Gran Turismo 5 will be here -- eventually. In preparation, the German-based Fanatec ("fanatic") is releasing an upgraded version of its Porsche 911 GT3 RS racing wheel. The V2 wheel, which is wrapped with hand-stitched Alcantara, now boasts a host of features, including upgraded electronics based off the well-received 911 Turbo S wheel.
For the GT3 RS wheel, which carries legit Porsche licensing, customers can opt to have button shifters or paddles made of steel, aluminum, or carbon. The three force feedback motors support PlayStation 3 and PC racing games, and, should you opt for them, aluminum ClubSport pedals feature a pressure-sensitive brake sensor and ABS-simulated vibration under braking. A revised tuning function allows owners to adjust the ABS-simulated vibration for the brakes and wheel, as well as degrees of rotation, force feedback strength, and damper strength. You can even adjust the steering axis' linearity for on-center stability.
Alone, the wheel asks $179.95. Choose the ClubSport package, which includes the aluminum pedals, and you're looking at $319.95. But if you already have a GT3 RS wheel, Fanatec will upgrade it to V2 spec for $40.
Now it's just a matter of waiting for GT5.