Asetek entered the Sim Racing hardware market. The PC liquid cooling specialist seems to be investing big in this segment, and you can read more about the longer-term goals of Asetek SimSports in a video interview with its founder and CEO. Its first sim game controller product is the Invicta Sim Racing Pedals, with optional expansion pedal (clutch).
As you can see in the main image, Invicta pedals include an accelerator pedal and brake pedal in one unit, to which you can add an optional clutch pedal. Overall, the first product for this market is seen to be suitably well made and high end. Sim players are generally more mature and therefore may have more disposable income to spend on their hobby.
According to Asetek, the main features of Invicta Sim Racing pedals are as follows:
- Unique Hydraulic Opposed Rapid Piston (THORP) brake system (patent pending) – designed to bring ultimate immersion to sim racers
- Brake pedal hardness and stroke can be adjusted from a smoother arcade feel with extended stroke to a hard pedal in Formula Car mode with minimal travel and a real car feel
- The clutch simulates a real world clutch and is designed to provide an appropriate physical bite point to feel like a real race car
- Customizable and configurable ARGB lighting that can be controlled with RaceHub software or disabled
- Footplates inspired by real racing cars and real racing cars
- Full aluminum pedal base with integrated heel stopper, footrest and pedal arms mounted on ball bearings for extended life and smooth operation
- RaceHub software that allows quick and easy customization of Invicta pedal settings. This includes calibration of clutch bite point, dead zones, throttle curves and firmware update in an easy and efficient way. Support for future Asetek SimSports products
- Tried and tested for hundreds of hours by real world Formula and GT drivers and sim racing pros. Lifetime tested in automated mechanical platforms for several thousand activations
- Designed and manufactured / assembled in Denmark
The combination of rugged, adaptable hardware and RaceHub software looks promising, as do control enhancements such as the clutch pedal ‘bite’. All these little things help in the immersion and enjoyment of sim games.
You might think these pedals are all great, but where are the other racing components that you could typically grab to put together a full setup? Don’t worry, Asetek SimSports promises “wheelbases, steering wheels, shifters and other customization options for the end user,” following the release of the Invicta pedals in Q4 2021. These pedals go also have more options – with soft pedal plates are offered as an option for simulation players without show.
If you’re very interested in these and other things to come from Asetek SImSports, it’s probably worth checking out the highlights of the ADAC SimRacing Expo (Nürburgring, Germany) taking place this Friday and Saturday. Asetek SImSports will be showing their products there and may, who knows, show off some of their unannounced sim gamer bits so far.