The Ricmotech GTpro3 pedals are the pinnacle for professional racing simulators. The GTpro3 pedals were initially developed for the sim-racer and have evolved to become the choice for professional use and training. For the GTpro3 to be considered professional-grade, there was no better place to start this process than by choosing the Tilton 600 Series pedal frames! These frames are engineered and produced for real world motorsports uses and are coveted the world over for their build quality and reliability. This no-compromise process was then applied to all of the components which went into making up the GTpro3 Professional Simulator Pedals.
Due to our strong belief in ultimate immersion, Ricmotech took an automotive engineering approach as we designed our latest pedals. We pride ourselves in offering our customers the most authentic sim-racing experience possible in a totally uncompromised pedal set. Our philosophy is not to imitate, but rather produce what all race drivers have at their disposal, real racing equipment! The end results are arguably the most accurate feeling sim-racing pedals on the market today!
Tilton 600 Series Pedal Frame
During our exhaustive testing sessions, the Tilton 600 series proved to have the ideal real-world geometry for use in a simulator. Due to their considered design, the pedal arms have exactly the right amount of set back, allowing for comfortable placement of your heels while driving. Pivot points are precision machined for smooth and trouble-free operation. The perfectly formed curved pedal faces are vertically and horizontally adjustable, ensuring constant and confident foot contact which just feels right, and can cater to almost any racer's needs.
The Tilton 600's throttle pedal is fitted with a high-tension return spring suitable for use in drive-by-wire systems commonly used in modern race cars. This high-tension spring allows for the finesses required when modulating the throttle under all driving conditions. Being a floor mounted pedal, it perfectly follows the geometry of the driver's ankle during operation. Dependent upon driving style, the adjustable throw, idle and full-throttle stops, as well as the electronics are all designed to take full advantage of the available pedal travel. Additionally, the throttle pedal actuates a contactless Honeywell industrial strength hall sensor, which has a lifetime cycle rating for trouble-free operation.
The most critical pedal in real and simulator set-ups is the brake pedal. We have analyzed what takes place mechanically whilst braking in real-world situations and then transferred this knowledge to our design, replicating what occurs within each component of the braking system. This not only includes the master cylinders, but also the brake-lines, calipers and brake discs. The slave cylinder itself has been uniquely modified to replicate the forces generated in real-world braking situations. The result is a compact system with an incredible amount of accuracy, replicating the sensations generated while under stress without the need to have bulky components. Perhaps more importantly, it also replicates these sensations when this stress is released. This translates into our GTpro3 pedals providing the driver with unparalleled realism that can only be found in real world race cars!
Braking in a race car requires a large amount of force to effectively slow a car for a corner. To this end, we have opted to offer the GTpro3 pedals with three load ranges centered at 45kg (100lbs), 80kg (175 lbs) and 160kg (350 lbs) which can be infinitely dialed in for stiffness and travel. User interchangeable resistance modules on the slave cylinder assembly enable the user to tailor the feel of the brake pedal. This adjustability can replicate anything from a high performance street car to an F1 car. Operated by hydraulic fluid, the master cylinder interacts with the uniquely modified slave cylinder which has been fitted with a stainless-steel high-precision industrial pressure sensor, ultimately transmitting this information to the Advanced Pedal Control Unit (PCU) for further processing.
As a result of our unique design, the brake pedal transmits every nuance and sensation of a real race car's braking system. The feeling of the brake pads approaching the discs, the exact moment the pads make contact, all the while every component flexes and stresses as the car decelerates. The entirety of this experience gives the driver valuable feedback not available in any other pedal set on the market today.
The pedals are set up to feel like the brakes in a Prototype race car. The firmness can be adjusted using the on-pedal adjuster for a softer or harder setting. Add the Tuning Kit for ultimate tunability. The Tuning Kit includes additional urethane bushings to create a total of 8 firmness settings to replicate everything from economy street car brakes to full on Formula1 racing brakes.
Perhaps our biggest achievement with the GTpro3 Xtreme pedals, is the clutch feeling. Through our analysis of the mechanics involved, we have managed to correctly replicate a clutch with a true race car feel! Normally speaking, a road going vehicle's clutch assists the driver by way of a complex mechanism, designed to relieve pressure whilst the vehicle is stationary, thus eliminating driver fatigue.
Without this mechanism in place, the only forces acting against the race car's clutch pedal are that of the clutch pressure plate. Creating the feeling of a race car's clutch involved choosing the perfect spring to replicate the pressure plate's diaphragm shape. The GTpro3 Xtreme's clutch uses similarly shaped diaphragm springs with high initial effort, while reducing the force required as the spring is flattened. Depressing the clutch pedal actuates a pneumatic master cylinder, which utilizes a pressure sensor, rather than a position sensor to uniquely determine clutch engagement the way a real hydraulic clutch system operates. Proudly, we have created the most realistic sensation of a race car clutch pedal providing the correct feedback to nail every shift . . . every time!
Advanced Pedal Control Unit
Our in-house designed PCU is the most advanced pedal control unit on the market. All adjustments and settings are stored and processed internally. The ECU receives all the position readings from the pedals and processes them prior to sending them to the PC over the USB port, utilizing its internal 48mhz microcontroller at its core. The PCU is capable of reading and processing the signals from up to 4 analog inputs and sending this data to the PC over 1,000 times per second.
The proprietary GTpro SmartPanel software is designed to calibrate and adjust the processing of electronic signals. The PCU stores the configuration parameters in non-volatile EEPROM memory. These settings are retained even if the pedals are unplugged or moved to another PC. The user can create dozens of configuration profiles and store them on their PC for easy retrieval. Individually configurable dead zones, linearity curves, and attack rates allows the user to tailor the throttle, brake and clutch characteristics for any type of race car being simulated. The brake and throttle have adjustable smoothing settings to facilitate the smoothest pedal responses for each individual's driving style. Additionally, a port to attach the optional RALLYpro or DRIFTpro handbrake extends all of the same adjustable parameters to these devices.