Trak Racer TR8 Pro Review

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The TR8 Pro sim rig is the second iteration of the TR8 cockpit and introduces some upgrades over the previous sim rig. In this review, I find out whether this is one of the best tubular sim rigs available.

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Trak Racer TR8 Pro Review

Our Verdict

9.3 / 10

Product Design

97

97
Gameplay

95

95
Value For Money

85

85
Compatibility
Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC

Pros

  • Looks fantastic
  • High-quality build
  • Sturdy frame
  • Little to no flexing with direct drive wheels
  • Tonnes of adjustability

Cons

  • A touch expensive
  • Rally seat is a snug fit
  • Some monitor shake with the integrated mount
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Trak Racer TR8 Pro Sim Rig Review and Unboxing

The Trak Racer TR8 Pro is a fantastic sim rig. There’s no denying it. If you don’t have time to read through the rest of this review, I’ll tell you now that I would recommend this rig in a flash.

It’s a little towards the pricey end, coming in more expensive than a fair few 8020 aluminium profile rigs. But for the cost, you get a lot of neat design features, adjustability and most importantly, a sturdy-as-hell sim rig.


Watch our Trak Racing TR8 Pro review


Trak Racer TR8 Pro Cost

Before I dive headfirst into this review, I want to touch on the price of this sim rig. Price is often a big decision maker, so this should help you decide pretty quickly whether you should consider this sim rig.

The Trak Racer TR8 Pro costs £575 or $690 in its base form.

For that price, you’ll get the whole frame, including the seat slider and seat mounts, the wheel mounting plate and a shifter and handbrake mount.

From there, you can decide if you want to add on a monitor mount or a seat, as well as a few other extras such as a keyboard tray and tablet holder.

If you want to add a seat, that would bring the cost of this rig up to £850 or $1040 before shipping.

Now that is rather pricey, and you can find some very good 8020 sim rigs for less than this. But the level of design, customisation, and build quality do go a long way towards justifying this price tag.


TR8 Pro assembly and build quality

During assembly, I really didn’t run into many issues. All bolts fitted together well, and each part of the rig came packaged in just enough protective foam and packaging to keep it from being damaged.

This was probably one of the better-packed sim rigs I’ve had the pleasure of unboxing. There really was minimal waste in excess packaging.

During assembly, all bolts fitted together nicely, and no parts didn’t align.

Trak Racer Logo

My main complaint with the assembly is that no physical instructions are included. Instead, you are emailed a link to an online PDF with instructions to follow. This is good for the planet, so I won’t complain too much, but it did require me to constantly check my laptop and phone.

The instructions themselves were super easy to follow. Everything was pretty clearly illustrated, and most parts came with the correct screws and fittings already pre-installed.

While it did take me a good two hours to fully assemble this rig, that time is possibly longer than it would normally take. Some time must be accounted for by the constant moving of my camera.

Trak Racer Logo

I assembled this completely by myself, which shows just how responsible an adult I am. Go me! But having a second person help with the installation would make certain parts easier to install.

Mounting some parts of the main tubular frame together, for example, required me to hold two parts of the frame and insert some screws at the same time. So this would have been easier with a spare set of hands.


Design and aesthetics

There is no denying that when the Track Racer TR8 Pro is fully assembled, it is a pretty sim rig. This design is a long way from the practicality-first approach that 8020 aluminium profile sim rigs offer.

It’s quite refreshing to see. This sim rig looks good, and I’m excited to show it to anyone who comes around, as it looks incredibly professional. The majority of the rig is constructed from an incredibly thick 2″ tubular steel frame. It’s all powder-coated in black, giving it a stealthy appearance.

Trak Racer TR8 Pro Side Shot

Once constructed, one of the first things I noticed, which felt like a luxury, was the lack of any side supports. There is simply no obstruction at the side of the rig, allowing you to slide in and out of the seat easily. With many sim rigs, you’ll often have to climb past vertical support beams, but not with this Trak Racer sim rig.

Wheel plate

The standard wheel plate that comes with the TR8 Pro is pretty good. It has a solid construction and comes pre-drilled with various mounting positions. Every wheel base I tried with the TR8 Pro fitted well, including the Fanatec CSL DD and the MOZA Racing R9.

Trak Racer Moza Wheel

There is some angle adjustment, along with forward and back adjustments, and some height adjustment. Overall, it’s pretty easy to find a comfortable mounting position for your wheel. Once your ideal position is locked in, there is no movement at all during use.

Pedal plate

The pedal plate is a similar story. There is a fair bit of adjustment, both forward and back and up and down. I had to max out the angle to achieve a comfortable position. And when it came to mounting my pedals, there was no issue at all thanks to the variety of pre-drilled holes.

TR8 Pro Pedal Plate

At its furthest distance away, the pedal plate sits directly over the tubular frame, ensuring it’s incredibly sturdy. Even when applying a lot of pressure to a variety of load cell brake pedals, the TR8 Pro’s pedal plate didn’t even flinch.

Trak Racer rally seat

I opted for the Trak Racer rally seat when purchasing this rig. If you don’t fancy this seat, there are a few other options, or you can purchase it without a seat and bring your own.

Trak Racer Rally Seat

But the GT-style seat looked a little cheap with the huge area of glossy fibreglass on the rear. The rally seat’s design is a lot more interesting.

I’m more than happy with this choice. The seat itself looks fantastic and uses a combination of different materials. There is an Alcantara-style material that Trak Racer calls “ultra-soft cloth,” along with what I presume is fake leather.

These work well together to create subtle accents and highlights in the design. Underneath these materials is a soft foam padding. And I was actually surprised at just how soft this padding was.

Trak Racer Rally Seat Material

When you first sit in the rally seat, it is incredibly comfy. And that comfort doesn’t really decline as you spend longer in the seat.

A word of warning, though: This rally seat is quite snug. I’d say I have a pretty regular to slim frame, coming in at 6 foot 1, and the seat feels snug even for me. If you’re a larger sim racer, you may not find this seat overly comfy.

The restrictive area is more around the shoulders than the waist, almost forcing your arms forward. And I did feel a little cramped, especially after some longer race sessions.

Shifter and handbrake mount

The shifter and handbrake mount are standard with the TR8 Pro which is a lovely touch. And it can be mounted very easily to either side of your rig. This is simply a good design, allowing racers from different countries to mount their shifter on the correct side of the rig to them.

TR8 Pro Shifter Mount

However, I am a little disappointed in how low this shifter mount sits. It actually sits completely level with your seat. This means that, depending on your shifter of choice, you may have to reach down to pull a shift.

Many sim racers, especially those who often drift or race rally cars are used to the shifter and handbrake being mounted up closer to their racing wheel.

This could be a problem with the positioning of this shifter mount. Despite this, there is some adjustability with the angle at which you mount your shifter, and there are a lot of pre-drilled holes, making mounting very easy.

Integrated monitor mount

The integrated monitor mount on my TR8 Pro is a slightly different story from other areas of the rig. There is some minimal adjustability regarding how close and how high you mount your screen.

TR8 Pro Integrated Monitor Mount

But my main issue is in how close I can mount my monitor to the back of my wheel base. Like many sim racers, I like to have my monitor as close to my steering wheel’s rear as possible. This provides the best opportunity for correct FOV in-game, and brings the action closer to your face.

For me to achieve this, I had actually to mount the monitor plate backwards. The plate is designed to sit facing the other way, which would force your monitor to sit around 2 inches further away from your face.

TR8 Pro Monitor Mounting Holes

I would have loved to of seen a slightly better implementation, allowing the monitor to sit closer to your face and racing wheel. Possibly some form of extension on the mounting arm itself to bring it closer and hang over your wheel base.


Adjustability

One area where the Trak Racer TR8 Pro does shine is in the adjustability.

We all know that 8020 aluminium profile sim rigs are among the most versatile and adjustable available. However, to adjust an 8020 sim rig, you often need a set of tools and some time.

The adjustable areas of the TR8 Pro are all baked into the sim rig. This means you can adjust multiple areas of the rig without any tools.

TR8 Pro Wheel Slider

The rig comes with a seat slider, allowing you to move a good amount of distance backwards and forwards. This is especially useful when sim racing with others, or if you’re jumping in and out of the seat often.

The included seat mounts also have a range of holes, allowing you to really tailor your seat angle and position. You can see that I have added the maximum amount of recline to my seat to give a more formula-style seating position.

You can also move the position of your racing wheel without tools. Two funky built-in levers can be loosened to allow you to slide the wheel plate closer or further away.

However, if you want to move your pedal plate or change the angle of your racing wheel, you will need an Allen key. Once you’ve found one, you can adjust your pedals closer or further away and change the angle of your pedals and wheel.

I would have liked a little more adjustability in the pedal height, as even at their highest, they don’t really lend themselves to a formula-style racing position.

TR8 Pro Pedal Height Adjustment

Trak Racer could have included a little more adjustment on the angle of the pedal plate. But the maximum height just about worked well for my preferred sitting position.


Does the Trak Racer TR8 Pro sim rig perform well during racing?

So now that I’ve touched on how this sim rig looks and the overall construction, it’s time to talk about how it performs. This is easily the most important part of any sim rig, because if it shakes and rattles it’s not doing its job properly.

I’m happy to report that this TR8 Pro sim rig has zero flex, movement, or rattling.

Can the Trak Racer TR8 Pro handle direct drive wheel bases?

I spent much time with this rig using direct drive wheel bases, including the Fanatec DD1. And even the 20Nm of torque that the DD1 wheel base creates didn’t phase this sim rig.

When I first assembled this rig, I was concerned that there might be some side-to-side rocking. As the frame is relatively rounded and the rubber feet didn’t feel too sturdy. But that is not the case.

TR8 Pro and Moza Wheel

I could crank my Fanatec wheel base up close to the maximum without any noticeable flex or movement in the wheel plate. If you are running a wheel base such as the Fanatec CSL DD or MOZA’s R9, you won’t notice any issues at all.

But one area where I did notice a little shake is with the integrated monitor mount. This is an unavoidable side effect of attaching a monitor directly to your sim rig.

When using higher torque modes with the more powerful Fanatec Podium wheel base, the monitor can sometimes shake along with the force feedback.

The monitor is mounted directly to the top of the sim rig, right next to the wheel base, so removing this shaking is pretty tough. The ideal scenario is to use a separate free-standing monitor mount. But I wouldn’t say that the shaking ever concerned me or took me out of the action.


Compatibility

I’ve touched on the compatibility of this TR8 Pro sim rig a few times, and overall it is good. Both the wheel plate and pedal plate come with a tonne of pre-drilled mounting holes.

TR8 Pro Pedal Mounting

This allows for a wide range of sim racing products to be used including those from Fanatec, MOZA, Thrustmaster, Simucube and more. My only gripe with the pre-drilled holes affected the pedals.

If you’re using either the Fanatec CSL pedals or the MOZA SR-P pedals, you may not be able to mount them at the rear. Depending on the individual pedal positioning, you may struggle to align the rear of the pedal up with a mounting hole.

I had this exact issue, and you can see that I only managed to mount them at the front. This isn’t ideal but does still allow me to use them without issue.


Is the Trak Racer TR8 Pro sim rig worth buying?

Overall, the Trak Racer TR8 Pro is a brilliant sim rig. It is well-designed and possibly one of the best-looking sim rigs I have ever used.

It is a little pricey compared to some other options, but you get a tonne of adaptability included. And it does come with some extra elements such as the seat slider and shifter arm that are often paid-for extras with some other rigs.

I could certainly recommend the TR8 Pro to anyone looking to upgrade from a wheel stand or purchase a sim rig that is going to last a long time. If like me, a sim rig that looks good is high on your priority list, then this sim rig from Trak Racer is among the best you can buy.

Technical Specifications

  • 2″(51mm) high-grade steel tubing
  • Wheel Distance Slider with Angle Adjustment
  • Compatible with all popular steering wheels, pedals and shifters on the market
  • Fully adjustable pedal bracket for both angle slide
  • Pre-drilled mounting points for all major brand wheels
  • Integrated single monitor stand to support displays up to 70
  • Product Dimensions (H x W x L): 659mm x 600cm x 1300cm

Review written by Felix König

About Felix König

Felix König is a professional Esports sim racer from Seattle, WA, and is the founder and editor of Sim Race Reviews. In addition to over 10 years of professional sim racing and competing in both iRacing and Assetto Corsa Competizione competitions, Felix has been sharing his sim racing knowledge and expertise with other sim racers. His passion lies in sim racing, and in particular in the plethora of sim racing hardware from racing wheels to pedals and more.