Bentley and Fanatec offer Pikes Peak steering wheel

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Among the features that make the Bentley Pikes Peak GT3 race car special is its steering wheel, designed with Fanatec to be used not only on a racing circuit but in a racing simulator. Bentley says the steering wheel will be offered as an accessory for Fanatec force-feedback racing simulator equipment.

The steering wheel is made from carbon fiber and magnesium alloy and is equipped with several driving functions.

“The first steering wheel of its kind to have actually raced in a car, the desirable accessory offers gamers a chance to experience first-hand what it must be like to drive one of the world’s most powerful cars,” Bentley Motors notes in its news release. “The center of the GT3  steering wheel is given over to a circular digital display that offers the driver vital telemetry and information about their performance.” 

The steering wheel also features Bentley design details, including knurling on the rotary encoders, forged carbon display bezel, two 7-way FunkySwitch directional sticks with encoder functionality, a pair of aluminum thumb wheels with optical encoders, and four magnetic paddles – two for gear shifting and two auxiliaries. 

Bentley notes that when not being used in the vehicle or video simulator, the steering wheel can be displayed on a wall or desk, and comes with mounting equipment as well as a travel case.

The steering wheel in the race car

Our detailed collaboration with Fanatec has repurposed the steering wheel from the Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak car for virtual use,” said Paul Williams, director of motorsport for the automaker. “There cannot be a more realistic way for gaming enthusiasts to experience the thrill of driving one of our fastest ever vehicles, from home.” 

Added Thomas Jackermeier, chief executive of Fanatec’s parent company Endor AG, “This is the most advanced wheel we’ve ever made, and it will be used in a car which is simply stunning and the definition of cool. We had the honor of making an iconic wheel for an iconic car to race at the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and our customers can be part of it and drive the exact same wheel in a simulator.” 

Pricing of the steering wheel is to be announced.

The 99th Pikes Peak Hill Climb is scheduled for June 27.

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