The connection between Ferrari and Thrustmaster harks all the way in which again to 1999, and so they’ve produced a plethora of licensed merchandise of their time, however I don’t assume any of them examine to this.
The SF1000 is a reproduction of the 2020 wheel utilized in Ferrari’s actual Method 1 vehicles, this design swinging barely extra in direction of how Charles Leclerc likes his structure. Each button right here is mappable – other than just a few which have particular features that we’ll get to – and it does have a pre-programmed structure for PC, PlayStation and Xbox straight out of the field.
Although I’d examine the guide for these layouts because the wheel itself doesn’t provide you with a lot by way of which buttons are ‘settle for’, ‘again’ and ‘discuss to Jeff’…
The wheel itself is constructed from carbon fibre, aluminium, very sturdy plastic and has ergonomic rubber grips, so whether or not you’re racing with gloves or taking part in within the nude, you’re going to be extremely comfy.
The buttons do require a good quantity of drive to actuate, however they characteristic tactile suggestions. The dials are extremely satisfying to make use of, a few of which may also be pressed, and these rotary switches aren’t only for present – they default to altering your gas combine and entrance brake bias by default.
On the rear, you may have two analogue paddles which have a plethora of mappings that may be modified on the fly utilizing this central dial. Out of the field, it’s set to your gasoline and brake pedals, so when you’ve not bought pedals useful otherwise you’re a gamer with disabilities, this wheel permits for full management of your automobile utilizing solely your arms. I gave it a go, and it feels surprisingly good. Guide gearing on the identical time is a bit finicky, however it does work.
Thrustmaster Ferrari SF1000 Wheel Add-on elective T-Chrono paddles
Talking of gearing and remaining on the rear, the SF1000 has interchangeable paddle shifters, with the included set that includes a push-pull magnetic operation. They’re strong and exact, if not just a little clunky of their actuation, however that’s the place the T-Chrono paddles are available.
Offered individually, these characteristic the identical incredible machined aluminium construct high quality, however with switches which can be quicker, crisper and extra satisfying to the ear. Additionally they characteristic a bounce time of fewer than 5 milliseconds. I want these over the inventory ones, however you’ll have to fork out an extra £54.99 / $69.99 / €59.99 for them. Value it.
Okay, I’ve stored you ready lengthy sufficient, let’s speak about that show aka the pièce de résistance. The four.three” full-colour LCD is what you’ve all the time dreamed of getting slapped in the course of your sim rig.
F1 2020 has native integration with this wheel, utilizing the top-most LEDs for revs, the LEDs on both aspect of the show for marshal flags, and the display itself for every part else. Gears, lap occasions, the overwhelming majority of what the in-game MFD can present, it truly is a spectacular little bit of equipment.
For those who’re not taking part in F1 2020 nevertheless, you’re not in luck – but. It’s nonetheless comparatively early days for this rim, and there’s not all that many out within the wild, so assist past F1 is barren at current.
When you can nonetheless use the wheel with all its mappable buttons on just about any title that helps a wheel, the show received’t do a lot other than fade between the Ferrari and Thrustmaster logos or be switched off solely utilizing an extremely gratifying swap.
We’ll have to attend on Thrustmaster and numerous builders to get on board with this wheel, however not less than the F1 integration is wonderful which is why, I assume, you’re shopping for this rim within the first place.
The Prancing Horse-laden dial slap-bang in the course of the wheel, plus the dials on both aspect, are used to navigate the show. You’ll be able to examine the firmware variations of the wheel and base you’re utilizing, change the brightness of the LEDs and show, join Wi-Fi and allow UDP telemetry, plus, as soon as in-game, select which pores and skin you want to use on your knowledge.
After booting F1 2020, you’ll additionally get an additional pores and skin to select from, which additionally contains a lot of the fancy graphics you’ll normally see on the MFD in-game.
That’s the operative phrase. ‘Most’. Checking in case your automobile is broken, the temperature of the tyres and the state of the ability unit will be finished by each the MFD and wheel show, however the additional options that UI aspect has, resembling altering your brake bias, gas combine and so forth, in addition to your radio instructions, don’t present up on this display.
So, when you had been wanting to essentially use the show to its full benefit, it’s best to flip off the UI aspect on-screen, so that you’re compelled to make use of the wheel show. However then what about these bits you may’t see on the wheel? Ah properly, Codemasters has considered that, and so they nonetheless come up on the display when utilizing the MFD and Radio buttons. Neat.
Thrustmaster Ferrari SF1000 Wheel Add-on LCD Show
Maybe F1 2021 would possibly permit all this data to finish up on the show. As stated, it’s early days for assist on this wheel. However when you’re not going to undergo the entire rigmarole of turning the UI bits off, how a lot will you utilize this display?
You would wish to regulate your rig to have it correctly in your face like an F1 driver would, which you in all probability received’t be capable to do in your desk. However, when you have an F1-style seating set-up, from the likes of Playseat for instance, you will note extra profit from this design.
The show is just a little bit gimmicky and is kind of the spectacle whenever you put it on present, although it’s extremely purposeful when you select to make use of it correctly. F1 esports drivers is likely to be very eager on one thing like this. Or simply individuals who like issues that look extremely cool.
In order that brings us spherical to the burning query: the value. How a lot does the wheel price? Keep in mind that is solely the rim, the bottom or pedals to go together with it are separate prices. The SF1000 goes for £329.99 / $349.99 / €349.99, and seeing because it’s extremely properly constructed, a shocking duplicate of an actual F1 wheel, incorporates a plethora of bells, whistles, and customisation choices, plus has a variety of potential as extra builders add assist, you’re undoubtedly getting your cash’s price.
Thrustmaster Ferrari SF1000 Wheel Add-on upon a TS-WX Racer wheel base
Whereas it’s fairly bewildering to make use of at first (as I stated, learn the guide), the SF1000 is the proper cherry atop an F1 fanatic’s dream racing rig. It feels unbelievable to make use of, appears to be like phenomenal and achieves what it got down to do.
Extra importantly, it makes you are feeling as when you’re behind the wheel of an actual Ferrari F1 automobile. It appears to be like so convincing when it’s off the rig, you’d be forgiven for considering I nipped to the Silverstone pits and pinched this off Charles…
The Thrustmaster SF1000 Version Wheel Add-on is offered from as we speak in APAC areas, with worldwide gross sales beginning 26th August 2021. It’s appropriate with the Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer, T-GT Servo Base, TS-XW Servo Base, TX Racing Wheel Servo Base and T300 Racing Wheel Servo.
Full disclosure: A wheel was offered by the producer for evaluate functions.