The officially licensed cockpit will be Fanatech’s first formula-style, low-slung, sim racing cockpit since transitioning from prototype to production.
At the 24 Hours of Spa 2022, Federated sim racing equipment manufacturer Fanatech has revealed an early, in-progress, version of the first-ever Formula-style racing sim. Traxion.GG was able to test the new device and learn about its progress so far.
The as-yet-unnamed prototype has been officially licensed by Formula 1. It was used earlier this month at the F1 Esports Series Pro Exhibition, an event for F1 esports teams to source new talent and gather feedback from drivers. Completion of some design and construction parts.
The new setup is built around a single-seat style driving position philosophy, with your back to the floor and your feet high. The chassis and seat are new designs from the Munich company, and the cockpit features some fresh elements for this simulator.
Designed with Fanatech’s current range of direct drive rubber bases, there’s an extended shaft in combination with a separate bracket. This allows the display to be mounted lower than existing similar cockpits, between the wheel base and the wheel rim rather than sitting on top.
In practical terms, the result is now a more natural line of sight to drive in a low seat position, working well with the F1 22 to increase the incidence. In our testing, it remained rock-solid with zero chassis-dynamics despite using the podium racing wheel F1, which produced up to 20Nm of torque.
The seat angle can be changed during the initial build process in terms of adjusting the cockpit to fit your position. Then a little red thread helps you move it back and forth, and a stick lets you move the pedals.
As with all cockpits in this market segment, the first few laps feel a bit awkward being so low to the ground, but after five laps – especially with F1 gameplay – it feels surprisingly natural.
Pricing and availability are yet to be announced, but something similar to this prototype will be available for consumers to have at home, alongside the existing Ren Sport Cockpit V2.