Ever wondered why there are so many buttons on F1 and IndyCar steering wheels?

Road & Track decided to get the answers from a man who uses one every day: IndyCar points leader Ryan Hunter-Reay. The basic controls include a push-to-talk button that allows the driver to communicate with his crew, plus toggles for push-to-pass, water for the driver, and a pit-lane cruiser button that caps the IndyCar's speed. The latter is protected by a guard so it's not inadvertently activated, which happened to Hunter-Reay last year in Brazil.

Watch the video below to see Ryan Hunter-Reay explain the wheel to his race-winning ride.




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      JDam4131
      • 2 Years Ago
      Indy wheels looks sparse compared to an F1 Wheel.
      Phil T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Last time I checked Hunter-Reay wasn't the points leader. - He lost the lead at Mid Ohio on August 5.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      $25,000 A little over exaggeration on the price? It probably REALLY costs less than $1,000 to build.
        Stuka
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        You quite obviously have zero experience in the R&D world. The very low quantity of these that are made drives their price to be much higher to cover all the cost of R&D.
        Sacto1654
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I disagree. Because they're essentially custom made with the lightest materials available and essentially is a computer inside the steering wheel, that's why one can cost as much as US$25,000.
        Alex Butti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Are you AWARE how much R&D is into one of those steering wheel?
        Carbon Fibre
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I agree, but perhaps not $1k. I call American overpriced labor on this piece of overpriced wheel. Yet with half as less than an F1 wheel.
        Randall GII
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        This is a highly computerized and proprietary setup. Most of that money is probably tied up in research and development. Hell, there's probably more than $1000 in carbon fiber on it.
          Randall GII
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Randall GII
          Did not see that everyone already said this haha
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just wait for the Chinese replica, it will cost just under $600 and will do the same thing.
      Howard
      • 2 Years Ago
      It wouldn't be an Indy-related video w/o mentioning the sponsors. America - what a country! :)
      Bentley DuPont
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting information by Googling RHR's father Nick Hunter Reay.
      alfredschrader
      • 2 Years Ago
      One I invented has a touch screen like an Ipod. But, like this it suffers from taking your eyes off the road fiddling with it (not a good idea). Instead, my heads-up display model shows it all on a tiny widscreen so you can see the road and the display at the same time.
      n00bert
      • 2 Years Ago
      BRB buying one for my Hyundai
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      that's what I call a useful information)) thank you!
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