This replica wheel started life as a commission project for an owner of a Porsche GT3 RS who wanted a wheel for his simulator that would as closely match the the actual Porsche GT3 CUP wheel that is available through Porsche Racing, with increased functionality and of course a much lower Price tag than the $2000+ costs of the original. The Design was painstakingly revised to work with the wheel that we found as the closest in visual to the actual Sabelt Porsche GT3 CUP steering wheel. This wheel was the Sparco L360 Suede (BTW the PSPGT3 doesn't look at all bad with the original Sabelt wheel as well). There were design elements that had to be adjusted to accommodate the different design of the L360 but through it all the design was tweaked to give the wheel the same personality as the original. We chose the Graphite to be used to match the twill style used on the original as well as designed the paddles to visually represent the originals as closely as possible. From the Black Aluminum Surround buttons to the Custom Printed lettering on the wheel using a recreated typeface similar to what was used on the original wheel, everything was done to meet or exceed the quality and visual appeal of the original.
One of the goals of the PSPGT3 design was to extend the functionality of the wheel for simulation use. The original wheel had 8 buttons and the paddle shift units, but for simulation we need more. So we went to work on deciding what would be optimal. By replacing three of the buttons with encoders we were able to allow for in car adjustments that normally wouldn't have been possible. The addition of a single button used as a SHIFT register we were able to double the use of every encoder and button to give an unprecedented number of functions to the wheel without compromising the visual appeal that the Porsche GT3 Cup wheel offers.