6 MOST WEIRD STEERING WHEELS EVER MADE
MOST WEIRD STEERING WHEELS – For the time being, it’s fair to argue that steering wheels for actual cars appear normal. With the exception of a few, such as the Chevrolet Corvette C8, most steering wheels today are either round or flat-bottomed.
But did you know it wasn’t always like this? In the past, there have been various concept vehicles with futuristic looks, and that’s because their steering wheels were all but circular. Select Car Leasing explored the vault of weirdness and compiled a list of some of the oddest steering wheels ever seen in concept form, and here’s a compilation.
6. Honda EV-STER (2011) – MOST WEIRD STEERING WHEELS
Honda debuted the EV-STER Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, a two-seater convertible composed of carbon materials for lighter weight. However, instead of a traditional steering wheel, the electric sports car design used joysticks. It was designed to combat G-forces when turning a tight corner (most likely on track days), and it was expected to keep the driver upright during the move.
5. BMW Z22 (1999)
The BMW Z22 was a futuristic concept car developed by BMW Technik GmbH and released by BMW in 1999. It included technological novelties such as a head-up display and side cameras, which are now commonplace in automobiles but were previously only a figment of the imagination. The rectangular steering wheel, on the other hand, did not operate mechanically but rather received orders from the driver by electronic impulses. It also had a fingerprint scanner in the centre for ignition, and the gearbox was controlled via buttons.
4. Oldsmobile Incas (1986)
This is a steering wheel, not a jet fighter yoke or something taken from a Rebel X-Wing Fighter. This is arguably one of the strangest steering “wheels” we’ve seen, and it debuted with the 1986 Oldsmobile Incas. The aircraft-inspired helm was complemented with a fully digital dashboard, rounding out the aeronautic experience. The control yoke, which appears to be straight out of a video game, was actually built based on market research. This was chosen by the new generation of car customers over the traditional version.
3. Citroen Karin (1980)
The 1980 Citroen Karin had a trapezoidal design and a central driver seat with two seats in the back (a la McLaren F1). But that wasn’t the strangest part about it; the steering wheel, which was still circular, had a strange notch that attached to a keypad. Those were telephone buttons, which, like the rest of the car’s controls, could be operated without taking your hands off the steering wheel.
2. Lancia Sibilo (1978)
The Stratos-based Lancia Sibilo — a wedge-shaped supercar idea – was born during the Turin Motor Show in 1978. While the façade wasn’t quite revolutionary at the time, the steering wheel within attracted everyone’s interest. The one-piece steering wheel was intended to be ergonomic, while the custom grip design was intended to give drivers the sensation of touching a person’s palm. For a more streamlined appearance, all buttons were also placed beneath the steering wheel.
1. Maserati Boomerang (1971) – MOST WEIRD STEERING WHEELS
The 1971 Maserati Boomerang concept, which was also unveiled at the Turin Motor Show alongside the Lancia Sibilo, was regarded as Giorgetto Giugiaro’s most extreme innovation. Of course, the exterior was wedge-shaped, but the interior was far wilder than what you see outside. Despite its spherical shape, the steering column was nearly as large as the steering wheel itself, and all buttons and gauges were located on the inside.
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