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Thrustmaster's Racing Wheel's (PC/PS2) - Facts

by Thomas on Sept. 9, 2002 @ 3:55 p.m. PDT

Thrustmaster is recognised worldwide as the experts in simulation and high technology accessories. F1 Force Feedback Racing Wheel for PC announced and 360 Modena Force GT Racing Wheel for Playstation announced.. Read more below for these two announcement!

PC

Croydon 5th September, 2002 — Thrustmaster is establishing, once again, a new standard in racing simulation peripherals for PC with its F1 Force Feedback Racing Wheel. This exclusive Ferrari-licensed wheel is the exact replica of Ferrari championship-winning F1 wheel.

Thrustmaster is recognised worldwide as the experts in simulation and high technology accessories. The F1 Force Feedback Racing Wheel provides ample proof of this once again – garnering Ferrari’s confidence and support.

“We wanted to offer the racing enthusiasts on PC, and particularly the F1 fans, only the best - the best technology, the best in realism and performance, the best in F1 drivering experiences from the best team’s replica wheel - all this combined with the exclusive support from the prestigious Ferrari brand”, says Richard Moureaud, International Product Manager for Thrustmaster. “We didn’t accept any compromises when designing this wheel – neither, will our customers.”

The F1 Force Feedback Racing Wheel is loaded with unique design and mechanical features of the highest quality. Its wheel rim is carbon textured, the gas / brake levers and the two gearshift levers are 100 percent aluminum, and the analog foot pedals, also made with polished aluminum, includes non-skid treads and a very stable basis. The rubber-textured handgrip, combined with a secure central clamping system, allows perfect grip and comfort, particularly in the toughest curves of any circuit. Moreover, metal axis and ball bearings ensure maximum precision in driving and prevent the slightest play of the wheel axis making this as close to the real thing as you can get.

The F1 Force Feedback features 9 fully programmable buttons and one Point-of-View button, all at the driver’s fingertips enabling immediate access to any function and parameter of the game. Thrustmapper programming software is also included for advanced customization.

Thrustmaster develops a new cutting-edge force feedback mechanism, powered by Immersion TouchSense Technology. In addition to its powerful capacity to reproduce, with realism, the games’ effects and forces, its silence and smoothness will definitely seduce PC gamers.

The F1 Force Feedback Racing Wheel is not only life-like in design but also life-like in performance. From the second you grab hold of the wheel rim and place your foot on the pedals, you’re entering the prestigious Ferrari’s driver team …

Availability
The F1 Force Feedback Racing Wheel will be available in October 2002 at a suggested retail price of £199.

For more information, please feel free to visit the website at http://www.thrustmaster.co.uk

PLAYSTATION

Croydon 9th September, 2002 — Achieving a new technological advance in motor sports accessories for PlayStation2, Thrustmaster announces the 360 Modena Force GT Racing Wheel, compatible with 100% of the games on the market. It is compatible with PlayStation and PSone too.

An exact replica of the 360 Modena wheel, this new product benefits from the prestigious Ferrari license and adds impressive emulated force feedback effects to the PlayStation gamer.

The 360 Modena Force GT Racing Wheel relies on new powerful Force mechanism whose emulated force feedback effects are 100% compatible with all of the PlayStation2, PlayStation and PSone games. Any racing games with force feedback effects will generate ultra-realistic sensations in the wheel rim.

“PlayStation2 games are filled with intense and adrenalin-pumping vibration/ force feedback effects. Thrustmaster has created its 360 Modena Force GT Racing Wheel to optimise these effects”, says Matthew Russell, Thrustmaster Product Manager. “When we created the product, we didn’t want the gamer to simply hear his engine roar, we wanted him to feel it too.”

Thrustmaster also focuses on optimising gamer’s comfort, that is why we’ve provided a mechanical switch that lets gamers choose between Force effects, vibration or no vibration. It also features authentic F1 gearshift levers as adopted by Ferrari, fully controllable dual acceleration and braking system - stable analog foot pedals and progressive wheel-mounted levers. It includes 8 progressive action buttons. In addition to those great features, the 360 Modena Force GT also offers rubber hand-grip and a keen-top allowing player to play comfortably on a couch or a chair.

Availability
The 360 Modena Force GT Racing Wheel will be available in September 2002 at a suggested retail price of £59.99inc.

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