In June, we caught a glimpse at the next premier Thrustmaster racing wheel, via a display at the GT Sport reveal at Copper Box. What we didn’t see was the wheel in action. Now, we finally have our first taste of the new wheel in action, via a GT Sport preview video from Brazil!
The interview doesn’t really feature any new announcements, but it is a good watch (you will need subtitles if you don’t speak Portuguese though). The interview discusses Kazunori Yamauchi’s inspiration for Gran Turismo, which was large in part due to Ayrton Senna’s legendary career.
However, the star of the video is the yet-to-be-named Thrustmaster racing wheel. This is our first look of this mysterious wheel in action, but we don’t have any confirmed new information about the wheel. In the reveal of this wheel, Kaz gave us some information about the wheel featuring a new Force Feedback system:
“I always felt with other wheels that something was wrong – that something was off. When we actually used the torque meter to measure the torque on those other steering wheels, there were some that had a high peak but would then drop off – they would only give the torque in spikes. So we went and redesigned it so that the torque delivery is linear.
Even when you play with the wheel for hours at a time, the torque delivery will remain stable.”
-Kazunori Yamauchi (GTPlanet Interview)
Most outlets, ourselves included, have stated that this may be a Direct Drive wheel, but we are still awaiting on a concrete confirmation. Unfortunately, we can’t decipher if this is a DD wheel just from this vide.
What we can analyze however, is the appearance of the wheel. The base appears to be smaller than the T500RS, and maybe even smaller than the T300/TX series as well. From this older shot of the wheel, we can see something pretty big under the wire mesh. Could that be a larger motor used to drive the wheel? We will likely find out soon™.
We will likely hear more information about this Thrustmaster wheel as we get closer to the release of GT Sport, which is slated for sometime in 2017. What are your thoughts on the upcoming TM wheel? Let us know!