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View Poll Results: Flappy paddle's on collumn or wheel?
On the collumn 5 62.50%
On the streering wheel 3 37.50%
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post #1 of 12 Old 11-08-2013, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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which do you prefer?

Which do you prefer, The flappy paddle's on the column or the steering wheel? From the few cars I've been in that have had paddle's, I preferred them to be on the streering wheel.
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Only works on the track for paddles on the steering wheel. For normal driving on the street with 90 degree corners, it is better to have them where the paddles are always in the same position regardless of steering wheel position. Longer paddles help, too, like those on the Challenge cars.

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Only works on the track for paddles on the steering wheel. For normal driving on the street with 90 degree corners, it is better to have them where the paddles are always in the same position regardless of steering wheel position. Longer paddles help, too , like those on the Challenge cars.

Good observation. So why do you suppose the LaFerrari's paddles are on the column? I do not think of that car being a "street" car.
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I much prefer the flippy paddles located on a car other than mine. The exact position isn't important.
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i much prefer the flippy paddles located on a car other than mine. The exact position isn't important.
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I love the ones on my 458 (on the column). With the direct steering they are almost always within reach, if not, then it is very simple to slide your right hand along the rim to find the paddle. Very quick, certainly much less of an issue than reaching for a gearlever. This, by the way, has NEVER (!) happened on track, except for accelerating out of the La Source hairpin at Spa. In any case it is always only a very slow corner that has this "issue".

If you have a hairpin corner or if you are parking the car, you get to the point where your hands need to cross. If your paddles are then attached to the steering wheel, you can't find them until the steering is back upright. That's why I prefer the paddles on a fixed location.

In any case, these issues are for very, very slow corners and parking only. I for one cannot fathom why internet warriors make such an issue out of it (particularly McLaren fans). It really is not very important at all.


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Really doesn't matter to me either. I see more and more cars are putting them on the steering wheel though, Audi, Porsche, McLaren. Took me a while to get used to my 12C, since all I was used to was Ferrari.

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I have cars with both, much prefer the column mounted version as you always know where you are!

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Is changing whether the paddles are on the collumn or the steering wheel an option on the 458? It seems I recall them being on the steering wheel when I got in one.
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Cutter- No, they are all on the column. You can download a 458 owners manual for free from ferraridatabase.com.

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If you have a hairpin corner or if you are parking the car, you get to the point where your hands need to cross. If your paddles are then attached to the steering wheel, you can't find them until the steering is back upright. That's why I prefer the paddles on a fixed location.
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I have only very little experience of this. I used to own an Audi TT with DSG box and this had paddles on the wheel, though this was mainly my wife's car and so I did not drive it a lot. However, I would say that when I did, I felt that the paddles would be better on the column. My Merc daily driver has paddles, but it is a pure automatic and I hardly ever bother to use them, so I cannot remember whether they are wheel- or column-mounted.

I guess if offered the choice I would opt for column.

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Cutter- No, they are all on the column. You can download a 458 owners manual for free from ferraridatabase.com.
Thank you. I'll download it tonight.
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