Rexing is a company based in Croatia which is known for their high-end ‘Formula Wheel’ which has since been successfully followed by the ‘Formula Wheel Mayaris’. Although we have maintained a good relationship with Rexing for a few years it has never come down to a review, until now! This was caused by the worldwide shortage of materials and the high demand for sim racing equipment during the past 2 years. Fortunately, now that these problems are starting to stabilize again, Rexing was able to send us a steering wheel.
In order to provide the GT simracers with a high-end steering wheel, Rexing recently launched the GT Steering Wheel “TIMUN”. We were sent this steering wheel with the kind request to give our honest and sincere opinion about it. Our expectations of Rexing steering wheels have been very high for years, so we are going to see if Rexing can live up to these expectations.
The GT Steering Wheel “TIMUN” is available in EU countries for €1675.00 at the time of writing. For non-EU countries, the price is €1340.00 and VAT will be charged by the authorities once the product has arrived in your country. This price does not include a suitable quick-release or adapter for the wheelbase you’re using.
Packaging and Content
The Rexing GT Timun steering wheel was shipped to us from Croatia, via DHL, and was delivered to us neatly in 3 working days. In a brown outer box we find a nice white packaging with the Rexing logo on it. In the packaging we find the Timun steering wheel well and firmly packed in soft foam. Also included is a USB cable, mounting materials and a sticker sheet to label the buttons and encoders. As far as we are concerned, a well-maintained packaging with very nice contents. After this unboxing, we can’t wait to take care of this steering wheel, so we’re going to do that soon.
The Steering Wheel
The Rexing GT Timun steering wheel, with quick-release or adapter, is suitable for all available wheelbases from Simucube, Fanatec, Thrustmaster, Logitech et cetera. The steering wheel is covered with an Alcantara grip and has a diameter of 320 mm. The steering wheel is a D-shaped variant which is completely constructed from a molded carbon fiber housing and a milled carbon fiber front plate. With a weight of 1150 grams (without quick-release and/or adapter), the handlebar feels wonderfully light, yet very sturdy and solid. All electronics in the steering wheel are specially made for this product so that it performs flawlessly.
At the back of the steering wheel you will find an aluminum hub on which you can mount a 50.8 mm or 70 mm quick-release (for example: Simucube, Fanatec Podium Hub and many others) or adapter. We also find the newly designed magnetic shifters with an aluminum housing and carbon fiber paddles. We do miss the possibility to adjust the shift modules and/or the paddles. There are no other options than moving the paddles to the other side of the module so that they come 3 mm closer. At the bottom is the GX-12 USB connector where you can plug in the supplied USB cable to connect it to your PC.
The front of the steering wheel impresses with its 4.3-inch USBD480 LCD display that is compatible with popular sim racing software such as Simdash, Simhub and Z1. The display is protected behind tempered glass to provide scratch resistance. Above the screen are 11 RGB LEDs and next to the screen 6 additional Marshal RGB LEDs, these are all configurable for telemetry data in the mentioned sim racing software.
There are 10 illuminated high quality APEM dimmable push buttons which are configurable in the Simhub and/or Simdash software for various telemetry data. Here you have the option to assign more than one condition to each button and to choose priorities from the conditions. The brightness of the push buttons can also be adjusted in the Simhub and/or Simdash software. Unfortunately it is not possible to change the color of the buttons. The push buttons have an actuating force of 3.5 N and a pressure travel of 1 mm.
On the left is a multi-switch that functions simultaneously as a rotary encoder, a digital joystick and a button. At the bottom of the steering wheel are 4 rotary encoders. The left one is an 8 position rotary switch which is connected to the toggle switch on the right. They are connected to provide 8 different, selectable and configurable positions. Select position with the rotary switch and confirm with the toggle switch. This is useful for displays with different statuses such as TC, ABS, driver aids etc. The right encoder is programmed to control the brightness of the USBD480 LCD display. The bottom 2 rotary encoders are freely adjustable, as are the 2 rotary encoders at your thumbs.
Assembly and Use
We are going to use the steering wheel on our Fanatec wheelbase and for this we will mount a Fanatec Podium Hub on the Timun. This is a relatively simple job, you mount the Podium Hub with the supplied mounting material on the aluminum hub of the Timun and you’re done. For optimal use of the steering wheel, Rexing recommends a powered USB hub. Because the distance from wheelbase to PC is often too great for the average USB cable supplied, we have a powered USB hub near our wheelbase as standard. It is useful to first wrap the USB cable from the steering wheel around the QR of the Podium Hub and then connect the cable to the USB hub, this prevents loose cables that only get in the way while driving.
Before we can start racing, we first have to configure a few things. We have already installed the latest version of Simhub and the USB480 LCD driver, so the steering wheel is immediately recognized in Simhub and the display on the Timun is immediately operational. We no longer need to create LED profiles in Simhub, because the Rexing steering wheels are fully supported since the last update. You can also configure the display, the buttons and the LEDs via other tools (see manual), but Simhub is the most complete one. Now it’s just a matter of choosing a good template for the LCD screen and the steering wheel is ready for use.
We like to drive GT3 cars in Assetto Corsa Competizione and we will therefore be driving that for this review. The use in other software such as iRacing, Assetto Corsa and rFactor 2 is no different. After starting up Assetto Corsa Competizione, we configure the buttons and encoders on the steering wheel with the appropriate in-game functionalities and we are ready to race!
Our first impression is the comfort that this steering wheel offers. The Alcantara grip gives you a comfortable yet firm feel on the steering wheel. The APEM push buttons always work well, have a nice ‘clicky’ feel and respond well without having to press the button hard. The rotary encoders are well placed, easily accessible and also comfortable to operate. In Simhub you can turn on the LED Brightness encoder on the steering wheel to be able to adjust the brightness of the APEM push buttons or the RGB LEDs from the steering wheel. Unfortunately, you can only configure this encoder for one of two options. We have turned this option off completely, once set up correctly you don’t really have to make any changes to it and turning it off prevents accidental use while racing. Each push button is also equipped with colored LED lighting, which individually have their own color.
The USB480 LCD screen on the steering wheel is a good addition to the experience. The screen is very visible and the data is easy to read while driving. The brightness of the screen can also be adjusted from Simhub. With the right template, which you can create yourself or download, you have a good overview of the telemetry data of your virtual race car. We use this template from RaceDepartment for Assetto Corsa Competizione ourselves. The screen has no touch screen functionality, but in our experience you don’t really need that either.
The switch modules are very solidly built and of very good quality. They provide good feedback and you feel and hear a pleasant click while shifting. The travel and range of the paddles is common and fine for us, but we do miss the option to adjust them to your liking. This option does not exist and that is, in our opinion, a great loss on a steering wheel of this caliber, despite the fact that we can handle it just fine as it is.
We used the Timun on our Fanatec DD Pro wheelbase with the Boost Kit 180 which provides 8Nm of power. Because the Timun consists entirely of carbon, this benefits the force feedback. The power, the feedback and the details come through well and that is a big plus in our opinion. We usually notice that the somewhat heavier steering wheels start to miss a lot of feedback and detail on a somewhat “lighter” wheelbase, so this is absolutely not the case with the Timun.
Despite the lack of being able to adjust the shift modules, we enjoy driving around in our virtual GT3 cars. The steering wheel is common for every type of GT car and it therefore does not matter which brand of GT car you virtually take a seat in. Most of the time we drove with gloves on, but in the sessions without gloves it was very comfortable to drive as well. Even after sessions of 2 hours or longer, we still felt that sense of comfort.
The steering wheel is very versatile, feels solid and has a comfortable grip both with and without gloves. We were able to ride sessions of 2 hours or longer without any problems with our hands. The shifting modules are pleasant to use and have very good feedback. You feel and hear a pleasant click while shifting. The travel and range felt good to us, but we do miss the possibility to adjust the shift modules as desired.
The USB480 LCD screen really adds something to the experience while racing. With a good template, which you can make yourself or download, valuable data is displayed on an easy-to-read screen. The APEM push buttons are of good quality, have a short click and respond very accurately. The rotary encoders are easily accessible while driving, are well placed and comfortable to operate.
Because the steering wheel consists entirely of carbon, it benefits the force feedback. The power, the feedback and the details are well transferred to the driver. This is certainly a big advantage on the “lighter” wheelbases, because a lot of details can get lost, especially with heavier steering wheels.
Our expectations were very high and Rexing more than lived up to them. The price tag is hefty, but in our experience it is fully justified. The Rexing GT Timun steering wheel not only breathes pure quality, it also feels that way. We really enjoyed making this review and we will often reach for the Timun steering wheel when driving our virtual GT cars.