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Ferrari SF15-T F1 Steering Wheel Replica

Discussion in 'Sim Racing Hardware' started by kona076, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. kona076

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    Today I'm going to share what's been for me a very ambitious sim steering wheel project. This project started late 2015 but has been on indefinite hiatus since last summer. The amount of money and time that went into this is almost embarrassing but as a perfectionist getting all the details right meant sacrifice. It's hard to put a number on what percent complete it is or how much additional effort it would take to complete. I have a pretty big catalog of reference photos that I would obsess over to get details that would have me reworking and customizing parts several times over. Additionally some of the best photos show Ferrari wheels with alternate parts or Kimmi's wheel instead of Vettel's and the two are vastly different upon close inspection. There's really no end to it.

    The display and led electronics have all been prototyped from scratch and are working but currently do not fit into the wheel so a custom circuit was being designed to accommodate that. Currently this display only works with F1 2016. You can see the PCU-8D housing and working display in the photos below.

    The quick release has no matching male hub counterpart yet, nor do I have any wiring set up either. This was where I really ran out of steam and just needed to take a break.

    The carbon fiber is, of course, all real and rigid and light as one would expect. The shifter is no exception and provides just the right amount of rotation and spring-loaded tension with a satisfying click when it engages the contact buttons. I've played with carbon fiber before but this was a learning process getting it just like the real thing in terms of pattern and finish and I had to devise some of my own techniques to achieve the desired effects especially given my limited tools and resources.

    The photos below show the wheel in its current state. I've indulged myself with mostly photos of the back as it is the side that the most time was spent on and, for me, a beautiful piece of engineering if you geek out on that sort of thing. One admission, the display is not wired up for the reasons mentioned previously so the display graphics you see in the first photo are superimposed. I've provided one reference photo comparison to show the level of detail I went to. Enjoy.

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  2. ttleon

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    Holy moly! Such an amazing project! The attention to detail is second to none!
     
  3. Wicked

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    This is some insanely detailed project. I am continuously surprised by the amazing things sim-racers put together.

    Very nice work.
     
  4. HabUK

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    That's incredible, top work sir!
     
  5. James Robertson

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    Wow that's fantastic, there must have been a tremendous amount of work involved. How did you go about moulding the handles.

    Would also love to know the basics of how you constructed the carbon fibre body.
     
  6. kona076

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    The grips were created from a firm urethane rubber. The body was a tremendous amount of work involving vacuum bagging and a few methods (hacks) I came up with to get the desired finish and cf orientation. Of course a mold was created to attain the desired shape.
     
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  7. acwadec

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    Bella Bella- I Love It. The details- You Nailed!! What is the software for the display? Would you be willing to build and sell another wheel. 2015 as shown or- the 2016 version in Seb's or kimi's layout.