Thrustmaster has announced an addition to its racing product range, with the new TM Leather 28 GT Wheel Add-On. The add-on is a detachable GT-style wheel wrapped in hand-stitched leather, compatible with all Thrustmaster T-Series racing wheels (the T300 RS, T300 Ferrari GTE, T500 RS, Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 and TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition).
This new add-on incorporates high quality materials, focussed around leather and metal. The wheel’s circumference –11 inches/28 cm in diameter – is wrapped in hand-stitched leather, which aims to take the series closer to delivering pitch-perfect driving sensations. The TM Leather 28 GT Wheel Add-On takes the same approach as car makers for high-end models, with the wheel’s leather wrapping covering a molded polyurethane ring and an internal hoop made of steel. The end result of this approach is a flexible touch and an improved driving experience, with enhanced Force Feedback effects in particular.
Another prominent design feature is brushed metal used for the wheel’s central steering plate and sequential paddle shifters. The paddle shifters are mounted to the wheel, and are 5.1 inches/13 cm tall for easy access, that also claim 10 million activations. 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.
The TM Leather 28 GT Wheel Add-On features sporty design with a focus on effective driving performance. The wheel’s 2 paddle shifters are easily accessible and the shape of the steering plate is optimized for 6 action buttons.
Equipped with the Thrustmaster Quick Release system, the wheel is easy to detach. The TM Leather 28 GT Wheel Add-On is compatible with all Thrustmaster T-Series racing wheels: T300 RS, T300 Ferrari GTE, T500 RS, Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 and TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition.
The Thrustmaster TM Leather 28 GT Wheel Add-On will be available at a suggested retail price of £129. Racing enthusiasts can get an early look at the wheel at the Thrustmaster online shop, starting in March.