Simetik K2-R Cockpit Teil 2/2: Stabilität - Sitzposition - Fazit und Kaufempfehlung
In Part 2 we analyze the Simetik K2-R Rig and compare it with its predecessor. Check out part 1 about the scope of delivery and assembly in case you missed it. Put your feet up and welcome here to my YouTube channel. Disclaimer Simetik has provided this test pattern so that I can test and review this in detail over a longer period of time.
There are no requirements or requirements regarding this review and I do not receive any money for it. But now we can get it on. 01_Settings Wheelbase All settings refer to my body measurements of almost 1.90 m and so I have chosen the highest of 3 hole positions in the wheelbasemounting. At the same time, I have left the height adjustment over the long holes at the lowest position.
Here, over the long hole, another 11 cm more bandwidth up would be possible if you are 2 meters tall or want to sit significantly higher. From the bottom to the top of the crossbar, the height at my setting is about 66 cm. In addition, I screwed the free hole positions with the enclosed bolts to achieve maximum stability. The Wheelbase recording plate can be tilted about 10 degrees more compared to its predecessor and now offers plus minus 15 degrees bandwidth. I take advantage of the maximum angle of attack of 15 degrees, as my Simucube Wheelbase does not have an angle of attack over the housing. I inserted the square recording profiles on the end stop. Over the profile length you could pull this out about 13 cm in the direction of the sitting position.
02_stability wheelbasemounting And so we come to the first stress test for the simetics K2-R. With my two Direct Drive Wheels Fanatec Podium DD and Simucube SC2 Pro, I usually travel with tips up to 15 Nm on large steering wheels. For the extreme load test I set the Simucube SC2 Pro to maximum power of 25 Nm. Please never make such attempts at home, there is a risk of injury here.
I'll turn the camera over, sit down in the rig and deliver the result live to you. Test Nr. 1: 8 Nm torque like strongest belt driven base Fanatec CSW V2.5 Were testing Nordschleife with an BMW E36 Judd V8. As expected everything absolutely green. No flex and no problems for Simetik K2-R.
Lets check out my personal settings using GT or bigger wheels with a torque of 15 Nm. Thats about twice of strongest belt driven base and enough power even on big wheels is left. You got to use both hands to handle it. Im using rough settings to feel transparency. As you can see everythings fine, also with very noticeable power of 15 Nm torque. And now we get up to maximum. Dont do this at home.
Im using a big NASCAR wheel be safe. I need max power to handle this awesome power. It looks also very stable and Im not afraid about my peripherals. Also left and right slalom turns are no problem.
Also in high speed corners with max torque no problems and Simetik has daone a great job. 03_setting pedals I currently use Fanatec CSP pedals and have fastened them via the cross bars with 4 screws. The cross bars themselves were then connected to the aluminium profiles with 4 screws each with thread nuts on the left and right. I have set the pedals in the middle and it would be possible to shift up and down 6 cm each.
I set the pedal angle via the Simetik K2-R to 20 degrees. Here, adjustments from 0 degrees to 25 degrees in 5 degrees steps are possible. I prefer a pedal angle measured in the zero position of 110-115 degrees on the driver's side and with my setting I have landed exactly at 113 degree angle of attack of the pedals in zero position. When the accelerator pedal is fully pressed, the gas pedal is about 130 degrees. The complete pedal mount can be fixed in 2 height positions and here I have chosen the lower mounting position. If you use the upper floor, then the complete pedal recording moves up by approx. 5 cm. 04_stability pedal mounting Again there is the test live on the rig and I pedal the 90 kg CSP V3 loadcell brake with maximum force adjustment.
A good 50 kg of pedal force remains via the lever path. I plugged in my CSP V3 via USB and setting at maximum of 90 kg. It remains over the lever about 50 kg on the pedal. Lets switch camera position now. As you can see I feel no flex while pressing brakes at maximum. Afterwards Ill check my capture to sum up.
05_Setting Seat The seat can be screwed directly to the Simetik K2-R via the seat console. There are hardly any limits to variability via the cross bars or narrow holes. The installation is very comfortable and I have installed additional seat rails as usual. This allows you to slide comfortably forwards and backwards, as you are used to in the real car. 06_Ergonomics and seating position And here again we go live to the rig to discuss everything. I mounted a Cube Controls Formula wheel to show you how I set up my ergonomics with about 135 arm angle.
I choose my distance to pedals to reach about 150 degrees with my legs. With this postion I got enough space between leg and bar. Via seat slider Simetik K2-R can be used for very little persons up to over 2,10 m tall users. Also you can uplift wheelbase bar another 10-11 cm, if you wanna sit higher or youre extremely tall. 07_racetrack tests The seat position feels like the real GT racing car. All controls are easily accessible.
The rig remains stable even under high loads and no noise is heard. The stability of the wheelbase recording gives a direct feeling. This means that the effects of the Direct Drive Wheelbase arrive unfiltered. I feel the same way when braking. The resistance of the pedal construction gives a crisp feeling in the final system, even at high braking forces.
We talked about the stress test. After the end credits I hang you a complete and live commented round Nordschleife at 25 Nm full load. You can judge the stability of the rig and my physical stability again relaxed. 08_Differences from the predecessor The significantly increased width offers important room for improvements compared to its predecessor. This is used to redesign the pedal recording and the hybrid construction of transverse struts and aluminium profiles does everything right. The stability rises to a good 90% and is therefore located in the area of highly stable. In addition, the mounting via struts is much more comfortable than with a continuous pedal plate and the high adaptability in terms of longitudinal adjustment makes a pedal slider almost unnecessary.
The two floors of the pedal recording are just as great. Here everyone finds a suitable setting and the cross bars of the Wheelbase recording are therefore not in the way. Another very important plus point is the increased angle adjustment of the wheelbase plate. Here the predecessor was about 5 degrees too little and with the K2-R and up to 15 degree angle of attack of the wheelbase recording this problem was eliminated. The additional fittings increase the stability of the wheelbase holder and on the outside stiffening angles have been attached. Seat mounting also benefits from the increased width.
There are no bottlenecks here, no matter how wide your seat is. Let's turn to the finish line. Negative, neutral and positive aspects, as well as the conclusion and the purchase recommendation. 09_Cons With the Cons, this time I have only optical and therefore subjective comments. I would rather like matching black anodized aluminium profiles for pedal mounting and the profile tubes of the wheelbase holder would be more elegant in black.
With the baseplate completely pushed in, these stand out a good 13 cm to the rear and this does not look elegant. Alternatively, I would include a set of shorter and therefore more suitable profiles or black covers. 10_Neutral The price has risen significantly compared to its predecessor, but has been considered neutral in view of the many improvements. Equally neutral I judge the stability of the shifter holders. Highly stable simply does not work without vertical struts and point. While using my sequentiell TMSS shifter everything looks like stable without any noticeable flex.
Light vibrations as you can see and thats a construction toppic if youre not adding a vertical bar to support your peripheral mounting. But I wouldnt call this disturbing and shifting powerful will not be a problem so far. On the other side same conclusion with my hareness shifter.
Using handbrake and pulling downwards it gets more noticeable. You cant get this handeled perfectly without a vertical support. The stability will be fine for most of you, but it would take a new construction if you want to completely exclude the flex of the shifter holder. 11_Pros Super easy assembly, exemplary packaging design and assembly tutorial.
Nothing can go wrong here if you want to assemble a rig for the first time. Even the thread nuts of the aluminum profiles are positioned with cardboard inserts. Here, Simetik really thought of everything in terms of ease of use. The stability of the K2-R increases with the improvements compared to the predecessor in the direction of highly stable and is at least at the level of my last Simlab TR1, which is located in a similar price range.
The Simetik K2-R also benefits from the significantly increased width compared to its predecessor. Another advantage is the very good ergonomics. Here, everyone, big or small, finds the perfect ergonomic seating position. If you love GT Style, you will be happy with the Simetik K2-R. And a final plus for you can be the optics. I've had several rigs in the house and I'm just not a fanboy when it comes to aluminium profile look.
With the black anodized aluminium profile rigs it gets a bit better for me visually, but I personally prefer a construction as in the case of the Simetik K2-R. And another positive aspect is the idea with the sticker set, which makes the rig appear more personal. And the beautiful aluminium badge with serial number does the rest. 12_Conclusion and purchase recommendation Simetik has done its homework and delivers an improved product in many respects. The first K2 did a good job at a reasonable price, which the K2-R can no longerhold. But by noticeable improvements, the 30 percent surcharge is justified and not excessive.
There are accessories for almost every periphery and so everything should be there for your preferences. You know my channel, which I always try to fill objectively, but with the Simetik K2-R there is very little to criticize. I can make a purchase recommendation for the Simetik K2-R and in summary this is one of the few products that gets away in my channel without a limiting negative aspect, apart from my optical and thus subjective comments. I hope you could do something with this review and now it's your turn. Let me know how you think about the Simetik K2-R and so we come to our outlook.
13_outlook We continue with a high end steering wheel from Cube Controls. A super detailed test for a noble product awaits you as usual. Further reviews are in the pipeline, stay tuned and feel free to comment, share, like or subscribe. After outro we check out a live and uncut 25 Nm stability round on Nordschleife. Greetings and stay tuned, Ron.