In that case it might be elsewhere within the carset maybe? Perhaps with one of the other online car 3dos that gets called? The first time you go on track it seems it can be different to what happens on returning to the pits and then going back to track in terms of how cars are displayed. Since it is variable if the problem happens or not it maybe also depends if a certain car gets used, e.g. if there happens to be say a #13 Brabham assigned then you have trouble in that race, if #13 is say a Ferrari then all is fine? No real idea here, just floating some ideas, or places to try looking for anomalies.
EDIT: Yes, leaving and rejoining the server wouldn't fix it as the server remembers you and will give you back the same car number, which I think is maybe part of the problem. I think you would have to change cars to get assigned a different number and then perhaps change back again after that, but the downside is that you would lose your previous qually times once you get given the new race number.
Here is a thought, although not a brilliant one, but, nonetheless might give us some data or show a pattern. As it is an intermittent fault it is hard to just make it happen, so, whenever this problem does next happen can you write down the car numbers and car types assigned to those by the server? Also note which car number was the one that you were given. E.g. #20 Lotus, #18 Honda, #6 Ferrari, #13 Brabham (my car) etc. etc. If we can get notes like this it might help to figure out what is causing it, or show up some sort of pattern.
Another question, if you save a replay when this does happen and then look at the replay later, does the steering wheel show correctly in the replay or is it faulty? Likewise, in a race where your wheel goes faulty, if you look on the live replay system while in the pits, does the wheel look wrong in cockpit view there and also do any other Brabhams also running look normal or faulty in replay/live view?
I think that getting some notes on this might help spot a pattern and hopefully then find a lasting fix. I don't think it is the sort of fault that we can force to happen, but when it does if we can get some notes on this sort of stuff we might find the answer.
Edited by Border Reiver, Oct 13 2010 - 11:53 AM.