Sim-Lab Unveils Rally-style Paddle Shifter

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Rallying is a unique niche in motorsport, and so it often introduces tech that wouldn't be seen in circuit racing. The single paddle shifter is a great example and Sim Lab has now introduced its own take own version for simracing.

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Sending cars flying through forests, across deserts, up twisty mountain roads and over frozen lakes, rallying is all about adaptability. Hence, the sport's engineers are always on the look out for new ways of helping drivers complete stages in the fastest yet easiest way possible.

Inventions such as anti-lag improve a car's speed, but much of the time, it's innovations that target the driver's comfort that improve a team's position. That is the case for the single-paddle gear shift. Enabling drivers to easily access the next gear regardless of how active they are with the steering.

Sim-Lab's push-pull rally shifter​

Until now, the closest thing simracers had to this innovative piece of tech that featured heavily in the R1 cars in the WRC were the numerous sequential shifters available on the market. A sequential shift is now the most accurate piece of hardware to simulate the current top class of car. But those looking to race a non-hybrid R1 car from before the latest regulation change will be pleased to hear about Sim-Lab's latest creation.

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A single paddle that can bolt on to a selection of wheels, the Sim-Lab push-pull Rally Shifter finally brings the tech into the mainstream. Just like the real thing, it is designed to make gear shifts easier when working the wheel. The carbon fibre paddle is long enough to always sit behind the driver's hand. Pull the paddle back and you go up a gear, push it to downshift.

With the paddle comes a kit to mount it to a wheel with a number of bases compatible with the kit. Fanatec's entire DD fleet as well as its Clubsport and CSL Elite bases will work with the paddle shift. The list is bolstered by the Simucube Sport and Pro, Simagic Alpha, VRS Directforce Pro and OSW/SC1. Thrustmaster and Logitech wheel bases are seemingly too intricate to support the mounting bracket, though third-party modifications may well hit the market.

Much like a standalone shifter, this product connects to a PC using its own USB cable. It is made from motorsport-grade carbon-fibre and is available now for the modest price of €199 plus shipping.

What do you make of the Sim-Lab Push-Pull Rally Shifter?
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I have a Fanatec Podium DD2 and was just looking at their (Fanatec's) static shifter paddles as an obvious option to up my rally game. I found out reading about them online that they wouldn't be optimal on that wheelbase without tweaking (the paddles would end up too much behind the wheel), so I let it be for the moment. I've gotten pretty handy with a stick in the meantime but this Sim-Lab offering is just the kind of thing that I am interested in, especially after watching some rally onboards and the smooth operation of a shifter paddle.
 
Love it! it looks promising and it would fit perfectly in my SC2 pro. Hope the new WRC game has "old" cars from 2004 to 2020 to be able to use it. Meanwhile, the secuential shifter is my way to go with 5 gears-cars. Thanks for sharing.
PS: if you know any info about the release of the WRC 23, please, share it. Big hug
 
I wonder how it compares to the model by Ascher Racing (no longer on sale). The paddle itself looks like the same model. Can't they make a curved paddle shifter in carbon fiber? A long and flat paddle doesn't fit the curvature of the steering wheel when it's rotated forwards, which is a must for comfort with push/pull shifters.
 
The issue is on my ascher gt box, I don't know how to remove paddles, and if I want the paddles, I don't know how to replace them fast....I need a new ascher gt box only for rally, I will think about, not my priority

I wonder how it compares to the model by Ascher Racing (no longer on sale). The paddle itself looks like the same model. Can't they make a curved paddle shifter in carbon fiber? A long and flat paddle doesn't fit the curvature of the steering wheel when it's rotated forwards, which is a must for comfort with push/pull shifters.
it' definitively curved to fit the wheel





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The issue is on my ascher gt box, I don't know how to remove paddles, and if I want the paddles, I don't know how to replace them fast....I need a new ascher gt box only for rally, I will think about, not my priority


it' definitively curved to fit the wheel





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You didn't understand what I said. I mean concave curvature. If it's flat, when you rotate the paddle (exterior side towards the front), the top and the bottom of the paddle will be further away from the rim than the center. That would make the push action very inconsistent depending on the position of your hand.
 
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Sim-Lab quick release is cleverly designed. 200 Euro price aligns with PREMIUM shifter offerings from Ascher and others. I can imagine other manufacturers tooling up similar items in lower price brackets.
 
You didn't understand what I said. I mean concave curvature. If it's flat, when you rotate the paddle (exterior side towards the front), the top and the bottom of the paddle will be further away from the rim than the center. That would make the push action very inconsistent depending on the position of your hand.
why do you want to rotate, use it like the photo and all is good
 
Thrustmaster and Logitech wheel bases are seemingly too intricate to support the mounting bracket, though third-party modifications may well hit the market.
What is too intricate for making one for all belt-driven TM wheelbases... You could literally take off the steering wheel, undo 4 screws on the cover ring on front of the wheelbase & then mount the shifter assembly to the 4 screw spots. They include more than 1 mounting plate to fit the different wheelbases, so what's the problem in including one more if they have 3 of them already. How hard can it be :O_o:

Makes me feel like they're telling TM users that we're too cheap to buy such a shifter
 
I have a Fanatec Podium DD2 and was just looking at their (Fanatec's) static shifter paddles as an obvious option to up my rally game. I found out reading about them online that they wouldn't be optimal on that wheelbase without tweaking (the paddles would end up too much behind the wheel), so I let it be for the moment. I've gotten pretty handy with a stick in the meantime but this Sim-Lab offering is just the kind of thing that I am interested in, especially after watching some rally onboards and the smooth operation of a shifter paddle.
you can get extension mods for the fanatec static shifter. ive been thinking about it getting it for my dd1 an realized the same thing too.
Once you spend enough money of fanatec products the easier it is to spend more lol
 

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