Fri, Aug 19, 2011 | 15:19 BST
New Thrustmaster racing wheel and gear shifter, “aggressive and complete”
Performance enhancing apparatus from the people that brought you the £450 GT5 steering wheel accessory. NB – Not guaranteed to enhance performance in any way.
Thrustmaster, purveyor of videogame accessories, has been busy developing its latest set of empowering game accessories: the Ferrari 458 Italia Racing Wheel for Xbox 360 and the TH8 RS – “a high-end, stand-alone, versatile gearbox” for PS3 and PC.
The press release reads like so:
“The racing wheel’s 11 inch diameter wheel and rubber-textured grip will enable drivers to improve their best lap times consistently, with optimum comfort … ”
“Extensive equipment is available out of the box with 8 action buttons, an Engine Start D-pad, an Xbox 360 Guide button and a connector for the Xbox 360 headset and microphone. Under the bonnet dwells a “Bungee Cord” automatic centring system offering progressive resistance over a 270-degree angle, for a more immersive racing experience. The pedal base has not been neglected; it features a wide footrest, a long-stroke accelerator pedal and a resistant brake pedal, for more precision.”
The Ferrari 458 Italia Racing Wheel for Xbox360 will be available in October at a suggested retail price of $89.99.
The TH8 RS, meanwhile, comes complete with H.E.A.R.T technology (Hall Effect AccuRate Technology™) which features magnetic sensors which help eliminate contact wear. The stick-shift is compatible with the T500 RS racing wheel – yes, that £450 one – as well as all currently available racing wheels for PC.
The TH8 RS will be available in October at the suggested retail price of $179.99.