Thrustmaster previews new rally steering wheel

Thomas Harrison-Lord
The new device was showcased at the recent French rallycross round held at the venerated Lohéac venue.
Thrustmaster previews new rally steering wheel

Visitors to the northern circuit flocked in their thousands to see Davy Jeanney take on nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb in a rallycross event.

But, they were also greeted by fresh sim racing equipment, in the form of a rally steering wheel prototype from Thrustmaster.

Thrustmaster rally wheel, 2023

Used in collaboration with the direct drive PC-only T818 wheel base, the new device was using the company’s all-new quick release system natively, which has not yet been seen in use.

Quentin Dall’olmo, who is a Thrustmaster brand ambassador, posted to TikTok a brief video of the wheel in action (hat tip Josh Martin and Jon Armstong for also sharing) – Dall’olmo won the DiRT Rally 2.0 Word Series rallycross championship in 2021 and this season is competing in the iRacing Of-Road championship alongside sibling Killian.

@quentin_dallolmo La nouvelle roue de @Thrustmaster 😍🔥 #thrustmaster #simracing #esports #rallye #rx #wrc #t818 #tss #gamingroom #setup #fyp ♬ NANANA COLA IAN ASHER EDIT Out Now On SoundCloud – Ian Asher

Based purely on the quick clip, we can see that it’s completely round (with no squared-off edges) which is ideal for the lock-to-lock driving required for rally, rallycross or drifting. It also features hints of yellow throughout, both as a backing for four rotary switches and also stitching on the rim.

There looks to be 10 additional buttons plus what looks like a form of analogue ‘nub’ for menu scrolling. Around the rear is the aforementioned quick release system and a pair of seemingly magnetic shifters.

Thrustmaster T818 new quick release wheel

It marks the second new wheel expected but the popular gaming peripheral manufacturer, following the teasing of a Ferrari 488 GT3 wheel during a Ferrari Esports stream. It makes the beginning of a push to support the latest T818 device, although adaptors will be available to make sure these new wheels work with older wheel bases too.

We are yet to receive confirmation from Thrustmaster about the device’s name, price or availability.

Previous Post
Aston Martin DB5, Goodwood Motor Circuit, Gran Turismo 7, Lap Time Challenge

Gran Turismo 7’s Lap Time Challenge, 7th-21st September: Licence to thrill

Next Post
Rocket League's Season 12 adds the Porsche 911 Turbo (964)

Rocket League’s Season 12 adds the Porsche 911 Turbo (964)

Related Posts