• Aug 23, 2011
One of the most complex parts of a modern Formula One car is its steering wheel, which can be worth tens of thousands of dollars on its own and packing all the controls you'd expect to find on a dashboard right onto the wheel itself. Ferrari took a similar approach with the steering wheel on the 458 Italia, moving the starter button, chassis mode dial, windshield wiper controls, headlights, turning indicators... everything right onto the face of the wheel, while removing the usual stalks to allow for unimpeded access to the oversize shift paddles.

The result is a thorough rethink of one of the automobile's most basic components, though some have derided it as too complex. And if you're one of those who thought the end result looks more like a video game controller than a car's steering wheel, you're not alone: feast your eyes on the latest device from Thrustmaster.

Designed as a controller for driving and racing games on the Microsoft xBox 360, the Ferrari 458 replica wheel is flush with all the functions you'd need for playing Forza 4 or the latest Need for Speed game the way it ought to be played. Coming this October for less than $90, it's considerably more affordable than some of Fanatec's offerings, and could be just the thing to keep us from getting any work done. Check it out in the gallery and follow the jump for the full press release.
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New York, August 18th, 2011- Xbox 360® paddocks clear the way for a sweeping arrival – Thrustmaster, the innovative PC and console accessory brand, today announces the launch of the Ferrari 458 Italia Racing Wheelfor Xbox 360. While this new release doesn't feature dual carburettors or overhead camshafts, it does boast two official licenses from Ferrari and Xbox 360 – an exclusive worldwide collaboration. A replica of the Forza Motorsport 4 hero vehicle, the official F458 Italia, this racing wheel provides the ideal combination to enjoy a truly immersive gaming experience – a must-have for true racing enthusiasts!

The outcome of a specific development process:

A new competitor on the crowded Xbox 360 track which offers an increasing number of quality racing games, the Thrustmaster crew is well-equipped with expertise and leadership in the field of racing wheels. To reach the pole position, a specific development process was initiated in close collaboration with Ferrari. The Maranello engineers' latest flagship, the Ferrari 458 Italia, was chosen as a basis for the creation of this replica racing wheel – a logical choice indeed owing to this unique car's design and character, on par with the Xbox 360's specifications.

On one side, the Ferrari 458 Italia features an exclusive racing wheel with a large number of controls, while on the other, an Xbox 360 controller requires controls that are specific to this console. The Ferrari 458 Racing Wheel for Xbox 360 by Thrustmaster embodies the symbiosis of these two components, combining truly unique design with exceptional ergonomics. The different action buttons and controls are within easy reach of the user's fingers – making it simple to customize settings while racing, or access the Xbox 360 interface. Most importantly, this lets gamers get comfortable with the controller incredibly quickly, and focus on immersing themselves in the total excitement of racing.

Aggressive and complete:

The racing wheel's 11 inch diameter wheel and rubber-textured grip will enable drivers to improve their best lap times consistently, with optimum comfort. Gears are shifted up and down using the wheel's built-in metal gear shifters. Unrivalled realism and detail are supported by the presence of a "Manettino®" dial enabling users to modify certain in-race settings (such as changing player views in Forza Motorsport® 4).

Extensive equipment is available out of the box with 8 action buttons, an Engine Start D-pad, an Xbox 360 Guide button and a connector for the Xbox 360 headset and microphone. Under the bonnet dwells a "Bungee Cord" automatic centring system offering progressive resistance over a 270-degree angle, for a more immersive racing experience. The pedal base has not been neglected; it features a wide footrest, a long-stroke accelerator pedal and a resistant brake pedal, for more precision.

The Ferrari 458 Italia Racing Wheel for Xbox 360 is designed to help you cross the finishing line before the competition does – its V8 is its price tag is every bit as aggressive as its looks!

The Ferrari 458 Italia Racing Wheel for Xbox360 will be available in October at a suggested retail price of $89.99


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      Jorge Duran
      • 3 Years Ago
      No Force Feedback = No purchase from me.
      Brad Klodowski
      • 3 Years Ago
      For that price, it's going to suck. Not to sound elitist, but really, what do you expect for $90? I have the fanatec Porsche GT2 wheel, which is expensive because it says Porsche on it, but it's still a damn good wheel.
        poorboywrx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brad Klodowski
        the fanatec Porsche wheel is a joke, the shifter lasted all of 10mins for my brother. I can't believe that thing costs as much as it does.
          AlphaGnome
          • 3 Years Ago
          @poorboywrx
          Then your brother must incredibly rough on his wheel then! I have had my Fanatec 911 Turbo wheel since Forza 3 came out and never had a single issue with it, at least up until my nephew got his hands on it and he was incredibly rough with it. Thankfully, the boys (and girls) at Fanatec are awesome and repaired it, FREE OF CHARGE, long after any warranty that it had would of expired and I had it back in less than a week good as new! It maybe expensive, I can't argue that it's not - but you won't find a better wheel for the price!
          Khris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @poorboywrx
          Agreed a friend of mine has the fantec and he's barely been able to use it without having issues. So happy this is coming out rather buy this then some madcatz crap
          Javanese
          • 3 Years Ago
          @poorboywrx
          My mate spent nearly $650 for his complete GT2 clubsport edition which i though was the **** when I saw it. Then after playing with it for 15mins, G27 is far superior.
      Mark
      • 3 Years Ago
      No force feedback :O that`s like 80% of fun when driving the wheel gone:(
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark
        seriously?! that's poor for that price...pass. no pc and ps3 compatibility = pass as well
      zepeda1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where are the windshield wiper controls?
      Prince David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does it have 900 degrees of turning?
        Tim O'Connell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Prince David
        The Ferrari wheel only has 270 degrees of turning.
          SmoothMarx
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tim O'Connell
          How many turns is that on each side? If I'm doing it correctly, 900ยบ is 1 and a quarter turns to each side, so 270 would be about half a turn to each side? only? is this correct?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tim O'Connell
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      Christiaan
      • 3 Years Ago
      So awesome. I'm totally going to be buying this for Forza 4.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christiaan
        have fun with no force feedback. that would be pretty stupid..paying 90$ just for the looks
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I so would want this for the PS3 for GT5....
        Tippy Dobbs
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        You don't want this. You want the Logitech Driving Force GT. It's a bit more expensive, but it's much more worth it since it has force feedback and a sequential shifter in addition to the paddles.
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        LOL @ GT5. What a piece of crap game.
          cashsixeight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cashsixeight
          Mike: The only reason you enjoy this game is because you missed the first four. They haven't changed. Plus most of the models you can't even change the wheels. Lame sauce. I bought an Xbox 360 purely for Forza 3, and it kicks the crap out of GT5. I have both systems, I am not biased.
          Mike Pulsifer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cashsixeight
          @cashsixeight - I LOL at the arcade-style (NFS) games. Oh, wait, I don't. I just ignore them at let people who enjoy them do so in peace. Also, I have not played any of the earlier GT games. I'm quite happy. A few things I would like to see: (1) more realistic damage (adjustable, even), (2) more tracks (expansion pack, please!), (3) an editor that allows me to recreate local tracks (e.g. Summit Point - WV), and (4) a save feature for those endurance races (which I like). What drew me to this game, and continues to do so, is the (looking at the big picture) realism compared to the other games out there. Even the fake tracks are so well done, they might as well be real. At this point, I just want more.
          cashsixeight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cashsixeight
          I have had one for years, the 60 gig model with full PS2 compatability. I even preordered GT5, then read the reviews. It's GT4, same crappy elevator music, same menus, same tracks, same stupid AI, the damage is a joke, and the structure of the same is identical. I didn't bother picking it up.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        you wouldn't without force feedback
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