Hot Or Not? Tesla Model 3 With Roadster-Like Cut-Off Steering Wheel

DEC 18 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 15

How about a Tesla Model 3 with an open, butterfly steering wheel?

Obviously, all those who follow Tesla know that the Silicon Valley automaker makes a point of doing things differently. How about those jump seats in the Model S, or the Model X falcon wing doors, or the Model 3 air vents. Yep, the automaker is innovative and doesn’t follow in the footsteps of Big Auto. This is what makes Tesla what it is, and why it has come so far in such a short time.

*Lead Image Credit: TAW Chicago on Instagram

Fast forward to the unveiling of the upcoming Tesla Roadster. If you’ve yet to be apprised, the concept features an open steering wheel. This simply means it’s open at the top. The wheel doesn’t continue in a complete circle across the top. It’s a sort of an adapted butterfly steering wheel, if you will. Conversely, a traditional butterfly design would have an open top and bottom. Essentially, nothing up top or below.

As Electrek has reported, an aftermarket company is offering the Roadster-type steering wheel for the Model 3. Interestingly, this type of steering wheel is not usually approved for production models, as it’s really a race car steering wheel. Nonetheless, Tesla is planning on making it standard in the upcoming, road-ready Roadster.

If you’re actually interested in getting this product, TAW Chicago is the aftermarket company in question and it’s now making this new, aftermarket steering wheel available. However, despite its basic website and a few images, there’s not much there. You’ll surely have to make a phone call to get more information, as well as pricing.

What do you think? Will the all-new Tesla Roadster be able to take to the roads with this type of steering wheel? What would be the point of purchasing one for your Model 3? We’re very interested to read your dialogue on this topic in the comment section below. Please share!

Source: Electrek

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15 Comments on "Hot Or Not? Tesla Model 3 With Roadster-Like Cut-Off Steering Wheel"

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I like the idea of open, butterfly steering wheel, but not the design from the picture above.

Knight Rider

Totally naff.

Long overdue, makes visibility much better for all drivers, a big YES!

How tall are you that you can’t see over a normal steering wheel? 😂

Height plays a roll but with the fat A and C pillars any improvement in visibility is a plus, the biggest problem for visibility is one the model 3 and Leaf have solved, the big dash board hump looks good but impedes visibility on most vehicles, a problem most race cars long ago resolved thanks to Motec.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

No thanks

Nice finish work. Otherwise, Grotesque.

Nice finish? The bottom part looks like it’s just a paper role with a cutout. The gaps are just weird! The rest of what they did is ok, but the rest also isn’t that much…

I’d say no, and for one reason. In a vehicle that requires more than half turn of the steering wheel to go from on-center to full-lock, it would mean that you’d still need to do a hand-over-hand in order to fully turn the wheel. Doing a hand-over-hand on a steering wheel that is missing part of the wheel means you stand a very good chance of reaching to grab it, and end up grabbing nothing.

Now if the Model 3 could go from full lock to full lock without going hand-over-hand, then it would be acceptable.

Nailed it ‼️

And the rest of the interior needs to match the carbon fiber trim on the wheel.

Thanks! Nice to see someone address the practical concerns instead of just the appearance.

I’d also be concerned the angled ends might cause an injury in case of accident. Those ends need shock-absorbing balls added to them.

Despite most states having some sort of blanket “unsafe equipment” law, TWA shouldn’t be surprised if they receive a cease-and-desist from the NHTSA like the “Tesla Autopilot safety defeat device” received…

Ridiculous.

1. Are they allowed to use Tesla’s logo like that?
2. Does that wheel have an airbag in it? Why the hell would one substitute a fundamental part of a car’s safety systems?