We’re all about sim racing here at Traxion.GG, and one of the cooler things we get to cover are all the detailed peripherals that enthusiasts can utilize in their sim racing endeavors.
The right wheel is key, and for Formula 1 fans, there are a couple of options that are officially licensed within Formula 1. Two of the top racing equipment companies, Thrustmaster and Fanatec, both have official gear that you can purchase and use to get as close to Formula 1 racing as you can at home.
THRUSTMASTER FERRARI SF 1000
One of the first pieces of equipment that we reviewed here at Traxion.GG was the Ferrari-licensed Thrustmaster wheel rim add-on. The SF 1000 is the latest in the partnership between Ferrari and Thrustmaster and this particular piece is a working replica of a 2020 Ferrari Formula 1 car steering wheel.
It features 11 functioning buttons along with seven encoders and two thumbwheels which can be used to change various in-game settings. These sit alongside a 15-LED rev counter readout, 6-LED lights and a full color 4.3″ or 109 mm interactive screen that works across various racing game titles, especially the F1 games.
This wheel currently costs $399.99 directly from Thrustmaster or from their partnered third-party locations.
FANATEC CLUBSPORT STEERING WHEEL F1 ESPORTS V2
As for Fanatec, they’ve got a wheel rim that is fully licensed by Formula 1 itself, although isn’t quite as flashy as their previously licensed F1 wheel models in the Fanatec Podium Racing Wheel F1 or the Limited Edition ClubSport Steering Wheel F1 2021 that glowed in the dark.
The current licensed wheel is the Fanatec ClubSports Steering Wheel F1 Esports V2, and all that’s really going for it is the Formula 1 license and logo. It doesn’t have a big and flashy display screen on it, or the same vast amount of customizable pieces that previous models had, but it offers great value for money.
WHAT ABOUT UNLICENSED RIMS?
There really aren’t many options when it comes to officially licensed wheel equipment, but there are a bunch of unofficial formula-style rims out there that one can use to get their Formula 1 sim racing fix.
There are great options for those in the Gomez Sim Racing family, such as the Formula Pro Elite, the MOZA Racing ecosystem (ES Formula Wheel Mod and FSR Formula Wheel) or even in the Cammus Racing product line, the GTS.
While these wheels aren’t like the real deal, they can still give you that formula racing feeling.