What are the Best Sim Racing Rigs / Cockpits on the market?

a nicely built sim racing rig

Sim racing rigs (or “sim racing cockpits” – the frame upon which you mount all of your racing simulator gear) come in many shapes and sizes, with a huge variety of choices in terms of build quality, strength, rigidity, and of course price. It is possible to buy a sim racing rig as a separate unit or as part of a bundle package with a seat, and in certain cases, some other accessories too.

If you’ve just come for a quick recommendation, I’d always say check out our preferred starter chassis, the Sim Lab GT1 Evo and/or the pro sim racer’s choice, the P1-X but for more detail, read on!

What are the best sim racing cockpits available to sim racers?

  1. Sim Lab GT1 Evo
  2. Next Level Racing F-GT Elite
  3. Sim Lab P1-X
  4. Team Redline TR1
  5. Sim-Lab X1 Pro
  7. OP Child Rig for Kids
  9. OP Golden Rig Bundle
  10. Advanced Sim Racing ASR 4
  11. Fanatec Rennsport V2
  12. F1 Seats and Cockpits

What features make a good sim rig?

When you pick your seat and frame, keep in mind the available space you have, how powerful your equipment is, and how much you want to spend.

Above all other things, rigidity is crucial. Higher-end sim racing wheelbases and pedals tend to create far higher forces (up to 30nm on the steering wheel and between 25 to 80kgs on the pedals). This can create what we refer to as flex, the unintended movement of the rig itself under duress.

If you’re not sure what flex looks like, check out this video I made while recording a how-to heel and toe article. Note the movement of the pedal base as I apply the brakes:

How to Heel and Toe in the Simulator

The flex of this pedal base (attached to an RSEAT RS1 cockpit) is around 4 degrees at a 25kg brake force. Frankly, my Sprint pedals can handle more load than the pedal base on this rig is designed for which is why it’s flexing a little. But if I were using Thrustmaster or Logitech pedals, there’d be no flex at all because the brake force would be perhaps a fifth of the brake forces required for the Sprints.

Without wanting to dwell too much on flex in cockpits designed for sim racing, you do need to consider if you’re going to upgrade your pedals. If the answer is yes, you need to decide if you’ll want to upgrade the rig at the same time, or just buy the stiffer rig now and save the hassle later on.

Generally, the more expensive the seat and the frame, the sturdier they will be, allowing for more powerful wheels and pedals. While I demonstrated the issues that high brake forces can create, it’s the same for your wheelbase mounting too. If you’re considering using a direct drive wheelbase and your rig is not robust enough to handle the forces that will be exerted upon it by the wheelbase, the frame that supports the wheelbase will flex too. Flex takes away the mechanical feeling of the equipment and the feedback you get in return.

The indisputably best material to prevent flex, and for extendibility, is extruded aluminium, the square, boxy-looking material. While it might not look as pretty to the untrained eye, the experienced sim racer will immediately go for a rig like the Sim Labs, Sim Dynamics and so on (all featured below). If you’re serious about sim racing and you’d like to progress over a long period of time an extruded aluminium rig is the way to go.

As a point of reference, when I use the term rig in this article it will refer to the frame and seat. Some choices are sold as a combo, while others require that you purchase the seat separately, and thus the seat is not included in the listed price.

Also, I won’t be covering any wheel stands, so this will be a top list of full-frame sim rigs as they offer a much more immersive racing experience.

Finally, my personal recommendations are the three offerings from Sim Lab and the very impressive offering from RCP. For lower budgets, it’s still better to go with an 8020 style extruded Aluminum chassis if you can!

Sim Lab GT1 Evo

This is one of our favorites: replicating a GT car driving position, the less expensive sibling of the P1-X, the GT1 Evo is a very popular, stiff aluminium profile hybrid sim chassis. We recommend this rig when you’re building a “high-end” rig on a tight budget:

sim lab gt-1 evo sim rig
Sim Lab GT-1 EVO sim rig

The wheelbase mount is compatible with any base-mounted wheel including Thrustmaster, Logitec and Fanatec devices. The glossy, black powder-coated finish really looks the part and the pre-drilled pedal base will easily accommodate Heusinkveld or Fanatec pedals.

This is an absolutely brilliant starter rig on a very reasonable budget and is one of our top recommendations as a solid base to forge a promising sim racing career. That’s mostly because you probably won’t need to replace it with higher-torque equipment!

If you want to mount a Simucube 2 Pro or other front-mounting direct drive wheels, the attachments are available via Simlab for a reasonable price.

Next Level Racing F-GT Elite

Considered in the sim racing industry as the “Sim Lab P1-X challenger”, this new Aluminium profile rig from Next Level racing is quite a step up from their standard budget range of cockpits.

The detailing on the Next Level G-GT Elite cockpit really has that wow factor

It comes with a range of interesting features including “laser-etched branding and measurement scales”, a customised seat, a tool kit to make assembly far easier, and nice touches like cable management clips that are supplied.

Next level Racing F-GT Elite Simulator Cockpit

There is also a range of compatible extras such as monitor mounts and a keyboard tray. Something that really caught my eye is the anodized side mount. Depending on which variation you buy, this rig will accommodate front-mounting wheelbases (such as our favorite Simucube 2 Pro) or side mounting such as the Fanatec CSL DD or DD1/2.

The video really sells this rig and I honestly believe this will be a popular choice as we approach 2022:

I’m a fan of Aluminium profile rigs because they don’t have the same compromises that tube steel rigs can experience. There’s less flex out of the box. I took a look at the pedal plate and wheel deck on this rig, and while it looks thinner than the materials used in the Sim-Lab rigs, Next Level does use light reinforcement to minimize flex. Overall a very nice new addition to our list!

Sim Lab P1-X

The Sim-Lab P1-X is an extremely strong rig, meaning it is capable of handling the most powerful DD wheels, with no flex. Heralded for its adjustability, the aluminium profile construction means that the cockpit is very adaptable. As a professional sim rig, the P1-X is the firm favourite of the at-wide sim racing community.

We recommend this one because if budget is less of an issue – it’s probably going to be the last cockpit you need for a very long time.

If you want to mount a Simucube wheelbase, no problem. The potential to customise the P1-X rig is nearly endless, with a massive number of accessories available, such as shifters, monitor stands, button boxes, keyboard trays, front mounting wheelbase brackets and so on.

Sim Lab’s aluminium profile P1-X (available here)

For the base price, you only get the frame, and therefore you will need to source the seat, seat brackets, plus mounting plates for a shifter and heel plate separately – but this is very easy and every retailer will be able to help you from stock.

Some people like the freedom of being able to decide exactly what seat and accessories they want. A good sim racing seat can be had from around £300 / $300, but you can pick the best seat to suit your size and budget. Critically, speak with the retailer as they will always have package combinations available suited to your wheelbase and preferred seat style.

Team Redline TR1 Chassis

The Team Redline TR1 Chassis is another brilliant sim racing cockpit from market leaders Sim-Lab, designed with compatibility, price and ease of use in mind but cuts no corners when it comes to rigidity. Oh, and it’s backed by Team Redline – one of the most famous and successful sim racing teams on the planet. A certain Max Verstappen happens to be one of their drivers:

Team Redline's TR1 sim racing cockpit
Team Redline’s TR1 is one of the coolest rigs in the market today

X1-PRO Sim Racing Cockpit

Sim-Lab’s X1-PRO Cockpit is one of the finest full-option sim racing rigs on the market and sets a new standard for podium-style digital motorsport chassis. With its highly ergonomic design features and ultra-strong alloy aluminium base, the X1-PRO Cockpit guarantees top-notch immersion and allows you to unlock the full potential of your sim racing hardware.

Sim-Lab's new X1 pro sim racing rig
Sim-Lab’s new X1 pro sim racing rig

The cockpit is spacious and sits on raised legs, improving comfort, stability, and usability, while the rigid 40×120 mm aluminium profiles ensure you can attach the strongest direct drive wheelbases and the stiffest load cell pedal sets without worrying the cockpit flexing in the slightest.

The standard wheel mounting solution on the X1-PRO Cockpit is forward-facing; however, with the optional X1-PRO Wheeldeck, you can firmly attach any bottom-mounted wheelbase. Moreover, the X1-PRO Cockpit is supplied with a single-monitor 100×100 mm VESA mount, which can support ultra-wide screen curved monitors.

Sim-Lab's new X1 pro fully built
Sim-Lab’s new X1 pro sim racing rig with HE Ultimate+ pedals, Sparco seat and more peripherals listed below

All peripherals added to the X1-PRO Cockpit can be adjusted and positioned to your preference, allowing you to find the most suitable driving position possible. There is an option to supply the rig with a seat including a Speed 1 Black, Sparco Circuit 11or a Sparco Grid.

It’s important to note that the seat brackets and Sparco seat slider is included with the seat option and won’t come with the “barebones” cockpit.

For a complete list of compatible sim racing hardware, check here.

Pro SimRig PSR1

The Pro SimRig PSR1 is an excellent introduction to the world of aluminum, 8020 style profile rigs. In its basic form, the PSR1 is an impressive starter rig if you’re looking for a lower-budget starting point.

But manufacturers Pro Sim don’t stop with “basic” – in fact, they’re providing a platform that you can add to as you go along.

The Race Anywhere PSR1 sim rig with numerous accessories installed!
The Race Anywhere PSR1 with numerous accessories installed!

So with this rig (we’re publishing the review in just a few days), you’ve got the basis of a solid, flex-free 8020 profile sim racing cockpit with the scope to extend and improve as you see fit. There are *a lot* of accessories for the PSR1 including:

  • Side Mount (for Fanatec wheels) (view)
  • Front Mount (for Simucube wheels) (view)
  • Keyboard Tray (view)
  • Mouse Tray (view)
  • Mousepad (view)
  • Heavy Duty Adjustable Feet (view)
  • PC Stand (view)
  • Castor Wheels (view)
  • Cupholder (view)
  • Premium Floor Mat (view)
  • Seat Height Modification Kit (view)

So the PSR1 is definitely one to check out.

OP Child Rig from Overpower.gg

The OP Child Rig allows your child to enjoy sim racing in an optimal driving position thanks to its easy-to-use design elements, including a fully adjustable seat, wheel deck, and pedal mount. According to OverPower, the designer of the OP Child Rig, this mini sim racing cockpit has been manufactured with as much attention to detail as the company’s full-size options, with durability, style, and comfort as the main concepts behind its design.

OP Child size Sim Racing Rig from Overpower.gg

The OP Child Rig allows your child to enjoy sim racing in an optimal driving position thanks to its easy-to-use design elements, including a fully adjustable seat, wheel deck, and pedal mount. According to OverPower, the designer of the OP Child Rig, this mini sim racing cockpit has been manufactured with as much attention to detail as the company’s full-size options, with durability, style, and comfort as the main concepts behind its design.

The chassis is suitable for children between 3-10 years old, as the rig can be easily adapted to match your child’s height as they grow up until they are over 140 cm tall and can switch over to an adult-size rig.

OverPower ensures this kid-sized chassis ticks all the right boxes concerning sturdiness and aesthetics and also guarantees compatibility between the OP Child Rig and sim racing hardware from most industry-leading companies. Peripherals like steering and pedals will fit seamlessly into the pre-drilled holes on the rig. You can find a complete list of compatible hardware here.

If you’re interested in building a complete setup for the younger racer, check out our sim racing setups for children article here.

Pro SimRig PSR3

This is a very nice and neat sim rig for an unbeatable price. Supplied by Raceanywhere in the UK, they ship globally. Based on the higher-priced PSR1, this PSR3 rig is constructed with ultra heavy aluminum profile, uses overlapping uprights for rigidity, and has a thick and very solid wheel shelf and an extra-rigid pedal base. Very nice!

Pro SimRig PSR3 from RaceAnywhere
Pro SimRig PSR3 from RaceAnywhere

The detailed work is emphasised on rigidity and affordability, coming in at a very reasonable £395.00 inc. VAT, this would make for the basis of a brilliant budget sim cockpit build.

The rig is compatible with the following wheelbases:

  • Fanatec CSL DD / DD Pro (with optional Boost Kit). 
  • Fanatec DD1 / DD2
  • Fanatec CSW
  • Simagic Alpha / Simagic Alpha Mini
  • Moza R9 / Moza R16 / R21
  • All Thrustmaster / Logitech

The pedal baseplate is compatible with the following pedals:

  • Fanatec CSL / CSL (+LC) / V1 / V2 / V3 (+inverted)
  • Venym Atrax
  • Heusinkveld Sim Pedals Sprint / Ultimate / Ultimate+
  • Meca Cup1 / Evo1
  • BJ Steel
  • Asetek Forte / Invicta
  • Moza S-RP / CRP
  • SimTrecs ProPedal GT
  • SimCoaches P1 / SimCraft PRO / ImSim Talento 

OP Golden White Bundle from Overpower.gg

The OP Golden White Bundle is a top-class sim racing cockpit package that boasts exceptional ergonomics, eye-catching looks, and enough stability to mount the world’s most powerful steering wheels and pedals.

OverPower, the Finish manufacturer of The OP Golden White Bundle has combined its OP Formula Lite chassis with a monitor mount, a gaming platform tray, and an electric pedal adjuster, creating a premium, all-in-one sim racing rig.

OP Golden White Bundle from Overpower.gg
OP Golden White Bundle from Overpower.gg

The cockpit’s design elevates comfort when driving, even during endurance races. At 195 cm in length, 60 cm in width, and 130 cm in height to the top of the seat, it has a modest footprint and more than enough adjustability options to let you find the perfect driving position. The monitor mount supports screens up to 49” and features angle adjustment allowing you to set up the optimum viewing angle.

Compatibility-wise, the wheel deck supports all Thrustmaster, Logitech and Fanatec base mounting wheels (such as the DD1/DD2 etc.) It also supports the Simucube 2 Sport.

Advanced Sim Racing ASR 4

The ASR 4 is a high-end aluminium sim racing cockpit that ensures maximum rigidity for your powerful sim racing hardware. The rig is manufactured by Advanced Sim Racing, North America’s fastest-growing racing simulation chassis manufacturer and digital motorsport equipment retailer.

The ASR 4 “Infinite Black” sim rig from Advanced Sim Racing

Thanks to its top-grade 4.5″ alloy aluminum base and reinforced steering column, the ASR 4 has no weak points in its design, meaning it provides optimal performance with zero flex, even when using the most potent steering wheels and pedal sets on the market. And look at that finish! A deep lustre – this will look awesome with some RGB lighting to compliment your sim racing setup!

The ASR 4’s various adjustability options allow for several wheel and pedal mounting variations. As for steering wheels, you can select between a standard (bottom mounting) deck, side mounting, or front mounting, while you can choose between a steel plate or aluminium deck and heel rest for your pedals. You can check hardware compatibility with the ASR 4 here. As you’ll see all of our favourite gear is compatible with the wheel mount and pedal plates, including Simucube 2 Sport, Pro and Ultimate in the front mount option, Asetek and Heusinkveld Sprint and Ultimate+ pedals, the Simtrecs ProPedal GT, and more. In fact, it’s easier just to list what the rig isn’t currently compatible with: the Logitech G29 pedal set or the Fanatec ClubSport Pedals V3. Fair enough.

This cockpit is available in classic anodized silver or optional powder-coated infinite black, which improves scratch protection and adds a layer of luxury to the already head-turning design. Nice work, Advanced Sim Racing!

Fanatec RennSport Cockpit V2

This is the latest version of Fanatec’s Rennsport V2 chassis. V2 sought to improve on issues with the first version such as stability and the later version now has compatibility with standard racing seat mounts and is much more adjustable. If you love your Fanatec gear and you don’t intend to upgrade very often – the Rennsport would make a pretty cool feature in your simulator room!

Rennsport V2 sim racing cockpit from Fanatec
Rennsport V2 from Fanatec

It’s really very much a Fanatec-only item; so if you’re starting out with one of their bundles, this would be a very good way to start.

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