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Ascher Racing F64-USB Wheel Review By The SRG

Ascher Racing F64-USB Wheel Review By The SRG

Ascher Racing F64-USB Wheel Review By The SRG

It is not a secret that Barry Rowland of the Sim Racing Garage is a huge fan of Ascher Racing Products. The past few years, German engineer and avid sim racer Martin Ascher has made a name for himself building high-standard sim racing equipment for the sim and real racing market.

In his latest review video, Barry takes a look at the Ascher Racing F64-USB Wheel. As usual, during his in-depth review, Barry disassembles the unit and checks out all the parts, build quality, and inner workings of the product before performing a hands-on test.

The Ascher Racing F64-USB Wheel is on sale at the Ascher Racing Webstore for €990.00 (inc. VAT).

Ascher Racing F64-USB Wheel 1  Ascher Racing F64-USB Wheel 1

Product Specifications:

Highlights

  • platform-independent USB connection
  • 285mm diameter
  • ergonomic grips covered in original ALCANTARA®
  • 12 x push buttons with tactile feeling
  • 2 x multifunctional 7-way joysticks
  • 4 x encoders (inc. push-button functionality)
  • 2 x 12-position rotary switches
  • magnetic paddle shifters
  • contactless clutch paddles
  • labels for various common steering wheel inputs

64 Inputs

  • 12 x push buttons with positive tactile feeling
  • 2 x protective button guards
  • 2 x multifunctional 7-way joysticks (4 directions / rotate clock- anticlockwise/ push button)
  • 4 x encoders inc. push button functionality, aluminum knob
  • 2 x 12-position rotary switches, aluminum knob
  • 2 x paddle shifters
  • 2 x clutch paddles with electronic bite-point calibration

Magnetic Paddle Shifters

  • CNC machined and anodized out of automotive aluminum
  • strong snap-action force
  • alternative magnets to reduce force included
  • silenced due to no metal-on-metal contact
  • reliable automotive switch

Contactless Clutch Paddles

  • CNC machined and anodized out of automotive aluminum
  • contactless hall sensor
  • smooth operation for maximum control

electronic bite-point calibration

  • precise adjustments in 1.0 % and 0.1 % increments
  • change bite-point via configuration tool or directly on the wheel rim:
    1. push both joystick buttons for 1s to access bite-point mode
    2. LED lights up to indicate calibration mode
    3. rotate left joystick for 1.0 % increments / right joystick for 0.1 % increments (LED flashes to indicate changes)
    4. exit calibration mode by pushing both joysticks again for 1s
  • the recommended procedure for finding the best setting:
    1. enter calibration mode and set bite-point to high value, e.g. 80 %
    2. pull slave clutch only
    3. apply throttle
    4. reduce bite-point in 1.0 % increments (left joystick) until the vehicle starts moving
    5. make test starts to fine-tune the desired bite-point setting
    6. exit bite-point calibration mode
  • the recommended procedure for quick race starts
    1. pull both master and slave clutches
    2. apply throttle
    3. race start -> let master clutch snap
    4. it will take less than 20 ms to reach the desired bite-point
    5. slowly release slave clutch

High-Quality Finish

  • machined out of automotive aluminum
  • black anodized and laser engraved
  • brushed front plate surface finish
  • glass bed blasted paddle surface finish

Button Labels

  • 50 pcs button labels each black and white
  • 72 pcs encoder labels (blue, green, red, black, yellow, white)
  • labels for various common steering wheel inputs

General Information

  • 285 mm wheel diameter
  • 6 x 70 mm bolt pattern
  • robust, shielded coiled cable with industrial Binder M16 connector
  • M5 x 12 mm stainless screws to mount QR included
  • Quick Release not included
  • to mount M5 threaded QRs, use captive screws
  • weight: 1100 g
  Official Webpage – www.ascher-racing.com


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