The Next Level Racing® F-GT Lite Cockpit features an innovative design that enables users to choose between Formula and GT racing positions.
Next Level Racing® is highly renown for their ability to produce premium quality sim racing cockpits that caters towards both beginners and racing enthusiasts. The F-GT Lite Cockpit is no exception to this, as it features an innovative design that enables users to choose between Formula and GT racing positions along with other adjustments that make this a highly agile cockpit.
Unboxing and Setup
The overall unboxing and setup experience was very satisfying. In contrast to most sim racing cockpits, the setup process of the F-GT Lite is significantly easier as it most of the parts have already been molded together from the onset. The instructions provided in the manual were straight forward, and there’s a video guide providing step-by-step instructions on how to set it up (Credits to the team at Next Level Racing®).
For our setup, we used the CSL DD and ClubSport Pedals V3 from Fanatec. It was incredibly easy to mount both the wheel base and pedals onto the provided mounting platform and the ergonomics could be adjusted with ease.
F-GT Lite Features
The Next Level Racing® F-GT Lite Cockpit offers a wide array of features that’s attractive to many sim racers. We’ve tested this product intensively for the past few days, and it’s been one of the best cockpits that we’ve used. Below are some of our favorite features!
Build Quality and Performance
From the onset, the F-GT Lite Cockpit features incredible build quality, especially for a minimalistic design. The frame is constructed using carbon steel tubing, providing rigidity and durability to the overall rig. It’s capable of handling torque from different wheel bases including Fanatec, Thrustmaster, Logitech and many more. The rig was capable of handling the torque output from the CSL DD with no issues and the heavy braking forces applied to the ClubSport Pedals V3 was handled exceptionally well. If you’re interested in using a shifter, this rig also provides you with a shifter mount that can be mounted to the right or left interchangeably.
One of the most obvious standouts was the superb comfort of the seat, regardless of which position you set it to. The chair’s material uses alcantara and breathable mesh fabric, making it viable option for extended hours of racing. Another great feature with the seat is that it was very easy to clean and there was no evident sweat marks that were left on the seat, even after intense racing sessions.
One recommendation that Next Level Racing® could improve on for the next generation of the F-GT Lite Cockpit is to include neck/lumbar pillow for better ergonomic support. There was a slight discomfort initially when using the cockpit in the Formula position, especially on my neck. The seat felt like it was far too inclined without neck support. However, when I added my own neck pillow, the comfort was perfect.
Overall, we were highly satisfied with the build quality and performance of the cockpit, considering its specialty is portability and customization.
Another core feature of the F-GT Lite is the the Next Level Racing® Hubs. This component sets the foundation of the F-GT Lite Cockpit, as it enables the cockpit to be adjusted in multiple different positions to cater to the preferred position of the racer. Each of the hubs have been developed and engineered for over two years to offer the ultimate durability that’s capable of withstanding 150kg of force. With these hubs, the racing positions can easily be between Formula or GT style.
We have tested the cockpit extensively in both Formula and GT style, and both have been extremely comfortable to drive in. One of the main reasons for this is the ability to toggle each element of the cockpit with ease using the Next Level Racing® Hubs and knobs. This includes changing the ergonomics of the seat, wheel base angle and pedal positioning (length/height).
If your current room allocation is limited in space, then the F-GT Lite is the perfect cockpit for your setup. Not only is it capable of handing torques from some of the more demanding wheel bases, but it’s also fully foldable for storage.
The cockpit weighs a total of 19kg/42lbs, which isn’t the lightest unit out there. It does feel quite cumbersome to stow the cockpit away, particularly because the added weight from the wheel and pedal set will increase the weight drastically. We’ve also tested how long it takes to completely fold the cockpit. Initially, it took us about 3 minutes, as it was a completely new process that we weren’t accustomed to. However, after trying it a few times, it took about approximately one minute to fold up the cockpit.
Having the option to stow your cockpit away is definitely a positive that shouldn’t be overlooked if that’s the type of cockpit you’re looking for!
Another great aspect that we love about the F-GT Lite Cockpit is the competitive pricing. Retailing for $299.99 USD currently, the F-GT Lite Cockpit is a fantastic option for those who prioritize the ability to race in multiple different positions or are looking for great portability. On the market, most Formula cockpits such as those from Playseat, cost upwards of $1,000 USD which is quite absurd considering the F-GT Lite Cockpit is available for almost one third the price.
If you’re looking for more heavy duty cockpit that’s also transformable between Formula and GT position, then the F-GT Cockpit will be more appropriate for you!
F-GT Lite Cockpit
The F-GT Lite is the ideal option for those looking for a premium cockpit, capable of adjusting between Formula and GT position.
The F-GT Lite Cockpit is truly a revolutionary cockpit that’s been an absolute joy to drive in! The ability to toggle between Formula and GT position has really added to the overall immersion of the simulation, particularly in F1 2021. Additionally, the overall comfort exhibited by the ergonomics and seat quality has been great for extensive racing sessions.
As a sim racing enthusiast, I’ve seen many reasons to love this cockpit. If you’re in the market for a portable cockpit that offers a great variety of features, then this is the best option for you!
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Which wheel bases are supported for the Next Level Racing® F-GT Lite Cockpit?
The F-GT Lite Cockpit supports a variety of wheel bases that are offered by Logitech, Thrustmaster and Fanatec. On the wheel base mount, there are pre-drilled holes available.
Is there any flex on the wheel and pedal mount?
I’ve tested the unit using the Fanatec CSL DD and ClubSport Pedals V3. From my test, there’s been no flex observed on both the wheel and pedal mount, even under heavy performance.
What are the dimensions of the the Next Level Racing® F-GT Lite Cockpit?
|GT Position||68.5 x 29.5 x 50″ / 175 x 75 x 127 cm|
|Formula Position||64.5 X 29.5 X 37″ / 164 x 75 x 94 cm|
|Folded||29.5 x 15.7 x 34″ / 75 x 40 x 87 cm|
Does the Next Level Racing® F-GT Lite Cockpit include any pillows out of the box?
Unfortunately, the F-GT Lite Cockpit does not include any neck or lumbar pillow. It’s recommended that you get one separately as it will help with the overall comfort of the chair.