Inspired by smartphones, P1Sim has created the world’s first portrait touchscreen on a SIM racing wheel. We continued to see if it was intentional.
So many high-end SIM racing wheels and real-world racing car wheels opt for the traditional portrait display.
That’s the norm. But why?
As the iPhone became comfortable to hold in portrait orientation, more images began to be taken this way, and then apps like Snapchat and TikTok were created exclusively for vertical content.
In road cars, the Tesla Model S/X and Ford Mustang Mach E have opted for huge portrait infotainment screens.
Now P1Sim has acquired a 4-inch touchscreen right in the middle of its latest Arnage sim racing steering wheel.
“We had the idea of having a vertical screen that would allow the driver to display data in a different way with a new philosophy,” P1Sim founder and CEO Benoit Constance told Traxion.GG at the recent SimRacing Expo in Germany.
“We can go up [of the screen] the most important information, right where your eyes are going.”
The panel design was created by a French company, so out of the box, it has your delta time, mostly red in my testing, so to speak, right in your peripheral vision above the screen.
After the acclimatization lap, I knew without thinking whether I was up or down for the best lap time. Same with outfit choice, it’s at the bottom of your eye line.
The rest of the information has been simplified. It’s everything you need, but nothing more. But if you want to change that, just open SimHub.
The apex of the wheel also does not exist. It’s not quite a yoke, but you can see your fingertips changing gears and thankfully there’s still enough real estate to hold the wheel even around the Hockenheimring’s tight Spitzkehre.
On the bottom of the device, in an unusual position, are two rotary dials, and at first it feels a little odd to have them facing away from you and nowhere near your thumbs. But as it turns out, they’re in the ideal place for your little finger to spin.
The display isn’t the only new area for the P1Sim, as the Arnage also heralds some major upgrades over its predecessors.
There are four paddles at the back, two for the gears, two for the clutch, but they now use Hall sensors and the main plate is forged carbon fiber. Everything else is CNC machined aluminum and its backlit buttons for the first time.
“I would say it took about six to eight months to develop,” Constance said.
“It was available for pre-order a few months ago. This is now the final version and the first ones are set to ship before Christmas.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with feedback so far.”
This unique PC sim racing wheel can be ordered now for €899.00 excluding VAT.