The all new Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake is a versatile, pressure sensitive USB simulator handbrake using load cell technology. Using Heusinkveld elastomer springs, it has a firm and adjustable progressive feel with up to 22kg of force at the lever (120kg load cell). Complete freedom to create custom output curves with Heusinkveld SmartControl. Adjustable horizontal or vertical lever with fine-tune adjustment. Comes with an optional adapter plate with yaw adjustment for aluminum profiles.
Designed with CAD and FEA, all structural parts are CNC precision laser cut steel with a bead blasted or fine-structured powder coat finish. It is strong, stiff and durable.
Our new Sim Handbrake has retained the overall lever dimensions of its predecessor, yet can handle a higher force and does this with a much more compact base. This makes installation in your simulator much easier.
The Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake features a wide range of mechanical adjustments to set the handbrake up to your liking.
A 2-stage spring system provides resistance when pulling the lever. An initial metal coil spring simulates the pad-to-disc gap and/or slack on the handbrake cable. The travel and preload on this spring are adjustable. You can also remove this initial coil spring if you wish to do so.
The main loading on the brake is simulator by compressing the Heusinkveld proprietary elastomers, giving an unprecedented progressive brake feel. A total of 3 elastomers are provided in order to set a soft, medium or stiff handbrake feeling.
The lever can be set in a horizontal or vertical position. Per position there is a fine-tune adjustment up to 26 degrees to set the exact position of the lever.
If you use the included optional adapter plate (which allows for easy mounting onto aluminum profiles), you have up to 22,5 degrees of freedom to set the yaw of the handbrake. This can greatly enhance the ergonomics of your simulator, allowing you to pull the handbrake straight towards you from a multitude of mounting positions.
Sensors & Output
The lever actuates a 120kg load cell, resulting in up to 22kg of actual force measured at the lever. The measurement of the handbrake force is linear. Using Heusinkveld SmartControl software, you have complete freedom to set custom non-linear output curves.
The electronics of the handbrake are integrated inside the handbrake base. The system as a whole has passed EMC compliance testing, guaranteeing a stable output signal. A USB cable is supplied with every handbrake in order to connect it to your pc.
The Sim Handbrake comes with a powerful configuration tool allowing you to set up your handbrake in ways not previously possible: SmartControl. SmartControl allows for instant mapping of (non-linear) output curves, deadzone and handbrake force.
These adjustments can be made without having to recalibrate the handbrake (including iRacing). All settings can be saved into profiles, which can be loaded again in a few mouse clicks.
There are multiple options to mount the Sim Handbrake to your simulator. The base itself can be mounted in both a horizontal or vertical position. Combined with the option to mount the lever horizontal or vertical you’ll have plenty of options to find a suitable spot for the handbrake in your simulator.
The base of the handbrake itself can be mounted in 2 ways. The first option is to use the 4 mounting holes on the base itself (2 on each side), which allow you to mount the handbrake to a flat surface. Make sure you have matching mounting holes in the flat surface to which you connect the handbrake base.
The second option is to use the included optional adapter plate. This allows you to easily mount the Sim Handbrake to aluminium profiles (aluminium profiles not included).
An added advantage of this adapter plate is that it allows you to easily adjust the yaw of the handbrake. This allows you offset the yaw of the handbrake base up to 22,5 degrees.
Using the yaw adjustment, you can rotate the base so you can optimize the direction into which you pull the lever. This can vastly improve the ergonomics and integration of the handbrake in your simulator.
A selection of bolts and t-nuts is included with every Sim Handbrake. These should enable you to mount the handbrake to most aluminum profile based rigs using the adapter plate.
Because of the wide variety of rigs present in the market we cannot guarantee that the supplied materials will allow you to mount the Sim Handbrake to every rig. If you for example mount the handbrake to a (drilled) flat surface, you need to source the appropriate length bolts + nuts yourself in order to complete the installation.