Since the Gran Turismo 5 video game for the PS3 proved to be such a huge hit, it prompted the appearance of all sorts of accessories designed specifically for it, one of the latest we've come across being the T500 RS wheel and pedal set from Thrustmaster.
Completely optimized for GT5, the T500 RS delivers a good level of realism, starting with its weight: 4.6kg for the wheel
, and 7.3kg for the pedal set.
Another instantly visible feature is the omnipresent use of metal – for the gearshift levers, the wheel’s central spokes section (30cm in diameter) and the pedal set.
Furthermore, the sequential gearlevers mounted on the base feature large 17cm levers that are constantly accessible without letting go of the wheel, which itself offers a remarkable 1080-degree rotation.
These 3 full turns are also adjustable, thanks to a motorized stop, allowing the gamer to choose the maximum degree of rotation according to the type of racing circuit and the car being driven.
The spacing and height of the 100% metal pedal set is also fully adjustable and accommodate individual driving preferences by offering 2 positions: “floor-mounted” F1 style, or “suspended” GT style.
The brake pedal has been given extra attention, with reinforced and adjustable resistance that lets users perfectly tailor their braking with near surgical precision, and which includes a removable mod.
A textured foot rest, also crafted entirely of metal, completes the pedal set, while gamers will notice that having 3 pedals at their disposal not only enhances the level of realism, but it also gives them a taste of what’s to come with the addition of an independent gear stick, which will also be available from Thrustmaster in the coming months.
The T500 RS also delivers Force Feedback effects relayed via a 65W industrial motor, providing 150mNm at 3000 RPM.
The Force Feedback mechanism is fast-acting and extremely responsive, while the power delivered by the integrated large dual-belt system ensures backlash-free and smooth behavior.
The T500 RS will be available late December / mid January, depending on the territory, at a suggested retail price of $599.99.