The FISW-X Steering
Wheel by St Cross Electronics
don't normally cover product launches but when it's something very innovative
and made by our main series sponsor, we really have to make an exception.
Dax Ward has sent us details of the new steering wheel St Cross have
made in conjunction with Farringdon. They have had some input with the
design of this wheel, and it is being very successfully received by Caterham
on the SP300R car (an £80,000+ trackday car in case you didn't know).
Dax said "We do all the manufacturing here in Southampton, and I
really do believe the cost of £950 + VAT is amazing for what it
can do. It is not only a steering wheel, it is basically a dash display
unit as you would see in F1. The wheel you can see in the pictures has
paddle shift, an integrated LED display unit. This is far superior to
other LCD versions on the market as LED displays are far brighter and
clearer to read in an open cockpit car."
As the steering wheel (it seems so inadequate to just call it that...)
has been developed for Caterham, the initial controls are based on their
cars, but St Cross are developing a more "custom made" version
The full features are detailed in the flyer (downloadable
here as a pdf) but are listed below.
· Paddle shift capability, with magnetic over
· 15 LED Shift Lights (Red to Blue)
· High Brightness 7-Segment LED Display.
· Buttons for Configurable use.
· Buttons for start timer, Cancel Alarms
· Pit lane speed limit buttons.
· Rotary knobs for page selection and Brightness.
· Optional buttons for traction control.
· All inputs and outputs encoded in CAN data stream (ECU
· Lap timing with Delta Display – may need Lap Beacon
· Alarms for temperatures and pressures.
The grips are ABS and can be changed easily if they
become worn. Optional Alcantara or Suede covering can be arranged.
Communication to the car is done by a curly cable, but again an
option is to have electronics through the quick release centre boss
Dax will have the wheel on display at Brands, with leaflets etc.
The website is http://www.motorsportcables.com
and traditional contact means are:
Unit 14, Mount Pleasant Industrial Park, Southampton, SO14 0SP,
Tel.+44 023 8022 7636 Fax.+44 023 8033 1769
Dax Ward, introduction SL Editorial Team
Disclaimer: The above represents only the unofficial view of
the writer and not of the Monoposto Racing Club in any way whatsover.
If any pictures are copyright and the owner wishes them removed
please email us.