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Today is the last day to buy this wheel from the Mazda Motorsports site at the member discount. If you have the same level of race car vanity I do it is a must have at a reasonable price.

 

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Part #: 0000-10-5650-MZ

Introductory Racer Price, good through May 10, 2017: $193.49

Racer Price after May 10: $214.99

 

Comfort is the first thing most racers think about when choosing a steering wheel; aesthetics comes second, with safety often the last thought when it comes to the wheel. After all, there are the belts, cage, helmet, nets, head restraint, seat, and many other safety devices. The wheel, however, is an important part of the safety equation in the sense that while it may not specifically protect the driver in a crash, a properly constructed wheel may reduce injuries in the case of one.

 

The new Mazda Motorsports steering wheel from Max Papis Innovations (MPI) takes all the facets of a good wheel into account – comfort, aesthetics and, yes, safety.

 

“MPI started out as a safety need, in terms of wanting to improve the current product that was in the market,” says Max Papis, who has decades of racing experience in ChampCar/IndyCar, NASCAR, and sports cars, and founded MPI with his wife, Tatiana Fittipaldi Papis. “There is a myth in the sport where people think that the steering wheel should not deform. If you look back at history, all good products absorb load on impact. If that didn’t deform, something else would deform in your body. The strength of the MPI products is we put some thought and some technical knowledge behind it in terms of understanding angles of the steering wheel. We created this double-rivet construction that we apply on most of our products that increases durability and the safety factor.”

 

Papis explains that there is a channel inside the wheel that allows the wheel to act as a reverse airbag, able to deform in case of an impact. It is submitted to the "torque structural steering wheel test" that is considered one of the most severe tests for road cars, and a stress test to see what happens when a load is applied that is similar to what would happen if a driver kept his or her hands on the wheel during a severe impact.

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Beyond safety, the wheel has an oval shape where the hands grip it; the shape of the wheel itself is the same natural shape your hands make when holding something. “The way the grip is shaped around the driver’s hands, that comes directly from my own experience with sports car racing. That is an evolution of the ergonomic grip I shaped for endurance racing. It has been evolved and adapted to this wheel,” Papis says.

 

Developed over the years with feedback from drivers in several forms of racing, it uses a polyurethane foam wrapped around the aluminum frame for greater comfort, and is wrapped in suede. The center plate offers a standard six-hole mounting that will allow it to mount to nearly any quick-release hub, including one available from MPI.

 

Aesthetically, the wheel includes "MAZDA" stitching on the rim. The current wheels, as supplied to the Global MX-5 Cup, has the "MAZDA" stitching in blue and a red top-center marker. We are, however, now switching to the gray stitching with the "Winged M" logo in the center.

 

In addition to the wheels, which are designed and engineered in the U.S. and made in Italy, Mazda Motorsports and MPI are offering accessories such aluminum button/switch holders in single or double format and an adaptor that allows the wheel to be attached to a Logitech G25 or G27 simulator setup.

 

 

Aluminum Plate Single Button/Switch holder

Part #: 0000-10-5660-1B

Introductory Racer Price good through May 10,2017: $22.50

Racer Price (May 10 – indefinite): $25

 

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Aluminum Plate Double Button/Switch holder

Part #: 0000-10-5660-2B

Introductory Racer Price good through May 10, 2017: $31.50

Racer Price (May 10 – indefinite): $35.00

 

Adaptor to install steering wheel on Logitech G25-G27

Part #: 0000-10-5670-AD

Introductory Racer Price good through May 10, 2017: $40.50

Racer Price (May 10 – indefinite): $45.00


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Looks like these are back on sale.  But I have to say, I like the old design better.



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Looks like these are back on sale.  But I have to say, I like the old design better.

I agree. The old design is much better



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what changed?


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I'm looking at steering wheels and this was on my list.  Anyone actually use it?  Is it decent, especially compared to a similar model from Sparco or OMP?


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I'm presuming this is the current model?  I can see why the old one was better- no top center stripe?  Yeesh...

 

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I'm looking at steering wheels and this was on my list.  Anyone actually use it?  Is it decent, especially compared to a similar model from Sparco or OMP?

 

I'm putting the F-13 suede in our new car. I believe this is the same wheel as the Mazda Motorsports version underneath, just no "Mazda", a single stripe, and much less on cost.

 

It's a very nice wheel easily on par with the Sparco wheels, for less. They also make a "high grip" version that has a textured rubberized material instead of suede, which is super nice. It works perfect on our Polaris RZR and would be great for a racecar as well that is susceptible to weather (or if you just don't like suede)

 

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This one's on sale from Mazda with Free Shipping

 

Mazda Motorsports Steering Wheel by Max Papis Innovations / Part # 0000-10-5650-MZ
Old Racer Price: $214.99 / New, Reduced Racer Price: $198

 

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This one's on sale from Mazda with Free Shipping

 

Mazda Motorsports Steering Wheel by Max Papis Innovations / Part # 0000-10-5650-MZ
Old Racer Price: $214.99 / New, Reduced Racer Price: $198

 

https://www.mazdamot...und-shipping-3/

 

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I ordered one today, I will let you know


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How flexible are the MPI wheels? Some of the other low cost race steering wheels bend quite easily as they use an aluminum (6061?)for the hub and spoke section.

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How flexible are the MPI wheels? Some of the other low cost race steering wheels bend quite easily as they use an aluminum (6061?)for the hub and spoke section.

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It quite comical actually.  The $160 Driven steering wheel bends more than a $35 Longacre wheel.  When I had a driven wheel, on grid, I could almost touch the dash with the wheel when I bent it back. Maybe they call it "Driven" because it has been driven for 1,000 hours before you get it?

 

I think I have grabbed the MPI wheel before when Jamie Tucker had his Global car and I don't think they bent at all. More of a MOMO quality if I remember correctly.


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It quite comical actually.  The $160 Driven steering wheel bends more than a $35 Longacre wheel.  When I had a driven wheel, on grid, I could almost touch the dash with the wheel when I bent it back. Maybe they call it "Driven" because it has been driven for 1,000 hours before you get it?

 

I think I have grabbed the MPI wheel before when Jamie Tucker had his Global car and I don't think they bent at all. More of a MOMO quality if I remember correctly.

THEY WERE REALLY BAD. I think Zack sold the company to MOMO, so he must have done well.  He marketed the hell out of them, thats for sure. 


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THEY WERE REALLY BAD. I think Zack sold the company to MOMO, so he must have done well.  He marketed the hell out of them, thats for sure.

 

Yeah, I think he still manages the Driven division of MOMO. I don't know why they bought them though .. MOMO wheels are so much better quality


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Yeah, I think he still manages the Driven division of MOMO. I don't know why they bought them though .. MOMO wheels are so much better quality

Looks like he stayed on the mandatory minimum and moved on?

 

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I bought a Driven wheel after deciding my $35 eBay wheel was too flexible, only to find the Driven wheel was exactly the same :angry:


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It's just a little flaccid is all.


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