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Thurstmaster Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Looking for that ultimate gaming setup for playing Gran Turismo? Short of a full cockpit installed in your living room, this could very well be it.

The Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition from Thurstmaster incorporates an 11-inch steering wheel (a 70% scale replica of the 430 Scuderia's) mounted on an adjustable metal column affixed to a base with twin metal pedals. The wireless system is compatible with the PlayStation 3 and PC (Xbox fans are left stranded by the side of the road), but if you thought the actual Scuderia was expensive, the 23-pound Thrustmaster setup will set you back $250. Follow the jump to watch a demo video and to check out the official press release.

[Source: Thrustmaster via Engadget]

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Thrustmaster Unleashes Real Racing Power with Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition

Thrustmaster has created the ultimate cockpit that puts you in the driver's seat of your favorite racing games

New York, NY - (May 26, 2010) - 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.

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 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.

Streamlined Design - The Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition has a streamlined design with smooth and harmonious lines, and features the metallic colors 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.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks cool, but to bad it doesn't work for the Xbox.
      • 4 Years Ago
      no 360 no sale
      • 4 Years Ago
      $250 really is a lot less than I was expecting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like that it folds up pretty compact for storage. Too bad I sold my Playstation in favor of more time riding my bike outdoors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      its cool dont get me wrong, but id rather invest in a g27.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Although I'd rather have the G27 overall as well, this seems a lot more practical (for me).

        With the G27, I'd have to purchase a seat/stand combo to get the best use out of it, which unfortunately takes up far too much space and I'd have no where to store it when not in use.

        This seems like a good alternative for those of us that live in smaller spaces (especially since it folds and has a removable wheel), even if it is a little less hardcore than the G27.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have the older G25 (same thing just less buttons) and I love it. This Ferrari piece looks great but... I only see two pedals. Do 430's come as auto's?
      • 4 Years Ago
      They may have skipped the 360 for fear Natal will render physical racing controllers obsolete. (Though that product still have to be proven when finally available).
        • 4 Years Ago
        That and it's tough for the Xbox360 to properly simulate force feedback when there's no physical controller.........
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, since real cars use wheels, I can only assume that other gamers will prefer the wheel as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I got myself a wheel setup yesterday via craigslist and ikea. Works pretty well. Microsoft Wireless wheel for $60 off CL, and then one of these guys from IKEA for $20:


      A little electrical tape to hold the wheel on, and boom. Racing wheel setup for $80.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's the clutch pedal and the stick shift? Lame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      sorry, but that's for pussies.

      this is for real men http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17Cmel8rvjU.
        • 4 Years Ago
        this doesn't come with the risk of death...
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you're going to blow a few grand on a toy like that, might as well get yourself a real rally car...
        • 4 Years Ago
        also, a few grand is far far less than what a rally car + constant repairs would cost you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure what your definition of a "real man" is, but I would assume the constant risk of death would be a desirable feature in a purchase.

        And you're right. You could pick up a decent rally car for as little as $500, but repairs after a while would start to add up.

        Simulators are good and all, but there's no substitute for real racing...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would love to have one of these, but my wife saw me with a friends wheel on my lap one night racing and she threatened to withhold sex if she ever saw me with one again because I looked like such a dork.

      She would rather I played with the knobs at the other end of the bed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This package really has a lot going for it: (presumed) stability due to its weight and one-piece construction that plants it on the floor, ease of storage, and well heck, the Italian Stallion. Here's where it falls down for me: its gee-whiz steering wheel controls seem to render the entire package authentic for only a very narrow selection of cars, the lack of a clutch pedal and stick reduces its ability to provide faithful controls for survey sims like GT5.

      As impractical as it is, I'm probably going to end up with a G27 bolted to a dedicated racing seat (such as the Playseats package someone else had mentioned previously) in advance of GT5. It's huge, not as easy to store, and considerably more expensive, but the fidelity of controls seems significantly better. Plus, I can also bolt my Xbox controls to the chair for when I want some Forza action.

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