How does a Clutch Work in Sim Racing

How does a Clutch Work in Sim Racing
Author Alessio Lorandi
Alessio Lorandi
December 13, 2021

Ever wonder how a clutch works in sim racing? Well, we’re here to break it down for you.

In sim racing you won’t have the same mechanical system you get in real cars but knowing how a clutch works is always important.

For driving off from stationary, the driver needs to release pressure from the clutch pedal to disengage the clutch while pressing the throttle at the same time which then allows torque to be transmitted through gears.

Understanding how this piece of equipment functions will help you get more out of your experience behind the wheel!

Even though you’ll need the clutch only to drive off the pits (if your iRacing or ACC driver), it’s still good to know what happens for those that use h shifter cars and will need to use it more frequently.

Do I need a clutch for sim racing?

Actually, no. The clutch is not necessary to race in a sim, but if you’re using a h shifter car you’ll need it for changing gears.

Most of the time, drivers tend to use a manual transmission with no clutch pedal so it is possible to drive without it.

That being said, there are other options out there that have sequential gearboxes that allow you to change between gears just like in your real car.

Because of that, quite a few racing enthusiasts will opt for using a clutch pedal.

How does the clutch work in a h shifter car?

In a car with a manual transmission and h shifter, the clutch is used to connect and disconnect the engine from the gearbox.

When you’re driving in a h shifter car, there are 6 gears that you can use. The clutch is used to connect and disconnect the engine from these 6 gears.

How do I use the clutch?

In order to use the clutch, you need to hold down the clutch pedal with your left foot, and then use your right foot to press the gas pedal.

While this is something you should be trying out, it’s best to start off slowly and learn how to use the clutch properly.

A general rule of thumb is that whatever gear you want to go down in, you should release pressure on the gas pedal while at the same time pressing the clutch pedal.

Then, once the engine has been disconnected from the gearbox, you can let go of the clutch pedal and press it again to re-engage it.

You’ll want to do this quickly so that you don’t lose too much speed.

The last thing you want to do is stall your car on the start!

How do you use clutch in sim racing?

In most sim racing cars, you’ll only need to use the clutch in order to drive off from stationary.

To do this, you’ll need to be in 1st gears and release pressure from the clutch pedal to disengage the clutch while pressing the throttle at the same time.

Unless you’re using a car with a manual transmission, you won’t need to use the clutch while driving.

However, if you’re using a h shifter car, you’ll need to use the clutch in order to change gears as we’ve previously mentioned.

What racing games support clutch?

Pretty much any sim racing game in 2022.

Assetto Corsa, iRacing, Raceroom, Gtsport, Asetto Corsa Competizione and Forza all support clutch.

That makes the whole game and experience much mor realistic.

Do F1 racers use clutch?

Actually yes, but just to start the car from stationary.

Once the car is up and running, the clutch is released so that drivers can change gears with their gear shifters.

This allows them to keep their focus on the track and not have to worry about using both feet at the same time like they used to do in the 80′.

Actually, did you know that F1 cars don’t have a clutch pedal but instead a clutch lever?

Can you stall in sim racing?

Yes, you can stall in sim racing. It’s actually pretty common to do so for beginners when using a h shifter car.

The best way to avoid this is by releasing pressure from the clutch after having pressed a bit of throttle and having the RPMs go up.

Wrap up:

So now you know exactly what to do moving onwords.

Make sure you practice a lot with your clutch and you’ll see how easy it will get 😉

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About the autor

Alessio Lorandi

Alessio has been involved at the highest levels in racing since the age of 5 (2003). He won a CIK-FIA World Championship in 2013 and then raced in F3, F2, and finally GT3s before now dedicating himself to SOLOX. He’s now on a mission to help thousands of sim racers around the world achieve their fullest potential through his ACC setups.






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