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Wind Simualtion kit

Wind Simulation Kit

There comes a time in your sim racing life that we all look for something a little bit extra. 

So we have Vibrations in the form of butt kickers and transducers. Virtual reality and motion but one thing that’s missing is wind Simulation.

This is something that’s been of interest for a while and getting it right is something we wanted to achieve.

So after talking with my friend Jed freeman from SimTech racing . They looked over the idea and said they would like to help bring this idea to life.

Coming up with a name was a tricky one we banged heads for a while trying to come up with a name that would be great to say and not feel cheesy.

Wind Sim was the final name and it seems to fit the product well. After this was decided we wanted to see how we could get this all looking neat and not thrown together.

The Hub

 

the hub front

So the case was going to be designed by SimTech Racing. It had to look neat and good air flow.

This design has been used many times from their osw range of boxes and performs well. The box will be smaller than the osw boxes as the components for this are smaller.

The backend is well placed out and there is two outputs to the win flow fans, more on those shortly.

backend

These connections are of excellent quality and as always SimTech racing only use top quality components to give you, the user the best experience possible but keeping the price down.

Also you can see the fan to keep the components all cool and is very quite and barely hear any sound from it that you literally have to check to see if it’s on but fear not, there is a light on the front to let you know. Comes supplied with 3 pin uk plug and usb cable to connect to your pc.

side view with air vents

 

 

Sea Flow Fans

When it comes to wind you need some kind of fan to blow over you to simulate this effect. There is some on the market but my thoughts are these fans are only small and barely give enough wind to simulate real wind effects.

original sea flow fans no cheap parts here

So we have to come up with a better solution and this is the Sea Flo Fans. These are probably the best ones to use as they are well designed and can handle a lot of wind and their rating is 270cfm. As they already come in a really decent designed case, we felt we would leave them as they are for now. these come with proper shielded cabling too.

looking sexy

Venturi Adapters

There is two venturi adapters to connect to your table or rig using the provided butterfly clips (4″). Also along with the Venturi’s you will be supplied enough duct hosing in black to give the rig a sleek look and shoot the air up to you in your seat.

Venturi designed by simtechracing

 

These can either be velcro or hard bolted onto your rig or table with some bolts. We managed to connect mine to the simracinghardware dashboard i have with Velcro.

There is other also some wind deflectors being tested at the time of this article and look forward to seeing that soon, These are smaller adapters than the Venturi and can be fully moved about to give the best position possible and the inner fins can be moved round like a real car does to achieve the ultimate experience.

 

SimHub Software

So you will need some software to run this wind sim kit and that comes in the form of simhub.

This is the best software out there for wind sim. With it being fully open source for all to use we decided we didn’t want to make our own as that would cost more money and time which in return will reflect the price. We didn’t want to try to use simhub and change it a little, to then charge the consumer, which I feel is totally wrong in my opinion. After all its open source.

But SimHub deserves something in return right? Well yes and we agree too. So for every purchase made we will donate money to the owner of sim hub and you will receive the donator edition in the kit. Just our little bit as the owner has spent man hours perfecting this brilliant software.

So time to give you a little look wind sim in action and ManCave UK recently made a short video on the wind sim running, take a look and see for your self how windy this can be. All purchases can be made from SimTechRacing HERE

 

 

 

 

 

SimTech Racing hydraulic braking system Review

Website -: Pedal kit Here

Fancy a set of pedals with a hydraulic braking system with a difference., Well look no further than this kit, Over last year I have been helping SimTech Racing with their progression of these pedals,

A while ago we did a review on the previous set.

Sadly I lost most of my work but I’m sure you can remember the first set I got here below is the video I did. it was one of my first reviews so please excuse me if it not on par!!

So with the new updated version and i must say the old ones are perfect and couldn’t be happier but progress is progress and we like to try new ideas.

This kit combines top end components. These come without the bells and whistles on but the quality is top end also.

With their experience they have in real life motor sports with their sponsorship with ben palmer they can guarantee their work is always spot on.

Now this excellence comes with a 12 month warranty. In the years I have known SimTech Racing I yet to have an issue. If I did I know they would sort anything out either via phone or team viewer, they even help with the installation of any of their products too. 

 

 

So longs you’re not worried about all the bling and fancy pots that you see, which i might add don’t have no real use, apart from looks and the wow factor.

Want a set that works how they should and comes with either direct connection to their osw kit or the usb version if your yet to buy a osw.

A fraction of the price of some pedals out on the market.

Before we carry on there is nothing wrong with the fancy Tilton and alike, they are nice. Yet to try a set myself, so can’t comment on them to compare.

Never know I might get a review set to put up against these ones one day!!.

list of components that go into these kits.

Clutch Brake and Accelerator
2 connection options Direct to SimuCube (X11 Socket) or USB
Billet Aluminium Pedals
Closed loop system, no leaks
Fully adjustable brake feel
Basic Clutch Operation
High Quality components
Optional base plate with heel pad
Easy calibration
Extremely strong custom pedal box

See website at top for price and any questions then please get in touch.  If you want a review of your product you can also find me on our social media hubs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RDTV: Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 Direct Drive Wheel Review

We get some time behind the wheel of the Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 direct drive wheel.

Been fortunate enough to have had plenty of experience with direct drive wheels in our time, in fact We got the SimCube OSW device attached to my rig right now, but we have never had the opportunity to spend much quality time with the Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 wheel… until now.

Having taken hold of the most current in the range of direct drive wheels from Leo Bodnar just prior to Christmas, was excited to get it bolted to my rig and put it through its paces. A number of both old and new racing sims From golden oldies like Race07 by SimBin, right the way though to the latest and greatest on offer from Kunos Simulazioni. The benefits of the DD really did shine through right from the very start.

Immediately before one even spends any serious time within your sim of choice, you are struck by the simplicity of setting up the wheel software.

Unlike the OSW devices of which we more familiar with, the SimSteering2 presents the user with a relatively sparse amount of customization opportunities within its own software.

Initially this caused some concern, as we understandably feared that lack of options would equate to minimal opportunity to tweak the wheel to our liking within my sim of choice.

However these fears would prove to be unfounded once we took to the virtual circuit. Very quickly the minimal amount of tweaking and editing required would become one of the strongest features of the wheel. Without having to spend hours making adjustments and researching on the internet, We found a very solid and satisfying experience almost straight out of the box.

Anyone reading this who’s gone down the rabbit hole of wheel adjustment testing with other manufacturers, will no doubt share my beliefs that driving is far more fun than near endless tweaking and testing.

With setup now quickly and easily taken care of, it was time for the fun to start. As I said earlier, I’ve given this a good test in many of the key sims, and in each and every one the improvements were noticeable and impressive, none more so than with rFactor 2, where using a DD wheel like this lifts the simulation into a brand new range of greatness… pretty much reason enough to go out and join the DD bandwagon all on its own…

Now I’m not going to spend time here discussing the wheel in more detail. You can check the video out above at the head of the article for that, but what I will end on is this:

The Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 is very expensive, but cash is all relative to your own situation and expectations. After all, what price can you put on love at first sight.

Find out more about Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 Direct Drive wheel HERE.


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Paul Jeffrey

RaceDepartment Editor-in-Chief

RDTV: Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 Direct Drive Wheel Review

My controller review of Dirt Rally 2.0

My controller review of Dirt Rally 2.0

Author Tom Jones

So, a few things that I should get out of the way in the interest of fairness. I absolutely love this game so everything said should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Also haven’t tried every car in the game and I have only briefly touched rallycross. Bare in mind i’m only playing on a controller now as I do not have my steering wheel in university with me hence the controller review. So, on with the review.

 

Dirt Rally 2.0 is of course the much-hyped sequel to Dirt Rally. The game that made Codemasters realise how big the following of sim racing is.

First experience of this game came at the Autosport show this year at the Xite rallycross teams stand. Where we got chance to give rallycross ago.

During our short 3 minutes on that pre-release build we knew straight away that we was going to love this game!

The way the cars handling changes so much on the surface and the control felt while sliding this car around filled my heart with joy.

 

When loading it up on the pc for the first time, it didn’t go quite so smoothly! As a deluxe edition owner, got the extra cars for free straight away and chose to go with the Rally GT Porsche 911 to begin with.

BIG MISTAKE!

What we realised very quickly is that the game like its predecessor is very unforgiving on the stages and quickly destroyed that car.

With that in mind decided that we needed to scale it back a bit. So picked up a Fiesta R2T and this car is so much fun to throw around, its untrue.

I can remember the first stage. Poland. (not going to try spell the stage name) round one.

I blasted off into this stage confident that my new slower machine would be tameable and quick. In hindsight, thinking that any car in dirt rally is tameable was a mistake!

Think i made about 4 corners into the stage before clipping the bank and over and over the car went.

 

Some people had mentioned that they felt that the stages were too narrow but happen to disagree. Even on a controller I am able to let and R5 Fiesta slide round corners and keep it in position and off the banks.

Feel that the width of the stages is realistic, and I love the challenge. Finding that even with the controller on Dirt 2.0 I can put in quick times.

Currently in my career mode I am about to progress into the 4th difficulty level and I’m enjoying every second of it, even if it is a little hard to place the car exactly where I want it on some stages.

The feeling I get through the controller is good enough to know if the car has broken traction or if it is about to and I need to push a little less to maintain control.

 

One thing that I do not like about the game that may surprise people is that because of the issues shortly after the deluxe editions launch, they gave players who owned this edition £1millon for free, and if anything this ruined the grinding aspect of the game a little bit.

 

Allowing people to have access to the R5 class straight away which disappointed me because finally getting enough winnings to unlock a 2010 WRC car on dirt rally 1 was one of the best feelings.

A major thing that I do not like about the game is that the single player is online only. This is annoying when on my uni wifi which often cuts out.

Also think that if they could get more livery options as standard from cars that are running in national championships such as the BRC would be cool.

 

 

To summarise this review. I would give Dirt Rally 2.0 a 95/100 because of the issues mentioned above, but I would also like to say that the feeling when driving cars flat out on this game, to me is far better than any other game out there.

Tom Jones Author For ManCave UK

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Dirt Rally Results

 

DIRT RALLY 2.0 RESULTS

We will post the results for each event as they are completed 

 

STAGE ONE

STAGE TWO

PC LEADERBOARD

CONSOLE 

Next Level Racing GTtrack Cockpit Review By The SRG

 

 

Next Level Racing GTtrack Cockpit Review By The SRG

RaceRoom Porsche 911 Carrera Cup (964) Preview

RaceRoom Porsche 911 Carrera Cup (964) Preview

YouTube Video artist and avid Sim Racer Chris Haye is previewing the upcoming Porsche 964 Carrera Cup for RaceRoom.

A week ago, Sector3 Studios proudly announced that the Porsche 911 Carrera Cup 964 will be available together with the upcoming RaceRoom update.

The Porsche 911 Carrera Cup 964 pack will feature 25 unique liveries representing some of the most noticeable cars in the series.

YouTube Video artist and avid Sim Racer Chris Haye presents a preview video of the upcoming Porsche 964 Carrera Cup car and shares some historical facts about this iconic 911.

At the time of writing, no official release date or price was known. However, we know that for Sector3 Studios soon actually means verysoon. We will keep you posted when more info becomes available.

 

 

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FREX Motion Office Chair Revealed

Frex Motion Office Chair

Frex has revealed a prototype of an actual motion Office chair powered by two powerful actuators.

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Lucas Oil Off-Road Series Pro-2 and Pro-4 Trucks Coming To iRacing

 

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Lucas Oil Off-Road Series Pro-2 and Pro-4 Trucks Coming To iRacing
iRacing.com and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series proudly announced that they will partner to bring multiple new off-road eSports series to the online racing service. The new series will feature both Pro-4 and Pro-2 trucks and iconic tracks including Wild West Motorsports Park and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park with additional tracks to be added in the near future.

 

If all goes as planned, iRacing is expecting the first new vehicles and tracks to be released in its next quarterly update, scheduled for early June.
I had the opportunity to drive a Pro-2 truck several years ago and was immediately hooked – I knew we had to add this to iRacing, said Steve Myers, executive vice-president and executive producer, iRacing.

 

This is the right time for us to add off-road racing as we have spent years perfecting our dirt model which is featured in both oval and rallycross racing. Our dirt surfaces are dynamic+ and change based on how the cars are interacting with them, which is a big part of a Lucas Oil Off-Road race. Plus, this form of racing is just plain exciting – our members are going to love it.

 

We are thrilled to have this partnership with the clear leader in eSports racing, iRacing, said Lucas Oils Director of Racing Operations, Ritchie Lewis. When we look for partnerships, we value authenticity and a passion for motorsports – iRacing checks both of those boxes. This is an exciting opportunity to expose more race fans to Lucas Oil Off-Road racing and let them experience it first-hand.

Lucas Oil Off-Road Series Pro-2 and Pro-4 Trucks Coming To iRacing

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HI everybody, rick here.

At present mancaveuk is under going a revamp, This has happened due to me losing my website during transition and now I am having to restart from scratch.

This in turn was maybe a good reason it did happen and I can learn from the mistakes I made from before. certain feedback stated my website was not great and needed some improvement in areas that I thought was perfectly fine.

Please excuse if some parts don’t look or work correctly while I get the site up and running again.

I hope to bring a much better website with all the news and reviews of simulation and 3D printing world.

This doesn’t stop here, I would like to try to cater for all things from gaming to art and beyond, Whether its one of my hobbies or one of our members hobbies on our Facebook community group.

If you feel you would like to contribute to the website whether its your hobby or would like us to review a product to put on our site, then get in touch via our address or on Facebook or the contact form below.

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