The best sim racing accessories

Sim racing products to up your game

Man in a racing simulator

by Myles Warwood |
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So you want to be a sim racer, but your rig ain't fly? Well, instead of a visit from Xzibit in some weird episode of Pimp My Ride, CAR will look through some of the best sim racing accessories out there to help you get the maximum from your rig and bring your driving up a level.

You don't have to have the most extravagant set-up to get the best out of your driving, but it is nice to have extra comfort levels while you game. This will keep your driving at its peak for as long as you can maintain while giving you something nice to enjoy.

What do I need to accessorize my sim?

This all depends on your personal needs and wants. Some people might want a new seat to give them a better driving position, a sharper, more controlled handbrake, new headphones with a microphone or even just some lighting to go around your sim to make it 'look cool' when you Twitch. Whatever your reason, there's an endless list of things you can do.

Do accessories make me a better sim racer?

No. Sorry.

Well, that's not strictly true. If you get a better servo for your steering wheel or some pedals with a better response, you can improve your driving by the feel that you get back through the controllers. However, as with anything in life, it takes practice.

Plus, some pretty lights around the edge of your sim will do nothing for your driving skill, but they might look nice on your Insta live stream.

The best sim accessories

This can be quite a long list, as it depends on what you're looking for, but let's get into it and see what comes out of it.

Stands and seats

Upgrading your rig with a stand or a seat is one of the quickest and easiest things you can do. Instead of having your pedals on the floor and steering wheel clamped to a desk, you can start customising things. This likely means you'll be more comfortable for longer and feel better behind the wheel.

Please note: All prices correct at time of writing. Prices, stock and deals subject to change without notice.

Simple and practical, this stand will hold your wheel, pedals and gear lever/handbrake if you have one. A considerable advantage is that it can be folded down, so you don't always have to have it take up floor space. It's sturdy and robust, meaning you can use it with powerful direct-drive wheel systems.

Pros

  • Folds away
  • Relatively low cost
  • Sturdy and strong

Cons

  • It would be best if you still had pedals, seats, steering wheel, etc

On offer

Playseat® Challenge Actifit – Black
Price: $288.43

You might feel more like a racing driver with this Playseat® Challenge Actifit. The more laid-back position with your bum below your knees is something more accustomed to F1 drivers. There's a mount for your steering wheel and also for your pedals. The activity material is breathable to regulate your body temperature, and the seat is compatible with a wide range of wheels and pedals.

Pros

  • Folds down
  • Lightweight
  • Compatible with a variety of other products

Cons

  • Needs to be set up every time you play

Trak Racer TR80 Lite Aluminium Sim Racing Cockpit
Price: £379 starting

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An all-in-one purpose-built racing cockpit made of strong and rigid aluminium, it can withstand vibrations and high levels of longitudinal, transverse and forces. It can withstand pressures up to 10Nm from direct drive wheels. The impressive build of this cockpit doesn't end there, with the pedal tray constructed of no-flex carbon.

Pros

  • Heavy duty
  • Angle-adjusted pedal plate
  • Seat adjustable backwards and forwards

Cons

  • Permanently set up

Discounted

Playseat® Trophy - Black
Price: $599.00

It might not look like it, but this Playseat Trophy is fully adjustable. You can raise or lower the seat height and adjust the backrest, seat harness, lumbar support, pedal plate and steering wheelbase. All aimed at getting your perfect racing position. While it's handy to have so many levels of adjustability, you might want to keep your mates off it, as getting back to that position may never happen! The ActiFit material will keep you comfortable while driving.

Pros

  • Hugely adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Only 15kg

Cons

  • You can get more sturdy builds for less

Steering Wheels, Servos and Display units

Black Friday Deal

Thrustmaster F1 Wheel Add on
Price: $179.99

So, you want your rig to resemble an F1 car? Well, Thrustmaster makes this add-on, which means you'll already have to have a Thrustmaster wheel in the first place. Based on the Ferrari steering wheel of 2011, you've got a plethora of knobs and dials to get your set up just right.

Pros

  • Looks cool
  • I feel like an F1 driver.
  • Adjustable

Cons

  • Only available for Ferrari
  • Already need a Thrustmaster set up

On sale

Logitech G Saitek Farm Sim Controller

Rrp: $349.95

Price: $343.62

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If you like riding the big rig and need something a bit more laid back and sedate for the farming simulator, try this by Logitech. Get the whole set-up from the wheel to the control panel with over 25 programmable buttons.

Pros

  • Made for Farming Simulator
  • Plenty of customisable buttons
  • Integrated steering wheel buttons

Cons

  • Expensive, but it is a particular set-up

Deal

Thrustmaster TS-XW Servo Base
Price: $529.00

Updating its servo is one significant upgrade you can bring to your sim without buying a new wheel. This brings a more responsive feel and more feedback through the wheel. A belt and Pulley system with metal ball bearings bring a super smooth result, helping you get a feel for your driving.

Pros

  • More responsive
  • Super-smooth
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Only compatible with specific models

A purpose-built data display unit has been tailer mode for the simulator industries. This panel is, in effect, plug and play. All you need to do is install your device drivers, select your preferred dash layout and LED configurations and turn off your race. Simple as that.

Pros

  • Plug and play
  • Plenty of information
  • Built to a high spec

Cons

  • Expensive

Handbrakes

Up your drift and rally game with these handbrakes.

Cheaper than usual

64Bit PC USB Handbrake
Price: $61.59 (was £75.99)

Taking nothing to install other than plugging into a USB port, this handbrake is an effective way of getting your drift game on point for a bit of expense. A USB plug-in handbrake is only compatible with Windows PC, not Xbox or PlayStation models.

Pros

  • Relatively low cost
  • Easy installation
  • Height Adjustable

Cons

  • Limited compatibility

Thrustmaster TSS Handbrake Sparco Mod+
Price: £280.66

For a more trusted name in the gaming world, we can always rely on Thrustmaster and its products. Not only is this a progressive handbrake, but it's also a sequential gear shift lever, too. This is interchangeable between modes using HallEffect AccuRate Technology (HEART), a mechanism incorporating contactless magnetic sensors; the TSS Handbrake Sparco Mod + provides a precision that won't degrade over time.

Pros

  • Handbrake and gear shifter
  • Respected brand
  • Durable

Cons

  • Higher price

Monitors, stands and mounts

If you want to up your sim experience, a monitor stand bringing the action closer to you can help. It'll make everything feel a lot closer and much more accurate. Differences in each won't be huge, but it'll be which you have to work with.

This version can be upgraded in two widths to a triple monitor stand with the addition of side arms, which can be bought separately. Which, in the 1200mm wide stand will give you triple monitors up to 45", and in the 800mm wide stand, triple monitors up to 32". Demon tweaks also sell triple monitor stands, too.

Pros

  • Relatively low cost
  • Able to extend to a triple monitor set-up
  • Different sizing options

Cons

  • The buying of the stand is the cheap bit!

If your rig doesn't support having monitors on top, a floor-mounted monitor stand could be your answer. Again, like the sim-mounted stand above, this one comes in two sizes. You can mount three monitors to it with the purchase of side arms. You can also purchase a triple monitor stand.

Pros

  • Stable and sturdy
  • Able to make it into a triple monitor set-up
  • Different sizing options

Cons

  • You need a monitor to start with. Things get expensive, then.

Good gaming TVs are super expensive compared to monitors, but LG tends to be among the best. Large enough to have it on its own 4K resolution can keep up with the movement of the game, giving you hours of gaming joy.

Pros

  • High resolution
  • 0.1ms response time
  • True-to-life picture

Cons

  • High cost

Headsets

Up your streaming and communication in-game with a headset which won't make you sound like a low-budget pilot giving the weather updates, and you'll be able to hear what people are saying to you, too.

£13 off

Turtle Beach Recon 70P Gaming Headset
Price: $39.99

They are lightweight and comfortable, so when you have them on, they're bearable for long periods on the sim. What's more, the Turtle Beach Recon headset microphone will flip up, so those choice words you use after binning it in the wall won't be broadcast for the world to hear.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Low cost

Cons

  • Low cost doesn't always mean durability

Great Deal

HyperX
Price: $111 (26% off)

With a USB audio sounds card amplifying your voice and audio for optimal Hi-Fi gaming, you can hear everything deep down in the game you've been missing, from tyre squeal to engine revs building and the turbo spooling up. This next-generation headset generates virtual 7.1 surround sound with distance and depth to enhance your gaming, movie or music experience.

Pros

  • Audio sound card
  • Virtual 7.1 surround sound
  • Memory foam for comfort

Cons

  • Not many at this price

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless Gaming Headset
Price: $175.99

These are designed for gaming with a wireless connection you'll never lose, thanks to the 2.4G connection. If being heard is what's important to you, then the SteelSeries Arctic 7 has, what is regarded to be, the best mic for in-game clarity, and it's certified by Discord with its ClearCast microphone. You'll also get 360 degrees of precision audio, so if you've got Lewis Hamilton breathing down your neck in the corners, you'll hear him before you see him. Delightful.

Pros

  • Best microphone
  • 360-degree surround sound
  • Lossless wireless connection

Cons

  • Bit pricey

Lighting

Nothing will make your set-up look more relaxed than immersive lighting. The lights can also reflect what's happening in the game, giving you a much more immersive experience and feel.

Discounted

Philips Hue Lightstrip
Price: £67.55 (was £76.46)

Philips were the OG in intelligent lighting with the Hue; it can produce colours of every, erm, well, hue. You can turn them on and off with your smart speaker or the Philips App on your phone, adjusting colours to all sorts of options. Extension packs are much cheaper once you're up and running.

Pros

  • The original
  • Respected brand
  • Easy to extend

Cons

  • High initial set-up cost

Super offer

Nanoleaf Shapes
Price: £125.99 (was £179.99)

These things are great for adding smart lights to your wall and connective panels which slot easily together, giving you some mega wall art like a window to the world in your sim room. Nanoleaf has many different designs, so choose the one you want to work with.

Pros

  • Stunning wall lighting
  • Easy to connect
  • Fully customisable

Cons

  • It might give you a cable-hiding headache

Discounted

Set this floor lamp in the corner of the room and let it work its magic. When streaming your gaming, this could be a mega addition to adding ambience to your rig set-up. With over 16 million different colours, there's no lighting scene it can't create.

Pros

  • Sync with Music
  • Voice and app controllable
  • Easy installation

Cons

  • Competitive market

Comfort accessories

Add these convenience items to your rig; they won't add performance, but they'll make your racing a bit more comfortable.

A handy little cup holder which helps keep you hydrated on those mammoth endurance racing events. Remember, stay hydrated.

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Easy installation

Cons

  • Could argue it's not needed, but it's a low price. Does it matter?

If you want to up your mid-race chat game, this adjustable keyboard tray is suitable for mounting to the right or left side of a TR160, TR120, TR80 and any DIY rigs using an aluminium profile. Become the ultimate keyboard warrior.

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • High price for a keyboard holder

Perfect for stopping your sim from damaging the floor while also there to instantly mop up any sweat from those super hard sessions in the sim. It'll also dampen some of the sounds from your sim through the floor. This Sparco cockpit floor mat is perfect for any loft sim conversions.

Pros

  • Looks mega
  • Stops scratches from the sim to the floor
  • Dampens sound

Cons

  • Pricey

Myles is a Commercial Content Writer for What's The Best, Parkers and CAR. His areas of expertise include cycling, fitness tech and hot hatches.

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