Asetek Sim Sports Release New Modular Steering Wheel

Asetek has launched a new modular steering wheel solution for sim racing. The La Prima and Forte Wheel Button Boxes allow for multiple wheel rims to be used. Here are all the details.

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With ADAC Sim Racing Expo now over, we can catch a breath and take note of all the exciting things we saw. One of those exciting new products was a brand-new wheel from Asetek.

I say it’s a new sim racing steering wheel, but in reality, this new product is actually multiple steering wheels in one. Here are all of the details about this exciting new sim racing wheel from Asetek, the Forte and La Prima Wheel Button Boxes.

What are the Asetek Wheel Button Boxes?

Asetek has taken a modular approach to their latest sim racing wheel. Unlike both the La Prima and Forte formula wheels, their latest sim racing steering wheel is a completely modular option.

The La Prima and Forte Wheel Button Boxes include a main hub which allows for a variety of wheel rims to be attached and swapped. The button box itself very closely resembles the main component of the Formula wheels that Asetek already sell.

Both products feature a range of inputs on the main chassis. These include push buttons, joysticks and encoders. There are also a pair of paddle shifters on the rear.

Both the La Prima and Forte Wheel Button Boxes do differ in the amount of inputs they include. The La Prima is around €100 / $100 cheaper, which results in fewer inputs and the commission of a carbon fibre face plate.

Asetek Forte Wheel Button Box and wheel rims
Asetek Forte Wheel Button Box features

The Asetek Forte includes the same inputs that are on the Forte Formula wheel minus a few push buttons and two thumb encoders. Other than this, it is almost identical with 8 push buttons, 2 toggle switches, 2 kinky switches, 3 rotary encoders, 4 thumb encoders, 2 paddle shifters, rev lights and flag lights.

Asetek La Prima Wheel Button Box features

The La Prima range sits below the Forte range meaning the La Prima Button Box has fewer features. It still includes 8 push buttons, 2 kinky switches, 3 rotary encoders, 2 thumb encoders, paddles shifters and rev lights.

Wheel rims

In total, the Asetek Button Boxes are launching with 6 different wheel rims. These come in 3 different shapes, with each shape available in 2 types of material.

There is a perfectly round steering wheel rim which is ideal for road cars, drifting and rallying. Then there is an open-top D wheel rim and a closed-top D wheel rim.

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    There are a variety of different finishes available including leather, suede and comfort+. The great news is that all wheel rims are compatible with both the La Prima and Forte Button Box.

    Asetek Wheel Rims

    How much do the Asetek Wheel Button Boxes cost?

    Each of the new Asetek button boxes vary in price and box button boxes can be purchased with a variety of additional wheel rims. The cheapest version of this Asetek Wheel Button box is the La Prima version. This starts from €279.99 / $279.99 without a wheel rim included.

    The Forte Wheel Button Box adds some features missing from the La Prima, so costs more. It starts from €399.99 / $399.99 without a wheel rim. If you add a wheel rim to either the La Prima or Forte Wheel Button box, it will increase the price by at least €100 / $100.

    Below is the full price breakdown of all versions.

    Asetek La Prima Wheel Button Box Price
    • Without a wheel rim – €279.99 / $279.99
    • With a wheel rim – €399.99 / $399.99
    Asetek Forte Wheel Button Box Price
    • Without a wheel rim – €399.99 / $399.99
    • With a wheel rim – €499.99 / $499.99
    Asetek Wheel Rim Prices
    • Round leather wheel rim – €119.99 / $119.99
    • Round comfort+ wheel rim – €119.99 / $119.99
    • Open-D leather wheel rim – €119.99 / $119.99
    • Open-D suede wheel rim – €119.99 / $119.99
    • Closed-D leather wheel rim – €159.99 / $159.99

    Each of the wheel rims costs from €119.99 / $119.99 with the Closeed-D leather rim costing a little more. If you are looking to opt for the Forte Wheel Button Box, grabbing it with a wheel rim will save you some money compared to purchasing the button box and wheel rim individually.

    With the Asetek La Prima Formula Steering Wheel costing €399.99 / $399.99, the price for this new modular steering wheel solution seems very good as it doesn’t come in any more expensive.

    Asetek Forte Wheel Button Box Orange

    When can I buy the new Asetek Button Boxes?

    Asetek has stated that they are aiming to release both the La Prima and Forte Wheel Button Boxes on the 20th November 2023. This represents a pretty short waiting time of around a month from the initial reveal.

    You currently cannot pre-order any of the new button boxes, but you can sign up for Asetek’s newsletter to be the first to hear when pre-orders open.


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    Article written by Rich

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