Obviously we couldn’t resist opening up the base of the TC-PC Racer to take a peek inside. As we remove the plastic top panel, we’re greeted by a big 40 watt motor. It uses two timing belts to transfer power to the steering axle. The motor itself is kept in place by a sheet of aluminium that also supports the housing itself, which makes for a solid construction with little chance of bending.
The steering axle is suspended using ball-bearings, which is covered by plastic supports. Opposite the motor we can see a PCB that contains the A/D converter, USB interface, connector for power supply and the motor management. The base has vent slots on both sides to get cool air into the housing and a fan at the back that will come on automatically when the wheel is being used to expel the warm air. The fan makes a noticeable noise, but less so than Thrustmaster’s previous top end model, the T500.