After 2 months I finally got the racing rig prototype done! 🎉
Having waited for that long it felt like having a son 🤣… went to the fab and taped it. This was end of the cutting process:
The assembly was fairly easy, took me like 30 minutes but with a little help I’d have done it faster.
As usual, no matter how many times you check the plans, there will be errors. I found 2 screw-ups (which is pretty good), and some improvement opportunities.
The main aspect I wanted to test is structural rigidity. When you race hard, your wheel, shifter and pedals take some abuse and that force is transferred to the mounts and dissipated through the entire rig so I want it sturdier than any regular furniture. Luckily it came out way stronger than I anticipated, rock solid with or without the screws and t-nuts.
The two screw-ups I made were on the steering wheel height lock mechanism and on the pedals depth adjustment which won’t reach Pos 1 because of a really stupid mistake I made on a rail below the platform 🤬🤬🤬. Both fixed now ☑️.
On the improvement opportunities side, I decided to redesign the pedals mount locking mechanism (in case a hard brake goes too far 🤣), I’ll add compatibility with most Fanatec and Thrustmaster racing gear, probably also the Logitech flight yoke system so pilots are covered and some other redesigns, mostly styling stuff.
A friend came up with the idea of adding a glass holder on the left peripheral table to legally enjoy a cold one; while sim-driving 🤣. Would u use a cup holder? let me know here!
Here’s how fast the pedals and wheel depth get adjusted ⬇️
In the next few days I’ll finish the production version plans and continue discussing partnerships with makers so anyone can get the rig shipped home directly from here.
📅 Update 2022-03-23 – For the last few weeks I’ve been improving the plans and working on the product page which is looking awesome. Check it out here.
I finished the assembly animation and a second prototype is on the way in the US.
📅 Update 2022-03-31 – Official launch – Finished the best product ever.. baptized it and made 3D spin of the first official version. Check it out here.
👉 Wanna read my previous posts about the cnc sim racing cockpit? start here.