With Gran Turismo 5 and Formula 1 due later in the year there's never been a more important time for the burgeoning PS3 console wheel market. Today's press release comes out of the blue as Thrustmaster reveal the rather excellent looking 'Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition', complete with F1 styling, certainly looking the part.
Pictures and official press release below.
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.