Thrustmaster 599XX Evo Alcantara Add On Rim Review | $179

Thrustmaster 599XX Evo Alcantara Add On Rim Review | $179

The Thrustmaster 599XX Evo Alcantara Add On Rim was released in September of 2015 as an add on wheel rim for all Thrustmaster Wheels in the T-series. This rim works with Thrustmaster’s quick-release system and easily is added or removed from your wheelbase.

This rim was made as an 8/10 replica model of the Ferrari 599XX Evo racing rim. Not only does this rim look every bit like the rim straight out of the car, but it also feels like a high performance rim because it is well padded and uses real Alcantara straight from the Ferrari factory!

What You Need To Know About This Thrustmaster Rim

This wheel rim is by far the best Thrustmaster add-on rim to date. It is one inch larger than the other add on rims, it’s wrapped in authentic Alcantara from the Ferrari factory in Italy, it’s lite weight, and it every bit looks the part of a high performance racing wheel. The material feels great in your hands, the rim is well padded and soft to the touch, and transfers micro-vibrations really well into your fingers.This wheel rim delivers precise force feedback through a well-padded rim and is the top of the line for add on rims.

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The Real Ferrari 599XX Evo and the Real Rim

This is the Ferrari 599XX Evo race car that the wheel rim was modeled after.

Ferrari 599XX EVO

599XX Evo Add-On Rim Specs

11.8 inch diameter D-shaped rim, 8:10 scale replica of the wheel of the 599XX EVO, hand-stitched wrapping crafted of the same Alcantara the Ferrari factory uses in Italy, polyurethane molding, internal hoop made of steel, 2 wheel mounted brushed metal paddle shifters, 2 mm black brushed metal central steering column, weighs 2.6 lbs/1.2 kg, Crafted of 0.08″/2 mm-thick brushed metal + metallic paint, High-end tact switch (lifecycle exceeding 10,000,000 uses), detachable wheel rim using Thrustmaster Quick Release system, has 6 action buttons and a D-pad.

Well Built and High Quality Materials

Thrustmaster Alcantara rimThe 599 Evo rim is built to automotive standards with rich high quality materials The internal steel hoop creates an improved transmission of driving sensations and of Force Feedback effects, that are noticeably better than other rims. It is super lite weight which is great for inertia and super-responsive Force Feedback, because the wheel base doesn’t have to work so hard to spin the rim.

The center column is a thick black brushed metal with a plastic Ferrari logo in the middle. The buttons have plastic covers and resemble the style of button you would see in a race car. In the top middle of the wheel rim there is a red strip of leather to indicate the wheel rim center.

The metal paddle shifters have a great spring response when you engage them. It also makes a nice “click” sound. The paddle shifters for me are the perfect distance from the rim so that your fingers rest on them while racing. If you have small hands they maybe harder to reach because the rim diameter is 30cm and the center component of the rim was actually designed for a 28cm wheel.

“What I love most about the 599XX Evo add-on is the rim diameter, so nice to have a rim 1 inch larger in diameter than my other Thrustmaster rims.”
 

The D-shaped rim is nice for looks, but from a functionality perspective it creates a bit more room for your legs to maneuver underneath the wheel. That is a benefit to people who have their wheel base mounted to a sim racing cockpit.

Easy to Access Buttons

Button layout and steering wheels is really important. You need to be able to slide your thumb over horizontally while racing to hit a button like the handbrake in Dirt Rally. The 599XX rim has perfect button placement which makes doing these much easier than on other rims like the Logitech G29.

Pros vs Cons

Pros

  • Looks fantastic
  • The steel hoop has a lot of padding
  • Extremely lite weight and transfers strong force feedback
  • Thrustmaster’s quick release system makes it easy to put it on or take off
  • Compatible on all T-series wheel bases
  • The size of the rim
  • D-shaped design

Cons

  • The large wheel rim may make reaching paddle shifters difficult if you have small hands
  • Buttons are not labeled for consoles

Who Should Buy The 599XX Add on Rim

Everybody!! One you put this rim on your wheel base, you will not take it off. Thrustmaster built this with high quality materials and once you start using it you will see the larger rim diameter makes a HUGE difference in immersion and feel. If you own T300 wheel base and you are not rocking the 599XX Evo rim, then you are missing out. This is the best reeling rim in the Thrustmaster collection not just because of the ultra soft authentic Alcantara material, but because of how the rim sits in your hands. The padding inside is extremely well done and this add-on feels like a steering wheel from a race car.

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You Can Also Get the Alcantara Rim as Part of a Package

T300Rs Integral EditionIf you were interested in getting the 599XX Evo rim and did not have a racing setup yet, this rim also comes as part of the Thrustmaster Integral edition. That package include the 599XX rim, the T300 Servo Base, and the T3PA Wide Pedals.

You can read more about the Integral Edition here.

Thrustmaster 599XX Evo Compatibility

Platforms:

PS3, PC, PS4, Xbox One

Wheel Bases

Works on Thrustmaster T300 Servo Base, TX Servo Base (Xbox One), and can be attached to the T500

Warranty

1 year warranty US and 2 years in some European countries.

Thrustmaster 599 Evo Alcantara Add On Rim Review Conclusion

This is my favorite rim to use on both PS4 and Xbox One. The lite weight, the Alcantara, the large diameter, the padding, and the look simply set this rim apart from every other Thrustmaster add on rim. Aside from the issue that some people with small hands may encounter with reaching the paddle shifters, this rim is damn near perfect. I am actually a bit shocked that they don’t charge more for it…this rim is priced to sell.

Its worth mentioning I also own a mod’d Momo rim and I put the 599XX Evo on par with a real Momo racing wheel. Of course the Momo wheel feels real because it is directly from a race car, but this rim add-on was meant to replicate a race car steering wheel and they did it!

“I couldn’t be more impressed and I haven’t taken the rim off my wheel base since I bought it”
Amazon has got its customer reviews coming in at a solid 4.5…I think thats actually crazy, I don’t see how you rate this rim less than a 5 if you are comparing to other Thrustmaster add-on’s or other racing wheel rims on the market. It looks real, feels real, and plays real, this is the best rim add-on you can get from Thrustmaster.

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Thrustmaster 599XX Evo Rim and Related Products

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