Thrustmaster T500 RS Ferrari F1 Rim – Hands On Photos

Thrustmaster kindly provided VirtualR with an example of their upcoming Ferrari Formula One wheel rim for the T500 RS and since there’s not too much photos of the rim available yet, I´ve decided to share a few hands-on photos of the impressive unit below.

As you can see, the big Ferrari button in the middle and the rotary switches surrounding it are not functional as it was hinted by the button layout images. The wheel does come with two working rotary encoders at the top though (labeled DIF IN & CHRG), the full list of features can be found here.

A full review of the rim will be available in due time, until then you can enjoy the high-resolution photos below.

The Ferrari Formula One rim will be available both as add-on for the T500 RS starting September 30 and selling for 149€. In late October, the “Integral” edition with wheel base and pedals will be available as well, it has not been confirmed whether Thrustmaster will also be offering the current T500 RS GT wheel as add-on option for the Integral buyers.

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  • Erick Nagy

    Man, I can’t wait for mine to arrive, bought it Sunday… Long week this one will be… :-)

  • Steve

    It looks good.  Should be easy enough to take apart and add the SLI board to it and have revs and make the other dials work.

  • Francesco Kasta

    I am not completely satisfied by its look. It has that plastic feeling which makes it look like a toy, more than anything else.

    The Fanatec wheel looks more professional than this one.

  • Montoya

    Without taking too much away from the review, I have to say the wheel feels a lot more durable and is a lot heavier than what I expected looking at first photos.

  • AeroMechanical

    Aw, the dials are fake.  I guess it would be hard to come up with something to use them for, but with proper programming software, I’m sure it would be possible.

    I wonder if T.A.R.G.E.T. supports the wheel?  Presumably that will be in the review.

  • f1racing

    This wheel looks stunning. Only thing which is missing for me to make it more “F1″ are clutch paddles under gear shift paddles

  • sandboxgod

    Lucky! Looking forward to ordering this rim myself shortly

  • Patrick McTie

    I tend to agree with your thoughts.  Has too much of a plastic look..the fake rotary switches don’t help.  But hey, if it feels nice to use that’ll be all that matters.

  • Paul Mullins

    Looks like a cheap, plastic toy.  Even the rotary dials that can be rotated look cheap. flimsy and vunerable.!

    That said, I am sure plenty of modders will fit a SLI-Pros, modify the face plate and retro fit proper dials in place of the moulded-in knobs and after market, red anodised aluminium dials will come out to replace the plastic thumb wheel dials. 

    Proably a good basis for a F1 wheel that will require a lot of modifying to please a true sim racer – but then when you factor in what the competition are bringing out (ie. Fanatec and who knows what Logitechs response will be in the coming months to these new wheels?!!)

    I’ll pass thanks

  • Tom Coombs

    Fellipe baby’s first F1 wheel.

  • Silly(c)One

    Fake controls due to marketing/license (Ferrari-balls-licking) is utterly lame… How old do they think we are ? 5 ?

    Compared to Fanatec upcoming CSR wheel base and F1 rim with ALL controls working and REV leds is an insult…

  • Silly(c)One

    I wouldn’t expect anything exciting from Logitech, they are clearly out of their league compared to Fanatec, they use only cheap plastic and their only concern is the return on investment. While I have loved and revered Logitech for 20 years for their desktop devices, I felt completely let down with the G27 after my first try on Fanatec’s. And since then, Fanatec has made lots of improvements, deep in the core technology, where Logitech hasn’t changed a thing since the G25 release in 2006 ! (G27 is only a variation on the base of G25)
    I don’t believe they will, either, sim-racing is far from being their main focus and isn’t their mission statement like Fanatec.

    All is well and where it should be, Zen.

  • Samuel Korthof

    Lot of boehoe of the Fanatec fanboys. I’am a satisfied T500 owner and I’am glad too have this addon. Think this wheel looks good enough and pretty happy with the gear paddle’s. Now I won’t have too loose my waranty for having rotating gear pads.

  • Pascal H.

    Why so expensive again? I want an F1 replica but i can olny afford it if it is 50 bucks or less. That is almost racism to the people who have less money like students.

  • Karsten Da Silva Sørensen

    looks like a toy steering wheel not a tool for sim racers. Ane one more question, why are the 6 rotary buttons just for show ?!?.
    i rather have one of those : http://www.cubecontrols.it

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