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Sim Racing Garage – SMZ1 Custom F1 Style Wheel Review

Sim Racing Garage - SMZ1 Custom F1 Style Wheel Review

Sim Racing Garage – SMZ1 Custom F1 Style Wheel Review

Barry Rowland of the Sim Racing Garage reviews the new Sam Maxwell Customs SMZ1 F1 Wheel which is a collaboration project between Sam Maxwell and Russel Hodgson who you might know as the producer of the Z1 Dashboard Software.

As usual, Barry explains the product features and functions in detail before performing a test drive in his full-motion sim racing rig.

The SMZ1 wheel is a state of the art current F1 tech-inspired wheel and is made from a 1/4″ thick solid piece of carbon fiber with cast in place urethane rubber hand grips. The SMZ1 F1 rim is fitted with 10 Knitter pushbutton switches, 6 rotary encoders, and 4 Three-way momentary toggle switches.  The commercial duty shifters are from Precision Design Worx and are billet aluminum with magnetic snap action. The wheel also features dual clutch paddles bringing the individual inputs to 33.

The most noticeable feature is the Z1 Touch Screen dashboard which is fully compatible with the Z1 Dashboard software. It comes with a license for the Z1 software as well as two years of updates.

Furthermore, across the top, the wheel is fitted with a 15 LEDs shift light that can be programmed for any RPM. The LEDs can also be set to include DRS lights, and can be set to flash when the pit limiter is engaged or the rev limiter is hit. The 3 left and 3 right LEDs can be customized to indicate DRS Available, DRS Active, DRS On, Yellow Flag, Blue Flag, Pit Limiter, Water Temp, Oil Pressure, Fuel Pressure, Low Fuel


  • Wheel with AccuForce Quick Release: $1745
  • Wheel with Wheel Side Q1R: $1708
  • Wheel with Both Side Q1R: $1786
  • Wheel with Fanatec ClubSport V2 QR: $1829
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