Here you can find two great wheels (Logitech's Driving Force GT & Thrustmaster's T500 RS) for the two most commonly used racing video game platforms (PlayStation 3 & PC). Whichever wheel you choose, you will enjoy an amazingly realistic racing simulation experience, since they both offer true-to-life force feedback effects.
The Driving Force GT and the T500 RS wheels are similarly sized - 11 and 12 inches in diameter, respectively. Logitech's wheel allows for a 900-degree rotation (2.5 turns lock to lock), whereas Thrustmaster's - for a 1080-degree rotation (3 full turns).
The Driving Force GT's paddle shifters move with the wheel (makes shifting easier while turning), whereas the T500 RS's - don't (makes accidental shifting unlikely). The T500 RS includes a clutch pedal, whereas the Driving Force GT - doesn't.
Specially designed for Gran Turismo 5 and other PS3 racing games, the Driving Force GT and the T500 RS wheels feature the standard PlayStation controller buttons. They are PC-compatible as well.
Developed especially for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console and modeled after the steering wheel inside the Ferrari 458 Italia sports car, Thrustmaster’s F458 Italia is the world’s first racing game wheel with official licenses from both Microsoft and Ferrari.
There aren’t that many good Xbox 360-compatible racing game wheels out there, so, if you are looking for one, the Ferrari 458 Italia wheel is the obvious choice to make.
You will quickly appreciate its solid build quality, its GT-style, wheel-mounted metal paddle shifters, its easily accessible buttons and last, but not least - the ultra-realistic resistance offered by the pedals it ships with.
Although the Ferrari 458 Italia wheel has been designed primarily with Xbox 360 users in mind, you can make it compatible with your PC racing games as well by downloading and installing the respective PC drivers.
Today, there’s hardly anyone who doesn’t have a PC at home. As it is, all steering wheels presented on our website are PC-compatible, which further facilitates your choice. You can pick between the PC-specific RGT Force Feedback Clutch wheel, the Ferrari-approved F458 Italia and F430 Force Feedback wheels, the gear shifter-inclusive G27 wheel, the cockpit-like Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia, the former and the current official GT5 wheel - Logitech’s Driving Force GT and Thrustmaster’s T500 RS, respectively... You can even avail of two spectacular T500 RS add-ons - Thrustmaster’s Formula One-style Ferrari F1 wheel and the 8-speed TH8 RS gear shifter.
Gran Turismo® is among the most popular video game franchises, with Gran Turismo 5 being the most frequently played PlayStation 3® sim racing game today. The fact that the official GT5 wheel is namely Thrustmaster’s industry-acclaimed T500 RS will hardly surprise anyone, since it is miles ahead of other similar alternatives in terms of wheel rotation and force feedback support - its maximum steering angle is 1080 degrees (180 more than those offered by the former official GT5 wheel - the Logitech Driving Force GT), whereas its force feedback effects are so realistic that the driver can sometimes feel real finger pain. And we mean it. A true-to-reality virtual racing experience is in the bag.
Good news for all Thrustmaster T500 RS owners who happen to be Formula One aficionados - they can remove the default T500 RS wheel and attach a life-size replica of an actual F1 racing wheel to its base - namely Thrustmaster’s Ferrari F1 add-on wheel, which features F1-style speed shifters, pushbuttons, switches and knobs, and which ‘borrows’ the T500 RS’s 1080-degree rotation (3 full turns lock to lock) and powerful force feedback engine that will supply you with real-time information about what’s taking place on the circuit. You can even have the clutch, gas and brake pedals coming from the floor up - like you would with a real Formula 1 racing car.
Just how realistic can any given racing simulation be without the presence of a force feedback steering wheel? Luckily, you have a rich choice here as well. As their names suggest, Logitech’s Driving Force GT and Thrustmaster’s Ferrari F430 Force Feedback and RGT Force Feedback Clutch wheels offer force feedback support. The Logitech G27 wheel even boasts two helical gear-driven force feedback motors. Even though it’s not a force feedback wheel par excellence, Thrustmaster’s Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia too guarantees a highly realistic road feel. Of all the wheels listed on our website, however, the official GT5 wheel - the Thrustmaster T500 RS, offers by far the strongest force feedback support. Its 3000-rpm force feedback motor is so powerful that you should hold the steering wheel firmly at all times, or else you are bound to experience pain in your fingers!
The presence of a clutch pedal (aside from the ever-present gas and brake pedals) further contributes to making any given gamer’s sim racing experience even more realistic. There are three wheel models presented on our website, which do include a one-hundred-percent-adjustable clutch pedal - Logitech’s G27 wheel and Thrustmaster’s T500 RS and RGT Force Feedback Clutch wheels (the name of the latter speaks for itself). With the industry-leading T500 RS wheel, you can even choose whether the clutch, brake & gas pedals should be suspended like in a GT car, or floor-mounted - like in an F1 car.
All steering wheel models listed on our website feature wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Logitech’s G27 wheel and Thrustmaster’s T500 RS wheel offer a more hands-on approach - they both include an external manual gearbox, the first one - by default, the second - in the form of an add-on - namely the life-sized TH8 RS gear shifter. The G27’s H-gate shifter offers a total of six gears, the T500 RS’s - as many as eight (seven forward gears plus one reverse gear). The TH8 RS shifter even allows you to replace the default H-pattern shift plate with a sequential (+/-) plate, which is present as well. We even have an attractively priced bundle offer for you - if you order the TH8 RS shifter and the T500 RS (the wheel it was meant to be used with) simultaneously via OpenWheeler.co.uk, the T500 RS/TH8 RS combo will cost you £450.00 (incl. 20% UK VAT*) instead of £470.00.
*The UK VAT-free price is £375.00. The UK VAT does not apply to:
a) VAT-registered businesses from the EU, but from outside the UK
b) clients from outside the EU
All wheels presented on this page will guarantee you a great sim racing experience, which can be even better if you combine the wheel of your choice with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & PC-compatible OpenWheeler racing seat. This is why we’d like to bring to your attention these three special bundles:
a) the Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia wheel + the OpenWheeler racing seat = £330.00 (you save £10.00)
b) the Logitech Driving Force GT wheel + the OpenWheeler racing seat = £360.00 (you save £20.00)
c) the Thrustmaster T500 RS wheel + the OpenWheeler racing seat = £600.00 (you save £30.00)
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