If you thought that steering wheels today, with all the buttons and high-tech gadgetry attached to it, are complicated, you obviously have never been introduced to the steering wheel of a Formula One car, which is so chalk-full of buttons and switches you’d think it looks more like a controller for the Xbox 360.

In this video created by Ferrari, Giuliano Salvi, a performance engineer for the no.7 Ferrari F1 car, aka Felipe Massa’s car, gives us a detailed run-down of the steering wheel that makes the no.7 car run. From the gear switches to the plethora of knobs and buttons, it’s hard enough to remember which buttons do what to the car, let alone having to do it at such high speeds that certain decisions on what button to press or what knob to turn usually comes with a window of only a few seconds, maybe less.

And you know what’s the most amazing part about that steering wheel is? According to Silva, this new steering wheel version has already been stripped down compared to last year’s model. With so many things going on in and around the car during an F1 race, it’s amazing how these guys can keep their concentrations zoned in on the race, especially with all the complexities those steering wheels come in.


Source: Ferrari

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  (596) posted on 03.16.2011

Steering wheels are commonly used with race car! And $100,000 is not really a big problem for the drivers because sponsors take care of the financial issue of the car, in fact driver’s are just there to drive.

  (745) posted on 08.27.2010

That expensive! Any alternatives a lower price maybe?

  (570) posted on 08.17.2010

That’s a very complex steering wheel but I’m glad it’s only for F1.

  (612) posted on 05.7.2010

hmm did you know a that a F1 steering wheel costs $100,000? that is the optimum cost.

  (515) posted on 05.6.2010

Imagine a steering wheel with a cost of bout £25000? pretty expensive though... this steering wheel is highly advance you can tune the F1 with a touch of a buttons.

  (347) posted on 05.5.2010

Now I know that its really difficult to drive a formula one car and obviously that would be a misleading buttons to learn.

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