In a press release yesterday, Thrustmaster, which is a popular accessory maker, unveiled the fold-able, and wireless ‘cockpit’, called the “Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition“. It looks pretty neat and I, personally, haven’t seen a home setup where the floor pedals and steering wheel are integrated into one unit like this.
As far as features go, it’s got a wide, weighted base for stability (the base weighs 10.5kg, or a little over 23 pounds) and includes a metal structure and “an infinite number of possible positions according to the user’s size“. The brake pedal uses magnetic resistance to simulate brake pressure on the pedal (which sounds really cool). The shifters (sequential up and down) are metal as well.
Looking at the steering wheel itself, it’s supposed to be very precise (though, they didn’t mention the overall turning circle), and it’s also detachable from the base to help with storage (along with the folding capabilities). It’s also supposedly an exact 7/10 replica of the actual steering wheel used in the F430 (it’s got a 28cm (approximately 11 inches) total diameter). It even includes the Manettino dial, which is used to change vehicle settings on the fly (and it’s backlit as well). Thrustmaster has stated that the wheel is 100% compatible with all PS3 and USB-enabled PC games.
The whole set up has a range of 10 meters (almost 33 feet), and has a 50 hour battery life on 4 AA batteries.
So how much does it cost, though? Try $/£250. Given it’s looks (it really does look great) and the materials it’s made from, it looks like, for the serious racers out there, it would be worth it if you already don’t have a similar setup. If you’re interested in purchasing it, though, you’ll only have a short wait, as it releases next month. Be sure to check out the Press Release and the other product shots. You can also check out a product demo video here.
Inspired by Ferrari. Engineered to drive racing games to the limit…
Thrustmaster Unleashes Real Racing Power withFerrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition
London – (May 28, 2010) — Thrustmaster, the innovative PC and console accessory brand, unveils its newest gaming accessory release: a pre-equipped, streamlined, Ferrari-licensed cockpit, that’s foldable and ready to be set up anywhere. The Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition is a cockpit ensemble featuring a built-in wheel and pedal set, for PlayStation® 3 and PC. It lets users experience the thrills of racing under conditions very close to those on real race tracks – without having to leave their living room. This compact, practical and efficient racing cockpit will be available in June 2010 for the SRP £249.99 ($249.99).
Wireless Cockpit Ensemble – The cockpit ensemble is wireless, featuring a range of more than 10 meters and 50 hours of battery life: it’s got everything you need for great performance, whether in quick runs around the track, or endurance racing.
Optimal Stability – With a wide, solid base and a total weight of 10.5kg (23lbs.), stability is optimal. The cockpit’s construction is completely solid, thanks to its rigid metal structure, perfect for maintaining your racing lines, even through quick turns.
Adjustable Cockpit – The cockpit is fully adjustable, for an infinite number of possible positions according to the user’s size (adult/child) and seating type (sofa/chair). It also features a mechanism which locks in place once the position has been selected. Foldable, with a detachable wheel and carrying handle, the cockpit takes up minimum space for easy storage when the race is over.
Absolute Precision Technology – This new racing release also provides absolute precision, thanks to the H.E.A.R.T HallEffect Accurate Technology™ system (12-bit precision, with 4096 values on the wheel’s axis): it will give you the edge you need to take up the pole position.
Completely in the Ferrari spirit
Streamlined Design – The Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition has a streamlined design with smooth and harmonious lines, and features the metallic colours of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia’s “musetto”.
Programmable Wheel Replica of Ferrari 430 Scuderia – The wheel, 11” in diameter, is a replica of that found on the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, down to the smallest details – from the 5-position Manettino dial which lets users configure their car directly in the race, to the sequential gearshift levers crafted of metal, and rubber-textured grip. The wheel is 100% programmable and features an internal memory.
Magnetic Resistance Pedals – The metal pedals, inspired by those in the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, are built directly into the cockpit, and provide a long range of travel, for even greater realism. The brake pedal even features magnetic resistance for enhanced performance.
For information on the Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition and other products visit www.thrustmaster.com and http://red-collection.thrustmaster.com/.
Written by: Jay
- Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief