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Old 12-17-2012, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BMW M Performance Steering wheel... very cool!

I really like the idea of this - as well as the look.

I wonder if there is a nice aftermarket one that is as slick for other cars...

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Old 12-17-2012, 02:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Kind of nice. But I just afraid, that part of the steering wheel is easily fade because of the sun light UV rays..
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tacky gimmickery... even for a BMW.....
It'll probably cause them to drive even more like asshats.
HUD was a good idea since it keeps all data in plain sight, but this you'll have to change the focal point more dramatically, and worse yet, chase it around.
Besides, it'll probably be like a $1500 option that you can't opt out if you want Sport Package or some BS like that.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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HUD was a good idea since it keeps all data in plain sight, but this you'll have to change the focal point more dramatically, and worse yet, chase it around.
This...

I'd hate to think of all the guys doing the sideways cat head trying to decipher their lap times at the track.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree. I mean, how hard is it to look at your dashboard? HUD's is different story since you're not taking your eyes of the road.

With this wheel, people will probably still try to read the display as the wheel starts to turn or is turned.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It's really cool but it's got 'accident waiting to happen' written all over it.

That being said, I had Head Up Display in my X5 and I LOVED it. Honestly wish I had that in every vehicle (although it wouldn't work with the rake of the Elige windshield, oops sorry, windscreen).
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow... lot of haters. But yeah, surely for posers only... I mean race cars would never do this kind thing. Oh nooooooo...
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This is so pathetic!
Makes me glad we have pure sports cars with Lotus...a rarer breed with each passing year.
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The first version of this was so nice. My friend had one and I drove his car a lot. The programmable shift lights were cool, but I just loved the feel/shape of the steering wheel. Display was cool, but didn't really use it.
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A lot more hate than I expected.
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I like the LED tach, but the LCD seems useless.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm going to agree that this steering wheel is pretty useless and has "car crash" written all over it. The shift lights would be cool because that is something you can see out of periferal vision. Why would you want a display that small? If it wasn't intended for racing applications, I suppose I could consider it a bit more useful. I'll admit, looking at my steering wheel to determine mpg, trip miles, and remaining fuel would be easier than scrolling through options on the ceiling of my Grand Cherokee.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Plack: I don't think you can ever post anything and get someone to say something positive about it. Somehow everybody here are experts in accidents , racing and many other factors. It's almost pointless to share anything on this forum anymore.
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A lot more hate than I expected.
Not me. Big fan of BMW gadgetry until of course they replaced a physical dipstick with an electronic one.

The wheel you posted pulls its data via canbus, ibus and kbus. The newer BMW models even have fiber optics iirc. This technology diminished the role of the good ol' slip ring which can only carry a limited number of signals. I was briefly involved with designing data acquisition system integrated into race steering wheels. Provided some support to grassroots and semi-pro teams. Cool stuff. Numerous sleepless nights though.

Btw the amount of information on the wheel is just enough for peripheral vision and a quick glance least for the lap timer. No one stares dead on at the display while driving. Studies have shown that under racing environment that most drivers can grab two pieces of vital numerical information efficiently. Of course you don't do this during an apex stealing moment but usually during the straights or yellow flags or pitstops.
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458 style shift lights up the wheel look great, but I don't get the point of another mini gauge/info cluster on a part that spins/moves.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:48 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Alp - that sounds like it was a lot of fun to be a part. I can easily see a use for the little gauge - data is always good!
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The newer BMW models even have fiber optics iirc.
Yup, called the MOST bus. They've had it for a few years now.
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