In November 2019, after many years without online racing, I decided to look into any advancements that have come about over the years and what I was missing. I missed the competition and the rush I would get just sitting on the grid anticipating the start of a race. I made the decision I was going all in this time and the experience was going to be well worth the investment. I realized that it was so much more than just a game... and I greatly missed the competition of racing.
I started researching new wheel bases, pedal sets, and the thing that has brought me to this point... RIGS!!
My previous setup was a basic table with a wheel clamped to it and I learned to deal with the flex from aggressive steering inputs. Even with learning to accommodate for the flex, it really is a struggle to be consistent. With the idea to upgrade my wheel and pedals, I knew I had to start with the foundation... the chassis of what is going to be my new race car. It was very important not to have any flex from the wheel mount and from the pedal assembly. 8020 aluminum extrusion is the perfect solution... and then some!
Before I knew it I'm learning everything there is to know about 8020 aluminum extrusion and how to build a sim rig. I was under the impression that it would be so much cheaper to find the materials and DIY.
I started to notice a trend researching other designs and their cost.
I researched numerous manufacturers and started working with a professional CAD designer to finalize my design and that is when I had the epiphany for SimNut Racing Sims!!
It turns out that designing your own really isn't that much cheaper than purchasing a manufactured rig. It doesn't need to be built with complicated hardware that is difficult to assemble and in most cases, the mounting hardware from your seat, wheel, and pedals' manufacturer is more suited to fit to your rig than from the company you purchased your rig provides.
The result was a simple design made of high grade materials that is rigid and can handle the insane torque of direct drive wheels and high end pedals while providing easy access for positional adjustments. The simplistic design is also compatible with any seat, wheel, and pedal mounting hardware and leaves the door open for each sim racers unique vision of what they want their sim rig to be.
The relationship I had built with the manufacturer provided me the opportunity to share this with the most devoted and passionate community in the world... "Sim Nuts!!"
I was aware that a lot of people desire a better rig and more realistic racing experience, but believe it is out of reach due to either time or money. I want to knock down that false belief and help provide that experience.
We partnered with a company that has 30 years experience manufacturing high quality aluminum extrusion in a 300,000 sqft facility for much larger projects than sim rigs. This means our company can handle large volumes of orders without having to delay for back orders or shutting down orders entirely to catch up on fulfillment. This also results in shorter lead and shipping times.
I am willing to pay a few dollars more to have an experienced company fabricate my materials at a high volume in order to get a rig to sim racers faster. So why not pay just a little more than a DIY in order to get on the track and enhance your sim racing experience sooner?
There is no reason to have to wait over a month to receive your rig and pay outrageous tax because it may be shipped from across the world.
I started this company with the vision of it being a company of the community. My focus shifted from simply creating a sim rig for myself to.... I want to provide value to the sim racing community as well.
I sincerely hope you enjoy your rig and hope to see you on the track soon!!!
George Elmer - SimNut Racing Sims