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Thrustmaster VG Thrustmaster T500 F1 Racing Wheel - PC

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Windows, PlayStation 3
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  • Replica of the Ferrari F1 2011 racing wheel, the ?Ferrari 150th Italia?
  • Full-size wheel with scratched-brushed metal facing
  • Rubber-textured rim equipped with a realistic and comfortable grip
  • Genuine F1 ?Push & Pull? scratched-brushed metal sequential gear shifters
  • 2 rotary knobs (to adjust car settings directly during the race), 3 metal switches, 8 professional quality action buttons and 2 D-pads responding to realistic pressure

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Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 15.3 inches ; 38.3 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 31, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,947 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

A real collector's item. The Thrustmaster complete F1 simulator controller for PC and Playstation 3 includes: The detachable Ferrari 150th Italia racing wheel replica for the Thrustmaster T500 RS, the Thrustmaster T500 RS (the benchmark force feedback racing wheel) and the 100 percent metal pro pedal base offering multiple adjustment possibilities. There are two available game modes: 1.) "Normal" mode, PC and PS3 compatible (offering 13 action buttons and 3 D-pads); and 2.) "Advanced" mode, PC compatible (offering 25 action buttons and 1 D-pad). The detachable wheel featuring the "Thrustmaster Quick Release" system enables future upgrade possibilities. The innovative H.E.A.R.T Hall Effect Accurate Technology on the wheel's steering makes for an Ultra-precise racing wheel with 16-bit resolution (65,536 values on the steering), and precision that won't decrease over time (contact-free magnetic sensor eliminates internal wear). Force feedback technology featuring an industrial-class motor offers 150 mNm torque, 3000 rpm, 65 W, and Ø52. This results in a super-powerful and responsive force feedback mechanism with a rigid motorized stopper, no matter what angle of rotation you select. The included realistic pedal base offers genuine racing sensations. It is unique in design offering 2 selectable positions – F1 or GT styles - 1: Suspended position (GT-style); and- 2: Floor-mounted position (F1-style). Our pedals are 100 percent metal for optimal stability (weighs over 15lb) and resistance. The 3 pedals are 100 percent adjustable (width/height/slope) and feature a metal footrest with a non-slip grating texture.

From the Manufacturer

The Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 is a complete F1 simulator controller for PC and Playstation3 that includes a racing wheel--a detachable, life size replica of the F1 Ferrari 150° Italia--a powerful base containing the racing wheel's motor and a 100% metal pro pedal base offering multiple adjustment possibilities.

Thrustmaster T500 F1 Racing Wheel
A complete F1 simulator controller for PC and Playstation3. View larger

Thrustmaster T500 F1 Racing Wheel
Featuring three metal pedals with adjustable driving positions to enhance the level of realism
Realistic Wheel Handling

Ergonomics were at the heart of the Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500's development, with an eye on optimizing game play, performance and driving sensations. The sequential gearlevers mounted on the base feature large 6.7" levers that are constantly accessible without letting go of the wheel. The wheel itself offers a remarkable 1080 degree rotation. These 3 full turns are also adjustable, thanks to a motorized stop, allowing the gamer choose the maximum degree of rotation according to the type of racing circuit and the car being driven.

Professional Quality Rotary Knobs, Switches and Action Buttons

The extensive built-in equipment--rotary knobs, switches and action buttons--boasts professional quality, enabling each driver to make precision adjustments according to his own racing style and the conditions on the track. The racing wheel offers 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.

Thrustmaster T500 F1 Racing Wheel
Removable, life-size replica of the Formula 1 Ferrari 2011 racing wheel. View larger
The Sophistication of an F1 Racing Wheel

Compatible with PC and PlayStation3, the package includes a life-size replica of the F1 Ferrari 150° Italia, a powerful base containing the racing wheel's motor, and a pedal set to help you close the fastest laps ever recorded. The F1 Ferrari 150° Italia wheel offers the power and precision that make this such a unique experience. The Thrustmaster Quick Release enables users to remove the racing wheel quickly.

The Integral T500 is a real driving simulator, combining power and precision. F1 cars are designed with raw power, and the Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 rises to the challenge with a built-in industrial-class engine delivering impressive force feedback effects. Its wide internal dual belt combines smoothness and flexibility. The device's built-in H.E.A.R.T HallEffect AccuRate Technology offers extreme precision along with a constant, long-lasting 16-bit resolution (65,536 values throughout the wheel's steering range).

Built with H.E.A.R.T. Technology

Fans of even the most intense racing experience know that power alone does not allow them to achieve the best performance. With this in mind, the Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 provides total precision which never decreases over time. It employs the same technology developed for the world's latest benchmark flight stick, Thrustmaster's HOTAS WARTHOG. The magnetic sensor-based H.E.A.R.T (HallEffect AccuRate Technology) is incorporated into the wheel's steering mechanism. As a result the wheel is super-precise with 16-bit resolution and 65536 values on its steering axis.

Metal Pedals with Two Driving Positions

The spacing and height of the 100% metal pedal set is also fully adjustable and accommodate individual driving preferences by offering 2 positions: "floor-mounted" F1 style, or "suspended" GT style. The brake pedal has been given extra attention, with reinforced and adjustable resistance that lets users perfectly tailor their braking with near surgical precision, and which includes a removable mod. A textured foot rest, also crafted entirely of metal, completes the pedal set. Gamers will notice that having 3 pedals at their disposal not only enhances the level of realism, but it also gives them a taste of what's to come with the addition of an independent gear stick (sold separately).

Two Available Game Modes

When it comes to system compatibility, 2 game modes are available: a PC- and PS3-compatible normal mode (offering 13 action buttons and 3 D-Pads, with 17 programmable functions) and an advanced PC-compatible mode (offering 25 action buttons and 1 D-Pad, with 29 programmable functions).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Problem Free for Me. December 11, 2013
By Jim
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Had this for a few months now and it has been problem free. Upgraded to the latest firmware and drivers. PC and PS3 have worked great. Use the F1 Wheel for F1 2013 on the PC then I also bought the Ferrari GTE F458 wheel for it and that works great in GT5 or GT6. iRacing is great with this setup. I did upgrade the brake pedal to use the Basher Brake Mod and this improved things a bunch for brake pedal feel. I now have installed the Bodin load cell mod and that has improved the brake feel even more but for a low cost mod the Basher Brake Mod is a must have with these pedals in my opinion. I came to this after having a Fanatec CSR and Fanatec CSP V1 pedal set. Overall I'm much happier with the Thrustmaster set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Device December 31, 2013
By Stevo
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They say you get what you pay for. I was tempted to buy a cheaper set up for sim racing, but so glad I chose this wheel. I feel engine vibration, every bump in the road, and the ABS when I brake too hard. Simply amazing, and very customizable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wheel review September 12, 2013
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Great product much more precise than my old g27 would recommend to anyone who is think if purchasing. But I think they should improve the ventilation in the unit because it does tend to get hot rather quickly, but overall great wheel.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Need To Know January 1, 2013
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My dad and I ordered two to play F1 2012 together on the PS3. I have seen and held the actual replica if the Ferrari F150th Italia, the T500 was modeled after. Thrustmaster did a fantastic job.

-All button are funcional
-If you also play GT games, the F1 wheel can be removed and be replaced by the GT wheel
-All settings customizable (on PC firmware updates are available too): Pedal saturation (sensitivity), wheel saturation, and button layout
-Feels great (it helps and feels better if you wear racing gloves)
-Great construction: Wheel has lots of metal, and some plastic, Pedal base is really heavy so it doesn't really slip
-You can feel the car a fair amount more
-pretty much everything

-Dials/knobs aren't funcional/don't move/aren't there (there's just a tiny bump in the shape of the knobs)
-You can't update when playing on PS3 (at least I don't know how, or you have to have PC to update them connect with PS3 [I have Macs])

Even though there are a lot if cons, they're minor and this wheel is excellent!

My first wheel had a defective/unresponsive DRS button (which happens to be mapped to O/circle on PS3). I called Amazon.com and they gave us free return shipping and a new wheel (I'm still waiting cause there are no more in stock). Also since we got the wheels on Cyber Monday they are price matching the new wheel too (so no extra fees) plus free one day shipping. So this paragraph's point is that great customer service from Amazon and if something goes wrong, you're in good hands and will be taken care of very soon. It's expensive so they should take care of the situation very nicely, and they did.

An unboxing my come out on my gaming channel: youtube.com/StackerGaming
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5.0 out of 5 stars First and last Racing Wheel I'll ever buy July 5, 2014
By yogegoy
Although I bought this at Fry's Electronics because it was way cheaper besides being local, I'm still going to write why I like this product. This is my first racing wheel which I use for the PS3 platform, mainly for Codemasters F1 Racing 20012 sim. I had issues when used in F1 Racing 2011, it thinks like it's using a D-Pad controller. Once you dial it in for the 2012 sim, it will run perfectly for it's price level compared to a thousand dollar sim race wheel. It can simulate the heaviness when steering that's besides the force feedback feature. I set force feedback to the very minimum because my table could be better in securing the unit. Be aware when it boots up, the steering wheel will calibrate and it will spin so wait until you're at the sim itself before you hold it. Everything expected in a car can be fine tuned to your preference. It has F1 style shifter which consist of down and upshift levers plus a clutch lever if you wish to use it. It also has another set of paddles located further down the steering column for other racing sims and will run as a universal shifter. The foot controls are housed in a heavy and sturdy base and can be programed as you wish for your setup, it even has different springs to suite your taste for true life feel. It can be assigned in different setups. Yes you will drastically improve your driving skills in a sim environment, never assume it's the same with real life condition. Yes it was worth the $530 I bought it for, it will last me a long time enjoying this race wheel and I will always recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Problem free, heavy force feedback, great fun May 5, 2014
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I know some have reported poor reliability for the Thrustmaster, but it's been great for me. No regrets in getting instead of Fanatec, but I admit I haven't tried Fanatec.

I've used it for over 50 hours of racing (gt6, Assetto Corsa), and I set the feedback at 100%. I try not to abuse it of course. You will need to update the firmware through a PC for PC games. ps3 was plug n play. I ended up getting the mod for the brake, to make it feel more realistic, and I'm glad I did (basically, it gives a bit more resistance, and makes partial braking more controllable). Enjoy!
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