When we received the first pictures of the TS-PC Racer, we thought Trustmaster had released a new entry-level wheel. The bright colours around the buttons looked a bit comical to us, as does the external power supply which is shaped like a car turbo component. The TS-PC is most definitely not entry-level by far. At an average retail price of $500 it is the most expensive base that Thrustmaster offers. This will only get you the base and the steering wheel itself, pedals are not included.
As we get our hands on the TS-PC, it becomes clear that this is not an entry-level wheel at all. The whole thing weighs a bit over 5,5kg and is built on a metal chassis. It can be fixed to a desk or racing cockpit with two M6 bolts or by using the clamp that is delivered with the wheel. The base measures 29cm wide, 21cm high and about 25cm deep. On the front of the base itself we find 3 buttons, one of which is a mode switch that lets you change how clutch and throttle work on the optional T3PA(-PRO) pedal set. An LED showing either red or green tells you which mode the pedals are set to.
Connections for the optional peripherals like the T3PA or T3PA-Pro pedal sets and TH8A shifter are situated at the back of the base, along with an USB-port and the connection for the power supply. There is also an exhaust port for the fan, which we’ll come back to in a moment.
As we mentioned earlier, the external power supply that’s in the box looks like the engine turbo component you would find on cars. It can deliver 4 amps at 24 volts which comes down to 96 watts.
The TS-PC Racer comes with a metal steering wheel that is modelled after that of a Formula 1 car. It has 6 brightly coloured buttons, a D-pad and a rotary knob with three positions and push function. Behind the wheel are two metal paddle shifters that rotate with the steering wheel.
The wheel is detachable and can be exchanged for other Thrustmaster steering wheels, like the round GT wheels and a few Ferrari replicas.