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Published on August 15th, 2012 | by Alisdair

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Thrustmaster Announce Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition

Thrustmaster creators of some of the top racing wheels and shifters on todays sim racing market teased us over the past month with a few videos of their upcoming Ferrari Xbox 360 wheel. Today Thrustmaster officially announced the new product however it’s not only a wheel and pedal set but an all in one cockpit.

Designs for use on the Xbox 360 with the compatibility still available for PC the cockpit has a built-in wheel and pedal set and officially licensed as a Ferrari product. The cockpit is adjustable enough for any gamer and foldable to be easily stored when not in use.  This is also the first product to ever incorporate a unique technology which spreads out vibrations throughout the entire structure so drivers can feel the track through the wheel and the pedals.

The philosophy behind this cockpit is to maximize the users’ gaming time, with no long installation processes, or  the hassle of attaching a wheel to a table or desk players can jump into their favorite cars in no time. There’s no need to rearrange the living room setup either, the cockpit can be used almost anywhere, and easily adapts to any seating arrangement.  Thanks to its adjustable design it can easily be adjusted both in length and in height to any user’s size from adults to children. Using the cockpit’s convenient carrying handle, players have everything they need to be able to jump right into the action any time they hear the racetrack call their name, and quickly store the cockpit away in some unobtrusive spot when it’s not in use.

The wheel on the Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia edition uses a ned G.V.S Blog Vibration system allowing for the high-frequency vibrations from the motors to be felt not only on the wheel itself, but also throughout the cockpit’s entire steering column and pedal set.   This provides incredibly realistic effects and total immersion in racing games. The ultra-precise wheel, featuring 16-bit performance for more than 65,000 values on the wheel’s steering, allows players unparalleled control in turns. Gear shifting is carried out via the metal sequential paddle shifters and the wheel features a Manettino® dial, just like on the real Ferrari®. Textured rubber grips on the wheel ensure optimal comfort, and the cockpit even includes a headset connector for communication during multi-player gaming.

Another huge advantage in relation to a standard setup is that the 2 metal pedals are built directly into the system, further increasing stability. Additonally, everything is ready for use in games by simply connecting the cockpit to user’s console or PC. The pedals feature a long-range of travel, with progressive resistance on the brake pedal for maximum realism.

Release Information:

The Ferrari vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia edition will be available this coming September 2012 at a retail price of $299.99. The product will be available for pre-order today – August 15th on the official Thrustmaster website www.thrustmaster.com.


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Alisdair is the founder of Sim News Daily. An all round sim racing fan with a real passion for cars a motor racing. Twitter: @SimNewsDailycom



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