Corsair Announces First Sim Racing Rig

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PC hardware manufacturer Corsair is making its first foray into sim racing hardware. The company unveiled a yet-to-be-named sim racing rig that will be compatible with numerous accessories.

Corsair has been getting attention in the sim racing world recently due to its planned purchase of Fanatec, but the company known for its PC components and gaming peripherals also looks set to dive into sim racing on its own already - a prototype of its first sim racing rig was recently unveiled. The cockpit uses steel tubing, and it is planned for it to be expandable using several accessories.

According to the announcement, the rig will support both Formula and GT-style seating positions. Wheel bases of up to 27 Nm of torque and pedal sets with up to 150 kg of braking force will be supported, making it capable of handling high-end gear.

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Unlike many other cockpits, the still-unnamed Corsair rig comes with an integrated single monitor mount capable of holding monitors from 27" up to 49" ultrawide monitors. Additionally, a free-standing monitor mount is planned, which will be expandable to hold triple screens as well.

There is more to the rig, however. We had several questions about the upcoming cockpit as well as the company's expansion into sim racing, and Corsair provided some interesting answers - find the Q&A below!

Corsair Sim Racing Rig Q&A​


Why is Corsair interested in entering the market for sim racing products?
Corsair has a long history in engineering and producing exceptional PC hardware and cases. With our engineering and manufacturing expertise, sim racing is a natural fit for us. We are truly excited to enter the sim racing market and offer some great products to the community.


The big sim racing hype has decreased since the end of the pandemic, but how much potential do you still see in sim racing hardware?

The initial surge in interest due to the pandemic may have waned, but the underlying factors supporting sim racing hardware's growth remain robust. The industry has a solid foundation for continued development, driven by technological innovation, community engagement, and the ongoing popularity of esports and virtual racing.


How do you plan on realizing this potential?

We have built a competitive roadmap to introduce several innovative sim racing products which can be paired with the popular streaming equipment from our sister company, Elgato. These products will revolutionize sim racing and offer solutions sim racers have been waiting years for.



What advantages will Corsair be able to offer to sim racers, and what will make your products stand out?

Corsair can offer sim racers significant advantages through high-quality hardware with advanced features, innovative engineering and integration of modular, cross-platform components. User-centric design ensures comfort and easy setup, while active community engagement and comprehensive customer support enhance the overall experience. We will have exclusive partnerships and event sponsorships to further elevate Corsair’s visibility and credibility in the sim racing market.



Are you planning on releasing licensed products as well, i.e. in cooperation with car manufacturers or other automotive companies?

We are always exploring various opportunities for collaboration and innovation. Working with established industry partners is certainly one of the many avenues we will consider. Stay tuned for any future announcements regarding our partnerships and product developments.


How do you think you could facilitate a crossover between sim racing and more conventional gaming, considering your current line of products?

By focusing on hardware versatility and community building, along with enhanced realism, we can create a seamless crossover between sim racing and conventional gaming. This approach not only broadens the appeal of our products but also fosters a more interconnected gaming ecosystem.


How do you plan on advancing sim racing technology? Where do you see the most potential in this regard?

By innovating and making advancements across hardware, software, networking and accessibility, we aim to create a more immersive and engaging experience for everyone, from rookies all the way up to hardcore sim racers.



When it comes to logistics, sim racing rigs are not easy to sell globally. How does Corsair to minimize risks with shipping, both for the company and customers?

Corsair has the advantage of having some of the best professionals in the world working on each facet of our sim racing line up. We have invested a great deal of time in packaging and logistic planning for shipping our products safely around the globe.



Stability is the most important factor for sim racing rigs. What is the maximum wheel base torque your rig is designed for?

Our sim rig has been designed and engineered to cope with high torque DD wheels up to 27nm and load cell pedals rated at 150kg+. The design is inherently stable due to the steel 50mm round tubing with strategic bracing applied to the frame.




How customizable do you plan the rig to be? Is it going to be modular, or does it come with the same freedom for add-ons as an aluminum profile rig?

Unlike aluminum profile, the overall design of our sim racing cockpit encompasses stylish and ultra stable 50mm round tubing throughout; with key optional accessories added, the end user can mount virtually any product designed to be attached using industry standard T-Nut connections.

Our cockpit will arrive partly pre-assembled in two boxes. It has been designed to be assembled quickly and have the user racing within an hour of setting it up.

Aside from the features mentioned here, Corsair’s cockpit will have largely tool-less adjustment for all main controls and seat, with options for front-mounting or under-mounting wheelbases. We will also offer an optional inverted pedal kit, which will allow users to quickly and easily switch from under-mounted to inverted pedals in minutes. Built-in cable management is standard and strategically placed around the cockpit to hide away unsightly cables.

We have designed an optional dynamic two piece sim racing seat which can also be adjusted from GT to semi-reclined for a more open-wheel seating position. Most third-party seats with a bolt pattern of 290mm are also compatible.

The sim rig will support many OEM manufacturers’ products at launch.




What accessories are planned to offer to users looking to expand their setups? Will there be monitor mounting solutions as well?

Users utilizing our optional accessory mounts can easily add a PC tray, shifters, handbrakes, a keyboard tray, streaming equipment, cup holders and HMD hangers to our cockpit.

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There will be multiple solutions for mounting monitors. First off, our cockpit is equipped as standard with an onboard monitor mount. It can support monitors from 27’’ up to 49’’ ultra-wides. Those who wish to have even more immersion, can opt for our matching freestanding single monitor mount which can support up to 65’’ screens. This single monitor mount includes an overhead mounting kit for screens up to 34’’ wide. For ultimate immersion, we have a triple screen expansion kit supporting screens from 27’’ to 55’’.



Balancing stability and weight is important in sim racing rigs – how are you planning to achieve this?

Laden with peripherals, seat and driver, most sim rigs tend to be heavy. We have striven to reduce weight where possible and strengthen areas of importance such as the main controls and seating, utilising thicker steel where needed and unique round aluminium profile for mounting multiple accessories to the cockpit.

What do you make of the yet-to-be-named Corsair sim racing rig? Let us know on Twitter @OverTake_gg or in the comments below!
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The rig looks interesting, though it's hard to see how preformed round steel tubing is going to be as adjustable as ali profile, which can be easily modified / added to using off-the-shelf bits. On the other hand less bolts should mean more strength, though I don't think anyone actually breaks ali profile rigs?

And it's good to see a new company showing interest in making new stuff for 'our' market.

However the Q&A seems to have been held with an AI chatbot that was trained only on management-speak and not English. Yesterday Moza's entry level DD wheel was going to 'revolutionize console gaming' and now Corsair's / Elgato's new stuff is going to revolutionize all of sim racing. Seriously? Who writes this stuff?

I just hate hyperbole and techno-blather, and these press releases are 90% ludicrous fluff. It's hurts my brain wading through it to get to the odd facts scattered here and there.

And yes, I shout at clouds.
 
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The way those questions are phrased just drips marketing, I'm pretty sure corsair provided all of that content.
They have not. We came up with the questions internally, but they need to be phrased properly when getting in touch with manufacturers, of course. We hoped to tickle as many details out of them as possible, but naturally, that does not always work :confused:

Still, it's more info than in the official release articles, so we're happy to have some more details available than available elsewhere :)

The MOZA article was indeed sponsored and written by them, which is why it has the tag to go along with it.
 
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They have not. We came up with the questions internally, but they need to be phrased properly when getting in touch with manufacturers, of course. We hoped to tickle as many details out of them as possible, but naturally, that does not always work :confused:

Still, it's more info than in the official release articles, so we're happy to have some more details available than available elsewhere :)

The MOZA article was indeed sponsored and written by them, which is why it has the tag to go along with it.
I stand corrected.

At least I read the article before commenting this time...
 
It just looks like a mess of mangled tubing, can't see any benefits of that over the modular aluminium extrusion rigs.
 
Corsair = overpriced comes to mind...

I had a lot of Corsair RAM sticks and power supplies, I also got their pump+reservoir for my water cooling loop. They used to be quite competitive on price/features, but now they have shifted the focus to have an "ecosystem" of RGB lights and... not much else which made everything look overpriced.
I hope they get back to their roots and focus on quality, not fancy useless features.
 
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Corsair if you are reading, not many have space for such big rigs. Online active one and streamers are minority. Normal folk have 1m wide and 2m long spaces LOL single monitors mostly etc. Focus on that please. Also NO NO NO to those round tubes LOL! Alu profiles are way to go since they offer great value, stability and potential for upgrades, all kind of them like a legos ;)
 
Looks Good but , as rSeat ones also did and they started moving to Aluminum profiles due to the versatility of those compared to tubular ones ...
 
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Corsair if you are reading, not many have space for such big rigs. Online active one and streamers are minority. Normal folk have 1m wide and 2m long spaces LOL single monitors mostly etc. Focus on that please. Also NO NO NO to those round tubes LOL! Alu profiles are way to go since they offer great value, stability and potential for upgrades, all kind of them like a legos ;)
I 100% agree with you on the limited space aspect you highlight, I'd guess that a far greater percentage of simmers play from their desktop than go seat hopping, I for instance have my pedals in a shelf under my PC desk and push back the keyboard and clamp and bolt on my G29 when I want to race, I would consider a small rig somewhere but as a 'relatively' normal person and having other folks to consider, space is relatively limited.

As for the steel over aluminium, well steel is so much stronger and far less prone to distortion, if a bolt gets loose in aluminium it 'can' through constant movement wear the hole bigger and cause problems to fitments, with steel it's less likely, so I'd welcome another material... and steel is itself cheaper than aluminium as well.


And please 'mr spell checker'... the word is Alimunium (unless you're from the western colony)
 
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As all the rest of my writing uses American English as well (as that is what I am most accustomed to), it should be consistent, I feel. I know about the difference, but consciously chose this version for this reason. Otherwise, I would have had to change all of my "customization" mentions (and similar cases) to "customisation" :D
 
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As all the rest of my writing uses American English as well (as that is what I am most accustomed to), it should be consistent, I feel. I know about the difference, but consciously chose this version for this reason. Otherwise, I would have had to change all of my "customization" mentions (and similar cases) to "customisation" :D
I think it was Danny DeVito that first highlighted the word 'alooo-min-um' to me in Tin Men,
I've instructed the spielchukker to remember some English words for my future posts.
 
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Having had a sleep since my original comment I've been feeling a little bad that Yannik or RD might feel I'm criticizing them. For once I'm not :)

Moza sent out a press release and RD published it, clearly labelled as a press release. Thanks, as expected.

Corsair released a new product and RD conducted a (presumably remote?) interview, asking some good questions, and published the replies. Thanks, as expected.

The manufacturer's took the press opportunity to plug their things. As expected.

My objection, if I wasn't clear, is with the language used to plug said things, which is mainly barely intelligible buzzword salad, with the odd fact scattered here and there. Nothing RD can do about that, I just find it insulting when products are so ludicrously oversold.

Corsair just need to say that their rig runs on crypto, has an NFT holder and is held down with a blockchain to hit every buzzword base.

Unless your [thing] is completely new and original all I need from a product review is either "our [thing] is as good as [competitor thing], but cheaper", or "our [thing] costs as much as [competitor thing], but is better for [reasons]".

If, by the end of an article I haven't read either of those things I tend to suspect that [thing] is neither as good nor as cheap as [competitor thing] - which seems to be the case for the Moza wheel. Without a price for the Corsair rig it's hard to compare - but as I've just built my own rig with all of the features of their one (plus some) I'm not really in the market tbh.

One thing that does look interesting is the ability to easily move from GT-style seating to F1-style seating. Having built this feature into my rig I wonder how Corsair will handle the fact that when the seat reclines you also need to change the pedal angle and possibly the wheel height. Not to mention many non-F1 cars have three pedals, while open-wheelers and autos have two.

Building these features into my rig was tricky, but I can swap from upright seating and three pedals to reclined seating with two pedals in under a minute without tools - I'd like to see how Corsair have dealt with those problems.

(My rig is also modular and foldable, solving the storage problem, but equally it is unfortunately a lot less rigid than tubular steel, as I built it entirely from wood. As in, no nails, screws, bolts, brackets or hinges, just lots of dovetails and dowels. Not sure why, it was a stupid idea - but it looks pretty good!).

TL;DR: Good job Yannik / RD and thanks, bad job who or what ever wrote the Moza / Corsair press releases.
 
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(My rig is also modular and foldable, solving the storage problem, but equally it is unfortunately a lot less rigid than tubular steel, as I built it entirely from wood. As in, no nails, screws, bolts, brackets or hinges, just lots of dovetails and dowels. Not sure why, it was a stupid idea - but it looks pretty good!).

TL;D
Pics?
 
There are points at which new players in a market bring new ideas, competition and lower prices. Then there are points where new players just saturate a market, bring nothing new to the table and create confusion.
 
Corsair if you are reading, not many have space for such big rigs. Online active one and streamers are minority. Normal folk have 1m wide and 2m long spaces LOL single monitors mostly etc. Focus on that please. Also NO NO NO to those round tubes LOL! Alu profiles are way to go since they offer great value, stability and potential for upgrades, all kind of them like a legos ;)
You, then, are not a true sim racer. You are a gamer. A true sim racer would sell living room and bedroom furniture to create space to have a full rig. Corsair understands that pretenders are not their market. They want the real deal players.
 
You, then, are not a true sim racer. You are a gamer. A true sim racer would sell living room and bedroom furniture to create space to have a full rig. Corsair understands that pretenders are not their market. They want the real deal players.
hahahaha :D honestly if I had spare room it would be like that LOL and yeah I guess they all first think on high spenders :D like Nvidia releasing always top tier GPUs and leftovers are for low tier ones etc... Just hoping they will have something for low end since as I said I have my rig next to my PC in living room tucked in dead space that otherwise would not be possible to use practically so it worked BUT to achieve that I needed to order shorter mid profiles for my TREQ One and add mid monitor mount behind the base with extra 4080 profile. Honestly it is freaking perfect. Wish I have space for 37'' Ultra Wide instead of 27'' Curved but with 50cm distance from my eyes it is almost perfect :) Those are old one just after I got it done. It looks better now. Will update when I am home so others can draw inspiration and build for their spaces :)
 

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