Many in the Sim Racing community look for as authentic an experience as possible, to get as close to real life racing. One common move a sim racer can do is replace the steering wheel rim on their setup. Sam Maxwell has made a business out of that, Sam Maxwell Customs, where he makes custom wheel plates that you can put real life steering wheels onto, and use them with Logitech, Thrustmaster, and high end steering units.

One of my good friends Matthew O’Donnell, also known as “True Racer” in the Sim Racing community, was able to meet Sam Maxwell, and ask him some questions about his latest wheel, the Custom F1 rim. I believe this may be the first time that Sam Maxwell has been seen in the flesh on video, so that’s pretty cool as well. If you’re looking for more information on the Custom F1 Rim, check out this preview from Barry Rowland of Sim Racing Garage (different grip but same wheel).

Matt also got the opportunity to interview Tony Levantino of K1 Speed, which is making an affordable, yet high end racing cockpit. They have been hard at work, trying to create a solid motion chassis, and they brought a prototype to the Long Beach Grand Prix to test it out. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this group, and to see how it’ll stack up against companies such as CXC Simulations and other groups.

For more fun sim racing videos, I highly recommend you check out the True Racer channel on YouTube, where he regularly puts out sim racing and karting videos. He also has a Twitch.tv channel, where you can watch him doing events live.

Do any of you own a Sam Maxwell Customs wheel? How do you like it? Let us know in the comments!

By the way, I have an interview planned with Matt in the near future, so stay tuned to Sim Racing Paddock for the latest on that!