Simucube Brand Store now open

Simucube Brand Store now open

The well-known manufacturer of simracing products SImucube (Wheelbase Sport in test) now offers their own and also products of other well known manufacturers in their store, which can be reached at the following url: https://simucube.com

The bundles should be especially interesting for new customers, consisting of a base by SImucube in combination with pedals of the manufacturer Heusinkveld. These are slightly discounted and are complimented by the matching mounting option for the base.

Steering Wheels, Accessories, Pedals and Wheel Bases

  • Bundles: Base + Mount + Pedals
  • Wheel Bases by SImucube
  • Steering Wheels by Ascher Racing, Simracingbay and Cube Controls
  • Pedals by Heusinkveld
  • Accessories like the Quickrelease and the safety pin
  • Apparel

Code for free shipping to launch:

For the launch of the store, SImucube is offering free shipping until October 14, 2021. To get it, just use the code SIMUCUBELAUNCH.


Trackmania – Fall 2021 – Author Medals

Trackmania – Fall 2021 – Author Medals

Nadeo has, fittingly for the start of autumn, once again given the current part of Trackmania (released in 2020 as a free-to-play title with a subscription model for additional features) 25 new tracks. These are, of course, once again available for free and can be played immediately

This Fall 2021 campaign is the 6th seasonal campaign in Trackmania. Enjoy 25 new tracks and earn 100 new medals for free. All these new maps are also available in the Ranked 3v3 mode!

https://www.trackmania.com/2021/10/01/the-fall-2021-campaign-is-out/

The streamer Virtual has again published a short introduction here:

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MOZA Racing – Direct Drive Base + Wheel + Pedale + Dash

Racing – Direct Drive Base + Wheel + Pedale + Dash

The Chinese manufacturer Moza has launched its own simracing brand, Moza Racing. The range starts with two different direct-drive systems, which are complemented by matching steering wheels, Loadcell pedals and a 5-inch dashboard. Test reports are not yet available. The prices are relatively high and it remains to be seen whether the manufacturer will be able to put pressure on the current big names of the simracing market with these products.

MOZA Racing R16 Direct Drive Wheel Base – 1199€ + shipping

The manufacturer promises 16 NM of direct-drive torque from an industrial-grade engine in the R16 Base. Inspired by supercars, the R16 has a 3D-moulded body and a two-tone car paint job. To add to the realism, Moza says the R16’s body was made from aircraft-grade aluminium alloy.

Applicable PlatformPC
Driving typeDirect Drive
Maximum Turning AngleLimitless
CoverAluminum
ColorOrange
DisplayColor Display (Option)
Maximum Torque16 N·m
Maximum Power360W
Input voltage220V AC→36V DC
Encoder Resolution262144ppr
USB Refresh Rate1000Hz
IndicatorYES
Quick ReleaseYES
InterfacePower Supply, Data, General Interface
AccessoriesInstructions,Power Supply,USB Cable,Warranty Card,Screw
External Devices AdapterOption
Mounting4-Hole Pattern on the Bottom, Side Mounting Support with Special BRKT
Mounting BracketBottom Angle Adjustment Bracket/Side Fixing Bracket
Table ClampOptional
Side MountingYES
Emergency StopOption
Firmware UpdateYES
L x W x H327mm x 170mm x 130mm
Mass(ALL)8.9kg
Warranty1 Year
APP FunctionYES
Shifting Indicator LightYES

MOZA Racing R21 Direct Drive Radstand – 1399€ + Versand

The Moza R21 is the stronger version of the R16 and, as the name suggests, comes onto the market with 21 Newton metres. The manufacturer promises: With the same volume, the maximum torque of the R16 is 30 % higher. The torque ripple and cogging torque have been further optimised, resulting in the ultimate smooth steering feel.

MOZA Racing CRP Pedale – 529€ + shipping

The pedals from Moza appear to be in the range of the Heusinkveld Sprint. According to Moza, the three pedals each have a built-in CRP pedal sensor with a wide range of force detection. The MOZA MPressure always measures force accurately, from the gentlest heel and toe taps to fast, hard brake strokes. Pedal travel and inclination can be variably adjusted.

Overall materialAll aluminum alloy with CNC process
Load cell1500N/750N
The actual maximum monitoring force of the brake750N/375N
Throttle formOrgan floor type
Pedal forceAdjustable
Pedal face angleAdjustable
Pedal distanceAdjustable
Pedal FlushAdjustable
Pedal strokeAdjustable
Connection wayAdjustable
Size364mm*415.1mm*256.5mm
Mass7.5KG

MOZA Racing wheel – 529€ + shipping

The steering wheel from Moza is operated without a cable connection and is probably only compatible with the manufacturer’s Direct Drive Base. In addition to the now obligatory shift paddles, it is also equipped with a double clutch and has various function buttons. According to the manufacturer, Alcantara / Nappa leather imported from Italy was used as the material for the rim, and forged carbon for the front panel. At 13 inches (~33cm), it is relatively large; its unique selling point is probably the continuous LED band for the speed display.

Wheel materialsItaly imported Alcantara/Nappa first layer leather
Frame materialBrushed aluminum alloy
Panel materialForged carbon fiber
Back materialaluminum alloy
paddles material3mm forged carbon fiber
paddles magnetGold-plated N52 magnet
Size13inch
Magnetic paddles quantity4
Mechanical keyboard texture buttons10
20-segment knob (can be pressed)2
Universal rocker (can be pressed)2
Racing horn1
Highlight LED RGB lamp10
LED colorColor customization
Smart telemetrySupport
Set up the lights through the MOZA Pit HouseSupport
The light changes color with the rotationSupport
Assembly wayD1 SPEC Realistic Racing Quick Release
Power supplywireless
Signal transmissionwireless
Magnetic paddles induction methodPhotoelectric contactless
Magnetic paddles modeDual-clutch/single-clutch/switch

Moza Dashboard / Screen – 319€ + shipping

The Moza dashboard, which unfortunately can also only be used in conjunction with the manufacturer’s base, is made of aluminium and has a 5-inch screen with the familiar resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Initially, 10 simulations are supported; unfortunately, Simhub support does not seem to be available yet.

Size5 inch
Resolution800×480
Colorpoint16.7 million
Refresh rate60HZ
Frame materialAluminum alloy
UI style6 kinds
Display contentSpeed, rotation speed, gear position, fuel volume, current lap speed, fastest lap speed, last lap speed, real-time difference with the fastest lap, tire pressure, ranking, relative time difference with the opponent, etc.

Moza discount code*

10% off:

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Trackmania Cup of the Day now three times a day

Trackmania Cup of the Day now three times a day

The popular Cup of the Day in Trackmania 2020 will now take place three times a day. Instead of just once a day at 7pm, there are now three start times:

  • 7PM CEST / 5PM UTC
  • 3AM CEST / 1AM UTC
  • 11AM CEST / 9AM UTC

The track of the day will still be published on the first date, but it is now also possible to compete in the Cup of the Day on the other two dates.

The format of the event remains unchanged

Meanwhile, the actual running of the Cup of the Day remains unchanged. You have 15 minutes to complete the track of the day and then qualify for a corresponding grid in the event based on your time.

You still need standard or club access to take part in a Cup of the Day. For the two additional events, you will receive half of the Trophy rewards from the main event at 7 p.m.


Thrustmaster 2021 Roadmap – Direct Drive Wheel Base for PC

Thrustmaster 2021 Roadmap – Direct Drive Wheel Base for PC

Thrustmaster has just presented its roadmap for the year 2021 on its official Facebook page (link). The simracing products announced there should be particularly interesting for simracers. Among other things, a new controller for the Xbox and new hardware for flight simulators are to be released this year.

Thrustmaster Direct Drive Wheel Base for PC

The most important announcement should in any case be Thrustmaster’s entry into the direct drive market, which has been speculated about for some time. However, nothing has yet been published about possible prices, the strength of the system and other details. However, it can be read from the roadmap that the new base is designed only for the PC.

Thrustmaster Hybrid Drive Racing Wheel Bundle and Racing Pedal Set for PC, PS4/PS5 and Xbox

A wheel base was also announced, which is apparently to be compatible with both the PC and the two console families from Microsoft and Sony. The presumably matching pedals then round off Thrustmaster’s roadmap for the simracing sector.


Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake 2.0

Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake 2.0

The new handbrake from Heusinkveld is now available for purchase. For a price of 284.22€, the buyer can expect a slightly more compact handbrake in contrast to its predecessor, which at the same time is designed for slightly higher forces (the handbrake actuates a 120 kg loadcell, so an actual force of up to 22 kg is measured). Also new is the use of SmartControl from Heusinkveld. SmartControl allows instant mapping of (non-linear) output curves, dead zones and handbrake force.


Turn Racing TDU5 – Dashboard with RGB-LEDs

Turn Racing TDU5 – Dashboard with RGB-LEDs

Turn Racing, an American manufacturer of simracing equipment, has announced their first dashboard, the TDU5, on their Disorcd server. Otherwise known for steering wheels (test report), button plates and a large DIY community, the manufacturer is logically expanding its range with the dashboard, serving the desire of many for an affordable 5-inch monitor with additional RGB LEDs.

Compatible with Simhub, Z1 and JRT

Turn Racing’s dashboard will be compatible with several dashboard vendors, including Joel Real Timing (JRT) and Z1 Dashboard (Z1).

The free software Simhub is also supported, which is fully customisable by the user. There are thus no limits to one’s own creativity; here, for example, you can find the free dash to match Peugeot’s new hypercar: Peugeot 9X8 dashboard for Simhub

Technical specifications

Not all the technical specifications of the new TDU5 are known yet, but the following features are certain:

  • 5-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels
  • Individually addressable RGB LEDs
  • USB-C port on the back

Availability and price

The dashboard will be available in stores in December, according to Turn Racing, and will be priced at $197. This makes it significantly cheaper than comparable products from other well-known manufacturers such as Precision Sim Engineering and Sim Racing Hardware. For buyers in Europe, the price is only somewhat clouded by the comparatively high shipping costs and additional taxes + customs.


Formula Wheels comparison: Fanatec – Cube Controls – Ascher Racing

Formula Wheels comparison: Fanatec – Cube Controls – Ascher Racing

Prices and order

Ascher Racing F28-SC

Price: 669€ + shipping

Ordering is possible via Ascher directly or various third-party suppliers. In the meantime, there is a successor with the V2 with some innovations.

CC Formula Pro

Price : 899€ + shipping

Ordering is also possible here both via Cube Controls directly and via third-party suppliers.

Fanatec F1 2021

Price : 399€ + shipping

The steering wheel was available in a limited version exclusively from Fanatec.

Diameter, weight and materials

The steering wheels all have a similar form factor. The Cube and Ascher models are slightly larger at around 280 millimetres each (Cube Controls gives a width of 282 millimetres) than Fanatec’s F1 2021 Wheel at 270 millimetres. With the V2 of the F28-SC, Ascher has meanwhile raised the diameter even slightly to 285 millimetres.

When it comes to materials, the three manufacturers go different ways. Ascher relies entirely on aluminium, which is very well made and leaves nothing to be desired in terms of stability; here the F28-SC is probably the front-runner. The steering wheels from Fanatec and Cube Controls, on the other hand, are equipped with a very nice solid front plate made of carbon. In the case of the Formula Pro, this is complemented by a housing made of aluminium, while Fanatec uses plastic.

The three steering wheels weigh around 1400g each with Quickrelease (Fanatec QR / Simucube QR), there are no major differences here.

Rating:

  • Ascher Racing: 5/5
  • Cube Controls: 5/5
  • Fanatec 4/5

Grips

Ascher Racing relies on smooth leather when it comes to grips, Fanatec on Alcantara. Although these materials each offer very good grip, they are very susceptible to wear and tear and, in the case of leather, are also not advantageous for sweaty hands. Cube takes a different approach with their grips, which they themselves call “elastomer moulded grips (via Cube Controls proprietary Technology)” and thus clearly offer the best grips of the three manufacturers. Meanwhile, Ascher has also jumped on the bandwagon with the second version of the steering wheel and now also offers rubber grips.

The shape of the grips also differs, with Cube standing out somewhat here with its very voluminous design. In the end, however, this is more a matter of personal taste; personally, I like this shape very much (this subjective opinion has not been included in the rating).

Rating:

  • Ascher Racing: 3/5 (V2: 5/5)
  • Cube Controls: 5/5
  • Fanatec 4/5

Shifter

All three manufacturers rely entirely on magnets when it comes to shifters, thus enabling an excellent shifting feel. Fanatec and Cube use carbon paddles, while Ascher uses aluminium again. However, this is irrelevant for the shifting process, which only differs slightly in terms of the force required, with the Cube version requiring the least pressure. However, since this can be adjusted as desired using magnets with a different strength (Ascher includes these), this is not a point of criticism.

The aspect that makes Fanatec the winner here is clearly the range of functions. Instead of relying on just two shift paddles, the Advanced Paddle Module was installed, which also offers two freely assignable analogue axes (for a dual clutch or throttle and brake, for example) and two additional paddles for DRS and Kers, for example.

Rating:

  • Ascher Racing: 4/5
  • Cube Controls: 4/5
  • Fanatec 5/5

Buttons

Probably the biggest difference between the steering wheels can be found in the function buttons. The F28-SC V1 from Ascher Racing offers the following input options:

  • 12 x buttons
  • 2 x 7-way switch (up/down/left/right/twist/click)

The next candidate to come into play is Formula Pro Wireless from Cube Controls. This steering wheel offers much more variety in the function buttons and offers the following buttons:

  • 12 x buttons
  • 4 x rotary encoder on the front
  • 2 x thumb encoders (knobs near the thumb)
  • 2 x toggle switches

Totally, both Simucube steering wheels thus come to 26 functions each (the toggle switches of the Formula Pro Wireless trigger the same button press in both directions), whereby the Cube steering wheel has a clear advantage in my opinion due to its clearly more versatile arrangement. What it lacks, however, is a 7-way switch, which is a real relief, especially in menu navigation. The F1 2021 combines the strengths of the first two steering wheels and offers by far the greatest variety of functions:

  • 11 x buttons
  • 2 x 12-way position switches with rotary encoder function
  • 2 x thumb encoders
  • 1 x 7-way switch
  • 1 x analogue joystick
  • 2 x 2-way toggle switch

The Fanatec F1 2021 Wheel decides this chapter clearly for itself, here no wishes remain open.

Rating:

  • Ascher Racing: 3/5
  • Cube Controls: 4/5
  • Fanatec 5/5

Quickrelease

When it comes to quickrelease, opinions differ. Fanatec relies on an internal pin connection and does not offer compatibility with third-party manufacturers. Occasionally there are damaged pins (RMA necessary) and the assembly is not completely free of play, but in my eyes this is absolutely not noticeable while driving.

Simucube takes a different approach here and offers a practically backlash-free connection with the Simucube-QR, which is plugged on and secured with a pin. An additional advantage is that you can switch to any third-party systems such as chaffinch, since no electronic connection is made to the base by the quickrelease. So individually, this chapter clearly goes to the steering wheels in the Simucube system, Fanatec promises to follow up with a revised Quickrelease in the future.

Rating:

  • Ascher Racing: 5/5
  • Cube Controls: 5/5
  • Fanatec 3/5

Data transmission and power supply

All three steering wheels come without an extra USB cable. Fanatec, as picked up in the last chapter, relies on an internal connection via the Quickrelease, through which both power and data are transferred. This means that neither a battery nor a rechargeable battery is required, and there is no need to worry about the signal strength.

Contrast this with the concept of the wireless wheels from Ascher Racing and Cube Controls. Here, they rely on a wireless connection to the SC2 base (one antenna on the back of each) and depend on an external power supply. Ascher has installed a 14250 lithium battery for this purpose, which, according to the manufacturer, should last up to three years with daily use and can then be replaced. Due to the illuminated buttons, the steering wheel from Cube Controls is somewhat more demanding (approx. 40 hours of operating time) in terms of power supply and relies on a rechargeable battery. For this purpose, a high-quality spiral cable was included to be able to charge the battery.

Overall, Fanatec clearly decides this chapter in its favour; a combination of runtime (Ascher) and rechargeable battery instead of battery (Cube Controls) would be desirable for Simucube models.

Rating:

  • Ascher Racing: 4/5
  • Cube Controls: 4/5
  • Fanatec 5/5

Extras

On the subject of extras, the steering wheels differ fundamentally. While the F28-SC from Ascher Racing has to do without anything at all, Cube Controls and especially Fanatec offer significantly more.

Cube Controls

  • Lit buttons, a clear unique selling point in this comparison
  • Toggle switches that are illuminated depending on their position (bottom on / top off)
  • The included high-quality spiral cable

Fanatec

  • Phosphorescent material for glow-in-the-dark button(s)
  • Two integrated vibration motors
  • RevLEDs with nine multi-coloured LEDs (adjustable via Fanatec software)
  • Two FlagLEDs with three multi-coloured LEDs each
  • White 1″ 128×64 OLED display to show telemetry data such as speed or gear

Rating:

  • Ascher Racing: 1/5
  • Cube Controls: 3/5
  • Fanatec 5/5

Summary

 Ascher SC-28 (V2)Cube Controls Formula Pro WirelessFanatec F1 2021
Gewicht und Materialien554
Griffe554
Shifter445
Funktionstasten345
Quickrelease553
Datenübertragung und Stromversorgung445
Extras135
Gesamt273031
Preis/Leistung7/106/1010/10

Conclusion

Ascher Racing F28-SC:

The SC-28 from Ascher Racing is probably the most solid of the steering wheels presented. Even if the steering wheel has to make concessions in terms of functions (the USB model from Ascher offers significantly more functions), it is still worth a recommendation. At 670€, the price is still at the lower end of the Simucube ecosystem.

Cube Controls Formula Pro Wireless

The Formula Pro Wireless from Cube Controls is subjectively the most beautiful of the steering wheels in my eyes. Its delicate design and the more versatile function keys set it apart from the F28-SC in this respect. Another plus point is clearly the illuminated buttons, the only drawback being the price of 899€.

Fanatec F1 2021

The F1 2021 from Fanatec is the clear price/performance winner in this comparison. The slight sacrifices you have to make in materials and quickrelease are more than compensated for by the built-in Advanced Paddle Module, the sheer number of function keys, the power supply via the quickrelease and the many extras. At 400€, it’s the cheapest steering wheel in the field without even having to stretch.


Fanatec ClubSport Lenkrad RS

Fanatec ClubSport Lenkrad RS

With the ClubSport steering wheel RS, Fanatec has added another round steering wheel to their portfolio. Very similar to the sister model from BMW, here you get a steering wheel with a weight of around 1600g and a diameter of 32 centimetres. The new steering wheel can also be pre-ordered from Fanatec, release date is 27 October.

Features (listed by Fanatec)

  • Realistic 320 mm diameter allows for precision and smooth driving
  • Durable construction made of metal and carbon fibre
  • Wheel rim wrapped in genuine, automotive-grade leather
  • Improved grip shape for increased comfort
  • Improved torsional strength
  • Improved electronics means wheel is firmware-updatable
  • RevLED bar integrated into rim to show engine RPM (game dependent)
  • LED display to show telemetry functions (game dependent)
  • Tuning functions with LED display to adjust settings independent from the game and during gameplay (see description of compatible wheel base/racing wheel for details)
  • ClubSport Magnetic Paddle Module pre-installed:
    • 3 mm-thick, black anodised aluminium paddle plates
    • Paddle module cage made of CNC-machined aluminium
    • Neodymium magnets
    • Paddle module easily upgradable to Podium Advanced Paddle Module (optional)
  • 11 Buttons plus two paddle shifter buttons with ultra-reliable switches
  • 7-way FunkySwitch™: left, right, up, and down directional inputs, push button, and rotary encoder functionality
  • Analogue joystick
  • Racing-style button caps included
  • Exchangeable aluminium quick release
  • Steering wheel weight: approx. 1630 g (subject to production changes)