Steering wheel control adapters, also known as stalk adapters, allow for easy installation and integration of aftermarket head units in cars that have steering wheel controls or stalk controls. For example, you have an Audi, BMW, Citroen, etc. and you want to install your new Alpine head unit. You also want to retain the full functionality of your steering wheel controls for your volume, radio presets, etc. Steering wheel control adapters are the perfect solution.
The elimination of the steering column mounted stalks and the clustering of the main controls on the steering wheel allows the driver to make all the adjustments or gearshifts with his/her hands firmly on the rim. This is yet another example of a track-derived feature boasted by the 458 Italia which ensures the car to achieve maximum performances under all driving conditions. The F1 gear-shift paddles are now more functional and ergonomic as they increase in size and are also independent from steering wheel activities, making them easier and more comfortable to use.
Also, please be aware that some radios in certain brands (not all brands) will NOT have the facility to add a steering wheel control adapter. Typically, entry-level (most basic) models in the head unit range would be spared this feature. Please, check models for compatibility. Ways to establish if your head unit is steering wheel control compatible: Check with the head units features list on websites /brochures. Consult with the manufacturer's website or help lines. Installation is "Plug & Play" and requires no cutting or splicing of wires. Therefore, it will NOT invalidate your car's manufacturer's warranty.
Connection of a steering wheel control adapter with your head unit is via a 3.5mm jack socket, fly lead, mini DIN and mini ISO connection.
Ferrari 458 Italia boasts carbon-ceramic discs which contribute to save five kilos compare to similarly high performance traditional cast iron brakes. The power brake's pump has been dimensioned to match the increased size of discs and ensure adequate response to the pedal. The CCM system guarantees constant pedal travel even under repeated braking conditions and also dispenses with fade under hard use, such as at the track. More rapid response to the pedal ensures also a shorter stopping distance.