A few months ago, I released my video review of the GT Omega Pro Racing Cockpit, but I also decided that I wanted to provide a written review of the cockpit, so that can be accessible to more people, who are maybe looking for a written review of the setup. Note that, due to having slightly more seat time, I do have a couple revised thoughts, but my opinion on the cockpit is largely the same.
So back in January, I received the GT Omega Pro Racing Cockpit, with the RS6 seat. The entire setup came in four boxes, and weighed around 50 pounds per box, bringing it to about 200 pounds total.
Building the cockpit was far more difficult than I had anticipated, due to the fact that the instructions were very vague and confusing. There were a couple of steps that should have been listed as “optional”, because they are intended for taller racers (6 ft, and up), but since I’m only about 5’7″, I had to reverse those steps, which added an extra half hour or so to the build time. Even after I finished the build, I learned that there were still some issues, which unfortunately led to me damaging some of the RS6 seat’s upholstery. It’s just cosmetic damage, but it’s unfortunate nonetheless.
The total build time took me around 4 hours (including a quick run to my local Wal-Mart at 9 PM to get some extra tools), but if you know what you’re doing, I am willing to assume you could build the full cockpit in under 3.
After putting everything together, I was itching at the bit to get on the track, and I mounted my Fanatec Clubsport Wheel V2, Clubsport Shifter SQ V1.5, and Clubsport Pedals V3 (my current setup at the time). The setup felt remarkably sturdy, especially in regards to the wheel deck! I had concerns about the wheel deck, due to what I thought were going to be weak side supports, but if you get those locked down, it’s VERY secure!
You could feel a little bit of front-to-back flex when you go heavy on the brake pedal in the CSP V3, but it was rather negligible. Once I upgraded to the Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Pedals Pro, that brought more flex into the chassis, but it is still definitely drivable.
Speaking of the Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Pedals Pro, there are some concerns that should be known to racers about the pedal set with this cockpit. The GT Omega Pro Racing Cockpit features a fixed pedal plate, which is locked at an angle. That means it is ideal for consumer grade pedals, but definitely less than ideal for the upright nature of pedal sets such as the HE Pedals, HPP Simulation Pedals, etc. Fortunately, in my case, Heusinkveld Engineering had supplied me with their Pedal Plate, which compensated for the angle, as well as utilized Logitech mounting holes, to make it more universal.
However the pedal plate did actually introduce another issue. You can see in the above video of the pedals in action, that the clearance between the top of the pedals and the wheel plate’s bars is minimal. Because the plate raises the pedals, the pedals barely fit. I could see this being an issue with other pedals too, so I recommend you doing your research if you’re looking to use this cockpit with a high end set of pedals.
I received the cockpit with two shifter mounts and two keyboard trays. GT Omega is rolling out a new shifter mount and keyboard tray, so they decided to send me both the old and the new. First, I tested the old mounts, which mounted onto the side arms on the cockpit. This was definitely a less-than-ideal situation, provided a LOT of flex, and felt kind of chintzy.
The new keyboard tray and shifter mount actually mounts under the seat of the cockpit, to a new mounting bracket that was provided as well. This marked a SIGNIFICANT improvement over the old shifter mount and keyboard tray, and made this a far more pleasant experience. There is still a bit of movement in the shifter tray, but it is noticeably less than the old system. It feels far more sturdy. So, if you are planning on getting a GT Omega Pro Cockpit, make sure that you get the new mounts!
The RS6 seat I was provided with was surprisingly comfortable. I found it fairly easy to drive for hours on end with it, with minimal back pain. If I had anything to criticize about it, it would be that it is pretty snug for me. If you are a heavier set person, or plan on having multiple people give it a spin, I may recommend paying that extra bit for the RS9 seat.
Now, I want to touch on a couple things that I wasn’t too fond of about this cockpit. The first thing I wasn’t too keen on was the limited tweaking for the wheels and pedals. As mentioned before, the pedals are fixed in one angle, which is slightly disappointing. The wheel plate can be moved up and down, but that requires removing all four bolts that attach it the the arms. Compared to some other cockpits, such as the somewhat comparably price Obutto R3volution, the GT Omega lags a bit behind.
The second thing I think should be improved on is the Monitor stand. The monitor stand felt too easy to accidentally knock out of place, and felt like a bit of a challenge to set in the “ideal viewing angle”. It is definitely usable, but not exactly ideal, compared to other triple monitor configurations I’ve seen. The monitor is also meant for use “Ideally with up to 23-inch monitors”. I use 24″ screens, and it’s okay, but I believe larger monitors won’t be able to be effectively used with this. Note that the stand can be used to use a single screen, up to around 32 inches.
All in all though, the GT Omega Pro Racing Cockpit is a very solid offering, and is quite solid for what you get. I would love to see minor revisions to the cockpit, but if this is a cockpit for primarily one user, once you get it dialed in, it feels great. It is remarkably sturdy, and I bet (with some tweaks), this could handle a Direct Drive wheel!
- Solid Minimalist Rig
- No Side-to-Side Flex
- Good Bang for the Buck
- Improved Keyboard and Shifter Mounts
- Free Shipping
- Some Front-to-Back Chassis Flex (especially with high end pedals)
- Low clearance for high end pedal sets
- Relatively flimsy monitor stand
- Difficult to understand instructions
Even though I’m writing this review 2 months after my video review, I am still standing by my 8.2/10 score for this cockpit. This is a very solid cockpit, especially in the sub-$700 price bracket. It’s definitely not perfect, but it is a solid offering for a Sim Racer looking for a better experience.
As Configured, the GT Omega Pro Cockpit retails for
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