ABS vibration in iRacing
Clubsport Pedals have this very interesting and unique feature called brake pedal vibration. It is used to warn you when you brake too hard and lock up your wheels, but unfortunately very few games support it.
The workaround Fanatec implemented into their wheels is an ABS setting in the tuning menu. With it you can manually set braking point at which pedal vibration engages. It works well, but it is not a perfect solution, because the point where wheels start to slip depends on too many different variables like type of car, car setup, road surface, speed etc. I think ABS setting works quite good once you find the right setting for each game/car, but if you want more professional results, you definitely need game to communicate with your pedals and engage the small vibration motor exactly when the wheels actually lock up.
Thanks to Stephane Turpin, owners of Clubsport Pedals can use their brake pedal vibration to its full potential in iRacing. He created a application that monitors your iRacing session and engages ABS vibration when you brake too hard. For security reasons iRacing telemetry does not actually output information about wheel lockup, but Stephane found a nice solution to overcome this. His application estimates when the wheels lock up and it does that really well. If you play iRacing, this is a must have - and it simply works, you just need to run it before you enter an iRacing session.
Stephane keeps improving this great tool, so you should follow his topic on iRacing forums (members only) if you want to stay updated. He just released version 1.4 (download here) a few days ago and you will notice there are 3 variations in the .rar archive:
- iRacing_Fanatec.exe - for CSP only
- iRacing_Fanatec_PS2.exe - for Porsche Wheel and CSP connected with PS2 (still buggy)
- iRacing_Fanatec_CPW.exe - for Porsche Wheel and CSP connected with USB
This version also enables you to use the LCD on the wheel to display either gear, time or act as a shift light. To configure this you must open "CSP_Fanatec.ini" file that is stored in "MyDocuments/iRacing/" and modify the "CPW_LED=" line for each car separately.
- CPW_LED=1 => display gear
- CPW_LED=2 => display time
- CPW_LED=3 => shift light (basic version, LED on/off)
Both tools are completely free and if you would like to give something in return, Stephane will be very grateful if you send him an iRacing Gift Certificate :)