Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel T500 Review

Editor: Thomas Koflach  Date: 23-12-11   7 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction
Product On Review: Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel T500
Manufacturer: Thrustmaster
Street Price: £550 from Amazon

Last year, Codemasters obtained the rights to produce a Formula One racing game, and in September 2010, F1 2010 was released to the general public – going down a storm. However, there was a massive gap in the market for an F1 style wheel with which the game could be played. A few, smaller outfits produced bespoke G25/G27 F1 add-ons, but these were expensive and tricky to fit.

So with the launch of F1 2011, Thrustmaster obviously thought it was about time something was done about this. Based in Italy, home of arguably the most famous and globally recognized F1 outfit, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the wheel was modeled on that of the 150 Italia – Ferrari’s 2011 entrant into the Formula One World Championship.



A gaming wheel isn’t all about the looks though – performance is a massive talking point too, and this wheel certainly doesn’t disappoint. With the back end and pedals taken from the highly rated T500RS, it should have all the tricks of the trade required to keep even the most avid racing fans satisfied.

Here's a little snippet on the Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel:

- Full size replica of the Ferrari 2011 F1 racing wheel, the "Ferrari 150th Italia".
- Designed to provide unmatched realistic F1 simulation to the most demanding gamers.
- Replica wheel manufactured with brushed metal and rubber textured handles for improved comfort.
- Authentic brushed metal F1 sequential gearshift levers allow smooth gear changing controls.
- Features 2 rotary knobs, 3 metal switches, 8 professional action buttons and 2 responsive D-pads.
- Allows two available games modes for compatability with Playstation 3 and PC.
- New Hall Effect AccuRate Technology (H.E.A.R.T) steering provides precise in-game movements.
- Magnetic sensor technology elminates friction and mechanical wear allowing for longer product life.
- Wheel features realistic Force Feedback with powerful industrial motor and quick responding mechanism.


Of particular note is the PC/PS3 compatibility, which could be very handy for owners of both systems. The H.E.A.R.T feature also sounds interesting and will hopefully lead to an impressive performance.

So without further ado, lets take a close look at the wheel itself...

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