As video games become ever more realistic, the lines between driving real cars and their virtual counterparts gets slimmer. And that line is at its slimmest with the steering wheel used in the Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak race car. Not only is it a wheel for the race car, but it can be used for playing racing simulators, too.
Bentley collaborated with video game steering wheel manufacturer Fanatec to make the unit for the Pikes Peak racer. It’s impressive simply as a car wheel, as it’s made from magnesium and carbon fiber. The grips are covered in Alcantara, including the removable lower section designed to give the driver more leverage around hairpins. The rotary switches are CNC-machined aluminum with Bentley’s knurling design. In the middle of it all are LED rpm indicators and a 3.4-inch circular display that shows current gear selection and driver settings.Play
But a quick disconnect from the Bentley’s steering column, and wheel can be carried over to a Fanatec steering wheel base and reconnected for virtual fun. In this setup, the screen can show various in-game telemetry and information, and the buttons can be programmed for various functions. Watch the video below to get you insight. Though availability and pricing haven’t been announced yet.