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GT Omega Racing Simulator review

GT Omega Racing Simulator review

Billed as the ultimate racing cockpit, the GT Omega Racing Simulator provides a solid chassis, fully-adjustable, life-size racing seat and everything you need to bring your redline racing fantasies to fruition. We take it for a test drive to see if it lives up to the promise…

Specs:
Dimensions: 52 x  112 x 159cm
Weight: 42Kg
Designed for platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Racing wheel compatibility: Any Racing wheel on any platform. Extra plate required for official Xbox 360 wheel.
Monitor compatibility: Fits any VESA mountable screen up to 37″ and 18Kg
Price: £279.95 (basic model), £349.95 (Pro model – reviewed)
Buy Online: GT Omega Racing

Pros: A very sturdy chassis which supports a large range of driver sizes, a monitor up to 37″ inches and 5.1 surround speakers. Incredibly comfortable for long stints behind the wheel
Cons: The until doesn’t fold down (though the front and rear sections are easily unscrewed), it’s incredibly heavy and the steering wheel adjuster isn’t particularly convenient

The GT Omega Racing Simulator comes in two flavours. The basic model – priced at £279.95 – offers a sturdy chassis and connectivity for a plethora of popular racing wheels across console and PC platforms, an elevated platform for your pedals and a full-size racing seat in red and black faux leather – basically, everything you need to get started.

The model reviewed today, however, is the Pro version which also comes complete with a VESA mount for your monitor (supporting up to 37” / 18KG screens), a console table to keep your kit on, a H-shift gearbox mount (for the popular Logitech G25 and G27 racing wheels), twin speaker stands at the rear (for 5.1 surround sound support) and a 360 swivel keyboard and mouse platform that can be mounted on either the left or right side. Conveniently, these extras can be purchased separately and easily added to the basic mount, but the price difference between buying the separates and going for the Pro model makes the latter the much more affordable route.

Although we were a little petered with the lack of printed instructions in any of the three boxes we received, full instructions can be found online at the bottom of the GT Omega Racing website. Of course, instructions are for wimps, not adrenaline fuelled racing racing fanatics, so we went it alone and actually found it all pretty self explanatory, assuming you have an idea what the finished unit actually looks like. As mentioned, it’s useful to have an extra set of hands to help fit the incredibly heavy racing seat to the frame itself, but once the bolts were fitted, the final parts all slotted together with relative ease.

The unit also comes with tools you’ll need to put it together, though you’ll need a decent Phillips screwdriver to do the job properly. In all it took us about 40 minutes on the first run through (sans instructions). This could easily come down to 20 minutes with a bit of practice. Suffice it to say that the build quality is excellent, and it’s immediately apparent the frame is plenty sturdy enough to support a large driver without the worry of shaking the bolts loose on a frantic hairpin.

Our only real bugbear in terms of its build design is the lack of adjustment on the steering column itself. Although it is actually possible to change the height and distance of the wheel, it uses a number of bolts to hold it steady, so there’s no quick adjustments. That said, you’d need to have two drivers of distinctly different sizes for it to make any meaningful difference, and we’d certainly rather a solid base for the wheel, than something that could shake itself apart after a few uses.

Verdict: 8/10
Although it takes up quite a bit of space, the GT Omega Racing Simulator is clearly built to last with plenty of structural support for both the full-size racing seat and pretty much any racing wheel and pedals combination you can throw at it. Also, while the material that covers the racing seat is knock off, the racing seat itself certainly isn’t. It’s fully sprung, adjustable and reclines just like the real thing.

In fact, it is the real thing. The whole package looks impressive and very comfortable to use, but it’s also incredibly heavy – weighty enough to require two people to comfortably connect it to the chassis itself. Ultimately, it’s a massive investment at £349.95, but one we can’t help recommend for serious racing sim fanatics who have the space for a semi-permanent set-up.