Formula One steering wheels today are ultra-complicated computerized controllers befitting their ultra-complicated cars. And Formula One steering wheels of half a century ago were super simple devices befitting their super simple cars. But the evolution between the two isn’t as straightforward as you’d expect.
Racing Formula One is like being inside a fighter jet that’s zipping through impossibly winding roads at 200 MPH. There’s a lot going on. Piloting a powerful race car through the twisting roads requires a steering wheel that can control and handle all those changes on the fly. It also makes for a steering wheel that…
Nothing ruins an automotive experience quite so badly as a horrible steering wheel.
The most exhaustive part about maneuvering your car in and out of tight spaces in a crowded parking lot is the unending back-and-forth turning of your steering wheel. To make that easier, Ford is introducing something called Adaptive Steering that does most of the turning for you—at slower speeds.
At least, I don't think this is how they're supposed to function. But I could be wrong. I've never driven an Opel. Maybe they're purposely designed to look like they've got some sort of crazy shaking disease.
"This is my steering wheel. There aren't many like it, but this one is mine. Without me, it is useless. Without it, my car is useless." You'd think automakers would remember that creed when designing the big thing right in front of you, but alas, not always.
The steering wheel is probably what drivers look at most, besides the road itself. It sits right there in front of you, and is the most important part of the car if you consider that without it, you can't really do anything. It's too bad, then, some of them are flops. What do you think is the ugliest steering wheel?
Wheels are fairly important when it comes to cars, and after taking care of the four on the outside, our attentions can finally shift to the one in front of us.
Just when you thought the cruise control and media buttons on your current steering wheel were too overwhelming, take a look at some of the wheel configurations for Formula 1 cars. These steering wheels are loaded to the gills with dials, switches, buttons, screens, toggles and more to confuse, baffle and distract…