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Featured SimXperience blog explains how the AccuForce Pro is four wheels in one

Discussion in 'Sim Racing Hardware' started by Ryan Ogurek, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. Ryan Ogurek

    Ryan Ogurek
    Editor / Automotive News Staff

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    Bernie Villars Jr. released a blog statement explaining how the AccuForce Pro wheel system is four wheels in one.


    "When we set out to build the AccuForce force feedback steering system we knew we would have our work cut out for us trying to satisfy different groups of sim racers with different needs. We initially thought that we would just make the "perfect firmware" and that this one mystical firmware would meet the needs of all.

    Many sim racers are familiar with the concept of receiving firmware updates but what you may not know is that the firmware sets many motor performance and motor control characteristics. I'm not referring to the basic settings like dampening, spring, etc. I'm referring to settings that the sim racer never gets to see. These parameters determine things like how responsive your wheel is, how smooth it is and so on. Our mission was clear, we would figure out how to best balance and optimize these many firmware variables and create the perfect "one size fits all" firmware.

    It seemed like a great idea at the time and followed the path of all force feedback steering systems that came before us.Testing however proved that a single firmware "one size fits all" approach is in actuality a "one size fits few" solution. Different groups of sim racers have competing wheel optimization criteria making it possible to create a well balanced firmware but not a firmware that was optimal for all.

    At this point I finally understood why other wheel manufacturers were releasing many firmwares per year, each of which solved one problem and introduced another. They seem to be stuck in a constant cycle of taking one step forward and another step back.

    The problem was clear. It's possible to have a very well balanced single firmware, but it's was not possible to 100% meet the needs of all categories of sim racer with a single firmware. We were going to need to think outside the box and come up with a creative solution that would best serve all groups of sim racers.

    Our solution is the introduction of a dynamic firmware and what we are calling "Wheel Modes". The AccuForce will ship with four different wheel modes. Others may be added post-release via automatic updates. This makes the need for firmware updates rare yet gives us the ability to deploy new modes as needed.

    We of course deliver a balanced mode that is the equivalent of the old single firmware approach but we also added Oval specific modes, a mode for people who prefer smoothness over response and so on. It truly is like having multiple wheels in one. This approach turned out to be so flexible that we are able to emulate the feel of lesser wheels. For example, I made a mode just for fun that provided significantly reduced detail, added some additional lag and reduced the overall torque output to a mere 6.9Nm in order to get an idea of what other wheels on the market would feel like.

    Changing modes is much simpler than installing a new firmware. It's a simple push of a button in the Sim Commander software. You can even change modes while on track or driving using our in game heads up display.

    As simple as our innovation is, I believe that this concept of wheel modes is a great stride toward taking simulation force feedback to a new level and better meeting the needs of sim racers. It's Burger Kings "Have it Your Way" brought to sim racing force feedback.

    We're excited to get the AccuForce released , find out what your favorite mode is and hear your ideas for new modes." - From SimXperience Developers Blog

    The AccuForce Pro is certainly shaping up to be an amazing wheel, able to compete with the Leo Bodnar wheel for less than half the price. Personally, I can not wait to get to try one. My piggy bank my be in tears, but the AccuForce Pro is looking more and more tempting.

    Join the discussion and share your thoughts, opinions, and info about your racing hardware in our Sim Racing Hardware forum.

    If you would like to have your product tested and reviewed by RaceDepartment.com email me at ryan.ogurek[at]racedepartment.com.
     
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  2. Chris Stacey

    Chris Stacey
    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium Member

    Man that wheel is awesome.
    May have to wait several years before it comes down in price though lol, it's just a tad on the expensive side.
     
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  3. Where did you see a price? I assume it is expensive, but I have not seen a price. I am interested in one since I am on my third G27 in 3 yrs.
     
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  4. Chris Stacey

    Chris Stacey
    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium Member

    I haven't seen a price, I just know that it's going to be highly expensive, in fact, I'd be shocked if it's less than $2000.
     
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  5. Ryan Ogurek

    Ryan Ogurek
    Editor / Automotive News Staff

    They have stated that the AccuForce Pro Momo Edition is expected to be priced under $2000 dollars. So pretty safe bet the base kit will be considerably less.
     
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  6. Chris Stacey

    Chris Stacey
    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium Member

    Well then, I guess I'm pretty shocked! :roflmao:
     
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  7. Galin Dimov

    Galin Dimov
    SimDrive

    If they price this wheel carefully, this can be huge!
     
  8. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Hopefully SimExperience can lend us a wheel for a proper test/review. Very promising by just the looks of it.
     
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  9. seems to be a fabulous product....
    but unfortunately here in Italy, between tax and VAT 22% think it unreachable.
    :(
     
  10. Under $2000 for what exactly... It will be sold in different packages/(stages). DIY, base, Momo, ect..

    Under $2000 could also be $1999.99 -
     
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  11. Richard Hessels

    Richard Hessels
    Premium Member

    3rd G27? wow.. my G25 is still going like new after 7years...
     
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  12. Ryan Ogurek

    Ryan Ogurek
    Editor / Automotive News Staff

    I'd say its going to be closer to 1999.99 than not, but thats just my opinion.
     
  13. how much wil be the taxes for a product who costs 2000$?
    i'm from italy too,and i'm really intrested on this wheel,but i don't want to spend 3000$ if the real cost is 2000$
     
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  14. thanks a lot for your reply and for posting this link.....
    at this price it could be done,i think i will buy an accuforce one day....:thumbsup:
     
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  15. Key information regarding AccuForce (Source: Berney Villars)

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    * If you would like to purchase an AccuForce when it becomes available, simply email Sales@SimXperience.com instructing us to add your name to the AccuForce list.

    General Overview
    Performance: This wheel has been developed from the ground up to be second to none in the performance category. In my opinion, it's as close to a real vehicle as today's technology can provide. Significant amounts of testing effort, telemetry analysis and real world driver / team feedback have gone into the development of this product. I'm looking forward to upcoming reviews, comparisons and sharing further detail.

    Price: As low as it can be without compromising performance. I'm sorry, that's somewhat vague, but we're still deciding on things like final packaging, how much torque is too much torque (read dangerous), etc. I don't want to spout off any estimates at this point and risk misleading anyone.

    Wheel Selection and "Modability": This system has been designed with wheel modders in mind. We not only embrace the concept of 3rd party add-ons to the wheel, we're seeking out modders to learn how we can provide the best platform for their current and future products. If you produce aftermarket wheel products and have not yet been contacted, please, reach out to us. We'll be glad to consider your input.

    Manufacturing: This AccuForce wheel will be manufactured in the United States and Germany to ensure the highest possible product quality.

    Durability: Most of our products have to live in sim centers and constant consumer abuse scenarios. Durability and long life have been key design factors since the beginning of this project.

    When: When it's bulletproof. We're excited to share the new technologies we've developed to make this wheel possible but we want to ensure the same SimXperience quality that you've come to expect over the last 5 years. At this time, we expect an initial AccuForce release this year.


    The AccuForce Series of Steering Systems offers three consumer product variants:

    AccuForce Pro MOMO Edition

    -Priced under $2000 USD
    -Includes genuine Momo steering wheel. Choice of three wheel options.
    -Includes SimXperience quick release system with gold contacts (suitable for use on real race car)
    -Includes Carbon Fiber / Aluminum paddle shifters
    -Includes adjustable wheel button box
    -Accommodates a wide variety of real world racing steering wheels
    -Robust Force Feedback Management and Analysis software suite.
    -Custom Direct Drive Motor provides extreme response
    -Includes SimXperience AccuForce controller box
    -Includes FREE dashboard software (usable on phones and PC monitors)
    -Includes FREE In game Heads Up display dashboard software
    -No belts to absorb force feedback detail or wear and stretch
    -Desktop Mount Available but rig mounting is highly suggested
    -Encoder Resolution - 16,000 PPR (Pulses Per Revolution)
    -Update Rate 2000 updates per second via Dual 1000Hz streams (SimXperience Dual-Stream)

    AccuForce Pro

    -Priced less than the AccuForce Pro Momo Edition
    -Includes SimXperience steering wheel
    -Includes SimXperience quick release system with gold contacts (suitable for use on real race car)
    -Includes Carbon Fiber / Aluminum paddle shifters
    -Includes adjustable wheel button box
    -Accommodates a wide variety of real world racing steering wheels
    -Robust Force Feedback Management and Analysis software suite.
    -Custom Direct Drive Motor provides extreme response
    -Includes SimXperience AccuForce controller box
    -Includes FREE dashboard software (usable on phones and PC monitors)
    -Includes FREE In game Heads Up display dashboard software
    -No belts to absorb force feedback detail or wear and stretch
    -Desktop Mount Available but rig mounting is highly suggested
    -Encoder resolution - 16,000 PPR (Pulses Per Revolution)
    -Update Rate 2000 updates per second via Dual 1000Hz streams (SimXperience Dual-Stream)

    AccuForce DIY - A DIY Kit of Motor, Controller and Cables.

    -Priced less than the AccuForce Pro
    -Robust Force Feedback Management and Analysis software suite.
    -Custom Direct Drive Motor provides extreme response
    -Includes SimXperience AccuForce controller box
    -Includes FREE dashboard software (usable on phones and PC monitors)
    -Includes FREE In game Heads Up display dashboard software
    -No belts to absorb force feedback detail or wear and stretch
    -Encoder resolution - 16,000 PPR (Pulses Per Revolution)
    -Update Rate 2000 updates per second via Dual 1000Hz streams (SimXperience Dual-Stream)


    Genuine MOMO Wheel Options

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    MOMO Mod .30 ($229.95) -


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    MOMO N35 ($355) -


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    MOMO Mod .88 ($229.95) -

    For Modders
    As mentioned above, we've done our best to facilitate the modding community. To that end, the following are available individually:

    -Quick release
    -Carbon fiber / aluminum paddle shifter modules
    -Adjustable Wheel Button Box complete with electronics and quick release (accommodates a wide variety of real world steering wheels).

    We will also provide some basic wiring diagrams to assist the modding community rather than waste your time reverse engineering.

    Other Info
    Here are some possibly interesting AccuForce related reads that discuss force feedback steering systems or our Sim Commander 4 software suite that provides vehicle / venue specific tuning. For example, visual force feedback clipping displayed on a track map, and many other such innovations.



    Due to the competitive nature of this market, some specifications will not be made available until the time of the product release later this year.


    Related Information that we've released so far (UPDATE 9/27/2014):
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    -How the Sim Commander 4 Enables making vehicle and venue specific AccuForce Profiles -

    -Sharing AccuForce profiles with others via SimXperience Owners Club -

    -Analyzing your driving and AccuForce Performance in Sim Commander 4 -

    *NOTE- This article isn't AccuForce specific. I'll eventually make another that explains how this same feature will show you force feedback clipping on a track map, etc.

    -How the Sim Commander 4 can save you a lot of time finding the perfect force feedback settings for a given car/track -

    -Wheel Modes - Explains how the AccuForce is really multiple wheels in one -


    -Some explanation about the 2000Hz Dual Stream Feature of the Sim Commander 4 -

    -Discussion about one direct drive advantage (background resistance of the wheel) and unique AccuForce tuning capability. -

    -Mounting Dimensions -

    Win a FREE AccuForce

    We're giving away an AccuForce Pro. Contest details here:

    <mod edit: links removed>
     
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  16. much appreciated info!
     
  17. Sorry about the hotlinks - missed that.
     
  18. Ryan Ogurek

    Ryan Ogurek
    Editor / Automotive News Staff

    No problem. I realise its always nice to have a direct link. But rules are rules...
     
  19. That Mod 30 wheel is so damn hot! I think I'll be getting one for my CSW sometime in the future, just cos it looks so epic!