Being an accurate, Ferrari-licensed replica of the steering wheel inside the Ferrari F430 sport car, the Thrustmaster Ferrari F430 Force Feedback wheel boasts Ferrari-style sequential speed shifters and a Ferrari-style Manettino dial, which will allow you to fine-tune your car on the spur of the moment as per the caprices of the road surface. Regardless of whether you’re playing Gran Turismo 5, Need for Speed: The Run, F1 2010, WRC or DiRT 2, its belt- and gear-driven force feedback system will let you feel as though you’re an actual GT, F1 or rally race car driver, even more so if you combine the Ferrari F430 Force Feedback wheel with the OpenWheeler gaming seat, whose middle name is ‘comfort’. The resulting driving simulator (the Ferrari F430/OpenWheeler combo) will turn your notion of a realistic sim racing experience upside down!
The Logitech Driving Force GT, the former official Gran Turismo 5 steering wheel, offers a more-than-respectable 900-degree rotation (i.e. 2.5 turns lock to lock) and a powerful force feedback system bound to shake your gaming den! The Driving Force GT is equipped with the classic PlayStation 3 controller buttons, a 24-position adjustment dial, a D-pad, a pair of wheel-mounted paddles, a sequential bump shifter and a pair of well-positioned pedals. The OpenWheeler gaming seat, on the other hand, offers unparalleled body support and comfort. The Logitech Driving Force GT/OpenWheeler combo is your key to becoming not only a better virtual racer, but also a more skillful real-life car driver!
The Thrustmaster T500 RS, the current official Gran Turismo 5 steering wheel, offers a no-holds-barred 1080-degree rotation (i.e. 3 full turns lock to lock) and makes use of a 65-watt, 3000-rpm force feedback motor, which guarantees faster-than-a-speeding-bullet responses. 16-bit precision is guaranteed by a unique, contactless magnetic sensing HallEffect AccuRate Technology™. The T500 RS is fitted out with the customary PlayStation 3 controller buttons, a pair of sequential paddle shifters, as well as with fully adjustable gas, brake and clutch pedals. And if you add the one-size-fits-all OpenWheeler gaming seat to your T500 RS-based sim rig, you’ll get your own GT, F1 or rally racing simulator (the T500 RS/OpenWheeler combo) right on your carpet!
The detachable and fully interchangeable T500 RS and Ferrari F1 wheels share a common wheel base and an uncompromisingly powerful force feedback mechanism and allow for an awe-inspiring 1080-degree rotation. You can quickly swap the wheels with the help of the special Thrustmaster Quick Release system, based on whether you feel like driving a GT or an F1 racing car at the moment. You’ll be able to even decide whether the gas, clutch and brake pedals should be suspended or floor-mounted, depending on the type of car (a GT or an F1 car) you have chosen! Aside from your torso, the fully adjustable, made-to-measure OpenWheeler gaming seat can also perfectly accommodate Thrustmaster’s T500 RS and Ferrari F1 wheels, as well as the pedal set coming with them. Just pick the desired wheel, take a seat and hit the road!
Thrustmaster’s T500 RS - perhaps the most sophisticated PlayStation 3 wheel one can possibly find on the market today, allows for a stupefying 1080-degree rotation (three full turns lock to lock). Its force feedback effects are so powerful that you will often have to clutch the wheel with both hands. Thrustmaster hasn’t forgotten also those T500 RS owners who would sooner up- and downshift manually with a gear stick and a clutch pedal (the T500 RS offers such by default) - you can now combine the T500 RS wheel with Thrustmaster’s life-sized TH8 RS gear shifter, which makes use of the very same hyper-precise, contactless magnetic sensing technology and which offers seven forward gears and one reverse gear. The T500 RS is the official GT5 racing wheel, so the TH8 RS shifter, being itself a T500 RS add-on, quite naturally works great with Gran Turismo 5. The OpenWheeler+ gaming seat can ideally accommodate both the T500 RS wheel and the TH8 RS shifter, since it includes a special gear shifter mount for just that purpose. If combined, these three great gaming gadgets will form a monster of a driving simulator (the T500 RS/TH8 RS/OpenWheeler+ combo), which will make all your fellow simmers envy you!
The Ferrari-approved Ferrari F1 wheel is a detachable Thrustmaster T500 RS add-on. Being a replica of an actual Formula 1 racing wheel, it features F1-style, push & pull gear shifters, knobs, switches and pushbuttons. If you attach the Ferrari F1 wheel to the T500 RS’s base, you’ll be able to experience the same powerful force feedback effects and to take advantage of the T500 RS’s outlandish 1080-degree rotation (3 full turns lock to lock). Combining Thrustmaster’s Ferrari F1 wheel with the OpenWheeler gaming seat will take you one step closer to experiencing first-hand the thrill and excitement of the ultimate racing challenge on this Earth - that of Formula One!
The removable and completely substitutable T500 RS and Ferrari F1 wheels allow for a jaw-dropping 1080-degree rotation (3 full turns lock to lock) and share a common wheel base, a minutely precise, contactless magnetic sensing mechanism and an outrageously powerful force feedback motor producing faster-than-light responses. Depending on the type of car (an F1 or a GT car) you feel like driving, you can swop the wheels in just a few seconds using the special Thrustmaster Quick Release system. You’ll be able to even pick between two pedal positions: floor-mounted (like in an F1 car) and suspended (like in a GT car), again - on the basis of the chosen car type.
Thrustmaster’s T500 RS - the official Gran Turismo 5 wheel, offers a flabbergasting 1080-degree rotation, mind-blowingly powerful force feedback effects, authentic paddle shifters and even a clutch pedal, but does not include an external gearshift unit. That’s why Thrustmaster has come up with the life-size, 8-speed TH8 RS gear shifter - so that T500 RS owners can change gears using a gear stick and a clutch pedal at the same time. Just like the wheel it is meant to be used with, the TH8 RS shifter employs a contactless magnetic sensor, so you can rest assured that no mechanical parts will actually wear out. There are seven forward gears plus one reverse gear, but if you are a sequential gear shifting fan, you can simply replace the default 8-gate shift plate with a sequential plate, which will let you change gears in an up-and-down fashion.
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