This advanced steering wheel can be used both in the Bentley Continental GT3 and in a virtual simulator since it is interchangeable. Its creators claim that it is the only steering wheel that can be used in real racing cars, but also virtual ones, that is, in video games. It is manufactured by Bentley in collaboration with hardware specialist Fanatec and designed specifically for the Continental GT3 that will compete on America's famous Pikes Peak climb.
Multifunction steering wheel
It includes materials such as light carbon fiber, magnesium alloy and is multifunctional since it has different buttons and levers that allow you to keep your hands off the wheel to control many functions of the car. In the center stands a circular digital display that offers the driver telemetry and information on the car's performance.
Exclusive Bentley design details include a multitude of pushbuttons as well as a display that integrates into the cockpit. Also several rotary controls, directional sticks, encoder, paddles for gear change, all inspired by the racing version of the Continental GT.
When the steering wheel is not used in the car, it is disassembled and can be used as a decoration since it includes support for placement and a cover for transport.
As Paul Williams, Director of Motorsports at Bentley Motors points out, "Our collaboration with Fanatec has repurposed the steering wheel of the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak for virtual use. There couldn't be a more realistic way for gaming enthusiasts to experience the thrill of driving. one of our fastest vehicles ever, from home. "
Ascent to Pikes Peak
Thomas Jackermeier, CEO of Fanatec's parent company, Endor AG, notes that "This is the most advanced steering wheel we've ever made, and it will be used in a car that is simply awesome and cool. We were honored to make an iconic steering wheel so that an iconic car participates in the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and our customers can be part of it and drive exactly the same wheel in a simulator. "
The Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak has a 4.0-liter V8 engine, with twin-turbo and specific tuning that allows it to have more than 750 hp and 1000 Nm of torque. It is even prepared to run on renewable synthetic fuel and will attempt a new record for the demanding layout of this event.