One of our favourite sim racing wheels, the Ferrari-branded Thrustmaster SF1000 Wheel Add-on, is soon to be natively supported by Assetto Corsa Competizione.
You could always use the wheel and associated Thrustmaster wheel bases in the official GT World Challenge game, but its 4.3” full-colour LCD wasn’t supported with matching graphics and user interface.
This will now change, thanks to an upcoming game update for Assetto Corsa Competizione on PC that enables the functionality, which worked with F1 2020 and F1 2021 at launch and recently became available on iRacing, RaceRoom Racing Experience and Automobilista 2.
This addition is part of version 1.8 for the racing simulator, which will also feature further enhancements to be revealed later. SF1000 support was first discussed back in August by Marco Massarutto, Executive Manager, during the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S media reveal event.
“Assetto Corsa Competizione version 1.8 is full of improvements and new features,” explained Fernando Barbarossa, Senior Physics Programmer at KUNOS Simulazioni explained in a short teaser video.
“Assetto Corsa Competizione includes full support of the [SF1000] display, showing relevant information such as lap times, delta, engine revs, selected gear, fuel level, g-force and more.”
“On top of that, the display shows you additional information depending on the page you are navigating, such as tyre wear, flat spots, blistering, graining and tyre temperature.”
When using the SF1000 with the GT-based platform, users will also be able to switch off the on-monitor UI, and rely solely on the wheel’s display should that be your preference.
Now the majority of mainline sim platforms support the native display, the decision to purchase the Ferrari-endorsed add-on should be more straightforward. We’re big fans of it, saying in our review:
“It makes you feel as if you’re behind the wheel of a real Ferrari F1 car. It looks so convincing when it’s off the rig, you would be forgiven for thinking I nipped to the Silverstone pits and pinched this off Charles…”
We’ll have more about the next Assetto Corsa Competizione update soon.