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Thrustmaster Ferrari wheel boosts F1 2011 gameplay authenticity

by Steven Mostyn - Sep 30 2011, 16:35

Ohhh, now THAT is sexy. Image: Thrustmaster.

With Codemasters’ new F1 2011 videogame proving popular with critics and players alike, chances are that ‘genuine’ fans of the world’s fastest sport will be looking to maximize their gameplay experience where authenticity is concerned.

Indeed, while Codemasters can only do so much via accurately modeled cars, in-depth driving mechanics, and lovingly re-created international circuits, it falls to the boffins at Thrustmaster to actually put players behind an almost real F1 racing wheel.

So meet the Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-One, a full-size re-creation of the Ferrari 150 Italia racing wheel that attaches quickly and easily to the existing Thrustmaster T500 RS wheel base unit.

According to Thrustmaster, its latest racing wheel boast professional quality that enables each driver to make precision adjustments according to his own racing style and the conditions on the track.

“The racing wheel offers two rotary encoder switches (allowing direct, on-the-track optimization for the car’s race settings), eight push-buttons (with a 6.5N dual-detent pressure), three 4.5 N metal switches with 3 positions and an automatic centering feature, two 2.5 N 8-directional D-Pads and two up/down shifters.”

Best suited for PC computer systems (but also supports Sony’s PlayStation 3) and comes complete with Push & Pull sequential gear shifters, rubberized handgrips, and a brain-muddling array of action buttons, rotary knobs, switches and programmable functions.

Note: When used with a PC, players will have access to in-game wheel-based fiddling via a combination of 25 action buttons and a single D-pad. PlayStation 3 players have access to 13 action buttons and three D-pads. 

The Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On is available now attached to a (potentially wallet-busting) price of $199.99 USD. Oh, and the T500 RS wheel base is sold separately.

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