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Best Cockpit/Rig for Sim Racing [2024]

Best Cockpit/Rig for Sim Racing [2024]

, by Alex Myastan, 39 min reading time

A simple comparison of ~70% of the cockpits on the market in 2024. We also recommend the top ten options across all budgets.

INTRODUCTION

The one piece of gear that the rest of your setup relies on: The cockpit.

  • It should be sturdy, so your direct drive can let its torque talk clearly, without false whispers reverberating throughout your rig. And so that when you ease into a corner with precise oenxvat, flex in the pedal plate does not betray your dexterity.
  • It should be versatile, so that once you’ve won a one hour road race, you can load up a rally track, testing your stick shift and handbrake skills in some relaxing, virtual forest.
  • It should be ergonomic, so you keep your nerve on the final lap of that one hour race, without a spike of back pain cutting through your focus and an overtake cutting you off your line.
  • It should cost less than a real car, so that you have money for food, water and an iRacing subscription.

In this article we recommend the ten best cockpits in 2024, with options for every budget. From a cheap, foldable cockpit worth $229/€229, up to a sturdy, high-end extruded aluminium profile for $915/€839.

But we also have also assembled this article to give you a triple screen view of what is out there in the market and to help you understand where you stand, and where you would like to sit. At the end you will find a comparison table of ~70% of the cockpits that are on the market.

Strap in and put on your helmet: It’s time to get into it!


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THE BEST SIM RACING COCKPITS

Now, for our selected recommended sim racing cockpits. Here are our top ten recommendations, ordered by price.

We know this is the main thing you came for, but have a look at the rest of the article for information that will help you understand what to look for. There is also a comparison table that includes 57 of the 77 cockpits on the market at the end of the article.

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Cockpit Price (USD) Price (EUR) VAT Warranty Type Frame Design DD Sturdiness Footprint (cm) Footprint (in) Stick Mount Seat Motion Platform Monitor Mount
Playseat Challenge $229 €229 Incl. 2 Year Hybrid Thin Metal Tubing Foldable 124cm x 54cm 49in x 22in
GT Omega ART $240 €264 Incl. 3 Year GT Steel Tubing Fixed 134-149cm x 55cm 53-59in x 22in
NLR F-GT Lite $299 €329 Excl. 1 Year Hybrid Thin Metal Tubing Foldable; Central Stand 164-174cm x 60cm 65-69in x 24in
SimXPro® X80 N/A €315 Incl. None GT Extruded Aluminium Modular ★★☆ 125cm x 66cm 49in x 26in
TrakRacer TR80 LITE $449 €429 Excl. 5 Year Hybrid Extruded Aluminium Modular ★☆☆ 136cm x 66cm 54in x 26in
Sim-Lab GT1 EVO N/A €449 Incl. 2 Year* GT Extruded Aluminium Modular ★★☆ 135cm x 58cm 53in x 23in
Simons S1 $572 €520 Excl. 2 Year GT Thick Extruded Aluminium + Tubing Hybrid ★★★ 120cm x 60cm 47in x 24in
TREQ ACE N/A €599 Excl. 2 Year GT Thick Extruded Aluminium Modular ★★★ 120cm x 66cm 47in x 26in
ASR 4 $750 N/A Incl. Lifetime GT Thick Extruded Aluminium Modular ★★★ 127cm x 56cm 50in x 22in
Sim-Lab
P1-X
N/A €829 Incl. 2 Year* GT Thick Extruded Aluminium Modular ★★★ 135cm x 68cm 53in x 27in
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> All prices are from the manufacturer's sites. We ignored sale prices and used standard prices. Of course, prices are from the time of writing.
> NLR and ASR are initialisms for Next Level Racing and Advanced Sim Racing respectively.
> N/A pricing just means the site did not have a price in that currency. Although almost all brands ship globally, it is fair to assume the price would just be converted at the exchange rate.
> All the cockpits have ✚ for monitor mounts even if you cannot attach them directly to the cockpit, since lone standing monitor stands are standard (we might change this categorization when we revise the article next).
> Stick mount refers to a mount for a stick shifter or handbrake.
> Ranges for footprints are used when the base is adjustable.
> For our approach to rating DD Sturdiness (direct drive sturdiness), click here to jump to the section of the article explaining this rating.

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✅ The feature is included in the price.
✚ There is an option to add the feature.

❌ The cockpit does not have the capacity to add that feature.




You will have noticed that the Sim-Lab GT1 Evo is highlighted. How come? Because it is our number one recommendation for your first proper cockpit. It’s made from the magic material, extruded aluminium, it’s well priced, it is one of our top selling cockpits and the internet recommends it.

 

The Sim-Lab GT1 Evo sim racing cockpit with a seat, direct wheel base, pedals and stick shifter attached.

The Sim-Lab GT1 Evo is available now on Simplace.



 

COCKPITS, RIGS, CHASSIS, MOUNTS, PLATES, STANDS ETC.

There are multiple types of structures to attach your sim racing equipment to. This article deals strictly with cockpits, which are designed to support all of your sim racing gear on one structural body. But, there are multiple other ways to approach this. I’ll use the term ‘rig’ as a kind of catch-all.

TYPES OF RIGS

  • ♢ Cockpit. What this article deals with, also called a rig or chassis. This has a base, with support for a seat, and a plate for pedals and for your wheel. Many have add-on options for stick shifters, handbrakes and monitors.
  • ♢ Wheel stand. This is a stand that is designed just to carry a wheel.
  • ♢ Pedal plate. A plate that rests on the ground, to give stability to your pedals.
  • ♢ Monitor stand. A stand that can carry one or multiple screens.
  • ♢ Motion platform. These are bases that use hydraulics to bring some more immersion, and some cockpits come built on a motion platform. This article does not deal with motion-only cockpits.

 

A rendered image of a R-Seat B1 sim racing rig with a massive triple screen setup.

The dream setup! The RSeat B1 cockpit, loaded with all the bells and whistles. 

 

FACTORS TO CONSIDER

1. Sturdiness

When you are looking at a cockpit frame, it is important to consider both the material used and its design. In the comparison tables, we distinguish both material and design, but there are generally 5 types of frames.

TYPES OF COCKPIT FRAMES

  • ♢ Extruded aluminium. This is the gold standard of cockpits… or should I say the aluminium standard? When you hear about 8020 rigs, they are referring to extruded aluminium profiles. These are brilliant because they are both sturdy and versatile, although you get standard size profiles or thicker, sturdier ones.
  • ♢ Fixed metal tubing. These use rectangular or circular metal tubes made from various metals, most commonly steel. They can be thin or thicker and stronger, but either way, they are less versatile and are usually built for specific functions.
  • ♢ Central stand metal tubing. This uses the same material as above, but is less sturdy and generally cheaper. I have termed them ‘central stand’ because the wheel stand is on a pillar that sits in between the legs.
  • ♢ Foldable metal tubing. Made from metal tubing and can either take the fixed or central stand designs. Good for those with limited space; bad for those with direct drives.
  • ♢ DIY wood. It can be a sturdy table or a custom made design. Perfect for those with space and rough hands.

 

A SimXPro XFR sim racing cockpit made from anodized extruded aluminium.

This stripped down image of the SimXPro XFR illustrates the magic material that is extruded aluminium.

If you can afford an extruded aluminium cockpit and you have the space for one, you should go for it. They are generally very sturdy, but be aware not all are made equal and the quality of the aluminium itself should be researched. 

It’s important to note that this material is not specific to sim racing: It’s used in multiple industries because you can build what you wish with it. Think of it as lego, but stronger. So, they are both sturdy and versatile.

 

So why are they called 80/20 T-slot extruded aluminium profiles? Well, the T-slot refers to the T shape that has been ‘extruded’ or forced out of the aluminium shafts, which allows you to use T-slots and T-bolts to affix equipment and other extruded aluminium. Hence the exceptional modularity of this material.

Now, how about the 80/20? Well, I had this one wrong. It has nothing to do with the measurements. It was actually named after the Pareto economist, a principle observed by an Italian polymath in 1907. He noticed that twenty percent of the population owned eighty percent of the property in Italy, but this was generalised into many facets of life:

“80% of consequences come from 20% of the causes.”

I intended to make some quip about Vilfredo Pareto being a sick sim racing name, but I don’t know how I feel about putting him on a podium. According to some, Pareto’s legacy was to progress economics from moral philosophy into a scientific approach, but others say that he welcomed the advent of fascism in Italy… So let's just say that “history is a graveyard of [philosophies].”

 

What does refer to measurements is the 2020, 4040, 4080, 40120 etc. in the names of the extruded aluminium profiles. These measurements refer to the cross sectional dimensions, for e.g. 40mm x 80mm.

There is also an imperial measurement system, referred to as 10 series or 15 series, where dimensions come in multiples of 1 inch and 1.5 inch respectively. For e.g., in the 10 series you get the 1010 (1in x 1in), 1020 (1in x 2in) and more. In the 15 series, you can get 1515 (1.5in x 1.5in), 1530 (1.5in x 3in) and more.

A diagram showing the various thickness available for 8020 extruded aluminium.

A cross-sectional view of some 80/20 T-slot extruded aluminium profiles.

Metal tubing rigs are generally less versatile, but may be better suited to a specific style of driving, like F1. And if you are looking for something that you can pack away (and is cheap), the foldable cockpits are the way to go.

In the comparison tables below you will see star ratings for the “DD Sturdiness” i.e. Direct Drive Sturdiness. Our ratings are as follows:


DIRECT DRIVE STURDINESS RATINGS

  • ❌ Cannot handle direct drives.
  • ★☆☆ Can deal with the low torque direct drives, generally under 8 Nm.
  • ★★☆ Can deal with most levels of torque, up to around 20 Nm.
  • ★★★ Can deal with practically all levels of torque.

 

Since we have not tested all these cockpits, ratings are based on a combination of reviews, product descriptions and thickness of frame. These ratings are intended as a general guide, so be sure to do more research not only into the torque they can handle, but also which specific wheels that can be mounted


Unfortunately we have not done the same sturdiness rating for pedals (yet). Flex in the pedal mount introduces random variance in your braking, and braking has the biggest impact on performance (link goes to our pedal guide). Be sure to check out specific reviews about cockpits you are seriously interested in to see how sturdy the pedal mounts are.

A Sim-Lab RaceX Pro Chassis on a black background.

An example of a metal tubing cockpit, the Sim-Lab RaceX Pro Chassis. Available now on Simplace.

 

2. Versatility

The cockpit is the skeleton to which your gear is attached. Now, how cool would it be if you could just replace your feet for like, I don’t know, wheels? Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that cockpits with poor versatility are limited in what add-ons you can include, and how adjustable those add-ons are.


ADD-ONS AND OPTIONS

  • ♢ Wheel adjustability. Can you change the angle of the mounted wheel? Or the horizontal or vertical positions? Note that wheels can be mounted in two ways generally, either on a plate, or fixed on the rig on either side of the wheel base. The latter is generally more sturdy.
  • ♢ Pedal adjustability. Can you change the angle of the mounted pedals? Or the horizontal or vertical positions?
  • ♢ Stick shifter/handbrake. Is the mount a plate on which the equipment rests? Or is it attached through bolts on the side?
  • ♢ Seat. Is the seat fixed in one position, or are there seat sliders that allow you to slide it back and forth? Can you change its angle? Do the seat brackets enable you to raise the height of the seat?
  • ♢ Cockpit feet. Can the feet be adjusted up and down? Do they have rubber on?
  • ♢ Motion ready. Is the cockpit sturdy enough and does it have slots to attach to a motion platform (these use hydraulics to simulate car movement).
  • ♢ Flight ready. Can you double it up for a flight sim?
  • ♢ Nuts and bolts. What does a Sim Racer do after he has sex? He nuts and bolts. These are important to assembly, so make sure you have all you need!

 

Lots to think about! Here at Simplace we stock over a hundred of these accessories, you can check them out here. We ship globally.

The pedal plate of a Treq Sim One cockpit.

A close-up of the pedal mount on the Treq One cockpit, available on Simplace.

Note with all these mount options that not all brands are supported. One cockpit may only support Fanatec, Thrustmaster and Logitech wheel bases, but that may depend on the specific wheel mount you have chosen when buying it. Another cockpit may support practically all wheel bases on the market. 

The same goes for all the other mounts: pedals, stick shifter/handbrakes, motion platform, flight sim gear and seats. Almost all the product pages of these cockpits have compatibility lists: those links are included in the comparison table.\

 

3. Ergonomics

Ergonomics refers to designing something for comfort, efficiency and convenience. When you are spending lots of time in the cockpit, this will be really important. 

The reach to your wheel, the reach to your pedals and the reach to your shifter and handbrake are all important. In this case, a polished extruded aluminium cockpit shines, because it's fundamentally modular. That is one of the ergonomic factors to consider: How modular is the cockpit frame? Can you add, remove and adjust however you want, or are you limited by the frame’s design?

Comfort is also critical, so let's look at the types of seating positions, as this becomes your second skin when you spend hours racing. 


TYPES OF SEATING POSITIONS

  • ♢ GT. This is an upright position that all grand tourer cars use, but also pretty much everything that is not a formula seat: Rally, trucks, tanks etc.
  • ♢ Formula. Formula cars have seats designed for better aerodynamics, where your body is diagonally laid back. Now, for better or worse, racing sim cockpits don’t simulate air friction IRL, so this is just not necessary and won’t improve your performance in any way, except for preparing yourself for a real formula race.
  • ♢ Hybrid. These are seats that can switch between GT and formula positions, which depends more on the cockpits capabilities than the seat itself.

 

Something else to note with seats, is that they can come in flat or bucket seat options. We won’t go into detail in this article and will link a seat focussed article here once we’ve made one. If you are looking for a seat, be sure to check out the seats available on Simplace, shipped globally.

The Trak Racer Recliner Seat sitting by itself in a white room.

The Trak Racer recliner seat, available now on Simplace.

Another factor to consider is how much space the cockpit takes. What is its footprint? In the comparison tables we include the bases length and width in both centimetres and inches. Just a reminder that some cockpits are foldable and easy-to-store, but this invariably comes at the cost of sturdiness.

The final ergonomic factor to consider is the ease of assembly. This is a valid gripe you can have with extruded aluminium cockpits as these are generally more complicated to set up. Regardless of the frame type, loose bolts can turn a rock of a cockpit into a shaky nightmare. Tighten your bolts!

 

4. Pricing

See the pricing for all the products in the comparison table, in both Euros and Dollars, taken directly from the manufacturer’s official websites. We have also checked which prices include or exclude VAT, so take note of that. If a product excludes VAT do some research on how much will be added: VAT can be as low as 4% in one place and as high as 20%+ elsewhere!

Shipping costs can also make a big difference in the overall price. Some sites (like this one), allow you to calculate the cost of shipping without providing any information except an address.

Finally, good cockpits have long lifespans since they are basically just  metal. Remember that a good cockpit you take good care of can easily be resold if you want to upgrade your cockpit.

Simplace has a second-hand sim marketplace which is global, has no listing or ad fees and uses a built-in escrow system. If you want to get rid of old equipment, or look for something cheap second hand, give it a look.


 

THE ULTIMATE SIM RACING COCKPIT COMPARISON TABLE

This table contains around two thirds of the cockpits we have identified on the market (~95), and compares them according to some of the most useful criteria for making a decision to buy one. This is meant as an overview, so be sure to do further research to get exact, up-to-date information.

Simplace stocks 27 of these cockpits (at the time of updating). We have competitive prices and ship globally. Each purchase includes a magazine with all of our guides compiled and two free iRacing skins.

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Cockpit Playseat Challenge Next Level Racing GTLite GT Omega ART SimXPro® R80 Playseat Evolution Next Level Racing GTLite Pro SimXPro® X80 TREQ ONE Basic GT Omega TITAN Next Level Racing F-GT Liite Playseat Revolution Playseat Evolution Pro Next Level Racing GTRacer SimXPro® XRS80 TrakRacer TR80 LITE TREQ FORMULA TREQ ONE Sim-Lab GT1 EVO GT Omega PRIME Lite TrakRacer RS6 Sim-Lab Team Redline TR1 Chassis Simons S1 RSeat B1 SimXPro® XT120 Next Level Racing F-GT TrakRacer TR80 MK5 SimXPro® R160 Next Level Racing GTTrack GTR Simulator GTA OpenWheeler GEN3 Racing Cockpit Extreme Sim Racing Compact 2.0 Playseat Trophy SimXPro® FR TREQ ACE GTR Simulator GTSF RCP Cockpit Sport SimLab GT1 Pro Next Level Racing Go Kart Plus TrakRacer TR120 TrakRacer TR8 PRO SimXPro® XT160 Next Level Racing GTElite Lite RSeat P1 Sim-Lab RaceX Pro Chassis GTR Simulator GTA Pro SimXPro® XFR GT Omega PRIME Trak Racer TR160S Advanced Sim Racing 4 Sparco Evolve 3.0 TrakRacer TR160 MK4 Next Level Racing F-GT Elite Lite SimLab P1X Pro RSeat RS1 Sim-Lab P1-X Fanatec Rennsport V2 Next Level Racing F-GT Elite Next Level Racing GTElite Next Level Racing F-GT Elite 160 Sparco Evolve GP Monstertech MTS Racing TrakRacer Alpine Racing TRX Sim-Lab X1-PRO Playseat Sensation Pro
Price (USD) $229 $249 $240 N/A $299 $299 N/A N/A $390 $299 $349 $399 $399 N/A $449 N/A N/A N/A $550 $462 $468* $572 $750 N/A $499 $647 N/A $499 $499 $499 $599 $599 N/A N/A $629 $629 $649 $599 $673 $693 N/A $599 $1,249 N/A $729 N/A $740 $749 $750 $779 $879 $699 $849 $899 N/A N/A $999 $999 $1,149 $1,699 $1,572 $1,400 N/A $1,899
Price (EUR) €229 €249 €264 €290 €299 €299 €315 €320 €324 €329 €349 €399 €399 €415 €429 €433 €435 €449 €480 €499 €412* €520 €539 €540 €549 €559 €590 €599 N/A N/A N/A €599 €599 €599 N/A N/A €609 €649 €639 €659 €680 €699 €699 €699 N/A €743 €744 €769 N/A N/A €769 €799 €812 €799 €829 €999 €1,099 €1,099 €1,299 €1,300 €1,343 €1,599 €1,799 €1,899
VAT Incl. Excl. Incl. Incl. Incl. Excl. Incl. Excl. Incl. Excl. Incl. Incl. Excl. Incl. Excl. Excl. Excl. Incl. Incl. Excl. N/A Excl. Incl. Incl. Excl. Excl. Incl. Excl. Excl. Incl. Excl. Incl. Incl. Excl. Excl. Excl. Incl. Excl. Excl. Excl. Incl. Excl. Incl. Incl. Excl. Incl. Incl. Excl. Incl. Incl. Excl. Excl. Incl. Incl. Incl. Incl. Excl. Excl. Excl. Incl. Incl. Excl. Incl. Incl.
Warranty 2 Year 1 Year 3 Year None 2 Year 1 Year None 2 Year 3 Year 1 Year 2 Year 2 Year 1 Year None 5 Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year* 3 Year 5 Year 2 Year* 2 Year 5 Year None 1 Year 5 Year None 1 Year 10 Year Lifetime 1 Year 2 Year None 2 Year 10 Year None 2 Year* 1 Year 5 Year 5 Year None 1 Year 5 Year 2 Year* 10 Year None 3 Year 5 Year Lifetime 5 Year 5 Year 1 Year 2 Year* 2-3 Year 2 Year* 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 5 Year 2 Year 5 Year 2 Year* 2 Year
Type Hybrid GT GT GT GT GT GT GT GT Hybrid GT GT GT Hybrid Hybrid Formula GT GT GT GT GT GT GT GT Hybrid Hybrid GT GT GT GT Hybrid Hybrid Formula GT GT GT GT Go Kart Hybrid GT GT GT GT GT GT Formula GT Hybrid GT GT Hybrid Hybrid GT GT GT GT Hybrid GT Hybrid Formula Hybrid Hybrid GT GT
Frame Thin Metal Tubing Thin Metal Tubing Steel Tubing Extruded Aluminium Metal Tubing Thin Metal Tubing Extruded Aluminium Extruded Aluminium Steel Tubing Thin Metal Tubing Metal Tubing Metal Tubing Metal Tubing Extruded Aluminium Extruded Aluminium Extruded Aluminium Extruded Aluminium Extruded Aluminium Extruded Aluminium Iron Tubing Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Thick Extruded Aluminium + Tubing Carbon Steel Tubing Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Carbon Steel Tubing Extruded Aluminium Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Extruded Aluminium Alloy Steel Tubing Thin Metal Tubing Metal Tubing Metal Tubing Extruded Aluminium Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Alloy Steel Tubing Extruded Aluminium Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Metal Tubing Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Steel Tubing Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Extruded Aluminium Carbon Steel Tubing Aluminium Tubing Alloy Steel Tubing Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Steel Tubing Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Extruded Aluminium Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Carbon Steel Tubing Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Aluminium Tubing Extruded Aluminium Extruded Aluminium Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Steel Tubing Extruded Aluminium Steel Tubing Thick Extruded
Aluminium
Metal Tubing
Design Foldable Foldable;
Central Stand
Fixed Modular Foldable;
Central Stand
Foldable Modular Modular Fixed Foldable;
Central Stand
Foldable;
Central Stand
Foldable;
Central Stand
Fixed Modular Modular Modular Modular Modular Modular Fixed Modular Hybrid Modular Modular Fixed Modular Modular Fixed Fixed Foldable;
Central Stand
Fixed Fixed Modular Modular Fixed Modular Modular Fixed, Central Stand Modular Fixed Modular Fixed Modular Fixed Fixed Modular Modular Modular Modular Fixed Modular Fixed Modular Fixed Modular Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed w Central Stand Modular Fixed Modular Fixed
DD Sturdiness ★☆☆ ★☆☆ ★★☆ ★★☆ ★☆☆ ★★☆ ★☆☆ ★★☆ ★★☆ ★★☆ ★★☆ ★☆☆ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★☆☆ ★★☆ ★★★ ★☆☆ ★☆☆ ★☆☆ ★★☆ ★★★ ★★☆ ★★★ ★☆☆ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★☆ ★★★ ★★☆ ★☆☆ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★☆ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★☆ ★★☆ ★★★ ★★☆ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★
Footprint (cm) 124cm x 54cm 104-175cm x 60cm 134-149cm x 55cm 125cm x 58cm 130cm x 50cm 170cm x 87cm 125cm x 66cm 120cm x 58cm 125cm x 54cm 164-174cm x 60cm 130cm x 50cm 130cm x 50cm 163cm x 70cm 125cm x 50cm 136cm x 66cm 139cm x 66cm 120cm x 58cm 135cm x 58cm 137cm x 68cm 119cm x 54cm 120cm x 52cm 120cm x 60cm 178cm x 63cm 135cm x 66cm 140-170cm x 93cm 121cm x 66cm 135cm x 66cm 120cm x 82cm 107-142cm x 58cm 94cm x 58cm 94cm x 56cm 138cm x 58cm 130cm x 58cm 120cm x 66cm 147cm x 58cm 127cm x 71cm 135cm x 68cm 170cm x 83cm 145cm x 66cm 130cm x 60cm 135cm x 66cm 148cm x 82cm 178cm x 60cm 151cm x 66cm 115-165cm x 64cm 135cm x 74cm 137cm x 58cm 145cm x 66cm 127cm x 56cm ?? x ?? 145cm x 66cm 138cm x 69cm 135cm x 68cm 148cm x 69cm 135cm x 68cm 174cm x 84cm 120cm x 70cm 148cm x 82cm 136cm x 84cm ?? x ?? ?? x ?? 152cm x 71cm 135cm x 100cm 150cm x 63cm
Footprint (in) 49in x 22in 41-69in x 24in 53-59in x 22in 49in x 23in 51in x 20in 70in x 35in 49in x 26in 47in x 23in 49in x 22in 65-69in x 24in 51in x 20in 51in x 20in 64in x 28in 49in x 20in 54in x 26in 55in x 26in 47in x 23in 53in x 23in 54in x 27in 47in x 22in 47in x 21in 47in x 24in 70in x 25in 53in x 26in 55-67in x 37in 48in x 26in 53in x 26in 47in x 33in 42-56in x 23in 37in x 23in 37in x 22in 55in x 23in 51in x 23in 47in x 26in 58in x 23in 50in x 28in 53in x 27in 67in x 33in 57in x 26in 51in x 24in 53in x 26in 59in x 33in 70in x 24in 60in x 26in 45-65in x 25in 53in x 29in 54in x 23in 57in x 26in 50in x 22in ?? x ?? 57in x 26in 55in x 27in 53in x 27in 58in x 27in 53in x 27in 69in x 33in 47in x 28in 59in x 33in 54in x 33in ?? x ?? ?? x ?? 60in x 28in 53in x 39in 59in x 25in
Stick Mount
Seat
Motion Platform
Monitor Mount
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* Sim-Lab Team Redline TR1 Chassis is not sold on Sim-Lab, so the prices are those that we have on Simplace.
> All prices are from the manufacturer's sites. We ignored sale prices and used standard prices. Of course, prices are from the time of writing.
> N/A pricing just means the site did not have a price in that currency. Although almost all brands ship globally, it is fair to assume the price would just be converted at the exchange rate.
> All the cockpits have ✚ for monitor mounts even if you cannot attach them directly to the cockpit, since lone standing monitor stands are standard (we might change this categorization when we revise the article next).
> Stick mount refers to a mount for a stick shifter or handbrake.
> Ranges for footprints are used when the base is adjustable.
> For our approach to rating DD Sturdiness (direct drive sturdiness), click here to jump to the section of the article explaining this rating.

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✅ The feature is included in the price.
✚ There is an option to add the feature.

❌ The cockpit does not have the capacity to add that feature.

 

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COCKPIT BRAND OVERVIEW

Here is an overview of all the brands, and cockpit products covered in this article per brand.

Brand HQ Total Cockpits Featured Cockpits
Playseat Netherlands 6 6
Next Level Racing Australia 12 12
Sim Lab Netherlands 7 7
GT Omega UK 4 4
Simons Gaming Solutions Netherlands 1 1
Trak Racer Australia 8 8
RSeat Bulgaria 7 3
SimXPro Netherlands 8 8
Fanatec Germany 1 1
Treq Sim Netherlands 4 4
Advanced Sim Racing Canada 7 1
GTR Simulators Canada 3 3
Extreme Sim Racing Brazil 6 1
Rig Metal US 2 0
OpenWheeler US 1 1
Obutto China 2 0
6Sigma US 4 0
Res-tech Italy 4 0
Sparco Italy 2 2
Racing Cockpits US 1 1
MonsterTech US 1 1
Motedis Germany 1 0
Total 92 64

Note this is just due to a limit of our time, we hope to add more products later down the line, ideally all of these. If we have missed any brands you recommend, don’t hesitate to comment below and let us know. We’ll be sure to add it.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in late-2023. It has been updated to match our new design standard, and we have added a few new products.


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SIMPLACE KNOWLEDGE BASE 

We aim to create a comprehensive repository to help you make your sim racing gear decisions. Check out some of our other detailed articles:

> A Beginner's Guide to a Sim Racing Setup: This article provides an overview of your entire setup.

> Best Sim Racing Cockpits: This article recommends the top ten cockpits for all budgets and compares ~70% of all the cockpits on the market in a simple table.

> The Wheel Base Guide: A comparison of every single wheel base on the market. We show the torque, platform compatibility, price and other relevant information in tables. We also have an article that analyses the value of entry-level direct drives, and one that recommends Xbox wheel bases.

> The Steering Wheel Guide: See types of wheels and the other considerations when buying one. We also have one that ranks the 12 Best F1 Steering Wheels.

> The Wheel Compatibility Guide: See the bolt patterns and QR Hubs of all the major wheel and wheel base brands.

> The Shifter and Handbrake Guide: A comparison of every sim racing stick shifter and handbrake on the market.

> The Pedal Guide: A comparison of all the budget and entry-level pedal sets, and the most popular mid-range and high-end pedal sets on the market.

> How to Earn Money in Sim Racing: An overview of the various ways in which you can get income from your favourite hobby.

We've started a series of posts where we spotlight different brands. To start off with, check out our spotlight on Moza Racing, and our spotlight on Simons Gaming Solutions, an up-and-coming manufacturer.

We also publish sim related news, like analysing the value of the Fanatec ClubSport DD, reviewing the Fanatec QR2 or looking at the latest WRC updates. You can also find articles about us, like this article about our visit to the recent ADAC Sim Racing Expo.

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