Playing a sick racing game with a joystick just doesn't cut it. Like, at all. You need a wheel at the very least. They're usually big and will set you back hundreds. This won't do either.
The SRW-S1 from Steel Series was designed specifically for Simraceway, but it should work with any other game, too. It's also extremely portable—all of your controls are on the wheel. You turn via what looks like a super responsive accelerometer and it has more than 20 buttons on it to give you one-touch access to everything you need. The real genius here is the gas and brake, though.
Any hardcore racer will tell you, a simple button that just turns gas on/of or brake on/off just plain sucks. There's no nuance. No control. Traditionally, expensive steering wheel rigs have featured foot pedals to accomodate this. While that's definitely a more realistic driving experience it makes the rig extremely unportable. What they did for the SRW-S1 is to put a couple "paddles" on the back, that give you extremely nuanced control over acceleration and braking. This makes throwing the wheel in your backpack and heading to a friends (or getting on a plane) really easy, but gives you that detailed control you're (obsessively) craving.
The SRW-S1 is plug-and-play with Simraceway and should be configurable with virtually any other PC racing game. Buttons come pre-configured, but are user-customisable. While UK pricing hasn't been announced yet (it'll cost $120 in the States), SteelSeries' products are sold on Amazon UK. [SteelSeries]