Sim Shifter Sequential News

Shaun Cole On July 15, 2014
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This article comes from Heusinkveld Engineering

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There is progress on our Sim Shifter Sequential, which is due for launch this year. After going trough a few design iterations we have by now almost finalized our design. The main focus of the last design iteration was the optimization of the feel of the ‘throw’ of the shifter-stick. As with real sequential shifters we want our shifter to require an early peak force, after which it slides into gear.  A small series of prototypes will be tested by our beta-team in the next few weeks to verify if we made the right design choices.

Another feature which we are proud of is the extreme compact size of the shifter. This will allow the Sim Shifter Sequential to be mounted in the tightest cockpit environments, such as Formula-car simulators which we regularly see at our motorsport customers. Some reference shots of the latest protoype are posted below.

In these photos the shifter is set up in a configuration which may be found in Formula-cars: A very short stick, resulting in a short throw. We designed the shifter in a way that it is very easy to replace the stick and handle, allowing for an almost unlimited amount of shifter configurations. Every shifter will be shipped with sticks and handles of various lengths and shapes. This flexibility is also there with regard to the mounting options. A bracket to mount the shifter from the side or bottom of the unit is included, as well as a very sturdy table clamp. To get an impression of all the different possible configurations, please see the images below.

The Sim Shifter Sequential will make a great pair with any set of our Sim Pedals. Both offer unmatched configurability and flexibility and will form a perfect combination when installed in any simulator system. We will offer a standalone version of the shifter (with an integrated USB-controller) as well as a version which can be plugged into an existing Heusinkveld Sim Pedals USB-controller. Release date of the Sim Shifter Sequential is set for Q4 2014.


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Tim Chitwood On 2014-07-21 16:01:44
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Can you use automotive handles? A Hurst T handle or a Pistol grip would be fun to run too.


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