaming and are more aimed at driving real race cars, which gives them an authentic racing feel. Priced at around $250, they aren’t cheap, but they are great quality and long-lasting.
8. Button Box
A sim racing button box is a more complex piece of hardware designed to emulate the consoles that you find on real-life race cars. They are designed to do additional jobs that your wheel may not be able to do alone, including starting the ignition, switching on your car’s lights, and configuring certain aspects of your car.
They are one of the more complex parts that you can add to your sim racing setup and are designed for the more hardcore sim racers. This means that they can cost you a fair bit, usually falling within the $150-$500 range. Button boxes differ in their levels of complexity, with the more complex machines being the expensive options.
Ricmotech RacePro H22
Mountable: Yes | Connectivity: USB | Measurements: 25 x 13 cm / 9.9” x 5.1”
The RacePro H22 is a great value for money button box, and it’s designed to replicate the sort of thing you would see in a real-life race car. It features two safety toggle switches, six two-way toggle switches, four push-button switches, and two eight-function encoders. It is nice and small with two mounting locations. It comes with a USB connector for an easy link up to the rest of your rig.
Grid Engineering 911 Dash Button Box
Mountable: Yes | Connectivity: USB | Measurements: 17 x 34 cm / 6.8” x 13.3”
Costing around $600, the 911 Button Box is a lightweight carbon-fiber button box that contains a multitude of buttons in an easy-to-use layout. It’s longer than it is wide, and the different colored buttons make it easy to differentiate what you’re pressing in the middle of the action.
9. Dashboard App
Sim racing dashboard apps are applications that you can download on your phone that work with your sim racing game to provide you with various pieces of information about your race, including lap times, speed, and which gear you’re in, as well as more intricate details such as fuel types, RPM and tire wear.
These apps provide you with a quick and easy-to-understand visual display, meaning you won’t be leaving anything to chance when you’re out on the track. Dashboard apps are fully customizable, meaning you can see the exact information that is helpful to you rather than having to look for it among a load of information that feels irrelevant to you.
These apps are often free to download but require in-app purchases in order to get the full service.
Compatibility: iOS / Android | Platform Compatibility: Game Dependent | Free Version: Yes
DashPanel is one of the leading dashboard apps available, with its demo version displaying your speed, gear, and RPM. The demo version is slightly limited, hence it being free, meaning those who are looking for a more in-depth product will likely want to opt for the paid version of the app. You can pay for the full data of the specific title that you choose to play on.
For your money, you will receive hordes of data, including tire wear, track layout, and lap times. You can fully customize the look of your dashboard to contain the exact pieces of data you wish to see. As a bonus, the app will automatically link with your game of choice, meaning you don’t have to do any lengthy setup processes to get it working.
Compatibility: Android | Platform Compatibility: PC / Xbox / PlayStation | Free Version: Yes
SIM Dashboard is an Android-only app, which like DashPanel, has both a free-to-use version as well as a paid version. However, the free version of SIM Dashboard offers substantially more features and customization options, meaning it is great for those on a lower budget. You can also share your dashboard designs with other sim racers, giving it a greater community feel.
MOZA CM Digital Dashboard
Compatibility: MOZA R5/R9 Wheel Base | Platform Compatibility: PC
The MOZA CM Digital Dashboard is an alternative to the dashboard apps above for those with a MOZA R5 or R9 wheel base (there is a separate dashboard for the R16 and R21 wheel bases). This piece of kit can show you all the important info you need, from lap deltas to fuel usage, and its 5 inch, 800×480 pixel display will add a slick race car aesthetic to your rig.
Thrustmaster BT LED Display
Compatibility: Thrustmaster Wheels | Platform Compatibility: PlayStation (PC may be possible with drivers)
The BT LED Display from Thrustmaster is a good choice for those racing on PlayStation that want some additional functionality from their rig. It’s only compatible with Thrustmaster wheels, but it looks great and offers some useful information through its simple display. You also get a few additional rotary selectors for even more functionality too.
10. Motion Platform
If you want to feel immersion in its finest form, then a motion platform is the way to go. They are heavily engineered sim rigs with the power to move you in your seat, meaning you will feel every bump in the road as well as the pushes and pulls of the corners. Of course, such high-level engineering comes with a hefty price tag, and you will often have to spend $2,500+ to get your hands on one.
The prices for motion platforms are almost limitless, with one of the most expensive private-use simulators costing $140,000. This is, however, the extreme end of the price scale, and ‘cheaper’ models will still offer incredible immersion and realism to your sim racing experience.
Next Level Racing Motion Platform V3
Compatibility: PC | Maximum Load: 130 kg / 287 lbs
This motion platform from Next Level Racing offers users a lightning-fast, responsive motion experience, with realistic movements to mimic the way your car is traveling. The system generates different movements depending on which car you are driving, which adds greatly to realism and immersion levels. Equipped with a cooling system to prevent overheating, it will last throughout long sessions.
This platform will set you back around $3,600, which is far from cheap, but you’ll be getting an extremely high-quality product for your money.
Qubic System QS-S25 Ultimate 6DOF Motion Simulator
Compatibility: PC | Maximum Load: 250 kg / 550 lbs
Forget the $20,000 price tag for a moment, as this motion simulator is incredible. It looks like something out of a sci-fi film, elevating your racing seat as though it is about to send you into the depths of space. The elevation allows for a full range of movement, meaning you will be moving up and down as well as from side to side.
The simulator is available for home use if you can afford it (it is insanely expensive). It has been designed to give users the most realistic racing simulator experience possible. For the price of a small house deposit, it will generate movements to match road surfaces, engine vibrations, and car dynamics, which is truly mind-blowing.
SIMRIG SR2 Motion Platform
Compatibility: PC | Maximum Load: 225 kg / 496 lbs
A slightly ‘cheaper’ option would be the SIMRIG SR2, although it still can’t really be classified as cheap. The SR2 can be mounted to pre-existing sim rigs, meaning you won’t have to offload your whole setup in order to use it. It is connectable by USB, with an easy setup process. When it is being used, it will follow the track surface, moving your seat in accordance.
The SR2 supports all the major sim racing titles and will most definitely offer you an immersive experience, all for around $3,500.
Other Ways To Improve Your Sim Racing Setup
With sim racing, the choice of accessories to add to your rig is almost endless. We are fortunate enough to be able to enhance our sim racing rigs to the point where it feels as though you are entering the driver’s seat of a real car, all without leaving the comfort of your home.
Do be aware that you won’t NEED all these accessories to be able to enjoy sim racing, nor will you need to purchase everything all at once, but if you want added realism and immersion, they will no doubt help you to massively enhance your racing experience.
Improving your sim racing setup doesn’t always require splashing out on bits of hardware and can instead involve purchasing smaller things such as mounts and brackets to adjust your seating position, rubber stoppers to stop you from sliding all over the place when you press down on the pedals, or even a fan to blow some cool air in your face as you fly around the track.
Certain parts of your sim racing rig will require different mounts in order to fix them onto the rig in different ways. For example, some fixed-back racing seats won’t be able to lean back in any way unless you purchase separate mounts. Sometimes these mounts will come with the seat, but with some products, including the Sparco Grid-Q seat, you will need to buy them separately.
They are often inexpensive and well worth that extra bit of money if they can help you to find a more natural and comfortable seating position.
Adapters are more commonly required by console gamers in order to let them use different brands of hardware simultaneously. However, sometimes they are needed for certain pieces of PC hardware, including button boxes and shifters. Again, they may come included with the product, but it is best to check before you buy, just in case.
There is nothing more frustrating than pressing your foot down on the pedals and feeling your seat edging backward. It is a problem that takes away from both the realism and immersion of your sim racing experience and will also hold you back from securing a great lap time. Rubber stoppers can help with this issue and can be attached to the bottom of your rig or your chair.
If you do want to move your rig with greater ease for when you need a bit more space in the room or need to hide the setup you’ve just spent your life savings on, then we recommend buying a set of adjustable caster wheels. These are usually cheap and can be fixed on and taken off a rig with ease.
Quality Of Life Accessories
Quality of life may seem like a drastic phrase to use when talking about a sim racing setup, but it is vitally important that you stay comfortable when you’re racing. Otherwise, you may put yourself at risk of long-term health issues. These accessories can include cup holders, which will help to keep you hydrated while you race, which is both great for your health and performance.
Other accessories include fans to help keep you cool during races. Fans are especially useful for VR gamers, as it can get pretty hot under the headset, which can then lead to feelings of nausea or headaches. You won’t necessarily need a top-of-the-range fan, just one that produces cool air. If you’re not a fan of the fan, then make sure to position your rig by a window to allow some fresh air in.
Part of the joys of sim racing comes with the fact that you’ll never fully be able to complete your setup. There is always an upgrade to be made to make your experience even better, and with a huge array of different accessories to choose from, there are plenty of options out there to suit everybody’s desires and budgets.
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