Jimmy Broadbent is one of the most exciting sim racing streamers to follow. He is simply doing what he loves the most, and you can tell it.
During his streaming career, Jimmy has had several unexpected and fantastic opportunities to showcase his sim racing and commentator skills in real life.
For example, in 2018, he had the opportunity to do commentary for Grand Turismo over at the Nurburgring. Later he was offered to become one of the official commentators for GT Sport World Tour events.
Jimmy also had the opportunity to try out the BMW Motorsport simulator in Germany. As he has said, he is very grateful to have all of these opportunities to compete against professional racing drivers and other sim racers.
Besides having 500K subscribers on YouTube, those are all great achievements.
Anyway, in this article, you will find out what wheel, pedals, shifter, handbrake, and the seat does Jimmy Broadbent use. This article will also review his PC specs and gaming equipment.
So, what wheel does Jimmy Broadbent use? As his main wheel Jimmy Broadbent uses Momo Mod 27/C steering wheel with Ascher Racing C26S Button Box. His Momo steering wheel costs approximately €230, but the Ascher Racing C26S Button Box box costs around €580. Jimmy Broadbent’s direct-drive steering system base costs approximately €400. So the main components of Jimmy Broadbent’s racing setup cost approximately €1200.
That’s quite costly equipment, but it has helped Jimmy to become a better sim racer. Of course, he also has to be an excellent entertainer to keep those subscriber numbers growing.
Here are some of Jimmy Broadbent’s YouTube stats:
- joined on August 19, 2006
- first video upload on May 6, 2012
- 10K subscribers on April 7, 2017
- 50K subscribers on December 26, 2017
- 100K subscribers on June 4, 2018
- currently, his channel has a total of 120 million video views
- now, his channel has 500K subscribers
- each video has 200K on average
- each video has 9K likes on average
- each video has 600 comments on average
Besides that, Jimmy Broadbent also has 46K followers on Twitter. He’s posting several Tweets per day, and as you might imagine, most of them are about sim racing.
Jimmy Broadbent uploaded his first YouTube video on May 6, 2012, and one year later, he already hit 10K subscribers mark. Two years and one month later, he already had 100K subscribers to his channel.
Jimmy Broadbent’s Wheel
Jimmy Broadbent’s main wheel is Momo Mod 27/C steering wheel with Ascher Racing C26S Button Box.
Jimmy’s Momo Mod 27/C costs approximately €230. It is designed for a confined sports car and racer cockpits. Its anatomically-designed rim is covered with premium suede, and it has a flat bottom to give the driver better leg clearance.
Here are some of its specs:
- Weight – 2 lbs
- Dimensions – 14 x 14 x 2 in
- Wheel diameter – 270mm
- Wheel coating – Black Suede
Jimmy’s C26S button plate has six pushbuttons, two toggle switches, and two multifunctional joysticks with seven inputs each. Two additional button inputs are fitter for future use. The C26S button plate has a carbon paddle shifters.
At the time of writing this article, all steering wheels on Ascher Racing’s website are sold out. Nevertheless, here’s the link to their official website.
Its price is €579.00.
What wheelbase does Jimmy Broadbent use?
Jimmy uses OSW that he got from his sponsors at Sim Racing Bay.
The direct-drive steering system, like Jimmy’s, cost approximately €400. It seems like its currently sold out Sim Racing Bay’s website. Newer and better direct-drive wheelbases are available on Simucube’s website.
It’s a serious piece of kit with the peak output of torque of 30 nm.
Jimmy Broadbent’s first sim racing wheel was Logitech G27. Compared to his current wheel, its peak output of torque was only 2.3 nm.
As Jimmy explains in one of his videos, his direct-drive servo motor has a grounding wire which goes down to pedals and then to the PC. The grounding wire is needed because the motor produces a lot of electromagnetic interference.
What Rig does Jimmy Broadbent use?
Jimmy Broadbent uses Heusinkveld Sim Rig GT.
The Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Rig is a strong yet compact GT-style cockpit solution, which allows you to rigidly mount your pedals, wheel, shifter, handbrake, seat, and triple monitors in one integrated solution.
Its steering wheel bracket and seat brackets are compatible with a wide variety of brands.
Heusinkveld Sim Rig’s steering wheel bracket is compatible with the following wheels and motors:
- SimExperience AccuForce V1 wheel
- Commonly used Lenze MCS12 series, Mige 130 series & Kollmorgen AKM 52-53-54 motors
- Fanatec CSW V2
- Fanatec DD1 & DD2
The monitor stand supports triple 24″-28″ screens.
Its price on Heusingveld’s website is €1349.00.
What Pedals Does Jimmy Broadbent Use?
Jimmy uses Pro Pedals by Heusinkveld Engineering.
As it is said on their website, the pedal mounting plate, shifter bracket, and handbrake bracket are compatible with Heusinkveld Engineering products, but you should be able to make it work with other brands as well.
Heusinkveld’s two-pedal set (no clutch) will cost you €1079.00.
Three pedal set will cost €1329.00. As you might already know, Jimmy has a three-pedal set.
What Shifter Does Jimmy Broadbent Use?
Jimmy Broadbent uses Fanatec Clubsport Shifter SQ V 1.5.
The ClubSport Shifter SQ features seven speeds on a traditional H-pattern, just like in a Porsche 911. Pressing down the shifter to shift into the 7th gear or reverse keeps you from shifting incorrectly and makes you go faster. Its gear knob is exchangeable and compatible to popular automotive standards.
Here are some of its features:
- Full metal construction
- Shifter knob made of solid polished aluminum
- Very realistic sequential mode with strong haptic feedback
Its price on Fanatec’s website is €259.95.
What Handbrake Does Jimmy Broadbent Use?
Jimmy Broadbent uses Fanatec Clubsport Handbrake V1.5.
Several mounting options allow you to position the ClubSport Handbrake V1.5 wherever you need it. For example, attach the handbrake directly to a ClubSport Shifter.
Its price on Fanatec’s website is €129.95.
To make this handbrake compatible with his steering wheel, Jimmy also uses Fanatec’s Clubsport USB Adapter, which costs €19.55.
What Are Jimmy Broadbent’s PC specs?
But for Jimmy, it seems like he is completely satisfied with his PC build.
Here are Jimmy Broadbent’s PC specs:
- Processor – Intel Core i7-8700K
- Graphics card – MSI 1080Ti
- RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
- Motherboard – MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon
Jimmy’s CPU price on Amazon is $379.00. Check it out HERE.
Jimmy’s GPU price on Amazon is $819.00. Check it out HERE.
Jimmy’s RAM price on Amazon is $79.99. Check it out HERE.
Jimmy’s motherboard price on Amazon is $259.00. Check it out HERE.
Most of these components were released back in 2017. So if you considered building a PC as Jimmy has, I would recommend getting newer and better models.
On the other hand, by purchasing all of these PC components now, you would get great all-around performance at a fair price.
What Racing Gloves Does Jimmy Broadbent Use?
Jimmy Broadbent uses F33L SR1-X Sim Racing Gloves.
These gloves come in four different sizes and two different colors. These gloves are designed specifically for sim racers by sim racers. The gloves are lightweight in design, allowing the hands to breathe while providing flexibility, enhanced feel, and tactility.
In one of his videos, Jimmy says that these gloves are very comfortable and durable. He says that he can’t recommend them enough.
Their price on F33L’s website is £20.00.
What Seat Does Jimmy Broadbent Use?
As for his sim racing seat, Jimmy uses OMP TRS-E.
It has one size, and it comes in three colors. Its price on Amazon is $584.75. Check it out HERE.
So Jimmy Broadbent has quite an expensive sim racing equipment. Nevertheless, he recently had an opportunity to try out an even more expensive racing simulator – a £1,000,000 driver training simulator.
In an interview with BMW GROUP, Jimmy shared his feelings about the event. He said that it was the best simulator that he has ever sat in.
You can read the full interview HERE.
Here is what Jimmy had to say when he was asked what were the biggest differences between his race simulator, which is a high-end one, and the BMW Motorsport simulator?
“First of all, motion. I’ve been in sims that have had motion, but it’s been done wrong. It’s very easy to overdo motion. But the setup was just right in the BMW Motorsport simulator. It feels like you are actually in the BMW M4 DTM driving laps at the Hockenheimring. Then there’s the real cockpit, the very cool and impressive realistic brake pedal, the seating position, and the huge screen, on which I could see the track and the surroundings the same way as in real life. On my screen at home, I can only look to the apex in a hairpin. Here I could see the exit of the bend and look at the whole racing line. Overall it was definitely the best simulator that I have ever sat in.”
Also, check out this 19 minutes long video to see how well did it go for Jimmy.
Jimmy Broadbend’s Gaming Equipment
Now let’s take a quick look at what headset, microphone, and the camera does Jimmy use.
So, what Headset Does Jimmy Broadbent Use? Jimmy Broadbent uses Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset with Dynamic Cardioid Boom Mic. Its price on Amazon is $199.00.
As for the mic, he uses the Dynamic Cardioid Boom Mic that’s attached to his headset. He has one more microphone, but that’s being used mainly for chats.
For regular and VR racing videos, Jimmy uses his headset microphone.
Jimmy Broadbents’s camera is Logitech’s C920 HD Pro Webcam. It’s a popular choice among other streamers as well, but for even better picture quality, you should consider getting a DSLR camera.
Anyway, Jimmy’s webcam costs approximately $169.29 on Amazon.
Here is the complete list of Jimmy Broadbent’s current sim racing equipment.
Momo Mod 27/C
Ascher Racing C26S
Heusinkveld Sim Rig GT
Heusinkveld Pro Pedals
Fanatec Clubsport SQ V 1.5
Fanatec Clubsport Handbrake V1.5
Intel Core i7-8700K
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon
Logitech C920 HD Pro
So the total cost of Jimmy Broadbent’s setup is €6185 ($6949, £5522).
Depending on when you’re reading this article, Jimmy might already have improved his sim racing equipment.
If you’ve spotted a new piece of equipment that Jimmy uses and it’s not included in this article, please let me know, and I will do my best to update the article as soon as possible.
Otherwise, I hope you had a good read.
Have a good day and see you on YouTube.