Pedal Selection Guide

Our pedal sets are being used by professional drivers and teams, simracing enthusiasts as well as companies who operate simulators in a commercial environment. This guide will help you determine which of our pedal sets is most suitable for you.

This page will give you a basic advice about which pedal set should be most suitable for you, based on a few typical use cases. Below the use cases you’ll find a chart giving an overview of the technical specs of our pedal sets.

Pedal selection based on use case

Casual simracers: We recommend going for the Sim Pedals Sprint. The maximum operating forces are above most other commercially available sets, giving yo a large range of options to set up these pedals to your needs. The Sim Pedals Sprint also come with easy to understand software to calibrate and fine-tune the pedal output.

Experienced simracers or Esports professionals: We typically recommend going for the Sim Pedals Sprint. Only choose the Sim Pedals Ultimate if the following applies to you:

  • You want to simulate 1:1 brake forces for all race car types. Although the maximum brake force of the Sim Pedals Sprint (65kg) is already above most other commercially available sets, the Sim Pedals Ultimate allow for up to 136kg of force allowing you to simulate the actual brake force of F3/GP2/F1/LMP/Indycars. Keep in mind that running these kind of pedals forces will give you a proper workout.
  • You want to have hydraulic damping on your pedals. All Ultimate pedals feature a 1-way (throttle) or 2-way hydraulic damper (brake/clutch).
  • You can do without the advanced configuration features which are offered by the Heusinkveld SmartControl software tool (which is only compatible with Sim Pedals Sprint).

Real race car drivers or race teams: We recommend going for a set of Sim Pedals Ultimate. Especially if you run quicker Formula cars (FRenault 2.0 and higher) or quick GT cars you will be used to applying very high brake pedal loads. The Sim Pedals Ultimate can handle these (up to 136kg), the maximum brake force of the Sim Pedals Sprint (65kg) is slightly below the typical requirements of quick GT cars.

Other commercial applications (eg. sim centres, expo simulators etc.): We recommend going for Sim Pedals Ultimate. Although the Sim Pedals Sprint offer a suitable range of maximum brake forces, you need to prepare your simulator for the 1% of customers who will abuse your hardware. The Sim Sprint are therefore intended for home use only. Being able to cope with higher peak brake forces, the Sim Pedals Ultimate are suitable for use in a commercial environment.

Pedal specs comparison chart

 UltimateSprint
Throttle
Pedal arm heightAdjustable between 252 - 278mmAdjustable between 220 - 240mm
Pedal travelAdjustable up to 100mmAdjustable between 38 - 90mm
Pedal force range at maximum travelAdjustable between 2,25 - 9,25kgAdjustable between 4,3 - 14,5kg
Force curve characteristicLinearLinear
Adjustable preloadYesYes
Sensor typeLoad cell - measures travelLoad cell - measures travel
Hydraulic damperYesNo
Brake
Pedal arm heightAdjustable between 252 - 278mmAdjustable between 240 - 260mm
Pedal travelAdjustable up to 100mmAdjustable between 15 - 85mm
Maximum detectable brake force136kg65kg
Force curve characteristicCurved - Increasing riseInitial low resistance followed by rising resistance
Sensor typeLoad cell - measures forceLoad cell - measures force
Hydraulic damperYesNo
Clutch
Pedal arm heightAdjustable between 252 - 278mmAdjustable between 240 - 260mm
Pedal travelAdjustable up to 100mm98mm not adjustable
Pedal force range at maximum travelAdjustable up to 47,5kgAdjustable between 5 - 12kg
Force curve characteristicAdjustable concave curveAdjustable concave curve (3 settings). End of travel force is appr. 67% of peak force.
Adjustable preloadYesYes
Sensor typeLoad cell - measures travelLoad cell - measures travel
Hydraulic damperYesNo
Calibration & Software
Calibration toolDiViewHeusinkveld SmartControl
Custom pedal output curvesNoYes
Save and load profilesNoYes
Easy calibration wizardNoYes
Change pedal settings without recalibratingNoYes
Other
Material finishGlas bead blasted stainless steelPowder coated and glass bead blasted stainless steel
USB Controller includedYes - external controller boxYes - integrated in the brake pedal
Compatible with optional baseplateYes (Pro/Ultimate baseplate)Yes (Sprint baseplate)

References

Do you want to know who we work for? We’ve listed a selection of our clients.

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Used by

Wolfgang Reip

Bathurst 12 Hour and Blancpain Endurace Series Champion

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Used by

Adrenaline Control

Driver development & full dome race simulator

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used by

Chris Archinaco

F4 U.S. driver

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used by

Frederik Vesti

Multiple karting champion and Danish & ADAC F4 race winner

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used by

Douglas Lundberg

KZ2 European Championship runner-up and French GT podium finisher

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used by

Braden Eves

F4 U.S. Championship race winner

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Mathias Beche

European Le Mans Series Champion & LMP1 driver

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Amaury Bonduel

Multiple karting champion

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Used by

Nelson Piquet Jr.

Formula E & multiple F3 champion

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Used by

Van Amersfoort Racing

Leading European F3 team

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