First Look | GT Omega PRIME Aluminium Profile Cockpit

GT Omega Racing have just announced their brand-new aluminium profile sim racing cockpit, and ahead of the public release next month we got hold of the new rig to share with you our thoughts.
  • GT Omega PRIME releases December 14th.
  • The first aluminium cockpit from GT Omega.
  • Retail price £569.95 without seat.

A racing cockpit is an incredibly important aspect of any sim racer setup at home. From comfort to the immersive aspect of your driving position, a cockpit that is right for you is just as important as the right FOV, a correct pedal position and accurate force feedback settings. Of course, as in anything in life, options and adjustments are near endless in the sim racing hardware marketplace, which is both a blessing and a curse for racers looking to configure a setup and equipment in the best way possible for themselves.

Frankly you don't actually need a cockpit to enjoy sim racing, as our recent poll here suggests, but if you decide to jump down the rabbit hole of a dedicated racing rig, many sim racers today are increasingly gravitating to aluminium profile solutions. Here is where it gets particularly difficult, as the choices are plentiful, and each has its own unique points of interest...

Step forward GT Omega Racing. A British hardware manufacturer already well known for their extensive sim racing cockpit range, and their new product - the GT Omega PRIME - a very first dip of the toes into the aluminium cockpit marketplace.

KEY FEATURES
  • 160x40mm aluminium profiles
  • Sleek Black Anodized chassis
  • Adjustable seating position
  • Fully adjustable steering wheel position
  • Pedal position fully adjustable
  • Highly adjustable side mounting point for gear shifter
  • Perfectly suited for future upgrades
Check out and pre-order the cockpit from GT Omega Racing now via the following links: USA | Europe | United Kingdom | Australia

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The cockpit retails for £569.95 without a seat, or alternatively you can purchase it with either the GT Omega RS6 (£695.95), the RS9 (£719.95) or the XLRS (£739.95) versions. The beauty of aluminium profile cockpits however is adjustability and choice, something we talk about a lot in the review. Don't want one of the GT Omega seats? No problem, because the rig is aluminium profile and the mounting solutions are near endless, just pick up any bucket seat and mount rail you so desire and bolt it onto the rig - done!

Saying that, as per usual the GT Omega seats that are available for this rig are the usual GTO quality and comfort, designed with a bucket seat styling but very comfortable over longer use, I'm sure many potential owners will find themselves more than satisfied with this stylish looking, adjustable and comfortable solution right out of the box.

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Rigidity wise, as one would fully expect from a profile cockpit such as this, the rig is heavy, and absolutely rock solid in both construction of the individual parts, and once setup and ready to use. Maximizing the adjustability offered by the profile and mounting options, you can set this up in a multitude of ways to have the best ergonomic positioning of wheel, pedals, seat and shift mounts by simply bolting them to the part of the rig you want - exactly the same as other aluminium profile cockpits offered within the marketplace.

Where this rig differs from other solutions is with the wheel and pedal deck mounts themselves - something I was very curious to see if they would stand up to comparison with similar competitors.

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We 'only' used the Fanatec CSL Elite wheel and pedals in our testing, so not quite the strength output enjoyed by hydraulic pedals and a direct drive wheel, however I was at pains to apply significant pressure on both wheel and pedal boards, to see if we could induce some flex or movement within those particular aspects of the rig. Alas, despite some rather comical jumping and kicking, neither unit budged, so I can be highly confident in saying this rig is absolutely ready for the most powerful and robust of sim racing peripherals to be applied - which is often exactly the sort of equipment those in the marketplace for this type of rig will be looking to use.

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It is also worth noting that our video was conducted with a 'pre-production' version of the cockpit, so doesn't come in the anodized black colour that the finished product will be shipped with. Also, we noted the plastic end caps on the profile didn't quite fit as snugly as one would hope, and it doesn't come with corner bracket plastic caps - things we hope will be addressed by GT Omega once public builds begin to ship.

It is also worth noting compatibility. For the initial launch of the rig, the wheel deck will be able to support the following wheels by default:
  • Fanatec Clubsport Wheels
  • Fanatec Elite wheel series
  • Thrustmaster wheels (T500RS, TC-PS, TS-XW, T300RS, T-GT)
  • Logitech G25, G27, G29, G920, G923
  • AccuForce V1/V2
I suspect GT Omega will look to expand upon this over time, although if your wheel isn't on the list it's not exactly difficult to either use extra profile for the wheel deck, or purchase one of the many alternative choices from other manufacturers... such is the joy of customization at your fingertips!

Check out and pre-order the cockpit from GT Omega Racing now via the following links: USA | Europe | United Kingdom | Australia

For a more detailed look at the new cockpit, check out the Karl Gosling review | click here

In summary, the move to the competitive marketplace of aluminium profile rigs is a brave one from GT Omega, but on first inspection, this is an incredibly well-thought-out and put together effort from the company, and the end result is a rig that I'm sure will be very well-received by the sim racing community and enjoy pride of place in anyone's sim racing room.

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There are used cars cheaper than these few bits of steel ^^

More seriously, is it preferable to have a single screen or a triple screens on this type of setup ?
 
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There are used cars cheaper than these few bits of steel ^^
Yes, perhaps !
Add options and the price goes high too quickly.
What's more : every vendor sells the same aluminum profiles. Prices should go down.

Seats are expensive too. Who needs an FIA approved one on a sim rig ?

More seriously, is it preferable to have a single screen or a triple screens on this type of setup ?
No idea but Chris Haye seems to have one in this video.
I would stick to a single screen, and add VR in the more or less close future.
 
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Seems I'm slightly ahead of the curve LOL (planning on replacing the seat soon, but it's funny they finally dropped a 80/20 rig right after I upgraded from their wheelstand rig)

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More seriously, is it preferable to have a single screen or a triple screens on this type of setup ?
Depends on who you ask, but triples are in my opinion the best ratio of comfort, visibility and immersion. A single screen, even the biggest best ultrawide, is compromising seeing cars properly positioned in your peripheral vision, not to mention it'll only render in single screen mode A.K.A. you're gonna get "fisheye effect" stretching/distortion on the sides of the screen. The drawbacks to triples are they require the most PC horsepower depending on resolution and it takes up the most physical space.

I've had lots of fun on single screen for years, but it's no comparison once you've experienced properly setup triples.

My original rig 4 years ago:

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Depends on who you ask, but triples are in my opinion the best ratio of comfort, visibility and immersion. A single screen, even the biggest best ultrawide, is compromising seeing cars properly positioned in your peripheral vision, not to mention it'll only render in single screen mode A.K.A. you're gonna get "fisheye effect" stretching/distortion on the sides of the screen. The drawbacks to triples are they require the most PC horsepower depending on resolution and it takes up the most physical space.

I've had lots of fun on single screen for years, but it's no comparison once you've experienced properly setup triples.

My original rig 4 years ago:

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Depends on who you ask, but triples are in my opinion the best ratio of comfort, visibility and immersion. A single screen, even the biggest best ultrawide, is compromising seeing cars properly positioned in your peripheral vision, not to mention it'll only render in single screen mode A.K.A. you're gonna get "fisheye effect" stretching/distortion on the sides of the screen. The drawbacks to triples are they require the most PC horsepower depending on resolution and it takes up the most physical space.

I've had lots of fun on single screen for years, but it's no comparison once you've experienced properly setup triples.

My original rig 4 years ago:

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Industry standard cable management :thumbsup: ;)
 
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There are used cars cheaper than these few bits of steel ^^
My thinking. Its very nice to have if you have too much money and don´t know what to buy next :whistling::)
But seriously it is just a stupid steel construction and the prices that for are just ridiculous.
 
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It's good to see companies like GT Omega, Trak Racer etc. moving into more serious rigs, however Aluminium Extrusion sim rigs need more innovation.

I recall looking at a similar looking silver Heusinkveld 160x40mm Sim Rigs nearly 5 years ago in early 2016, and this rig looks very similar.
 

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It's good to see companies like GT Omega, Trak Racer etc. moving into more serious rigs, however Aluminium Extrusion sim rigs need more innovation.

I recall looking at a similar looking silver Heusinkveld 160x40mm Sim Rigs nearly 5 years ago in early 2016, and this rig looks very similar.
You can buy all the parts from Motedis, I recall that they also have complete kits.
 
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It's kind of tough for companies to stand out from the crowd with aluminum profile. Because they're using standard parts, about all you can really do is offer better adjustability, innovative mounts, a different seat, and change the colors.
 
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There's room for innovation in the profile-built rig market. Color, for one. So far, it's black or silver. I've seen some gorgeous, custom rigs in a variety of colors.

Another area would be space-frame type construction with 4040 profile. You could do a Formula style layout, among other things. I've seen 1 or 2 space-frame type rigs; they're gorgeous and look nothing like these cookie-cutter designs.

Yet another area is seat mounts. Most commerical mounts are sloppy and have play/vibration. Linear bearings with 40-series profile allows tight mounting with adjustability. I'm surprised no one has done this, either.

How about convertible rigs? Moveable/flippable assemblies for wheels, flight sticks, rudder pedals, etc. Most Sim enthusiasts would welcome an expanded use for their rig for flight and space sims. There's plenty of innovation here, for a company that wants to pursue it.

Finally - for a really out-there idea - how about a projector-based all-in-one rig. Profile + flexible screen material could allow you to do a true, 180-degree, seamless wraparound screen. Couple this with a 4K projector + appropriate (anamorphic?) lens, and you'd have something rivalling the $500k commerical flight sims. How gorgeous would that be? In theory, profile-based rigs could make this fairly easy, with everything precut and ready to go.
 
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^^ a space frame 4040 rig is probably cheaper too as it uses way less aluminium

160x40 gives no benefit and weighs a ton in to the bargain.

My 8040 based rig is super super rigid — and could be made more rigid with some extra braces rather than putting it on 160x40 extrusion.

You could probably use 4040 for the base and with some extra bracing make it as rigid or more so.

I’d rather add the weight to brace the wheel uprights - the base itself being that rigid is a waste of time.
 

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I’d like to upgrade to an Aluminium Profile rig one day, I even looked into ordering all the sections from various suppliers but couldn’t be arsed to work out exactly which bits I’d need and which brackets etc. I think it came in at under £300. £560 is too much for me, I’m happy with my GT Omega ART setup for now.
Also the RS6 seat is too thin on the cushioning!
Get the RS9 if you are into races that last more than 20 mins...
 
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Yet another area is seat mounts. Most commerical mounts are sloppy and have play/vibration. Linear bearings with 40-series profile allows tight mounting with adjustability. I'm suprised nooone has done this, either.
At 8020 Inc, those linear bearings are very expensive, more than $55 each and you’d want 4.
 
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