Sim Racing Pedals: A 2023 Buyers Guide

Sim Racing pedals are so incredibly important in allowing for precision racing and battling, so picking the best ones for your rig are essential. Let’s go through which ones are the best for you.

Every sim rig has three points of contact between the driver and the car these being the sim racing wheel, pedals, and seat. For those of you new to Sim Racing, it can definitely be said that the pedals are what can make some of the biggest differences to driving ability and consistency. A consistent and precise pedal feel can allow the driver to control the braking performance of the car without second-guessing what the car will do. This doesn’t just improve braking performance but also tyre wear and overall car control as pitching and instability can be better controlled. 

So, it is clear pedals can make or break a driver’s ability to be consistent and perform at their peak level, making choosing the right pedals key. Here we have broken down the five best sets of pedals ranging from more budget-friendly options to premium sim racing gear.

What are Sim Racing pedals?

Sim Racing pedals are a core part of any sim racing rig. They are the very basis of your rig and are essential to any form of racing as they allow you to control the brakes, throttle and often the clutch in your car. The feeling they provide allows for the precision racing that everyone looks for, as it gives you superior control over your car. Followed by Sim Racing seats, they up there as one of the areas in a rig that allows for the most improvement.

Sim Racing pedals come in multiple forms: potentiometer, load cell and hydraulic. At the cheapest end of your budget, you will find pedals that relay information to the game via a potentiometer, giving you the weakest and least accurate feel. Next up, we have load cells, which are the best consumer-grade option when it comes to pedals. They are found in the majority of pedals on this list, as they are affordable yet allow for a high level of precision. Hydraulic pedals are much rarer as they are highly expensive but do allow for the highest form of accuracy – often being found in race cars.

Will Upgrading My Pedals Make a Difference?

Put briefly, upgrading your pedals can help you to knock the next tenths and seconds off of your lap time. For example, with “load cell” technology, the brake pedal has a greater form of resistance that mimics the kind of brake pedal you’d come across in real-world driving and racing. This can be very helpful if you are racing cars such as LMP2 prototypes, which has setups included in our Coach Dave Academy iRacing Setup Subscription, since these prototypes do not feature an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) like GT3 cars. This means that, without load cells, it is easier to lock up the brakes than it is with load cell pedals.

The next step up, in hydraulic pedals, extends this to the throttle and clutch.

Quick pedal rundown

Thrustmaster T-LCM Load Cell PedalsLoad Cell– Affordable load cells
– Interchangeable springs
– Flex under load
Fanatec Clubsport V3 Pedals Load Cell– Part of Fanatec ecosystem
– Vibration motors for added immersion
– Brake performance kit not included
MOZA Racing CRP PedalsLoad Cell– Part of the MOZA ecosystem
– Fully adjustable pedals
– Longer turnaround time from small supplier
SimCraft PRO Sim Racing PedalsLoad Cell– Real-life racing pedal construction
– Load cell that provides real-life levels of immersion
– Difficult to set up
Heusinkveld Sim Pedals UltimateLoad Cell– Superior build quality
– Most accurate load cell
– Occasional mounting issues
Simtag Hydraulic Simulator Pedal SystemHydraulic– Very accurate hydraulic system
– Real-lie adapted build
– Out of many racers’ budget

Thrustmaster T-LCM Load Cell Pedals 

STYLE: Load cellBRAND: Thrustmaster

The T-LCM Pedals are Thrustmaster’s first move into the load cell pedal market. However, they still bring their reasonable pricing and high-quality design. 

The pedals have a metal material construction for the pedal head and arms ensuring limited flex on the main stress areas of the pedals. There is also a textured metal base plate that can be used to rest your feet on while still giving a high-quality look and feel. 

In terms of features, the main area of interest is the new addition of the loadcell on the brake pedal. The load cell can take up to 100 kg of pressure, allowing you to get lots of force through the pedal just like a real-life brake pedal. With the load cell, six different springs can be swapped out to ensure you can get the pedal feel that suits you best and works best for the sim rig the pedals are mounted in. With this, the throttle and clutch also come with magnetic HallEffect sensors that ensure that the pedals are long-lasting while still maintaining high-resolution input measurements. 

One key advantage these pedals have over many others is that if paired with a Thrustmaster family wheel, then these are compatible with almost all devices ranging from consoles to PC. So if you are looking for an entry-level set of pedals while not losing out on the great feel of a load cell then look no further than the T-LCM Pedal set.

Fanatec Clubsport V3 Pedals 

STYLE: Load cellBRAND: Fanatec

If you are in the Fanatec ecosystem or looking for a set of pedals to improve a starter sim racing setup, then the Clubsport V3 pedals are a great choice to consider. 

The pedals come with a striking black-coloured metal finish that blends in well with most sim rigs, allowing you to focus on the performance. The metal structure keeps the pedals stiff and secure when racing and are sure to last you for many sim racing sessions. 

The set comes with a host of adjustability features giving you the ability to tweak the pedals to your liking. The pedal faces can be adjusted into many configurations allowing all different styles of drivers to find what fits them best. In addition, the load cell brake, capable of handling 90 kg of force, can be adjusted to give you the firm feel of a formula car or the progressive feel of a road car pedal. If optioned when purchasing, the pedals also can have a hydraulic damper added to the throttle giving a more realistic feel. 

The Fanatec Clubsport V3 pedals are a great choice for those looking for that new next step into the sim gear world. If you already have a Fanatec wheelbase, you can be sure these will be a happy addition.

MOZA Racing CRP Pedals

STYLE: Load CellBRAND: MOZA Racing

An up-and-coming brand in the sim racing market, MOZA Racing’s CRP Pedals are a highly-adjustable three-pedal solution that gets you a taste of what the newest Direct Drive wheelbase manufacturer on the scene has to offer. 

The CRP Pedals are designed like that of a modern-day supercar or hypercar, which can be felt in the aesthetic choices such as an organ-shaped throttle pedal as well as the technical features of the pedals themselves. On top of a load cell brake, it boasts a three-stage clutch, which is designed to mimic the feeling of a real-world clutch pedal. After the first stage with low resistance, the second stage features the “bite point” where a car would typically stall. The final stage has a drop-off in the resistance, again designed to mimic how a real clutch would behave on a launch.

In addition to this, each pedal’s resistance can be adjusted using springs and damping blocks included in the purchase. More customisation can be done in the MOZA Pit House App, where you can configure the linearity of each pedal. This means that you can create things such as throttle shapes and curves, so that 50% pedal force can mean 25% throttle in-game or 75% throttle in-game at your own leisure.

The CRP Pedals connect to the computer via USB connectors, meaning that you can try out MOZA’s ecosystem without investing in a new wheel. This can be helpful for someone looking to take the next step from their first wheel but unsure about which brand they want to commit to in the long run.

SimCraft PRO Sim Racing Pedals

STYLE: Load CellBRAND: SimCraft

If more custom-made to-order gear is what you love to spend your hard-earned cash on, then the SimCraft PRO Sim Racing Pedals are the ones for you. These pedals are made to take the real-life feel to a whole new level. 

The first headline you can find with these pedals is that they are constructed with a set of Tilton pedals, which are used across many different types of race cars. This all spawned from the SimCraft team developing a custom pedal for an Indy Lights team’s custom driver training simulator. With this, SimCraft set out to produce a pedal set that felt as close to reality as possible, and all this learning has been translated into the SimCraft PRO consumer pedal. 

The pedals and frame are constructed from forged aluminium that provides a lightweight but stiff construction to the pedals. Each pedal face can also be adjusted or completely swapped out for your preferred faces, as they are a modular set-up due to the race-derived parts. The pedal pivots are constructed with wave washers that reduce lateral pedal movement and an oil-impregnated bronze bushing that reduces friction within the pivot. 

As expected, each pedal has its range of adjustments to truly tweak the feel just to your taste. The throttle comes with a torsion spring so that there is a precise feel, whilst it can also have the total travel adjusted with just a few tweaks to some screws. 

The brake pedal has a vertically mounted load cell that comes with a cylinder on top that contains a spring and sponge material construction that allows customisation of the force and pedal feel. Some adjustments can be made to precompress this load cell to give either a more squishy GT car feel or a firm feel of a formula car. The clutch is unique to the SimCraft pedal set, which has gas springs that provide resistive force and also another that simulates the clutch bite point. Also, the clutch throw can be adjusted to give a long throw like a road car or short just like a race car. 

It is clear these pedals are another step up from the other pedals mentioned in this list but with this comes a real-life feel simulation. If you are truly looking to get that exact feel to a real-life car you may have driven or are training to drive, this is the pedal set you are looking for.

Heusinkveld Sim Pedals Ultimate

STYLE: Load CellBRAND: Heusinkveld

If you’re looking for a more high-end feel with some racing pedals, then the Heusinkveld Sim Pedals Ultimate are a sure-fire choice.

The design of the pedals is done using CAD design software, allowing the pedals to be tweaked in every detail to ensure a high-performing pedal set. These designs are then used to laser cut stainless steel, thus, allowing the weight of the pedal to be kept to a minimum without compromising the performance or feel.

The same amount of attention has been given to the performance features, with each pedal having adjustable hydraulic dampers. This level of control gives the sim racer the ability to fine-tune the small details into the feel of each pedal. As with all the other pedals in this list, these are also fitted with a load cell brake. The load cell has a two-phase braking feature, with a spring to simulate brake pad feeling and rubber adjustable stoppers to tweak the pressure feel. The clutch has also had the same love, with a regressive spring added to give you adjustment of length, feel and pressure. 

If you are in the market for some of the most adjustable high-quality pedals on the market, then the Heusinkveld Sim Pedals Ultimate are a great choice. Plus the great look of these pedals adds a wow factor to any sim racing rig. 

Simtag Hydraulic Simulator Pedal System

STYLE: HydraulicBRAND: Simtag

If you are looking for the money no object ultimate sim racing pedals, then look no further than the Simtag Hydraulic Simulator Pedal. These are as close to reality as you could get in any sim rig.

The construction of these pedals starts with the well-known Tilton pedal set, used in race cars all over the world. This is of the highest quality forged aluminium, really adding that purpose-built design and strength a race-ready pedal set requires. 

Despite modifications, the adjustment of the pedal set is as would be on any Tilton 600 series set. The pedals feature an adjustable ratio (5.29:1, 5.44:1, 5.75:1) and the original brake balance bar. 

The pedal set also contains a hydrology system, ensuring the most consistent and precise feel across any pedal, which is paired with oil-impregnated bronze bushings at the pedals pivots, giving a smooth and consistent feel. The throttle comes with a Bosch positioning sensor that is of the highest quality possible when performance is key. 

In addition to this, all the sensors are produced by Cosworth and have an anti-dust and moisture-resistant coating to ensure that accuracy and precision never fades. Adjustments can also be made to the pedal pads or replaced if preferred. 

All of this comes together to bring a pedal set to the market that is straight out of a race car with some more improvements made that benefit the driver in the sim world. If you really want to throw down some cash and pull out all the stops on your sim racing rig then the Simtag Hydraulic Simulator Pedal are definitely one to consider. 

Coach Dave Academy’s Top Pick

The choice for Coach Dave Academy are the MOZA Racing CRP Pedals. The high level of adjustability in the pedal set is an excellent feature, which is made even better by the fact that these features come as standard without having to buy an extra performance kit. 

On top of all of this, there are some innovations with the CRP Pedals that its rivals simply can’t match. A three-stage clutch which mimics the bite of a real-world clutch is fantastic, and the hypercar-influenced design of the pedal faces is almost unlike any other pedal set on the market. It is truly a unique product and an excellent way to immerse yourself in a different approach to sim racing.

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