If you're a fan of racing games, then you've probably heard of sim racing. But what exactly is it? And why should you consider investing in a sim racing cockpit? In this blog post, we'll explore these questions and more to help you make an informed decision.
What Is Sim Racing?
Sim racing, short for simulation racing, is the digital counterpart of real-world racing using racing games. These racing simulator
s games are designed to accurately replicate the experience of driving a real car on a real track, complete with realistic physics and handling.
Sim racing has been around for decades, but it has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to the advancements in technology and the rise of e-sports. Today, there are countless sim racing games and communities for players to join, whether you're a casual player or a serious competitor.
What Is A Sim Racing Cockpit?
A sim racing cockpit is a piece of equipment that allows you to mount your steering wheel, pedals, and other controls in a realistic racing position. These cockpits are designed to mimic the layout of a real car, complete with a seat, a steering wheel, and pedal set. As well as the basics, these racing rigs can offer a huge variety of practical accessories and quality of life upgrades.
There are many different types of sim racing cockpits available on the market, ranging from basic setups to more advanced, professional-grade models. Some cockpits are designed to be used with specific games or platforms, while others are more versatile.
Do I Need A Cockpit
Now, you may be thinking, “Do I really need a sim racing cockpit?” After all, you can play sim racing games with a standard controller or even a mouse and keyboard.
Anyone who has played these games for any length of time will tell you that for the best possible experience you have to play with a wheel and pedal set. Not only is this a much more accurate representation of driving a racing car in real life, it provides a much greater degree of control. Additionally, If you choose a device which comes with Force Feedback or Direct Drive you get lots of extra feedback and information on how you’re driving and how your car is performing.
Now, while it is true that you can play sim racing games without a cockpit, using one greatly enhances the overall experience. A racing cockpit draws the full potential from your equipment and provide
s a more immersive and realistic racing experience. This can be especially useful for serious sim racers or anyone looking to improve their skills.
Why Should I Get A Cockpit?
There are many reasons why you should consider investing in a sim racing cockpit. Here are just a few of the benefits:
Improved Immersion: As mentioned earlier, a cockpit can provide a more immersive and realistic racing experience. This can make the game more enjoyable and allow you to better understand the physics and handling of the car.
Enhanced Control: Using a steering wheel and pedals instead of a controller or keyboard can give you more precise control over the car, which can be especially useful when it comes to making precise movements and adjustments.
Increased Comfort: Sitting in a cockpit, with a proper seat and racing-position, can be much more comfortable than sitting in a chair or on a couch. This can help you stay focused and comfortable for longer gaming sessions.
Promotes Improvement: If you're serious about sim racing, a cockpit can be a valuable tool for training and improving your skills. A static and reliable racing environment delivers a solid foundation to hone your driving techniques and expand your understanding of the cars and tracks.
What GT Omega Cockpit Is Best For You?
The GT Omega ART Cockpit is our entry level cockpit and is ideal for those just starting out in the sim racing world.
Enjoying its near decade long status one of the most reliable and competitive sim racing rigs available, this supremely cost-friendly kit is the best choice for people new to sim racing or those looking for their first racing cockpit.
As one of the longest existing cockpits in the sim racing market, the ART Cockpit has earned its reputation as one of the most reliable rigs money can buy. Our focus on simple and effective design choices combined with a well refined manufacturing process means that the ART cockpit effortlessly retains this reputation, year after year.
Although the ART cockpit is our most affordable option, that doesn’t mean it lacks in quality. Its functional design and adjustable setup means that you can set up your ART cockpit in the most comfortable position for your body shape and preferred racing position.
You can adjust the wheel platform height, pedal platform angle, gear mount height, length of cockpit frame and seat position. Not only that, the ART is compatible with all of our racing seats and all major wheel and pedals including Logitech, Thrustmaster and Fanatec.
One of the ART cockpit’s greatest strengths is its incredibly versatile design. Enjoy a huge array of accessories to make it your own. Everything from monitor solutions and gear shifter mounts to flight simulation is possible with the ART Cockpit.
The GT Omega TITAN cockpit is our mid-range racing simulator and is perfect for drivers who want to elevate their sim racing experience and those who enjoy a clean aesthetic for their rig instead of the more industrial look of aluminium profile rigs.
This cockpit is the designed to meet the needs of the sim racing community and shows the evolution of GT Omega simulator cockpits. This sturdy piece of kit has a 2” diameter steel tube framework meaning that it provides unmatched stability and durability that can handle even the most powerful wheel and pedal sets.
Like the ART, the TITAN features a wide range of adjustability in the wheel deck and pedal tray and is fully compatible with GT Omega’s adjustable racing seats. In addition, the TITAN’s included gear shifter Mount has near-limitless positions making it easy to find your ideal driving position.
No longer the newcomer to our racing cockpit line-up, the TITAN has secured a position as a robust all-rounder in the sim racing world. Incredible strength with a modest footprint, this high-performance rig is designed to stand up to the strongest direct drive wheels and loadcell pedal sets on the market.
PRIME LITE COCKPIT
The Prime Lite is a low-profile, lightweight variation of the GT Omega Prime cockpit.
Constructed with premium 8040 aluminium extrusion, this cost effective and high-performance racing simulator is a budget friendly entry point for aluminium profile racing simulators.
The PRIME Lite delivers on the adjustability and near-limitless customisation options which make aluminium profiles so popular with sim racers around the world. Fully compatible with our PRIME Cockpit accessory range, the Prime Lite can be catered to your exact needs.
The GT Omega PRIME Cockpit, the only cockpit you will ever need.
Our reinforced aluminium profile rig is carefully engineered to provide a huge range of adjustability without compromising on the durability and rigidity needed by today’s sim racer. Stronger, more versatile, and more dependable than conventional racing cockpits; The GT Omega Prime Cockpit is the best value-for-money aluminium profile cockpit available on the market today.
The PRIME Cockpit is designed and engineered to embrace your ever-evolving sim racing ecosystem. Build it how you need it, with the accessories you want, and you will quickly find yourself in a perfectly personalised sim racing environment which allows you to race in maximum comfort with absolute confidence.
If you go with the PRIME cockpit, you won’t need any other. The modular design of the aluminium profile framework allows the Prime cockpit to be fully adaptable to fit your needs. The Prime cockpit not only provides virtually endless possibilities for custom-designed solutions, but it also embraces this modularity by allowing you to tailor your cockpit to your exact specifications. Our aim is to provide you with the absolute maximum comfort to allow you to game for longer periods of time.
In conclusion, a sim racing cockpit can be a valuable investment for anyone who loves racing games. Whether you're a casual player or a serious competitor, a cockpit can enhance your racing experience and improve your skills. With the increasing popularity of sim racing, it's a great time to invest in a cockpit and join the growing community of sim racers.
At GT Omega, we want incredible sim racing experiences to be accessible for everyone. From budget friendly racing cockpits, through space-saving upgradable wheel stands, all the way to high-end aluminium profile racing simulators. We have something for everyone.