Racing simulators won’t ever be the same again. Cosworth is bringing the real-life thrill and feel of driving a racing car with its first “dedicated sim steering wheel,” dubbed the ‘CCW MkII Pro Sim.’ Shown off at the Autosport International motorsport event, this new racing sim accessory takes inspiration from the company’s already existing high-performance steering wheel, the CCW Mk2, “which has been present in LMP2, Indy Car and Super Formula in recent years.”
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Announcing our first dedicated sim steering wheel, the CCW MkII Pro Sim!
This is our first step into the #simracing space and we’re really excited to bring you a fully functioning sim version of our much-loved CCW Mk2.
— Cosworth (@Cosworth) January 12, 2023
With this new consumer-grade version, the British automotive engineering giant hopes to bring the same level of performance, functional accuracy, visual and tactile feel as the actual race car steering wheel, promising to simulate “reality to the highest degree, helping to enable the most productive sim training experiences for drivers and teams.”
This new Pro Sim version has been created in partnership with SIMTAG, the Belgian pro-grade sim equipment manufacturer, and marks Cosworth’s first venture into the sim racing scene. And in its first attempt, Cosworth has nailed almost every aspect, fully decking the steering wheel to give you the ultimate driving experience. Even the wheel’s design has been brought over from its real-world counterpart, to make drivers feel as if they are holding the real deal.
The CCW MkII Pro Sim comes fitted with an exactly identical 280mm carbon fiber rim, a 4.3-inch 480×272 QVGA TFT display for telemetry use, along with a ten shift and six alarm LEDs. But the fun doesn’t end here. The wheel plate comes with 10 easy-access push-button switches, four 12-position rotary switches, and two 12-position thumbwheels.
While talking with Traxion, Stefan Balkowiec, managing director said, “This is a historic moment for Cosworth. It’s our very first product sim racing product, utilising our decades of experience in motorsport electronics. Sim racers the opportunity to have a genuine Cosworth wheel with identical functionality to the motorsport version of the CCW MkII at home for use on their favourite sim racing titles.”
On paper, this new Pro Sim wheel undoubtedly looks way ahead of most racing sim equipment currently on the market. However, we’ll still have to check the CCW MkII Pro Sim for ourselves to see how it fairs against the competition. As of writing, Cosworth hasn’t shared any details surrounding when the CCW MkII Pro Sim’s release date or how much it will cost. Hopefully, we’ll get to hear more about it in the coming months.