From the Land Down Under, Trak Racer has announced their new wheel stand, the Trak Racer FS3 Wheel Stand+! The wheel stand utilizes a unique “Sawhorse-Like” design, and is extremely adjustable. Above, you can watch my “First Drive” of the wheel stand, and I’m quite impressed by it!
The Trak Racer FS3 will retail for $250, but is currently available on sale for about $175, as a pre-order special. This puts it on par with the Next Level Racing Wheel Stand, and is around $100 more than the GT Omega Wheel Stand.
Naturally, Wheel Stands will have more flex than a dedicated Sim Racing Cockpit, due to the lightweight portable design, potential placement on soft surfaces, and disconnect from the user’s seat. You compromise a bit of rigidity, in favor of a portable design that is bound to please a Sim Racer’s significant other.
With that being considered, the Trak Racer FS3 does a solid job of feeling quite solid. There was some chassis flex from the stand being placed on quite plush carpet, but when I was getting in the groove, I was easily able to “tune it out”.
Under heavy braking, the front of the wheel stand would “sink” a bit into the carpet (which you can see in the video), giving the illusion of “pedal flex”, but the pedal mount was absolutely ROCK SOLID. The pedal plate had no flex in the mount, and that is saying something, considering I was using the Fanatec Clubsport Pedals V3, which require heavy braking force. In the Trak Racer RS6 cockpit, I could stand on the pedal mount and it would hold me just fine (and I’m a 220 pound guy), and I’m confident the pedal mount would be able to hold me just fine (except for the point that there is no real “Counter Balance” on a wheel stand, compared to what a cockpit has).
One thing I really like that’s rather ingenious is the redesigned screws used on the wheel stand, specifically on the pedal mounting plate. The dual-threaded design allows you to easily change the incline of the pedal deck, without having to fully remove the bolts! I am hoping this design finds its way back to Trak Racer’s other cockpits.
For this test drive, I used the Fanatec CSL Elite PS4 wheel, and the Fanatec Clubsport Pedals V3, because those were simply the most easily accessible pieces of hardware I had at the time. For my full review, I’m planning on testing out a variety of hardware, including other components from Fanatec, Thrustmaster, Logitech, and possibly others!
I’m excited to do more testing of this wheel stand, and am hoping to get my review out on it by the end of the month.