Perhaps you live by yourself in a minimalist apartment. Perhaps you have a wife that does not appreciate all of your expensive hobbies. Most wheel set ups come with a desk clamp and you don’t need to spend your money on a “rig”. Glenn McGee went from iRacing in this setup to racing in the MX-5 Cup with hardly any real life track experience. A rig will make your experience more immersive and that’s why we’re sim racing in the first place! Besides… telling you to just use your office desk would make for a boring recommendation.
You can spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on a multi-axis rotation sim with surround sound. We aren’t going to get in to those because while we are insane, we aren’t completely so.
For around $150, GT Omega offers their Classic and APEX wheel stands. The Classic is pre-drilled for every major wheel and pedal set and folds away easily if you don’t have room for a full rig. The APEX is their newer model which features more adjustment and flexibility, but most importantly, has a redesigned steering wheel platform that won’t tilt on you mid-race like the Classic will if you drive like a gorilla. The beauty of the GT Omega setup is modularity. For another $100 you can add on a rear seat frame to the wheel stand if you decide you are truly obsessed. eBay is chock full of cheap racing seats you might not want to run on your real car, but are perfect for adding to your sim cockpit.
Currently on sale for $650, Trak Racer will send you an all-in-one cockpit seat combo. For the extra money over the GT Omega, you’ll get a sturdier tubular frame, far more adjustability, and a quality fiberglass seat. The Trak Racer represents fantastic value between a modular system and an over-the-top setup. It’s a local favorite for amateur road racers and currently one of the most highly recommended rigs.
At $1,300, the Sparco Evolve bills it self as a “top-tier” simulator cockpit. And that it is. It was built with ergonomics and convenience in mind. It has built in wheels to help transport it and folds to stow away. As you might expect from the name, the Sparco comes with a Sparco seat. This one is in carbon fiber. It certainly isn’t built like a true FIA-approved carbon fiber racing seat as that would cost about the same as the entire rig, but you’ll know you’re getting a supportive, quality chair. I run Sparco’s in both race cars because they fit my frame perfectly, but I imagine the stock sim seat will be more “forgiving” for all body types. Please buy one so I can come over and try it.
We’ll get in to single-screen vs. multi-screen vs. virtual reality tomorrow. You should absolutely consider your preference there when looking for a seat setup that will grow with you. Trak Racer will sell you a sturdy triple-monitor stand, but let’s save those decisions for tomorrow.
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