Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak car wheel can be used for games
As video games become more and more realistic, the lines between driving real cars and their virtual counterparts are becoming more and more blurred. And that line is most blurry with the steering wheel used in the Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak racing car. Not only is it a wheel for the racing car, but it can also be used to play racing simulators.
Bentley worked with video game steering wheel maker Fanatec to make the Pikes Peak racer unit. It’s awesome just like a car wheel because it’s made of magnesium and carbon fiber. The grips are coated with Alcantara, including the removable lower part designed to give the driver more weight around the bobby pins. The rotary switches are CNC machined aluminum with Bentley’s knurled design. In the middle of it all are LED rev indicators and a 3.4-inch circular display that shows the current gear selection and driver settings.
But a quick disconnect of the Bentley’s steering column and steering wheel can be transferred to a Fanatec steering wheel base and reconnected for virtual enjoyment. In this configuration, the screen can display various telemetry and in-game information, and the buttons can be programmed for various functions.
Although availability and pricing has not been announced, you will be able to purchase your own example of this wheel. Considering the materials and functionality, this will likely be quite expensive, but certainly one of the most unique and usable automotive collectibles ever. Even if you don’t want to use it for video games, it comes with a stand that turns it into a display piece, and the center screen can double as a watch or map display and telemetry from laps of racing tracks. We suspect you could also use it as a real steering wheel in a car, assuming you have a compatible quick release. However, depending on the car, you may not be able to use all of the switches, paddles, or even the screen. Still, that would be cool and probably a quality piece.