Thrustmaster's New Ferrari F1 Steering Wheel Replica Is As Real As It Gets
Based on the 2020 F1 car, the new wheel has enough functionality to make an impression
Thrustmaster has reaffirmed their partnership with Ferrari, and their new SF1000 replica steering wheel is the hard, fully-licensed proof of it.
Yup, it's a like-for-like recreation of the same wheel that Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel used in Ferrari's 1000th Grand Prix, and Thrustmaster claims it's as accurate as it can get (relative to how games like Codemasters' F1 titles implement steering wheel controls). With over 20 switches and dials, Codemasters is aiming to be a step up from their comparatively inert 2011 attempt.
Made with a 3mm carbon faceplate, the wheel features a 4.3-inch screen that can, at least for this launch, show all of Codies' F1 2020 car status UI and other parameters, and is configurable to display similar UI in other games. It's also got rev indicator and marshal flag LEDs -- 21 total diodes -- and 11 programmable buttons that you can map any which way you want.
Apologies for the mushy quality -- Waifu2X really isn't that great with non-illustrated content. [Photo from Reddit]
Even the rotary dials and knobs work like the real thing, to a point (the Prancing Horse dial is mapped for media and menu controls if this Reddit leak is to be believed), which goes to show just how far Thrustmaster is going to make this replica wheel rig feel as real as can be.
The back side is equally impressive, with brushed aluminium paddles that can be changed out for faster shifts (listed here), and the wheel itself is compatible for all but the T500RS base, meaning true plug-n-play action.
Some outlets and YouTubers have unboxed the wheel at this point, so you can probably get a good enough impression in order to ensure you don't waste US$350 on it. Game?