Bentley and Fanatec's tiller for the Continental GT3 isn't just for real-life racing


There's only six degrees of separation between Fanatec's racing steering wheel and Bentley's Continental GT3 Pikes Peak car. 

That's because the British auto marque and the sim hardware manufacturer had co-developed a steering wheel that can be used for both real and virtual motor racing.

Bentley said the wheel was designed specifically for the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak challenge car, crafted from lightweight carbon-fiber, magnesium alloy, and equipped with a host of driving functions.

The Fanatec steering is the "first of its kind to have actually raced in a car," Bentley said, and the accessory "offers gamers a chance to experience first-hand what it must be like to drive one of the world’s most powerful cars."

The center of the GT3 wheel features a circular digital display, which offers the driver vital telemetry and information about their performance.


Exclusive Bentley design details include signature knurling on the rotary encoders. Other key features include a forged carbon display bezel, two seven-way FunkySwitch directional sticks with encoder functionality, and a pair of aluminium thumb wheels with optical encoders,

Behind the wheel sit four magnetic paddles: two for gear shifting and two auxiliaries, based on the design of the Continental GT road car, Bentley said. 


When not in use, the racing tiller can be displayed on a wall or desk as it comes equipped with a special mount. A hard traveling case is also provided.

"There cannot be a more realistic way for gaming enthusiasts to experience the thrill of driving one of our fastest-ever vehicles (Continental GT3 Pikes Peak), from home,” Bentley Motorsport Director Paul Williams said. He is also described as a "keen sim racer."

“This is the most advanced wheel we’ve ever made, and it will be used in a car which is simply stunning and the definition of cool," Fanatec parent company CEO Endor Thomas Jackermeier declared.


"We had the honor of making an iconic wheel for an iconic car to race at the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and our customers can be part of it and drive the exact same wheel in a simulator.”

The Conti GT3 Pikes Peak car features a specially-tuned, twin-turbocharged, four-liter V8 engine producing more than 760hp and 1,000Nm of torque. Designed to run on renewable synthetic fuel, it aims to set a new record in the hill climb course in Colorado, USA, in a production-based racing vehicle.

Bentley already holds the course record for the fastest production SUV cars, set by the Bentayga in 2018, and the production car class, set the following year in a Continental GT. 

Photos from Bentley

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