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First Impressions | Venym Atrax 3 Pedals: Formula Feeling For Your Sim Rig

ADAC SimRacing Expo 2021 played host to a newcomer in the SimRacing scene: French manufacturer Venym debuted at the event and presented their brand-new Atrax 3 pedal set – made with knowledge by race car specialists Mygale. RaceDepartment writer and SimRacing Unlimited editor Yannik Haustein gathered first impressions of their pedals at the Expo.

To fully appreciate Venym’s mission, Mygale cannot be overlooked: The race car manufacturer based directly at the Magny Cours race track has been building chassis for over 30 years, its portfolio including cars for Formula 3 and 4, Formula BMW, Formula Renault, and Formula Ford. The experience with these single-seater racers means Mygale knows what is important in building equipment for racing drivers.

Venym sets out to achieve the same feeling for SimRacers – and keeps it in the family: Mygale founder Bertrand Decoster’s son Virgile is taking care of the virtual side of racing with Venym, which has just launched this summer. Of course, that meant that the company wanted to make its outing at ADAC SimRacing Expo 2021 a memorable one – which they did not just by displaying a Mygale Formula 3 car at their booth, but also by launching the Atrax 3 pedals on the first day of the Expo.

The three-pedal set comes in either aluminium, for which color customization is possible, or full carbon. It is also possible to add a heel rest, a base plate and even led lighting.

From Race Car To Sim - And Back
More important than the looks is the performance, though. Venym aims to recreate the feeling of the actual pedals in their Formula cars as accurately as possible – Mygale is running a racing school in cooperation with 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, too, and the transition from SimRacing to a real car is supposed to be made easier with equipment that feels extremely similar in the car and on the sim rig, as I was told by Bertrand Decoster

Since the pedals are fully adjustable from 60kg to 130kg of pressure, Venym had two brake pedal settings ready to try at the Nürburgring, one on the softer side, and one that was set up to feel like the actual brake pedal of the F3 car just a few meters to the side of the rig. I opted for the stiffer version to see what the pedal set is capable of. Of course, this meant a lot of effort was needed to get to full brake force, but after a very short period of getting used to it, it felt very good to me.

Using more pressure to brake means being able to modulate the brake much better, which became apparent after only a few laps around the Magny Cours club track, which, as I found out, is not the version of the Grand Prix track that omits the infield after the Adelaide Hairpin but rather a separate track right next to the GP circuit. This also explained multiple excursions into the virtual grass, and why absolutely nothing about that track seemed familiar. After getting used to the short track, it was very enjoyable in the F4 car that was running in Assetto Corsa on the rig.

Back to the brake pedal: The club track has a hairpin after a fast run-up near the start of the lap. At the beginning of my run, I was hesitant to brake any later than at the 150 meter board, but by the end, I was much closer to 100 meters – thanks to the feel of the brake which inspired confidence when trying to slow down for a corner. Pressing the pedal felt very stiff but also satisfyingly precise at the same time, which is a great base to build consistency upon.

Debut In Style With More To Come
I left the booth impressed by the pedals. They had left a quality impression, and you would not think that this is the very first SimRacing product of Venym’s – which shows how important the input by Mygale had to have been.

The Atrax 3 pedals are just the beginning for Venym, as the French manufacturer has big plans for the future already. For now, focus is on the October 31st global release of the set, which can already be preordered online. It is priced quite competitively, too, at less than €700 in the base aluminium version without extras – not bad for that race car feeling on your sim rig, considering the set is meant to compete with Heusinkveld’s Ultimate pedals, according to Venym.

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Life-long motorsports and racing game fan as well as racing history enthusiast. I write stuff here and on www.simracing-unlimited.com and try to be not too mediocre when sim racing with varying degrees of success :confused:

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I was thinking of replacing my Heusinkveld Engineering Pro pedals, lots of options have popped up in this price segment lately: Simtrecs, Venym, Asetek, Simgrade, SimCraft, etc.
I'm wondering how many of these manufacturers will still be in business in 5 years...
 
Right, I'm gonna be brutally honest here - I couldnt give a toss about the inner workings, that full carbon build is the most sexy thing ever. If I had more money than sense, they'd be living a life on my shelf for everyone to look and drool at! :inlove::inlove::inlove:
 
These pedals were very impressive to say the least. The hard thing to get across in pictures is just how rock solid the brake pedal was, it basically didn't move, more kind of flexed under pressure, not sure if i'm making sense. Very impressive stuff either way.
 
I was thinking of replacing my Heusinkveld Engineering Pro pedals, lots of options have popped up in this price segment lately: Simtrecs, Venym, Asetek, Simgrade, SimCraft, etc.
I'm wondering how many of these manufacturers will still be in business in 5 years...
Good question and many of them offer only 2 years warrenty including the venym at 1299 euro. VERY expensive for only 2 years warranty. Doesn't show that they got much trust in their new pedals regarding reliability.
 
Good question and many of them offer only 2 years warrenty including the venym at 1299 euro. VERY expensive for only 2 years warranty. Doesn't show that they got much trust in their new pedals regarding reliability.
This is a bizarre conclusion.
Just looked at the brands listed in the comment you quoted. heusinkveld, asetek, simtrecs all offer 2 years. The others I couldn’t find information on.

so do we conclude that the others offering two years warranty “don’t show much trust in their product”?

Having worked in consumer tech for over a decade I can say that 2 year warranty is better than most brands offer. Would I like it to be longer? Yeah sure, but if it has to be limited then I will take above industry average.
 
These pedals were very impressive to say the least. The hard thing to get across in pictures is just how rock solid the brake pedal was, it basically didn't move, more kind of flexed under pressure, not sure if i'm making sense. Very impressive stuff either way.

That's the easiest kind of brake to simulate though. Even my sprints can be set up for minimal movement so it's just pressure. The tougher ask is to simulate a softer pedal as then you have damping etc coming into the mix.
 
so i mod my g29 pedals with a loadcell for over 2 years but never feel right so i pull the triger for the new thrumaster t-lcm (avaible in my country for over a month maybe less time) and i must say are expensive for my currency, so over 800 buck for a load cell, no way, for that kind of money hydraulic or better
 

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