No, I don't need to try it because 30 seconds of youtube footage is enough to recognise the flaws in the FREX type units.
As soon as the seat starts moving all around, which it should never
do, it becomes blatantly obvious that something is very wrong here.
What I see is little more than a seat that's come loose and that's exactly what it would feel like to me.
It falls to the left in righthanders, falls away under acceleration and even pushes me head-first towards the steering wheel under braking!
I sincerely wonder what makes 99% of the viewers instantly want to ORDER NOW! CLICK HERE TO PAY!
My biggest gripe is that the seat moves in relation to the wheel, pedals and monitor/windscreen. You're basically destroying the structural integrity of your cockpit.
It is of the utmost importance to me
that everything is 100% rigid and almost overtightened as it were.
For me, at least, this kind of physical feedback will never be enough to negate the drawback of having seat, wheel and monitor move independently from one another.
Of course I understand G-forces and I think it is cool that we have techniques available to emulate them.
The problem with either Force Dynamics and Frex type motion is that both will provide but a fraction of the desired forces.
FD comes closer in that respect but feels more like a bucking bronco that a race car, while the Frex has more finesse but yields limited sustained G-forces.
Even if you'd see 10 degrees of roll on your rig, which I think is a LOT, then you're still only talking about, what, 0.1 sustained G?
Cost and hassle make it hard for me to justify such a setup, particularly because the reasons for getting one all come with such great drawbacks.
Others come to a different conclusion and that of course is perfectly valid as well.
However, if you were to build a full-body harnass and hook servo-pulleys onto that
, thén we would have G-force simulation I would be interested in! G-forces move the body, not the seat.
It would involve three on either side (head, shoulder, thighs), one behind the head (along with a piston to push the head forward under braking and knock you out cold in a crash) and one underneath the seat. Electromagnets would act on metal inlays in the shoes to resist lifting your feet under negative G (heavy braking, bottom of Fuchsroehre or Eau Rouge).
Yeah, thát would be something