Thrustmaster has a new racing game accessory and wouldn’t you know it, it’s as cool as the other side of the pillow.
Aptly named the Thrustmaster Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition, the racing peripheral is an 11" replica of the Ferrari 458 Italia ’s wheel, providing gamers a unique interactive driving experience unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. The genuine leather steering wheel has been replaced with a rubber-coated wheel, but everything else remains the same - albeit replaced with buttons instead of the usual controls - including the Engine Start button and the turn signals. Even the sequential paddle shifters are also present and finished in brushed metal.
The accessory is also adaptable to riders of all sizes because it’s extendable, has an adjustable height, and an adjustable steering column. Heck, it’s also portable and foldable, allowing gamers to stow and move the peripheral anytime.
Finally, Thrustmaster also announced that the Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition comes with what it’s calling the Global Vibration System, a program that simulates the actual vibrations that come from driving an actual race car.
The Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition is compatible with the XBox and PC, and is scheduled to hit stores in October with a retail price of $299. Sure makes for a nice little early Christmas present, right?
In case you’re wondering where American ingenuity went, you can look no further than Slot Mods, the makers of hand-made, custom race tracks to find your answer.
Taking a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro dressed in the legendary deep blue Sunoco finish of Roger Penske’s old Trans-Am race car, Slot Mods went about and customized it to be a different kind of eye candy. No, they didn’t rebuild it to run out on the track, but rather, they customized it to be the track itself.
Taking their expertise on building custom race tacks and using it to the full hilt, Slot Mods managed to turn an old race car into one that brings the track with it. If for nothing else, it makes for the kind of conversation-starter that Slot Mods has come to be known for.
Check out the video of the Slot Mods race track build on a 1969 Chevrolet Sunoco Camaro. Really, you couldn’t make this stuff up - even if you wanted to.
Such exaggerated claims of that title might fly over the head of other auto manufacturers, but not with Pagani . After all, the Italian automaker is most famous for their exclusive products that cost well over a million dollars.
So when they come out with a man bag - yep, a man bag - you know that it would feel completely out of place in the shelves of K-Mart. Looking at this fashionable money hole, the Pagani man bag draws inspiration from the shapes, styles, and the materials used on the company’s pride and joy, the Pagani Huayra.
A plethora of high-end materials were also used in the making of the bag; looking at it, there’s high-end leather, aluminum, and hold on...are there some touches of carbon fiber too?
With Pagani, you can never be all too surprised if there really is carbon fiber on that bag. Still no word on how much this man bag will cost, but rest assured, there will probably be a lot digits attached to it.
Almost every automaker in the world is currently offering a special line of accessories to get more bang out of their brand image buck. Koenigsegg has now joined the bunch with a new Accessory Line, making it the only Koenigsegg product we can actually afford.
The new Koenigsegg Accessory Line includes a variety of lifestyle items ranging from hand-built scale models to cuff links, artwork, and clothing. The prices are also pretty accessible - when compared to a Koenigsegg model - and range from $45 for a pen or $48 for a t-shirt up to $12,300 for a carbon ceiling lamp.
We also found a blue Agera R in 1:43 scale in the store. This scale model is limited to only 500 units and priced at $188. The blue Limited Edition model was created by Frontiart for exclusive distribution by Koenigsegg Lifestyle. Each product in the new accessory line has been chosen or developed by founder Christian von Koenigsegg.
We know, we know. It caught us by surprise too. British tuner Kahn Design has a new project, except that this one doesn’t have anything to do with wheels.
What it is though is something that a lot of watch enthusiasts will surely enjoy: the Kahn GMT Timepiece.
Yeah, it’s a watch. Designed in the UK by Azfal Kahn himself and manufactured in Switzerland, the Kahn GMT Timepiece is the epitome of a watch that comes with a classic, no-frills style that embodies the company’s tuning reputation. The white face is finished in white and matches really well with the full soft leather strap that exudes that classic look we’re talking about.
It’s ideally suited to be worn as a casual watch of informal set-ups and it also has time zone references of just about every major city in the world, allowing you to keep tabs on just about every time zone there is.
All told, the Kahn GMT Timepiece makes for a dandy watch on your wrist, proving that the British tuner has far more skills than we thought they had.
Ferrari has just added a new watch to their impressive line-up: the new Granturismo Automatic. This timepiece was inspired by the GT vehicles produced in Maranello, and just like those vehicles, the Granturismo Automatic comes with a hefty 940 euro price tag, which is about $1,150 at the current exchange rates.
The new Granturismo Automatic watch weighs only 79 grams and is characterized by an automatic ETA 2824 Swiss made movement. It comes with a steel box with matte black PVD treatment, a carbon fiber black dial with the Ferrari logo, an anti-glare glass, and a leather strap with black stitching that creates a cool visual effect. The Granturismo Automatic is also waterproof by 5 Atm, which means owners can splash around in style when at the beach or pool.
The Ferrari Granturismo Automatic can be ordered in two choices: 100% steel, or 50% steel, 50% leather.
There are a few obligatory things in any attention-grabbing car commercial. They are a desirable car, sweet cool music, and the optional good looking woman, and by optional we mean mandatory… Well, Duxcoat, a water and stain repellant company, decided to show us exactly how confident they are in their Nano paint treatment using the mandatory woman and one not-so-mandatory addition. For those that don’t know what Nano paint treatment is, it is a sealant that prevents water and stains from sitting on your car’s paint or windshield.
Onto the video… So, you have a rather attractive and (ahem) “well-equipped” woman jogging down an old dirt road in a white shirt, a Nissan Frontier , and a puddle of water. Hmm, can you do the math? If not, call in any former member of a fraternity and he’ll explain it to you (white shirt + water = see-through shirt and lots of hoops and hollers). In to ruin the fun is a well-fed man with upper torso equipment not quite as intriguing as the running woman’s.
All three converge in front of the mud puddle, leaving the woman and man soaked. Every male TopSpeed reader is now thinking the same thing “Woo Hoo!!” Well, there is a “wardrobe malfunction” in this commercial, but only with one of the two folks in white shirts. The other one is wearing a shirt coated with… Duxcoat! We’re not going to tell you which one, but we’ll leave it at this; at a certain angle, man boobs look a lot like those found on a female, so be careful with the staring on this one. You might give people the wrong idea.
How can we forget the guys from Traxxas , especially after they turned our 2011 Christmas wish list upside down with the X0-1 ?
But even if we didn’t - or couldn’t, considering we didn’t have $1,100 to spend on an RC - get our hands on the X0-1, Traxxas is offering something that could very well fit into our $299 price range.
It won’t hit 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds or 0-100 mph in 4.92 seconds, but the 1/16th scale Ford Mustang Boss 302 is a treat on its own. Don’t be too consumed about the size of the Boss 302 because for it size, it’s pretty darn accurate.
More than just its looks, this Mustang comes with plenty of performance credentials, including a choice between a Velineon 380 or Titan 550 motor, full time AWD, a fully-adjustable suspension, and a top speed that’s in the vicinity of 50 mph.
Traxxas has released a minute-long promo video for their latest pride and joy. Watch the video and you just might be coaxed into ordering one.
Trust us, the temptation was more than we could handle.
Usually when you say Lamborghini you automatically think at hot supercar. But, by time to time the Italian company is teaming up with different high-tech companies and come up with things wearing their famous bull logo. For example, do you remember the ASUS Lamborghini VX6 and VX7 announced about two years ago?
If you do, today we have another surprise for you: a new android tablet sold under the name Tonino Lamborghini. In fact, to be more precise, the new tablet will wear the famous bull logo, but Tonino Lamborghini is the company responsible for developing watches, cigarettes, PCs and much more and it is a little bit different from the Lamborghini in Sant’Agata.
The new table features a 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 and comes equipped with a a 1.2GHz Qualcomm, 512 RAM and a storage capacity of 4 GB, but expandable.
The table is priced at 1830 euro - $2,300 at the current exchange rates. So it seems that a Lamborghini logo costs pretty much, as the tablet itself is not very impressive.
The window sticker is an often forgotten item when you buy a car. For the most part, we just rip them off and throw them out, and this act of removing the sticker has been commonplace for decades. Most often, the only time a window sticker is saved is when the car is a collector’s item straight off of the showroom floor. This leaves two options, don’t display a window sticker at all, or have a brand-new-looking replica made that stands out like tank tracks on a WRX .
Well, that’s no longer the case for Porsche owners, as Stuttgart Studios offers replica delivery stickers with optional aging and weathering, giving them an authentic look. By using your Porsche’s VIN, Stuttgart determines all of the codes that were on the original window sticker and creates the sticker just as it was in real life. For an extra cost of $14.95, Stuttgart will add “Motif” to your sticker, which gives it a look and feel that a decades-old window sticker should have.
Judging by the examples that Stuttgart has on its site, it very well might be worth the base $99.95 price to have a sticker made, then the additional $14.95 for the “Motif.” What’s even cooler is that they don’t have just one “Motif” that every sticker gets. They list a total of 12 “Motif” selections on the website, but imply that there are many more options.
This definitely gets TopSpeed’s “Ultimate Niche Marketing” award for 2012. How in the heck these folks came up with this idea is beyond us, but it’s definitely a great idea.