New York, NY – (October 11, 2011) — As an invitation to gamers to challenge F1 racing tracks with total efficiency and realism, Thrustmaster, the innovative PC and console accessory brand is releasing a new racing solution, the Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500, a wheel replica of the Ferrari 150° Italia with a pedal set. A long-lasting collaboration between the two brands and their mutual respect for shared values – passion, innovation and quality – explain the genesis of this latest controller released by Thrustmaster under official Ferrari license.
Pure, unrivalled realism:
Compatible with PC and PlayStation®3, the package includes a racing wheel – the life-size replica of the F1 Ferrari 150° Italia –, a powerful base containing the racing wheel' s motor and a pedal set to help you close the fastest laps ever recorded.
Power and precision under the hood:
F1 cars are designed with raw power, and the Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 rises to the challenge with a built-in industrial-class engine (150 mNm torque, 3000 rpm, 65 W, Ø 52) delivering impressive force feedback effects. Its wide internal dual belt combines smoothness and flexibility. The device's built-in H.E.A.R.T HallEffect AccuRate Technology™ offers extreme precision along with a constant, long-lasting 16-bit resolution (65,536 values throughout the wheel' s steering range).
The sophistication of an F1 racing wheel:
The Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 is a replica of the steering wheel found in the Ferrari 150° Italia. Featuring a rubber-textured grip, a life-size diameter and a reinforced scratch-brushed metal face, it breathes racing fierceness. The Thrustmaster Quick Release enables users to remove the racing wheel quickly. The wheel features two rotary encoder knobs that allow users to adjust the car's settings directly during a race, eight dual-detent (8 N pressure) push-buttons, three automatic centering 3-position metal switches (4.5 N pressure), and two 8-directional D-Pads. The Push & Pull F1 shifters, which control sequential gear changes, are made from scratch-brushed metal and are attached to the wheel. In addition, 2 game modes are available: the Normal mode, for PC and PS3™ (with 17 programmable features) and the Advanced mode, for PC (with 29 programmable features).
Efficiency of the pedal set:
The Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 pedal set offers two positions: a suspended position and a floor-mounted position ideally suited to F1 racing. The pedal set is 100% metal, ensuring optimal stability and resistance. All 3 pedals are fully adjustable, while the brake pedal offers a reinforced and adjustable stroke.
The Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 will be available in October at the suggested retail price of $699.99. For more information on the Ferrari F1 Integral T500 or to see the full range of Thrustmaster products, visit www.thrustmaster.com.