The guys over at InsideSimRacing have gotten their hands on Thrustmaster’s upcoming T300RS wheel, taking us along for a first look.
Compatible to the PC, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4, the T300RS is the smaller brother to Thrustmaster’s top-shelf T500RS wheel, lacking some of its more professional features like the inverted pedals as well as the clutch pedal.
Like its bigger brother, the T300RS is powered by a brushless motor, Thrustmaster’s patented Heart Hall Effect Accurate Technology as well as 16 bit contactless magnetic sensor.
The wheel will go on sale later this month for a planned retail price of 369,99€.
Darin Gangi of Inside Sim Racing reviews the Thrustmaster TH8A Shifter. Because the shifter is a high-end multiplatform shifter, Darin tries out the shifter with iRacing (PC) Gran Turismo 6 (PS3) and Forza Motorsport 5 (XBox One)
This plug & play TH8A shifter is made out of sturdy steel. It comes with two different shift plates including a H-pattern (7+1) and Sequential version. The TH8A also features a detachable shift knob that is compatible with genuine universal gear shift knobs.
This Thrustmaster TH8A shifter will be available in August of this year for the PC, PS3, PS4 and XBox One and will retail for $149.99 / 149.99 €
Realism and authenticity:
Stick/gear shift knob: 13 cm tall
Realistic gear shifting feel
Detachable gear shift knob
Compatible with genuine universal gear shift knobs available in car tuning shops
2 shift plates included: H-pattern (7+1) and Sequential (+/-)
Sturdiness and precision:
100% metal internal mechanism
100% metal stick
100% metal clamping system
H.E.A.R.T HallEffect AccuRate Technology™
Precision that won’t decrease over time (contactless magnetic sensor)
No tact switch or potentiometer (for an unlimited product lifespan)
Adaptability and comfort:
Upgradable firmware, and internal memory with gear shift travel adjustable to your preferences (software available for download on PC)
Adjustable gear shift resistance
Shift plates’ position and rotation can be adjusted by 360°
Clamping system’s position and rotation can be adjusted by 360°
The guys over at InsideSimRacing.tv have put together a cool new “how-to” video, showing how to remove the shifter paddles from Thrustmaster’s T500 RS wheel.
The T500RS is rather unique due to the fact that the paddles are fixed to the steering wheel base instead of the rim as it is common. People who want to use either a stick shifter or one of Thrustmaster’s add-on wheel rims might want to get rid of them.
In the video below, Shaun shows how it’s done, it is important to know that the whole procedure does not void the wheel guarantee.