Thrustmaster F1 Ferrari Rim Add-On Review | $150

Thrustmaster F1 Ferrari Rim Add-On Review | $150

The Thrustmaster F1 Ferrari Rim Add-On was released in October of 2011 as an add on wheel rim for T500 Racing Wheel, but it works perfectly with current T300 and TX wheel bases. The F1 add-on rim works with Thrustmaster’s quick-release system and is easy to take off or put on your wheel base.

This rim was made as a full scale replica of the 2011 Ferrari F1 race car. It has dials and switches and it certainly feels great to have a full size wheel in your hands while you race.

What You Need To Know

While this is a great looking replica, not all of the dials and switches work (they are dummy switches for look). The rim is made mostly of plastic and doesn’t transfer force feedback quite like other rims with more metal parts. While I love the look and the immersion factor of this rim, the build quality and materials leave a bit to be desired.

Thustmaster Ferrari F1 Add-on Video

The Real Ferrari 2011 F1 Rim vs Thrustmaster Replica

This is the Ferrari F1 Rim from 2011 (on the left) compared to the Thrustmaster F1 replica (on the right).

Thrustmaster F1 Rim Comparison

Ferrari F1 Rim Add-On Rim Specs

Full-size replica of the Formula 1 Ferrari 2011 racing wheel, reinforced scratched-brushed metal face, rubber-textured grip, scratch-brushed metal F1 “Push & Pull” sequential shifters, built-in rotary knobs switches and action buttons, two rotary encoder switches (allowing direct, on-the-track optimization of the car’s race settings), eight push-buttons (with a 6.5 N dual-detent pressure), three 4.5 N metal switches with 3 positions and an automatic centering feature, two 2.5 N 8-directional D-Pads, and two up/down shifters.

Build and Quality

Thrustmaster F1 Ferrari RimOne of the coolest looking rims, but looks aren’t everything! The wheel rim is primarily plastic and feels a bit like a toy. Not all of the dials, knobs, and switches will work on the PlayStaion (some work on the PC). The rubber textured grips on the handles do feel pretty good in your hands, but the grips are wrapping around plastic handles.

The rim is very lite weight and that usually makes for a great force feedback experience, this rim eats up some of the force feedback effects and doesn’t translate them as well as other rims.

“From a quality perspective, I am not very impressed, but it’s hard to get past how cool this rim looks”
 

Pros vs Cons

Pros

  • Looks awesome
  • Full size replica and size feels good in your hands when racing
  • Thrustmaster’s quick release system makes it easy to put it on or take off
  • Compatible with T300 and T500
  • Only F1 rim available for Thrustmaster wheel bases

Cons

  • Mostly made of plastic
  • Not all of the knobs and switches function

Who Should Buy The Ferrari F1 Add on Rim

If you are an F1 fanboy, honestly you need to have this rim. From an immersion standpoint, there isn’t another Thrustmaster rim like it. I personally like to throw on this rim whenever I am racing any open wheel car. Its not that I love the way the rim feels with the force feedback, I just can’t get over how much more immersive it feels than a cylinder hoop rim.

If you are looking to build a custom Formula 1 style setup with the T300 Servo base then the F1 rim and a set of T3PA pedals is all you need.

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 Ferrari F1 Rim Add On Review Conclusion

I like this rim for what it is…a nice looking rim that makes racing open wheelers feel more authentic. I am slightly disappointed in the amount of plastic and the toyish feel this rim has once you get up close and personal with it. I can’t say it’s not impressive…whenever my friends come over it’s the first rim they want to race with and I suppose there is something to be said for that.

“If you are looking for a an F1 rim for your Thrustmaster setup, this is it”
The F1 Rim add-on is pretty well reviewed at Amazon coming in at 4 stars with over 50 customer reviews.Given the amount of plastic and the fact I don’t think it’s quite on par with other Thrustmaster rims, I think the F1 rim comes in around a 3.5 in my book!

PSRP 3.5
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Thrustmaster F1 Add On Rim and Related Products

Have your tried the Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Add On Racing rim or other Thrustmaster rim add-on’s? Let me know in the comments.

Thrustmaster F1 Add On Rim
Rated 3.5/5 based on 1 review

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