09 October, 2007

Wheely good

Power is nothing without control, as the good folk at Pirelli cautioned us years before a certain webslinger nicked the line. And with the undoubted power that'll be on offer from Gran Turismo 5 on the Playstation 3 joypads seem a little feeble.

Worry not. Those fine teutonic minds at Fanatec (Advanced German Gameware) can offer you the Porsche 911 Turbo Wheel.

Marvel at the original Porsche 911 Turbo S steering wheel design. Gasp at it's licensed by Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH status. Coo over the authentic metal Porsche logo on wheel. Sniff the hand stitched leather wheel manufactured according to Porsche quality standards. The list goes on. No it really does, this is what happens when the worlds of tech geek, petrolhead and brand snob collide - it ain't gonna be pretty and there'll be an awful lot of detailed spec lists involved.

But it's not just the wheel. Oh no. There's also the authentic 6+1 Speed H-pattern gear stick with realistic shifting feel. The wireless pedals featuring realistic clutch pedal with declining resistance and pressure sensitive brake emulation with soft-stop. Actually that last couple sound quite cool if they've managed to pull it off, and who wouldn't back the Hun to something technical? Oh no I'm being drawn in...

Good job I don't have a PS3 I suppose. And even if I did, as well as the 300 Euros this controller costs burning a hole in my pocket I think I might be more tempted by 10 tanks full of fuel for my bike.

There's only so much fun to be had sitting in the front room holding a dinner plate.

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