Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake


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Sim Handbrake

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.

“When in doubt, flat out.”

When rallying or drifting, you want full control. The new Heusinkveld Sim Handbrake is a highly adjustable, pressure-sensitive USB handbrake using load cell technology. A wide range of options to set your preferred mechanical feel, complete freedom to shape the output curve using Heusinkveld SmartControl. A versatile, high-quality handbrake system.

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 a 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.

Mapping handbrake output curve

A key feature of SmartControl is the ability to set custom signal output map. Traditionally race simulator handbrake output has had a one-on-one sensitivity in relation to the handbrake input. SmartControl allows you to map non-linear output curves using 5 zones (six input parameters).

This can be useful if you want your handbrake to be very aggressive (for example for drifting or tarmac rallies). Alternatively, you can set the initial output to be less sensitive when you expect the wheels to lock up easy (for example on dirt surfaces).

The handbrake has a Curve Type pull-down menu with pre-defined output curve. You can also select the option to make a custom curve and manually set the desired handbrake output percentage for each zone. You have complete freedom to set your own shapes.

Deadzone and handbrake force adjustment

SmartControl offers quick and easy adjustment of the handbrake bottom deadzone. The effect of changing these adjustments can be seen visually and realtime. Also the required force to get 100% handbrake output in your simulator can be set in a few mouse clicks.


There is support for an unlimited amount of profiles within SmartControl. Saving and loading a profile is done in a few mouse clicks. Because profile data is saved relative to your calibration values, it is possible to exchange handbrake profiles between Sim Handbrake owners.

Shared profiles with other SmartControl compatible products.

If you have other Heusinkveld products which use SmartControl, it is possible to create a single profile which includes multiple devices. This allows you to change handbrake and pedal settings in one go in just a few mouse clicks.

Calibration wizard

Your handbrake is pre-calibrated during assembly and can be used as a plug&play device. All adjustments in SmartControl can be made without having to recalibrate the handbrake.

In case you do need to recalibrate (for example after making certain mechanical adjustments to the handbrake), SmartControl has an easy to follow calibration wizard.

While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we apologize for any errors or omissions contained on these pages.

Please verify any information with Simulation 1 Systems.

Additional information

Weight 3.5 kg
Dimensions 35 × 25 × 20 cm
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