Best budget racing setup 2022: Wheels, chairs, monitors, and more

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If you’re looking to create the best budget racing setup possible, you’re in the right place.

We'd argue there's never been a better time to upgrade your gaming configuration with the array of new racing games on the market right now like Gran Turismo 7 and F1 22.

Thankfully, we've done some of the hard work for you by compiling our top picks based on features, price, and reviews, to kick off your search for the best racing equipment


Whether you're after a top racing wheel, like this Hori Overdrive, or for one of the best monitors for GT7, like this BenQ Zowie, we've got you covered right here.

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We also highlight some of the latest sim racing tech news which we'll keep updated with recent announcements surrounding wheels, seats, and more.

Best budget racing setup


Best budget racing setup wheel – Hori Overdrive

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We’ve featured the Hori Overdrive before in our list of the best wheels for FH5 and it’s easy to see why.


It features a 270-degree turn radius and adjustable output options which means you should be able to tackle even the tightest of hairpins in F1 2021 with ease.

Moreover, Hori boasts the Overdrive is easily mountable with its secure and sturdy clamps which are designed to attach to your racing rig without any hassle.

It’s worth noting that this wheel is designed for Xbox so it will likely be a great option to consider, particularly if you’re a Forza fan.

Best budget racing setup seat – Playseat Challenge

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The Playseat Challenge should offer racing game fans a solid budget seat to sit in and play some of the top racing titles on the market, hence why we featured it in our list of the best racing seats for F1 22.


The chair is lined with Alcantara which, on a warm day, will likely be far nicer to sit on, particularly during a long session, compared to a leather seat.

In terms of storage, the Playseat Challenge is fully foldable so, when you’re done racing around Imola for example, you can put it away into a cupboard and save the space for other racing essentials.

The foldable frame is made from steel and is powder-coated, designed to provide you with excellent structural support within the cockpit that aims to replicate a real racing car.

Best budget racing setup monitor - BenQ Zowie XL2411K

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To capture the fast-paced action of racing games smoothly, you’ll need a monitor with a high refresh rate and low response time.


Thankfully, the BenQ Zowie will likely be able to provide this with its impressive 1ms response time and 144Hz screen but at just a fraction of the cost of some of the more premium monitor options.

If you’re looking to play your racing games at a desk, then the 24” screen should be the perfect size for the close-up action and, at 1080p, the gameplay will likely be crisp and detailed.

Whether you plan on playing GT7 on PS5 in 120Hz, or you’re looking to play F1 in 144Hz on PC, then the BenQ Zowie might be for you.

Best budget racing setup headset - Turtle Beach Recon 70

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While racing games may not be so much about listening to every tiny footstep like FPS games are, you’ll likely still want a headset that delivers exceptional sound quality if, for example, you play late at night and want to make as little noise as possible.


With that being said, a budget headset like this Turtle Beach Recon 70 might be your answer.

They come with 40mm speakers meaning you should hear every engine noise and gear change in exceptional quality which is why they make our list as one of the best budget headsets for your ultimate racing setup.

Latest sim racing tech news

With gaming technology constantly evolving, we've highlighted a few recent news articles to keep you updated with the latest goings-on in the world of sim racing.

Sony rumoured to be developing a pro PS5 controller

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Sony is reportedly working on a new "Pro" variation to the PS5 Dualsense controller codenamed "Hunt".


Although not much is known about the device, it's rumoured to come with the usual "Pro" additions like removable joysticks, trigger stops, and a slew of additional buttons.

If this sounds like the perfect device for you, then stay tuned for more information as no release date has been announced just yet.

Corsair unveils first gaming laptop at Computex

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Corsair, one of the leading manufacturers of gaming peripherals around, recently announced its first gaming laptop at Computex.


Known as the Voyager, this powerful gaming laptop boasts 16GB or 32GBs of RAM and AMD Ryzen 7 or 9 6800HS 8-Core processor options.

Moreover, the laptop comes with an AMD Radeon RX 6800M graphics card, so should be more than capable of running the latest racing games including F1 Manager 2022.

Unfortunately, no release date has been announced, with the website only going as far as to say 'Launching Soon'. Stay tuned for updates right here.

O-Rouge to launch new air-cooled racing seat

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Belgian sim equipment manufacturer O-Rouge recently unveiled its new air-cooled racing seat known as the Cold Fusion.


As its name suggests, the seat ventilates certain areas of the chair and dissipates body heat to increase comfort and performance, particularly during long racing sessions.

The seat is also made out of a 3D woven fabric with signature Cold Fusion foam padding, plus a regulator to determine the optimal airflow.

The Cold Fusion seat is priced at €779.99; however, O-Rogue is currently asking potential customers to request quotes through its website.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

When it comes to finding the right budget accessories for your racing setup, there are usually a few questions that pop up but don't worry, we're here to answer some of the more common queries.

Do I need surround sound for racing games?

If the primary reason you wear a headset is so you can listen to the game audio rather than through the TV then purchasing a headset with surround sound might help you become more immersed in the crowd and soundtrack from your favourite racing title.

However, surround sound isn't essential, particularly if you just need a headset so you can chat with your friends whilst playing online so, with that being said, the choice is really down to you.


Why do you need a racing seat for gaming?

Technically speaking, they're not absolutely necessary.

However, a good racing chair can help make titles such as FH5 feel more realistic and can also increase your comfort, especially if you use a wheel.

Unfortunately, they can take up quite a bit of room, however, a large majority of racing seats are foldable, making them easier to store when they're not in use.

What does force feedback mean for racing wheels?

Force feedback refers to a simulation technique used in racing wheels to provide you with an as realistic feeling as possible of the road in the game.

In other words, force feedback tries to replicate what the driver would feel if he were to race under the exact same conditions in the same location in real life.


What is Alcantara?

Despite its appearance, Alcantara isn't suede.

Alcantara is actually a synthetic textile developed in Japan in the 1970s, and is made by an Italian company of the same name.

A major advantage of Alcantara is its improved levels of grip over leather, which is why it is commonly applied to racing wheels.

In addition to being more durable and hard-wearing than suede, it is also easier to clean, which is why it is commonly used for car interiors such as racing chairs as well.

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