Today Thrustmaster added to its racing product line with a new detachable GT-style wheel wrapped in hand-stitched leather that’s compatible with all Thrustmaster T-Series racing wheels (these are the T300 RS, T300 Ferrari GTE, T500 RS, Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 and TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition, for those unaware). This new product is known as the TM Leather 28 GT Wheel Add-On.
The wheel spans 11 inches in diameter and is wrapped in genuine hand-stitched leather, which takes another step towards “delivering truly pitch-perfect driving sensations,” as Thrustmaster puts it on the official press release.
The company has decided to take the same approach that automakers for high-end models take. The wheel’s leather wrapping covers a molded polyurethane ring and an internal steel hoop, which allows for more flexible touch and enhanced comfort, as well as improved transmission of driving sensations with particular emphasis on Force Feedback effects.
“Apart from leather,” they continue, “another prominent design feature is brushed metal (for a truly racing-inspired look and feel) – used for the wheel’s central steering plate and sequential paddle shifters. The paddle shifters are mounted to the wheel, and are a generous 5.1 inches/13 cm tall for easy access no matter where the user’s hands are positioned. A very high-end tact switch is incorporated into each paddle shifter, for an extended life cycle of more than 10 million activations! And the icing on the cake: despite the use of these superior materials, the wheel has been designed by Thrustmaster’s R&D teams to weigh just 2.2 pounds/1 kilogram, thereby optimizing inertia and ensuring even more responsive Force Feedback.”
When all’s said and done, the TM Leather 28 GT Wheel Add-On is definitely a GT-style accessory. With a focus on effective driving performance and a sporty design, Thrustmaster is convinced that it will appeal to most racing fans. What are your thoughts on this new add-on?