Turn Racing R20 Sim Racing Wheel Review
A couple of months ago Zach from Turn Racing was gracious enough to join for an episode of Talking Sims. We discussed his process for the design and production of boutique sim racing wheels, and off the back of that Zach was kind enough to send me a wheel to try out. About a month ago I received the Turn Racing R20 rim in the mail and since then I’ve been putting it through it’s paces on the sim rig. So, stick around to find out what I think about the Turn Racing R20.
So I guess to start with I should probably tell you guys a little bit about Turn Racing, and what’s so interesting about the R20 wheel rim. Zach from Turn Racing makes some of the nicest boutique sim racing wheels on the market, particularly those of a modern GT Persuasion. The R20 is the latest in the line of bare-bones rims from Turn Racing, and for something that’s outwardly quite simple, it’s got a lot going for it.
But before we get into the specifications, design and materials, all of which are worthy of note, the first thing that strikes you about the R20 is the packaging. The stylish Turn box is a nice touch, but inside it reveals a wheel that’s shrink wrapped, which I think is the first time I’ve seen something like that on a sim racing wheel. It’s a small touch, but it says a lot about the attention to detail that runs throughout the product.
Turn Racing R20 Sim Racing Wheel Specifications
With the shrink wrap torn away you’re presented with a handsome, if conventional looking wheel rim. It’s outwardly similar in appearance to something like the Momo Mod 27C, though, critically the dimensions are quite different, but more about that later. The 305mm wheel rim is constructed with an aluminium hub, urethane rubber grips and a genuine suede covering, not Alcantra, but that’s a good thing, because Alcantara is just marketing speak for imitation suede! And while we’re on the subject of the sued covering, this has been expertly applied and may well be the nicest sued wrap job I’ve seen on a wheel rim, sim or otherwise. On that note, it appears that Zach has changed the production process since earlier models which you may have seen on the Turn website or in Barry’s review. This means that the covering seems to be a single piece now and as far as I can see the separate pieces around the horns are no longer present, which creates a much neater finish and a nice feel in the hand. Not that you’re going to be touching it with bare hands all that much. Since it’s suede you should really be using gloves.
Continuing with ergonomics for a moment and a word about the handgrips. The chunky 38mm urethane rubber grips are pretty firm, slightly firmer than my momo rim in fact and I consider that to be a good thing, particularly when it comes to feeling the nuances of force feedback. I wear Large sized gloves and the grips are perfectly comfortable, and thanks to the nature of the design, I suspect even those with hands on either extreme of the bell curve will find this rim very usable. The grips themselves are nicely contoured and very easy to, well, grip. The slightly chunkier profile than some other rims on the market is a very good thing, especially on longer stints, where I’ve been feeling a lot less fatigue around my thumb joints than I normally would with higher force-feedback settings.
Driving With the Turn Racing R20 Sim Racing Wheel
So, it’s well made and it’s comfortable, so far so good. And, if you’ve got a wheel hub or a quick release with a 70mm bolt pattern you can just bolt it on and start driving. But, most people are going to pair it with a button box of some sort to take advantage of all those in car adjustments and err, gears. The R20 is compatible with a range of different Ascher racing button boxes, the Fanatec Universal Hub and the Accuforce Button box with an additional spacer. It’s also compatible with the Sim Racing Coach button boxes, and I’ve been using it with the GT-1 Pro. It’s a great match, both in terms of feel and fit and aesthetically. Especially when paired with the Turn Racing carbon fibre centre plate, as long as you like yellow as much as I do!
When it comes to driving, the R20 is sized in such a way that it bridges the gap between larger GT wheels and smaller formula rims.. For me, this makes it an excellent all rounder. At 305 mm, it’s wider than the average formula rim, for example Fanatec’s 270mm offerings, but it’s also smaller than the 320mm Momo Mod 30, which was a bit of a staple of GT racers. Smaller rims do allow for the snappier inputs needed for high downforce open wheel cars, but can feel a bit too pointy for GT or road cars. As I mentioned, I like the intermediate sizing, and I think if you’re looking for a rim that works well for both use cases, this is a great choice. Where it doesn’t work well however is any situation where a round wheel is a must, so rallying and drifting are complete non-starters.
Moving on, and let’s talk value. For a high quality wheel, made from premium materials I think the R20 is an absolute steal at $175 – especially when you compare that to other similar products on the market. For example a Momo Mod 27C, which is a similar form factor, albeit smaller, costs 60 bucks more. Sure, you can pick up no-brand wheel rims for less from the far east, but you very much get what you pay for. And, I genuinely believe that the R20 is very competitively priced.
So, to bring things to a close, I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m impressed with the Turn R20. And after a month of use I’m happy to report that I’ve no intention of putting any of the other rims back on the rig any time soon. You can find out more about the Turn Racing R20 sim racing wheel over at the Turn Racing website.