Following the recently leaked images, it was just a matter of time before Thrustmaster would officially reveal their new PC hardware. Today marks that day, and the official reveal comes with a ton of new details for the TS-PC RACER Ferrari 488 Challenge Edition.
The TS-PC RACER Ferrari 488 Challenge Edition is actually the third product to celebrate Ferrari's 70th anniversary after the sumptuous Ferrari 250 GTP Wheel Add-On and the budget T80 Ferrari 488 GTB Edition. Thrustmaster has revealed that the wheel will be available from the beginning of February, and has a suggested retail price of £599.99.
As the name suggests, the TS-PC RACER Ferrari 488 Challenge Edition racing wheel replicates the wheel found in the 488 Challenge albeit in a 9:10 scale (12.6”/32 cm in diameter). The wheel is finished with hand-stitched wrapping made from the same Alcantara material used on genuine Ferrari wheels.
The TS-PC RACER 488 Challenge Edition houses a faceplate crafted of black brushed anodized metal, two 5.5”/14 cm tall sequential metal paddle shifters, two D-pads with push function, two metal rotary switches with push function, and eight action buttons. That’s an impressive tally of 25 programmable functions which should be enough to satisfy most people's requirements.
To complete the look, the wheel features the famous prancing horse Ferrari emblem and a 15 LED array which serves as a tachometer. For more details on the wheel see the description, provided by Thrustmaster, below.
To maximize their racing performance using the TS-PC RACER Ferrari 488 Challenge Edition racing wheel, virtual racers can rely on the wheel’s numerous powerful features: Brushless 40-watt motor.
The powerful motor generates precise effects and provides incredible velocity – from long stall curves (STALL mode) to super-responsive zigzags (DYNAMIC mode).
Motor Cooling Embedded system. Avoid overheating and optimize noiseless operation. (patent pending)
Field Oriented Control (F.O.C.) algorithm. Ensure surgical precision without losing power, even with intense torque demands. The built-in algorithm dynamically optimizes the onboard H.E.A.R.T (HallEffect AccuRate Technology) system and its 16-bit resolution (65,536 values).
Turbo Power unit. This specially-designed external power supply, which features a toroidal-shaped body with a finless design, provides an impressive 86% efficiency (with just 14% heat dissipation), along with a jaw-dropping 400 watts of peak power!
Mixed belt-pulley and gears system. This system, along with an axle mounted on metal ball-bearings, allows for extremely smooth and silent operation.
Sturdy attachment system. The wheelbase is compatible with all mounting surfaces (desks, 'racing cockpits', etc.) for guaranteed stability when racing.
This wheel is fully compatible with Thrustmaster’s unique ecosystem of PC racing products* – for virtually limitless customization possibilities.
The TS-PC RACER Ferrari 488 Challenge Edition racing wheel will be available from the beginning of February 2018, at a suggested retail price of £599.99 (taxes included).