Well, the steering wheel you choose for your car determines everything from your comfort during driving and efficiency to your safety.
Therefore, make sure to choose your steering wheel wisely.
To break it down, there are some key things to take into account while buying a steering wheel for your Audi R8 car.
- Size (diameter)Shape
- Grip thickness
- Bolt pattern
However, there are many other things to consider, which can be an overwhelming process. The point is here to narrow down to only the key things that matter the most for your driving.
Size:Steering wheel size, which is often measured by diameter in mm, is an important thing to consider. To make an informed decision, consider your driving habits as well as your preferences for accessibility and visibility.
For example, smaller wheels are comfortable but require more steering effort. This might not be the case with a race car, where you are often required to turn the wheel at 180 degrees.
A large wheel can affect your ability to look through the wheel or above it.
The size of your wheel also impacts your driving comfort. For example, with a large wheel and a deep seat, it might be challenging to get out of the vehicle without a quick-release “tool”.
The shape of your Audi R8 custom steering wheel also does matter.
For example, you might be looking for a larger wheel diameter but impaired visibility might be bothering you.
In this scenario, you can opt for a cut or open-top wheel. Or, you might be bothered by an easy exit from the vehicle, in which case a flat-bottom steering wheel can work, and could facilitate a quick release.
The typical formula car racing wheel shape is an open-top with a flat bottom.
The open-top lets you see the gauge without affecting your driving capability. Besides, the flat bottom can help make it easier to exit from the car.
The dish is defined as the “distance (in mm) from the mounting surface to the center line” of the steering wheel grip. It plays an important role as it determines the distance from the wheel to a driver as well as the distance of the hands from signal stalks.
However, it all depends on your driving preferences. In a normal car, having your fingers too far away from the blinker can be irksome. In a race car, a deep dish can make the wheel more accessible to you, but make it challenging to get in and out of the car.
Therefore, you might be required quick release features or spacers to minimize such downsides of using a dish.
To conclude, flat steering wheels are great for a normal road car while dish wheels can go well with a race car.
The thickness of the grip can vary from wheel to wheel. Also, there are a lot of personal preferences that come into play.
The Thickness of the Grip:
Some drivers look for a thinner wheel if they use racing gloves. However, a streetcar ensures more comfort with a thicker wheel.
Bolt Pattern:Bolt pattern, also known as Pitch Circle Diameter (PCD), is the diameter of the circle which gets through the center of all of the steering wheel’s holes. Many custom wheel manufacturers use different sizes of the bolt pattern. Or you can say that most aftermarket custom steering wheel companies have their bolt pattern measurements.
Fabric:While fabric can improve the aesthetic of your car’s interiors, it plays an important role when it comes to the grip over the wheel. Make sure it gives you full control over the wheel.