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Not long ago, I worked with Pokornyi Engineering announced an exciting collaboration, stemming from our shared passion for (DIY) DIY sim-racing projects. As a renowned manufacturer of high-quality DIY kits, we have Pokornyi Engineering proved itself as a true pioneer in this industry. Now it is finally time to take our cooperation to a new and higher level by building and thoroughly testing Pokornyi Engineering products ourselves! In this article we take you step-by-step through the building of our first DIY sim racing wheel: the Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R.

The result? A stunning creation! Building a hypercar DIY sim racing wheel yourself turned out to be not only easier than expected, but also a hugely enjoyable experience. Keep reading and discover step by step how you too can take on this challenge and create your own sim racing wheel. Explore the world of DIY sim racing and get inspired by our experience!

Pokornyi Engineering

Pokornyi Engineering (PE) first requires a brief introduction. PE is a company that specializes in designing and manufacturing high-quality do-it-yourself (DIY) kits and components for sim racing. They are known for their innovative approach and the quality of their products that cater to the sim racing community. Pokornyi Engineering offers a range of products designed to enhance the racing experience by adding realism and precision to simulators.

Their range often includes detailed building kits For sim racing handlebars and button boxes. These kits are intended for enthusiastic DIYers in the sim racing world who want to personalize and optimize their setup. What characterizes Pokornyi Engineering is their attention to detail, using high-quality materials such as CNC-machined aluminum, carbon fiber and advanced electronic components.

Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R

One of their most notable and popular products is the Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R, a kit for building an advanced sim racing wheel known for its quality and customizability. The HYP-R is designed for both beginners and experienced users who want to take their sim racing experience to the next level.

The Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R is a true masterpiece in the world of do-it-yourself sim racing. This hypercar steering wheel is designed with attention to detail and precision, providing an unparalleled experience for both novice and experienced sim racers. The advanced design includes high-quality materials and integrated technology which provides a realistic and immersive feel while racing.

Innovation and Functionalities

With its customizable buttons and ergonomic design, the HYP-R is not only pleasing to the eye, but also highly functional. The construction process has been carefully structured so that even those with limited technical knowledge can take on the challenge of building this steering wheel themselves. Therefore, the HYP-R symbolizes the innovation and quality that Pokornyi Engineering is known for and is an indispensable component for any sim racing setup.

Specifications Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R

Pokornyi Engineering's HYP-R is a top-of-the-line sim racing wheel, excelling in both design and functionality. This steering wheel is characterized by a solid structure of plastic and a carbon fiber finish. This combination of high-quality materials, advanced technology and attention to detail makes the HYP-R a must-have for any serious sim racer looking for a realistic and immersive driving experience. The ergonomic grips provide comfort and a firm grip during intense racing sessions. In terms of features, the HYP-R offers a plethora of input options:

  • 12 RGB illuminated front buttons
  • 2 seven-way funky switches
  • 2 magnetic shift paddles
  • 2 optional additional flippers
  • 2 back buttons
  • 2 side turn encoders
  • 4 front rotary encoders with RGB lighting

In addition, it is equipped with a Hall sensor clutch paddle system with dual clutch function, where the bite point is adjustable. The steering wheel also includes 16 RGB LEDs that enrich the visual experience. A standout feature is the 5-inch 800×480 VoCore LCD display, which provides a clear and detailed view of crucial racing information. This display has a refresh rate of 24 fps and an active area of 109.65 mm by 61.63 mm.

The HYP-R, 295mm in diameter, is compatible with a 70mm PCD quick disconnect system and attaches with 6x M5 screws. The handlebar is designed for use with a USB 2.0 connection and requires a typical supply voltage of 5.0 V with a current consumption of 2.0 A. It is therefore essential to use it with a USB port of at least 2.0 A.

What Does Building the Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R Cost?

The final price for assembling the Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R depends greatly on both the quality and origin of the materials chosen. For this project, you should count on costs that vary between ? 450 and ? 600. For example, by choosing cheaper, lower-quality 3D printed parts, you can save significantly on your budget. However, it is crucial to think about how such choices will ultimately affect the performance and longevity of your HYP-R.

DIY Sim Racing Wheel Making

Time to start building! The steps below are a good indication of what to expect when you start this project. Of course, this depends on your experience, knowledge, whether or not you do your own printing, and whether or not you buy a lot of ready-made products.

Assembly Video

Tip: Also check out the video below where I assemble the HYP-R. I have to honestly admit that this is not my best video and far from the quality I had in mind, but I hope you get some use out of it ? Oh yeah, don't forget to subscribe On my YouTube channel!

Step 1: Preparation

The first step, of course, is obvious. Before you begin this exciting DIY project, it is necessary to purchase the digital DIY files and research all the materials needed. These digital files are essential to the building process and are available for ? 45. With this purchase you will receive:

  • A comprehensive and detailed manual,
  • All necessary 3D files,
  • A Bill of Materials (BOM) list,
  • Decals and Stickers,
  • Glass Panel Design,
  • Sim Hub Profiles.

These resources are crucial to successfully putting together your own HYP-R and will ensure that you are well prepared to embark on this project.

Planning and Research

If you choose to buy - cheaper - parts from AliExpress, for example, keep in mind longer delivery times. Check all ordered parts carefully and check them off in the BOM list. Tip: You never have too many screws and bolts and they are easily lost. So always have a healthy amount of extra stock to avoid frustration during construction. Nothing is more annoying when you start building and you find out you don't have enough parts. Make sure you read the manual carefully before you start building.

Step 2: Collect All Parts

Depending on your level and experience with do-it-yourself projects, you may choose, for example, the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) at Pokornyi Engineering buy ready-made (this costs ? 129 excl. VAT) or for the real hardcore do-it-yourselfers, assemble it all by yourself. Do you have a 3D printer at home? Then you can easily print all the parts yourself. Keep in mind that this process can take some time. Prefer printing-on-demand? The manual clearly describes the desired specifications.

Want to save time and guarantee quality? Then buy some parts directly from Pokornyi Engineering. Many materials including the glass, decals, CNC machined carbon set With silicone molded handles decoders, button caps and more are for sale directly from Pokornyi Engineering. In my opinion it is absolutely recommended to buy these materials directly from PE. This ensures quality, the right parts and you support Pokornyi Engineering for their great work. If you have collected all the parts, it looks something like this.

Step 3: Assembly of the Shifters and Clutch

Now that we have all the parts complete, it's time to start building! And I can tell you in advance; this is much more fun than you think! It feels like technical Lego for adults ?

The first step is to assemble the shifters and clutch. Press the threaded inserts into the holes of the body with a ~250°C soldering iron. Then attach the microswitch with the socket head screws. It is recommended to solder a 2-pole cable with an XH2.54 connector to the microswitch before mounting it. Always protect the solder joints with heat shrink tubing. Next, attach the N50 magnets and the carbon shifter plates.

The process for assembling the clutch is very similar to that of the other parts. It is important to pay attention to the correct gluing of the hall sensor at the clutch pedals and to ensure that the cables to be soldered match the order on the circuit board. All the necessary information for this is clearly described in the "Wiring" chapter. I recommend reading this chapter carefully and checking it several times. The manual is very clear and easy to follow. When you have completed this step, it should look like this ?

For now, you can set aside the shifter and clutch paddles you made. We won't need these again until later in step 4.

Step 4: Preparing the Housing

It's time to assemble the main enclosure. We start by placing inserts in the housing. These small inserts are needed to screw everything down properly later. Here again use the soldering iron to push the inserts into the holes. Once these are up to temperature just push them in. Be careful not to melt the plastic. Next we attach the carbon fiber plate to the outside of the housing. We do this with the 12 M3x10mm screws.

Placing knobs and dials

Now that we have assembled the housing and core of the Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R, it is time to install the buttons and encoders. We start with the two push buttons on the back. First solder the wires before mounting them. Next, attach the M8 pushbuttons to the back plate and tighten them securely to prevent them from coming loose in use.

The procedure for installing the two encoders is similar. First, solder on the three wires as indicated in the manual. Next, place the encoders in the correct position and tighten the nuts firmly to prevent them from moving. Cut off the two top pins to prevent future damage to the circuit board; they are no longer needed.

Add Latest Parts

As a concluding step, we attach the USB connector and a spacer hub to the back of the panel. This spacer is crucial for the montage of, for example, your Fanatec Podium Hub, so that it does not interfere with the shifter paddles and clutch.

Mount the 4-pin GX12 connector and make sure you solder the cables correctly. The colors of the JST cable may differ. Carefully check the order on the board and solder the wires to the GX12 connector. This step is crucial, so it is important to do it carefully. Make sure the cable is not too long; this can cause problems with the connection. In fact, this cable should not be longer than 10 cm and the D+/D- wires should be twisted. In all honesty, I found this step, and soldering these cables, to be the most challenging part of the whole process.

Finally, we install the shifters and additional paddles, which are indispensable for controlling the device. When these steps are complete, the housing of our homemade sim racing wheel is completely finished and extremely robust!

Step 5: PCB Connecting and Mounting

In my case, I chose a ready-made HYP-R PCB . Would you rather do this step yourself? You can! The manual explains in detail how to do this and what is needed. In this step I assume that the PCB is ready, whether you made it yourself or bought it from PE.

Vocore Screen Confirmation

Before we connect the PCB, we are going to attach the 5″ Vocore Display. Fortunately, this is super easy and doesn't require much. First, glue the Display Spacer with double-sided tape under the disc play driver. This part is necessary to keep enough space for the micro USB connector. Next, glue the Vocore display to the circuit board with double-sided tape. The circuit board clearly indicates where to place the display, so nothing can go wrong here!

Components Connecting to PCB

Now that we have assembled all the components in the enclosure, it is time to connect them to the circuit board. Connect the GX12 USB connector, side encoders, rear push buttons, shifters and couplers to the board and place the board in the enclosure. Follow the instructions on the diagram below and connect all switches, encoders, VoCore Display and GX12 to the circuit board.

Tip: where possible and necessary, tape the cables to the housing. This will prevent the cables from sliding and unnecessarily sitting in front of the screw holes. This prevents some frustration when attaching the front panel in the next step ?

PCB Mounting

Once you have everything connected correctly place the circuit board on the housing. Make sure that the circuit board does not lay on the wires and does not touch the pins of the GX12 connector, encoders and buttons. Place the light guides for the buttons on the circuit board. The pins of the plastic parts should fall into the holes of the circuit board. Next, attach the rotatable light guides to the circuit board with four M3x8mm black Allen screws. Finally, secure the circuit board with ten M3x6mm black Allen screws and attach the transparent button caps.

The Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R steering wheel is coming more and more to life! And how beautiful is it already! ? Time for the next step!

Step 6: Assemble and Attach Front Panel

The trickiest part is over! Now that the rear enclosure and circuit board are connected and placed in the enclosure, it is time to assemble the front panel. Again, you have the freedom to determine the level of difficulty and challenge. For those looking for more of a challenge, you can choose to make all the parts yourself or have them made. As with the circuit board, I recommend making the carbon front panel with silicone handles directly from Pokornyi Engineering. Nice and easy and with this you support Pokornyi Engineering.

Mounting Button Plates and Spacers

Mount the printed 'ButtonPlates' on the front panel with 4x M3x8mm black Allen screws. Be careful not to overtighten the screws. Tightening too tightly may damage the holes. Next, install the 7 spacers on the front panel.

Stickers, Glass and Plexiglass Mounting

The next step is to place the four round "RotaryInserts" made of plexiglass. If you want the RGB backlight use the acrylic plexiglass or clear printed parts and place them in the front of the front panel with the rough side up. Then attach the sticker and glue the carbon cover parts to the handlebar faceplate. This gives extra depth and a nicer finish.

Next, glue the carbon fiber cover parts to the front. If you didn't order these parts, you can skip this step. Finally, glue the glass in place with double-sided tape. If you have the glass at the Pokornyi Engineering Webshop purchased, the double-sided tape has already been applied to the glass.

Front Panel Mounting and Button Assembly

Now that the front of the handlebar is ready, it is time to attach it to the housing. This is done with the 7 M4x10mm screws. Make sure that the cables are not pinched or in the way. Be extremely careful in this to avoid any damage to the cables. I found this step frustrating in some cases and had to redo it several times.

Mounting Buttons and Stickers

One of the last steps is to assemble all the front knobs. First, assemble the four rotary knobs on the front and, if necessary, use set screws to firmly secure the knobs. Next, mount the "funky switch" buttons. Just remember that if you want to disassemble the wheel in the future you must remove the knobs first ?

The very last step is the finishing touch; decide on a layout for all the stickers and place the stickers on the ten transparent buttons, four rotary knobs and next to the two encoders. Should you ever want a different layout, you can move and change the buttons all to suit your needs.

And say honestly? Isn't the end result stunningly beautiful! I can't say and conclude anything but that this has been a super fun and satisfying project, but more on that later.

Step 7: Testing and Setting up SimHub

Now that all the buttons are mounted we are officially done with the montage! Time to bring our HYP-R to life and test if all the buttons and functionalities work. When you connect the wheel to your computer, four USB devices appear: a USB hub, a Game Controller HID, a virtual COM port and the VoCore screen. The VoCore screen requires you to install a driver yourself, but the other devices are automatically recognized and installed.

You see the buttons and other controls of the steering wheel on your computer as a standard 'USB Game Controller'. Go to 'Control Panel,' choose 'Devices and Printers,' and find your controller there. Right-click on the controller and then 'Game Controller Settings' to see the controller's input. Choose the PE HYP-R and click 'Properties' to see the input. Then test if all the clipping works. Note! The built-in 'properties' panel in Windows can only show 32 inputs. Even though you can't see them, the other buttons and inputs work just fine! So don't be alarmed if the buttons don't light up ?

SimHub Installation

For the display and LEDs of your Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R steering wheel you have SimHub required. This is a powerful program that allows you to add external hardware to your simulator from dashboards, wind simulators to bass shakers. The program is modular and in free mode has some limitations, such as a limit of 10 FPS. You can support the creator and purchase a license for a few euros!

To use the VoCore display, you must first install the drivers. These can be found on the SimHub website. You can install existing dashboards and import them into the SimHub library. To configure your VoCore display, go to "Dash Studio" and select VOCORE. Be sure to enable your display and choose a dashboard to use. You can customize dashboards or even create new ones.

To set up your RGB LEDs, go to the Arduino menu, select the RGB LEDs tab and click on "Profiles Manager. You can import custom LED profiles here. If SimHub does not automatically detect your HYP-R wheel, check the connection between your wheel and the PC. If everything works (buttons, display) but the LEDs don't, check if another program is using the COM port. Sometimes random programs, such as a slicer for a 3D printer, use random serial ports.

The Final Result Of Our DIY Sim Racing Wheel

The end result of the DIY sim racing wheel is simply phenomenal! The beauty and sophistication of the design exceed all expectations. The DIY files from Pokornyi Engineering are exceptionally well organized and make the whole process very accessible. Everything is described clearly and in detail in the comprehensive manual and all files are neatly organized. By carefully reading the manual and working accurately, anyone, regardless of technical skills or background, can successfully complete these projects. It's really impressive how accessible these manuals are, even for beginners. And all for

The great thing about these projects is that you can control the complexity. If you choose to make everything yourself, it can be a time-consuming challenge, but that only adds to the satisfaction when you see the end result. Whether you are a beginner or someone more experienced in DIY projects, Pokornyi Engineering's manuals offer the perfect balance of clarity and depth. This ensures that the project is accessible to everyone, and the end result is all the more beautiful because of the effort and dedication put into it.

This experience of building my own sim racing wheel was incredibly enjoyable. It was a fantastic engineering challenge and an incredibly fun experience. The satisfaction of seeing and feeling the finished product is indescribable. I highly recommend this project to anyone with a passion for sim racing. It is a unique opportunity to put your skills to the test while creating something truly unique and new.

The whole experience was so much fun, I can hardly wait to start more sim racing DIY projects. For anyone interested in similar projects, I recommend checking out the Pokornyi Engineering website check out for all their insane products. Their range is sure to inspire exciting new DIY challenges in the world of sim racing.


Top Pick

Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R

"An Absolute Must!"

The Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R is a top-of-the-line sim racing wheel. It combines stylish design with advanced features for a realistic racing experience. The HYP-R is perfect for both beginners and experienced builders. The result is a professional and durable racing wheel and a must-have for any sim racer.

In the video below, you can see how I test the Pokornyi Engineering HYP-R to the limit in my simulator. It's amazing how every detail contributes to superior quality and an unparalleled experience. Don't forget us liking and subscribing on YouTube! My thanks is great ?

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