Well I finally got my hand controls installed in my car and was able to drive it for the first time. The owner of the place that was installing the controls was drooling over the GTI with a bunch of questions about how it drove, HP, Torque, etc. I told him what I could then offered him a ride since I had no idea how it drove. I pulled out of the parking lot and eased into the throttle since I only have 700 miles so far. My passenger and myself I think were impressed what the little I-4 2.0t can do.
I'm happy with the car and how it drives. It was what I expected and then some. Damn the DSG is quick on the shift!
Below are some pictures of the controls since you probably have no idea what they look like. Most controls that are installed are a left hand control. Instead I had a right hand control installed. It a company called Menox out of Finland. The parts alone run $1000 plus install which was $600. They are pretty easy to get used to and use. (Not as easy as your feet though!) Push the control forward and you get brake pull it back and you go!
The bar that you can see is directly connected to the brake. The gas is connected via a cable that pulls the peddle towards the floor. A little ******* engineering was involved in getting the cable figured out.
The handle has a servo switch that will hold the brake for you at the stoplight so it frees up my right hand to grab a drink, change the radio, etc.
I'm outta here and going for a drive >