Designed with CAD and FEA, all structural parts are CNC precision laser cut steel with a bead blasted or fine-structured powder coat finish. It is strong, stiff and durable.
Our new Sim Handbrake has retained the overall lever dimensions of its predecessor, yet can handle a higher force and does this with a much more compact base. This makes installation in your simulator much easier.
The Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake features a wide range of mechanical adjustments to set the handbrake up to your liking.
A 2-stage spring system provides resistance when pulling the lever. An initial metal coil spring simulates the pad-to-disc gap and/or slack on the handbrake cable. The travel and preload on this spring are adjustable. You can also remove this initial coil spring if you wish to do so.
The main loading on the brake is simulator by compressing the Heusinkveld proprietary elastomers, giving an unprecedented progressive brake feel. A total of 3 elastomers are provided in order to set a soft, medium or stiff handbrake feeling.
The lever can be set in a horizontal or vertical position. Per position there is a fine-tune adjustment up to 26 degrees to set the exact position of the lever.
If you use the included optional adapter plate (which allows for easy mounting onto aluminium profiles), you have up to 22,5 degrees of freedom to set the yaw of the handbrake. This can greatly enhance the ergonomics of your simulator, allowing you to pull the handbrake straight towards you from a multitude of mounting positions.
Sensors & Output
The lever actuates a 120kg load cell, resulting in up to 22kg of actual force measured at the lever. The measurement of the handbrake force is linear. Using Heusinkveld SmartControl software, you have complete freedom to set custom non-linear output curves.
The electronics of the handbrake are integrated inside the handbrake base. The system as a whole has passed EMC compliance testing, guaranteeing a stable output signal. A USB cable is supplied with every handbrake in order to connect it to your pc.
The Sim Handbrake comes with a powerful configuration tool allowing you to set up your handbrake in ways not previously possible: SmartControl. SmartControl allows for instant mapping of (non-linear) output curves, deadzone and handbrake force.
These adjustments can be made without having to recalibrate the handbrake (including iRacing). All settings can be saved into profiles, which can be loaded again in a few mouse clicks.
Mapping handbrake output curve
A key feature of SmartControl is the ability to set custom signal output map. Traditionally race simulator handbrake output has had a one-on-one sensitivity in relation to the handbrake input. SmartControl allows you to map non-linear output curves using 5 zones (six input parameters).
This can be useful if you want your handbrake to be very aggressive (for example for drifting or tarmac rallies). Alternatively, you can set the initial output to be less sensitive when you expect the wheels to lock up easy (for example on dirt surfaces).
The handbrake has a Curve Type pull-down menu with pre-defined output curve. You can also select the option to make a custom curve and manually set the desired handbrake output percentage for each zone. You have complete freedom to set your own shapes.
Deadzone and handbrake force adjustment
SmartControl offers quick and easy adjustment of the handbrake bottom deadzone. The effect of changing these adjustments can be seen visually and realtime. Also the required force to get 100% handbrake output in your simulator can be set in a few mouse clicks.
There is support for an unlimited amount of profiles within SmartControl. Saving and loading a profile is done in a few mouse clicks. Because profile data is saved relative to your calibration values, it is possible to exchange handbrake profiles between Sim Handbrake owners.
Shared profiles with other SmartControl compatible products.
If you have other Heusinkveld products which use SmartControl, it is possible to create a single profile which includes multiple devices. This allows you to change handbrake and pedal settings in one go in just a few mouse clicks.
Your handbrake is pre-calibrated during assembly and can be used as a plug&play device. All adjustments in SmartControl can be made without having to recalibrate the handbrake.
In case you do need to recalibrate (for example after making certain mechanical adjustments to the handbrake), SmartControl has an easy to follow calibration wizard.
There are multiple options to mount the Sim Handbrake to your simulator. The base itself can be mounted in both a horizontal or vertical position. Combined with the option to mount the lever horizontal or vertical you’ll have plenty of options to find a suitable spot for the handbrake in your simulator.
The base of the handbrake itseld can be mounted in 2 ways. The first option is to use the 4 mounting holes on the base itself (2 on each side), which allow you to mount the handbrake to a flat surface. Make sure you have matching mounting holes in the flat surface to which you connect the handbrake base.
The second option is to use the included optional adapter plate. This allows you to easily mount the Sim Handbrake to aluminium profiles (aluminium profiles not included).
An added advantage of this adapter plate is that it allows you to easily adjust the yaw of the handbrake. This allows you offset the yaw of the handbrake base up to 22,5 degrees.
Using the yaw adjustment, you can rotate the base so you can optimize the direction into which you pull the lever. This can vastly improve the ergonomics and integration of the handbrake in your simulator.
A selection of bolts and t-nuts is included with every Sim Handbrake. These should enable you to mount the handbrake to most aluminium profile based rigs using the adapter plate.
Because of the wide variety of rigs present in the market we cannot guarantee that the supplied materials will allow you to mount the Sim Handbrake to every rig. If you for example mount the handbrake to a (drilled) flat surface, you need to source the appropriate length bolts + nuts yourself in order to complete the installation.
You can find the product manual in the Support section of our website. A printed manual is included with every handbrake.
This product is compatible with the PC / Windows platform. It cannot be used on consoles such as Xbox or Playstation.
The handbrake is pre-calibrated (plug-and-play). If you want to use SmartControl to recalibrate or adjust certain handbrake settings, you need to run Windows 10.
Sim Pedals Sprint are CE certified, including having passed EMC compliance testing.
Do you need a handbrake for sim racing?
While a handbrake is not commonly found in racing cars, some of the exciting forms of sim racing are rallying and drifting. You will certainly enjoy using the Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake while sliding the back end around the tightest hairpins!
Should you buy a USB handbrake?
If you are a fan of rallying or drifting and want to recreate the sheer fun of driving these cars then the answer is a definite yes.
What is the best handbrake for sim racing?
The Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake offers a sturdy design which allows users to fully set up the Sim Handbrake to their liking. The Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake features for 10 different handle positions and many levels of resistance. Uniquely, the Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake works with Heusinkveld’s own configuration SmartControl software which provides exceptional control over the output signal curve.
Will a PC handbrake work on PS4 or Xbox One?
The Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake is designed to work on PC systems only.
How to install the new Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake?
With the new Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake you have many mounting and adjustment options – both how you mount the adapter plate on your simulator and how you fine-tune your lever. Remco from Heusinkveld Engineering explains how in a video at our YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/HeusinkveldEngineering.