Installation was easy, allthough there was no software in my box included.. a mistake I guess, but a visit to www.wingmanteam.com and I got the newest drivers. The only problem I encountered during installation was finding my Win98 cd among all this mess on my desk.
I used to have the old LWFF (the good one and while I loved the wheel, the pedals were crap. So I bought a pair of CH pedals which were much better. When I saw the pics of the Momo pedals I allready knew I would keep using my CH pedals, it looked like they were just as crap as the old ones. To my surprise, they improved a -lot-. The topside of the pedals are from metal, and they can tumble/tilt, whatever the word is So no matter at which angle you put your feet on the pedal, you allways have the perfect position. Resistance is good, even with my shoes on resistance was good enough. After a couple of laps on the Ring I noticed I could brake more precise with my Momo pedals than with my CH pedals.. very good.
The wheel itself has ofcourse the Momo shape, is covered with leather and has a great grip. Again a surprise, the wheel turns 270 degrees which is great for those Monaco hairpins. I believe the old LWFF has
180 degrees, and on my wheel it was even less, there was something wrong on the inner side so I had a range of about 160 degrees.. driving with 270 is really great.
The shifter thingies are from metal and make a nice sturdy click when you press them. Thank god they went back to the shifter shape of the old LWFF instead of using the crappy shifter buttons from the LWGP.
6 buttons are on the wheel instead of 4 on the old one. For GPL and GP3 you don't really need more than 4, but in F1 2001 I really missed a couple of buttons on my old wheel. Now I can use the extra buttons
for messing with my LCD screen during racing, which is a nice feature. The buttons are a tad too much on the inside though. No problem for me because I have big hands, but for the younger drivers among us this may be a problem.
The force feedback itself is as was expected GREAT! My old LWFF had a very weak ff. Now a setting of 100% is more than enough, while you can raise the ff to 150% in the wingman properties. I first tried GPL. Strong, good ff, but I felt quite a lot of spikes. This was to be expected, since GPL requires a lot of messing around
with the core.ini ff settings to get that perfect ff. One wrong value and you have the spikes.. this is going to take me a couple of hours again to get it right, just as it took me that time to get it perfect
for my old LWFF.
Then I tried GP3. PERFECT!! No spikes at all, very strong and smooth ff. Allthough the Momo uses gears instead of the cables the old LWFF used, thanks to the use of ball bearings the steering is supersmooth.
Then I tried F1 2001. Ehh.. oops, no force feedback
So all in all the wheel is quite expensive, but for the serious racing simmer it's more than worth the money. Quality seems very good, unlike that crappy plastic LWGP wheel. I'm very pleased with it.
Posted on Oct 13, 2001, 10:17 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11