Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer Review

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Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer Review

By / Racing Sim Equipment Reviews / Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:50

Today I will be doing a review of the Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer - I have recently purchased the wheel after reading some reviews and watching a couple of videos on youtube.

I'll start by saying that I only game on Windows PC's and this wheel is PC only but I beleive that the Thrustmaster Sparco wheel is compatible with consoles and is the same wheel base ast the TS-PC Racer.

I have owned many sim steering wheels over the time from Logitech, Fanatec and Thurstmaster.  The TS-PC Racer was purchased to replace my old Fanatec CSR Forza wheel which was starting to show it's age after lots of use over the four or more years that I had it.

 

Why Did I Purchase The Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer

The decision came down to a number of factors which were:

  • Cost
  • Different Wheels That Can Be Used
  • Will It Fit On My Next Level GT Ultimate Rig

Cost was the big factor for me as I can't justfy the cost of a Direct Drive Wheel or the Fanatec Clubsport V2 Wheel base.  I was keen on the Fanatec CSL Wheel base but after hearing reviews that the Fanatec CSL doesn't fit properly on the Next Level GT Ultimate Rig without some drilling I decided to go with the TS-PC Racer as it will fit properly and the wheel attachments are Ferrari Branded and being a Ferrari Fan myself made getting the wheel a great choice for me.

 How Does It Look

My initial impressions of the TS-PC Racer when searching online was this wheel was one ugly looking thing with it's open wheeler styled wheel with all the bright colors.  So when I got the wheel home I very suprised to see that wheel was not that ugly at all and a good sized fit for me.  The only weird looking thing for me was the power supply that weighs a ton and is shaped like a turbo.  Thankfully for me I have cable tied it to the side of my rig so I can't see the bloody thing.

You can pickup the TS-PC Racer from Ricmotech they sell a number of Thrustmaster upgrades and modded wheels.

How Does It Handle

Now as someone that has not used any of the Direct Drive or high end Fanatec products I don't know how the TS-PC Racer compares so I can only go by the wheels that I have used which as I said before were Logitech Wheels and the Fanatec CSR Forza edition wheel.  The wheel was easy to setup and easily screwed onto my race rig.  The wheel attachment as a quick release of sorts.  You basically push the wheel onto the wheel base screw the collar on and then with screw in a grub screw to hold it all together.  I have heard through forums that wheel can feel flimsy at times and this normally due to grub screw either working it's way loose or not being screwed in at all.

The first game I tried the wheel with was iRacing which is my sim of choice and all I can say is WOW!!!!  the wheel feels fantastic at stock settings with a nice firm feel especailly around the centre and makes for nice smooth wheel inputs.  I felt myself turning the wheel smoother and more control over my Fanatec wheel.  The wheel attachment that comes with the wheel base also feels really nice and is a nice size that suits my physique.  I have play pCar2, F1 2017 and Forza Motorsport 7 all with same results the force feedback feels amazing and I'm sure I'm turning the car in with more control and better feel for what the car is doing.  I have found myself just doing lap after lap with a big grin on my face.

Overall I think the wheel is an excellent upgrade from lower specced wheels and with the Ferrari and Sparco endorsements makes for a solid eco system to buy into.  You can purchase the TS-PC Racer from Ricmotech who have a number of Thrustmaster upgrades and modded wheels.

Author

Benjamin Brook

Benjamin Brook

Owner of Brook Racing - being an avid sim racer for over 30 years.  Enjoy most motorsports but I'm a big fan of F1, Australian Supercars, GT Racing and NASCAR

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