• In formula one we have many extraordinary technologies. Now look at this steering wheel. This has more than 35 buttons , dials , gauges , switches , levers and lights. All these are used for different specific purpose.
    The picture clearly explains the various purpose of the buttons. The photo also highlights what each component does. It's pretty interesting, but also extremely impressive that these drivers can race around circuits at breakneck speeds, and still remember what all those buttons do. The driver has the ability to fine tune many elements of the race car from within the machine using the steering wheel. The wheel can be used to change gears, apply rev. limiter, adjust fuel/air mix, change brake pressure, and call the radio. Data such as engine rpm, lap times, speed, and gear is displayed on an LCD screen. The wheel hub will also incorporate gear change paddles and a row of LED Shift lights. The wheel alone can cost about $50,000, and with carbon fibre construction, weighs in at 1.3 kilograms.Formula One drivers have no spare concentration for operating fiddly controls, or trying to look at small, hidden gauges. Hence the controls and instrumentation for modern Formula One cars have almost entirely migrated to the steering wheel itself - the critical interface between the driver and the car.

    Early Formula One cars used steering wheels taken directly from road cars. They were normally made from wood (necessitating the use of driving gloves), and in the absence of packaging constraints they tended to be made as large a diameter as possible, to reduce the effort needed to turn. The steering wheel is also used to house instrumentation, normally via a multi-function LCD display screen and - more visibly - the ultra-bright 'change up' lights that tell the driver the perfect time for the optimum gearshift. Race control can also communicate with the driver via a compulsory, steering-wheel mounted GPS marshalling system. This displays warning lights, with colours corresponding to the marshals’ flags, to alert drivers to approaching hazards, such as an accident, on the track ahead. The steering wheels are not designed to make more than three quarters of a turn of lock in total, so there is no need for a continuous rim, instead there are just two 'cut outs' for the driver's hands
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  • Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran

    MemberSep 3, 2013

    Its a good informative thread and astronished by the engineering marvel which human had invented.Does the data received was stored in the same steering wheel or there is any separate electronic control unit? BMW always leads the innovation and its one of the best competitors for redbull,ferrari,and renault.
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