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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.

Thanks, Endgadget.

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