Gone are the days of the milquetoast wheel + pedal kits for a lukewarm Need For Speed title. In the present era, racing simulators are inching closer and closer to the real deal. And for those of you who don’t have the necessary real estate/funds for a $100,000 Aston Martin rig, or anything from the engineers over at Cranfield, fear not – there’s an option which balances affordability, convenience, while also being (arguably) just as much fun. Options like the Thrustmaster Ferrari SF1000 Formula 1 Steering Wheel.
Officially licensed by Ferrari themselves, the 1:1 replica of the same wheel used by F1 stars Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc achieves impressive levels of realism. From the 4.3-inch LCD screen displaying up to 69 customisable game prompts, 25 fully-functional action buttons with 7 encoders, aluminium shifters, right down to the lightweight carbon fibre structure – you might even find yourself wondering whether you have what it takes to run with the big dogs.
Priced at £329.99 (AU$590), this bit of kit is compatible with PC from Windows 10 onwards, PlayStation 4 & 5, and Xbox One & Series X/S. If you have an appetite for even higher levels of realism, additional T-Chrono paddle attachments can be purchased for an extra $100 or so.
Given how bloody awesome this replica is, it almost goes without saying that availabilities will be limited. But as for the matter of a hard release date, you’ll have the opportunity to cop your own Thrustmaster Ferrari SF1000 Formula 1 Steering Wheel starting from August 26th.
Check out the killer announcement trailer below.