Heusinkveld Engineering – Sim Pedals Ultimate+ Available

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Today, the Dutch Heusinkveld Engineering company officially launched the HE Sim Pedals Ultimate+ which represent a significant update over the classic Sim Pedals Ultimate.

Besides the new standalone pedal set, Heusinkveld Engineering will also market an Upgrade Kit for the owners of the classic Sim Pedals Ultimate. The kit will be available starting Tuesday July 27th. With the Upgrade Kit you get the main technical upgrades of the Sim Pedals Ultimate+, including the SmartControl controller and the new brake spring elastomers.

The pedals are available via the official Heusinkveld webstore.

Sim Pedals Ultimate+ Pricing

  • 3-pedal kit – €1,329.00 VAT incl + Shipping
  • 2-pedal kit – €€1,079.01 VAT incl + Shipping
  • 1-pedal Clutch – €250.00 VAT incl + Shipping

The pedals

The vastly improved pedals are designed with CAD and FEA, all structural parts are CNC precision laser cut stainless steel with a glass bead blasted finish. The pedals are strong, stiff, compact and durable. Mathematical models were made to calculate pedal travel and operation force, predicting with great accuracy how each pedal feels in every possible configuration.

Design tolerances have been optimized in order to have a minimal amount of play on every assembly. All key pivot points have slide bearings and have gone through automated durability testing to guarantee their functionality after a million duty cycles.

The custom made brake elastomers provide a realistic progressive feel and retain their as-new characteristics even after thousands of races.

Hydraulic damping

The bespoke hydraulic dampers of the Sim Pedals Ultimate are ultra-reliable and do not require periodic maintenance. Even in the unlikely case of a failure, all hydraulic dampers can easily be removed while the pedal still retains its basic functionality as the pedal sensors are separated from the hydraulic circuit.

Sensors & output

The Sim Pedals Ultimate+ load cell assemblies provide a true linear input measurement of throttle and clutch position and brake force. Their accuracy and durability are unmatched as they do not wear over time. Heusinkveld proprietary electronics provide a full-range 12bit output for each pedal. Custom output curves can be freely configured and stored into profiles using the Heusinkveld SmartControl software.

After calibration every single pedal provides an output signal is providing an instant and accurate output to your favorite simulator software.

The controller enclosure is made of steel and is equipped with 4 mounting holes for easy mounting to your simulator. It can also be mounted to the underside of the optional Sim Pedals Ultimate+ Baseplate. The pedals have passed full EMC compliance testing, guaranteeing a stable output signal regardless of other electronic components used in your simulator.

Heusinkveld SmartControl

The Sim Pedals Ultimate+ come with a powerful configuration tool allowing you to set up your pedals in ways not previously possible: SmartControl. Working together with all-new electronics, SmartControl allows for instant mapping of (non-linear) pedal output curves, pedal dead zones and brake pedal force.

These adjustments can be made without having to recalibrate the pedals (including iRacing). All settings can be saved into profiles, which can be loaded again in a few mouse clicks.

Throttle

Smooth, accurate and greatly adjustable, the throttle pedal gives you excellent control with exactly the travel, spring preload and resistance you prefer.

The throttle features a 1-way hydraulic damper which resists speed at the ingoing stroke. This helps with smoothing the throttle application and is also used on many real cars for this purpose. The amount of damping can be adjusted.

A load cell provides a true linear input measurement of the pedal position. Custom non-linear output curves can freely be configured using Heusinkveld SmartControl software.

Brake

The brake features a realistic dual stage brake system with a 200kg load cell, capable of handling actual pedal forces up to 140kg (measured at the pedal footplate). The adjustable coil spring simulates the initial pad-to-disc gap. The main brake springs are all new custom made Heusinkveld injection molded thermoset elastomers.

These proprietary elastomers are smooth and responsive and provide an unprecedented progressive brake resistance (concave force curve) just as you would have in a real race car. On the ingoing and outgoing stroke they have firm bump and rebound characteristics.

Automated testing shows these elastomers have zero performance degradation even after one million duty cycles. You can choose from a total of 9 possible resistance settings, allowing you set set the pedal from very soft to extremely stiff.

The brake features a 2-way hydraulic damper. This damping resists speed at the ingoing and outgoing stroke just as experienced in actual brake assemblies. The amount of damping is adjustable

Clutch

A clutch feels lighter towards the end of travel. The Sim Pedals Ultimate+ clutch features a regressive spring mechanism simulating this concave force curve and also allows you to greatly adjust the pedal resistance, travel and feel.

The clutch features a 2-way hydraulic damper. This damping resists speed at the ingoing and outgoing stroke just as seen in real clutch assemblies. The amount of damping is adjustable.

A load cell provides a true linear input measurement of the pedal position. Custom non-linear output curves can freely be configured using Heusinkveld SmartControl software.

Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Pedals Ultimate+ FAQ:

How much + are Sim Pedals Ultimate+ ?
The Sim Pedals Ultimate+ feature the following key improvements:

SmartControl compatible controller
The Sim Pedals Ultimate+ are powered by Heusinkveld SmartControl. You can now easily calibrate your pedals, adjust output curves and deadzones and create, store and share multiple profiles. In the video below, Enzo explains how this is done.

The controller has a new all metal casing. The complete pedal system including the electronics has passed EMC compliance testing, guaranteeing a stable output signal under all circumstances.

All new progressive brake springs
New custom made Heusinkveld injection molded thermoset elastomers are installed on the brake pedal. These new springs are a Heusinkveld-specific development and have been tested to have zero performance degradation even after one million duty cycles. You can look forward to an unprecedented progressive brake feel, a smooth and responsive operation and firm bump and rebound characteristics.

Hard and soft elastomers of different lengths are supplied. You have a total of 9 possible resistance settings on the brake, ranging from extremely hard to very soft. We also added a knurled knob to the brake spring stack for easy adjustment of the pedal preload.

The Sim Pedals Ultimate+ retain their realistic linear brake force measurement, just as seen on real cars. You have the option to set nonlinear output curves in SmartControl.

Improved smoothness and durability
We have added slide bearings to major load bearing pivot points in order to improve pedal smoothness, reduce unwanted noise and greatly enhance the durability of the pedals.

Bespoke hydraulic dampers
Heusinkveld now uses custom made 1-way (throttle) and 2-way (brake, clutch) dampers to simulate the hydraulic damping effect as seen on real clutch, brake and (sometimes) throttle assemblies. The option to adjust the amount of damping is still present.

These new dampers, having gone through extreme durability testing, further enhance reliability and retain their maintenance-free characteristics. Even in the unlikely case of a damper failure, because we use a separate load cell to measure force or position, the pedals will still retain their core functionality.

Revised sensor mounts
We’ve implemented black mounts of a more durable material for the load cell actuator springs and the load cell mounts on the throttle and clutch. These replace the former acrylic mounts and improve long term reliability.

Color updates
At Heusinkveld form (almost) always follows function. We now however do provide black powder coated metal coil springs, black brake spring elastomers and black bearings on certain pivot points. It makes the integration of the Sim Pedals Ultimate+ onto your own sim rig just look that bit better.

You will find all further details about the improvements on the Heusinkveld product page for the Sim Pedals Ultimate+.


  Official Webpage – heusinkveld.com


Heusinkveld Engineering is a Dutch company that offers a broad array of products and services to the real and virtual racing scene. From advanced vehicle simulation software to simulator hardware. Sim Racers might also know the company’s founder Niels Heusinkveld as the main physics creator for the Automobilista racing simulator by Reiza Studios.

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