Inspired by smartphones, P1Sim has created the world’s first portrait touchscreen display on a sim racing wheel. We proceeded to see if it was a trendsetter.
Many high-end racing steering wheels, and real-world racing car wheels, opt for a traditional landscape screen.
This is normal. but why?
Because the iPhone was comfortable to hold in portrait orientation, more photos began to be taken that way, and then apps like Snapchat and TikTok were built exclusively for vertical content.
Among road cars, the Tesla Model S/X and Ford Mustang Mach E have largely gone for portrait infotainment screens.
Now, P1Sim has gone for a 4-inch touchscreen right in the middle of its latest Arnage sim racing steering wheel.
P1Sim founder and CEO Benoit Constans told Traxion.GG at the recent SimRacing Expo in Germany, “We had the idea of having a vertical screen to allow the driver to display data in a different way with a new philosophy. ”
“We can keep on top [of the screen] The most important information, where your eyes are going.”
The dashboard is designed by a French company, so out of the box, it has your delta time, basically in my testing it must say, in your peripheral vision at the top of the display.
After an acclimatization lap, I knew if I was up or down on the best lap time without even thinking about it. The same goes for gear selection, it’s just below your eye line.
Rest of the information is simplified. Just what you need, but nothing more. But should you want to change it, just fire SimHub.
The top of the wheel is also missing. It’s not quite a gamble, but you can see your fingertips changing gears and thankfully, there’s still enough grip real estate to hold the wheel even around Hockenheimring’s tight Spitzkehr.
There are two rotary dials near the bottom of the device in an unconventional position, and at first, it seems a bit odd that they’re facing away from you and nowhere near your thumb. But, as it turns out, they’re in an ideal place for your little finger to twitch.
The display isn’t the only new area for the P1Sim, as Arnage also announces the introduction of several key upgrades over its previous models.
At the rear, there are four pedals – two for gears, two for clutch – but they now use Hall sensors, and the main plate is forged carbon fiber. Everything else is CNC machined aluminum and for the first time it has implemented backlit buttons.
“I’d say it took about six to eight months to develop,” Constance said.
“It was available for pre-orders a few months ago. This is now the final version, and the first ones will ship before Christmas.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the feedback so far.”
This unique PC sim racing wheel can now be ordered for €899,00 excluding VAT.