If you have always dreamed of driving a Formula 1 car, a new Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On designed to fit the Thrustmaster T500 RS wheel base will bring you a little closer to the real thing. The Ferrari F1 racing wheel is an add on for Thrustmaster’s T500 RS simulator, and simply snaps into position replacing the existing GT wheel.
The Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On is a removable, life-size replica of the racing wheel that equips the Ferrari 150 Italia. Designed to attach to the base of the T500 RS steering wheel, it offers a unique racing experience. Thrustmaster said the Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On will feature a scratch-brushed reinforced metal facing. It will also sport scratch-brushed metal F1 Push & Pull sequential shifters that are directly attached to the wheel (in true F1 tradition), and will even feature rubber-textured grips so that out-of-control turns don’t transform into Wii remote mishaps.
As for all the buttons and switches mounted in the middle, they will include two rotary encoder switches (allowing direct, on-the-track optimization of the car’s race settings), eight push-buttons (with a 6.5 N dual detent pressure), three 4.5 N metal switches with 3 positions and an automatic centering feature, two 2.5 N 8-directional D-Pads and two up/down shifters. The add-on wheel will also provide two game modes: Normal with 13 action buttons and 3 D-Pads (PC and PS3-compatible), and Advanced with 25 action buttons and 1 D-Pad (PC only).
It’s missing the LCD display and a couple of buttons and dials, but otherwise, it’s a fairly spot-on replica. We’ve included an image for comparison purposes.
The Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On will be available in early October online at Amazon for the suggested retail price of $199,99.