One of the many thrills of Sim Racing, outside of the actual racing aspect, is finding the sweet spot of realism, but who am I kidding there is no sweet spot. Sim racers are forever seeking the next best peripheral that gets us that much closer to the real thing, within budget of course if there is such a thing in the Sim Racing community. Like many of us, I started out with a game controller playing Gran Tourismo on PlayStation, but the Sim Racing scene has made a great leap since then. I can remember my first rig purchase, the PlaySeat, I felt like I was really immersed in the game. This year I stepped up to new gear, I purchased Fanatec’s Clubsport series wheel and pedal set and was amazed at the level of realism it gave me, but it also made me aware of who out dated my rig was. The most obvious issue was the middle post on the PlaySeat, so I started my search for a new rig.
With the cost of Sim rigs today the new rig had to allow for DYI possibilities as well as be designed without a center post, my search brought me to RSeat’s web site. I was familiar with RSeat’s R1 and Formula 1 rigs from watching the reviews on Inside Sim Racing, but the new version of the R1, the RS1is what caught my attention. Two thing intrigued me the most, first was no center post and second was the materials used in its construction. This rig is made from round steel tubing which made it a great platform for adding inexpensive PVC moding. When I RS1 arrived I was really impressed with the construction of this Rig, it’s made with mostly all steel, only the seat is made of plastic and even it is as solidly built as the rig. My Fanatec Clubsport wheel base, pedals and shifter mounted perfectly without any holes needing to be drilled and the rig is so versatile that I was quickly able to find multiple position that fit my 6,1 260lbs body size. Once construction of the rig was complete and all adjustments made the rig felt very firm, the seat was very supportive, the wheel deck had no wobble and even under heavy breaking the pedal plate never gave, I truly feel this will be the last rig I ever need to purchase. Now want to purchase is a whole other mater, my Sim Rig is quickly becoming my all-in-one gaming/computing location. I find myself going to my rig anytime I need to use a computer, anytime I want to play a console none racing title, as well as Sim Racing, but I do have my eye on RSeat’s new N1 rig. The N1 rig has a more convenient keyboard and mouse tray that I feel will suit my all around use og a Sim Rig while maintaining the feel of realism for Sim Racing sessions.
Sim Rig pricing has made a huge leap since my first purchase of the Playseat, today a quality rig will put you in the price range of $700+ and the RS1 is no stranger. With tax and RSeat’s very reasonable shipping cost, my purchase came to just under $1100 for the rig, the shifter mount and pleather Well-padded GT style racing seat. At this price the RS1 is a major commitment and not one I could recommend to the casual gamer. It took me going through my collection of PC & Tech gear, anything that had not been used in a year was sold, thankfully one of the benefits of being a tech person is you usually have gear laying around that could be sold to buy new gear. If you do take your Sim Racing as seriously as I do, or just want the most realism you can have within the virtual world, I have to say you will be thoroughly pleased with the selection from RSeat.
The other decision to try out the RS1 came from the material use for its construction, being that RSeat uses round steel tubing, I knew that I could cheaply mod this rig with PVC parts. Having gone through all the disposable gear I could find, but still needing a way to mount my monitor, button box, tablet, controller charger, and a place for a mouse, I knew PVC was a great option. By cutting a section off of 1 ½ - 2inch PVC T-Fittings you can firmly snap them onto the round tubing of the RS1 frame and from there build out the structures you need for mounting just about anything to this rig. In the pictures you can see that I was able to get everything mounted and there is no flex, wobble or squeaking from the PVC parts, to obtain this level of strenght you will have to use PVC glue to fit the pieces together, using screws can hold the pieces also, but I found this produce a squeaking sound every time I moved in the rig.
To conclude this, RSeat has found a great formula for building the ultimate Sim Rig platform, from the RS1, N1 and F1. The have given great attention to finding the best form to create comfort and a design that speaks racing and with a small amount of effort there rigs can easily be moded to fit each individual need.