After teasing us about a forthcoming fixed paddle rim add-on, Thrustmaster has officially unveiled the final product as the Ferrari GTE Wheel Add-On Ferrari 458 Challenge Edition, compatible with the T500 RS and the Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500. Not that it took long for the community to speculate the tease as a Ferrari-branded product – the red stripe running down the center of the wheel was a bit of a getaway, in hindsight.
Indeed, the Ferrari GTE wheel reinforces Thrustmaster's ongoing relationship with the Italian prancing horse as the latest addition to their Ferrari family, coming as a successor to the Ferrari F1 rim add-on and a host of other branded peripherals in their back catalogue. Along with boasting paddles that turn with the wheel, the Ferrari GTE Wheel features six easy access fronted buttons, a d-pad, two brushed aluminum spokes coated in metallic paint and even a 3-position manettino switch akin to the actual Ferrari 458 Challenge, along with the same reinforced textured rubber that adorns the T500 RS.
The wheel weighs in at more than 2.6 lbs / 1.2 kg, and the paddle shifters are 13 cm tall and made of 2 mm-thick, metallic paint-clad brushed metal with a guaranteed lifespan of more than 10 million activations. Excessive information, much?
According to Thrustmaster, the add-on will be available in 'early May' at a suggested retail price 99.99 € / $129.99. All-in-all, the Ferrari replica wheel looks pretty spiffy to us with impeccable build quality if the T500 is anything to go by, has an affordable price point and should silence community complaints of the T500 RS' awkward static paddles. Sorted.