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

sim lab race-x pro sim racing rig

Featured image: Race-X Pro Sim Racing Rig by Sim-Lab

Sim racing rigs (or “sim racing cockpits” – the chassis 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 . For the most-expensive but very high quality, we love the rigs coming from RacingCockpits.com.

If you want more detail first, read on!

What are the best sim racing cockpits at the moment?

  1. Sim Lab GT1 Evo
  2. RCP Cockpit Sport / PRO + Seat
  3. Sim-Lab X1 Pro
  4. RaceX Pro Chassis
  5. Sim Lab P1-X
  6. Advanced Sim Racing ASR 4
  7. Advanced Sim Racing ASR Pro
  8. OP Child Rig for Kids
  9. OP Golden Rig Bundle
  10. 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 aluminum, 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 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 aluminum 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 aluminum 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.

RCP Cockpit Sport + Racing Seat

The RCP Cockpit Sport from newcomers Racing Cockpits is a sturdy, 8020 extruded aluminum profile rig with Fanatec compatible pedal base, wheelbase mount, and shifter rails. It’s priced at around $674.00 included with your choice of seat. For a beginner setup, this is a very good deal.

racing cockpits RCP Sport
RCP Cockpit Sport + Racing Seat

RCP also offers a series of upgrades for this rig. You could grab a stiffer Fanatec DD2 side mount or if you’re a Simucube owner there’s a Simucube front mount bracket available too. They also have a range of monitor mounts for single or triple monitor setupsI recently saw some very good feedback about these guys on a sim racing forum page so I’m happy to recommend you take a look at RCP too.

Also on offer from RCP, the Cockpit Pro is a nice option. If you’re looking for something at a slightly more professional level than the RCP Sport, we think for a sale price of $795.00, this 8020 profile rig is a really good deal.

RCP pro sim racing cockpit
RCP Pro 8020 sim racing cockpit bundle

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 aluminum 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 aluminum 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.

RaceX Pro Chassis

The Sim-Lab Race-X Pro sim racing cockpit features a sturdy aluminum tube frame designed to support steering wheelbases and pedals from well-known brands such as Heusinkveld, Logitech, Fanatec and Thrustmaster. It’s a really refreshing design and confirms to me that, done properly, a tube aluminum arrangement with well-thought-out re-enforcement can eliminate flex. This of course has been a big problem with other manufacturers once you go above certain torque and pressure levels on your DD wheelbase and pedals.

Race-X (new) from Sim-Lab

This is clearly really easy to assemble. The cockpit is also highly customizable, with an adjustable wheel deck, pedal deck, and seat positions to suit your driving style.

The pedal deck is compatible with all major pedal sets, and the wheel deck is pre-drilled for base mounting wheelbases such as the Moza, CSL DD, Thrustmaster, Simlab, and Hybrid Racing Simulation direct-drive motor mounts. The cockpit is made with high-quality components and just looks the part. It’s priced at

The pedal deck is compatible with all major pedal sets, and the wheel deck is pre-drilled for base mounting wheelbases such as the Moza, CSL DD, Thrustmaster, Simlab, and Hybrid Racing Simulation direct-drive motor mounts. The cockpit is made with high-quality components and just looks the part.

Race-X with seat option

The pedal deck is compatible with all major pedal sets, and the wheel deck is pre-drilled for base mounting wheelbases such as the Moza, CSL DD, Thrustmaster, Simlab, and Hybrid Racing Simulation direct-drive motor mounts. The cockpit is made with high-quality components and just looks the part. It’s priced at

The pedal deck is compatible with all major pedal sets, and the wheel deck is pre-drilled for base mounting wheelbases such as the Moza, CSL DD, Thrustmaster, Simlab, and Hybrid Racing Simulation direct-drive motor mounts. The cockpit is made with high-quality components and just looks the part. It’s priced at € 999.00 or € 699.00 without the seat.

The RaceX bucket seat is a professional racing seat that is ergonomically designed for long sessions and endurance racing. Please note that this product is currently only available for customers in the EU.

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 aluminum 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 customize 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 in black (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 / to $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.

Advanced Sim Racing ASR 4

The ASR 4 is a high-end aluminum 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 Use discount code SRC005 for a 5% discount on ASR-brand gear (Chassis, Monitor Stands, Accessories) and all Racing Seats

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 luster – 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 aluminum deck and heel rest for your pedals. You can check hardware compatibility with the ASR 4 here. As you’ll see all of our favorite 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!

Advanced Sim Racing ASR Pro

The ASR PRO Sim Racing Rig is designed for stability, rigidity, and adjustability. Ideal for enthusiasts who demand a zero-flex experience, the rig is compatible with DD wheelbases with over 30nm of torque and industry-leading hydraulic pedals. It features an easily adjustable wheel deck and can accommodate a shift from a D-Shaped GT-style racing wheel to a 15″ NASCAR deep dish wheel in mere seconds.

The rather stunning ASR Pro sim racing rig in Electric Green (other custom colors can be painted by request)
The rather stunning ASR Pro in Electric Green (other custom colors can be painted by request)

The rig is constructed with the highest-grade aluminum profile for excellent stability and thick steel plates for extra rigidity. Its innovative design allows a quick switch from a sim racing wheelbase to a flight sim yoke, so if you’re into flight simulation too; this is a no-brainer.

The ASR PRO also provides a pedal tray and heel rest allowing racers to find their optimal pedal position swiftly. The 6″ aluminum base and seat mounting enables seat adjustments, making it comfortable for both short and long sim racing sessions. The chassis is suitable for users up to 6’6″ (1.98m).

The specifications of the rig are comprehensive, with the base length measuring 50″, and the maximum length of the chassis being 56″. The full product width, including support feet, is 29″. Other dimensions detail the heights at different parts of the rig.

Wheelbase mounting (front mount / mIGE option) and adjustability detail
Wheelbase mounting (front mount / mIGE option) and adjustability detail

The ASR PRO kit comes with multiple aluminum profiles, front and back plates, corner gussets and plastic caps, an assortment of screws and T-nuts, end caps, pushpins, and rubber feet. You can choose between various wheel deck and pedal support options depending on your preference.

In terms of compatibility, the ASR PRO supports an extensive range of products from manufacturers such as Logitech, Thrustmaster, Fanatec, Simagic, AccuForce, and many more. Pedal compatibility is also impressive, working with pedal sets from Heusinkveld, Simtrecs, Sim Coaches, and RaceWerks, among others. However, it is not compatible with the Logitech G29 pedal set or the Fanatec ClubSport Pedals V3.

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.

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.


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