Testing for Quality and Reliability: Developing the Best Sim Racing Pedals
Imagine this: Think of a piece of hardware in your home you think has excellent quality. You’ve used it often, it’s taken some abuse over the years, but it still works just the way it should.
Now imagine that hardware again but consider that it is to be literally KICKED for hours at a time! This is what sim racing pedals have to endure. Our hydraulic Invicta™ pedals are designed with precisely this in mind.
So how did our engineers go about doing that? The simple answer is that we test, and we test, and we test – over and over again. And why do we do it? Because we want to develop the best sim racing pedals on the market.
Testing for Reliability in Hydraulic Racing Pedals
When you want to do this much testing, you need a proper setup. At Asetek SimSports™, our pedal test stand looks like this:
As our CEO André notes in the video, a set of simracing pedals must endure a lot of stress to their system to reproduce the feeling of real racing in a racing simulator.
“For this specific test, we are pushing 90 bars. And right now, I think the brake cylinder has done about 500.000 activations.”
In short: Force and repetition. High-quality sim racing pedals need to be able to withstand both over time!
Redesigning for Even Better Sim Racing Pedals
Typically, it’s cool to nail everything on the first try. The problem is, when it comes to performance and precision, you really can’t achieve top-tier without trying multiple times.
That’s precisely what happened at first with the Invicta pedal arms. Our engineers came up with a great, sturdy design, but after about 160.000 activations, some issues occurred. To snuff out those problems altogether, of course, they went back to the drawing board.
In this video, mechanical engineer Kim Henriksen explains how that process involved both 3D animations and, of course, feedback from a professional race driver:
There’s nothing easy about testing over and over again, but as Kim says in the video:
“We can test out different materials to see if using a stronger material helps, and by doing so, we can find the optimal design…. The simulation is an excellent tool, but it can’t beat tests in real-life conditions.”
Our sim racing pedals have come a long way. From prototypes to pre-orders, and we’re so excited to bring our first sim racing product to market. As you can see, we put in the effort to make you feel like a real race driver.
See more about the final design and features of the hydraulic Invicta™ pedals here: