Thrustmaster Announces Two New Sim Racing Products For Autumn

Hardware 45 August 17, 2018 by

The team at Thrustmaster has confirmed the September launch of its TSS Handbrake for consoles. Joining it is a surprise item, and it will be available this coming Monday.

What is the second item? Well, it’s a clamp. The TM Racing Clamp may not be the most glamorous of items, but it’s an important one. Not every aspiring sim racer starts out with a full-bore rig.

Maybe you’ve started with something like the Trak Racer FS3, or maybe you’re using a table or desk. Either way, you want a spot to mount your TH8A shifter or TSS Handbrake. Thrustmaster has designed the RC for the latter, specifically those between 0.6in to 2in thick.

The all-metal platform is height-, depth-, and incline-adjustable. Thrustmaster promises it’s easy to install too, requiring only two quick-fastening screws. The TM Racing Clamp is available August 20, with an MSRP of $99.99.

Thrustmaster’s other autumn product is more of a known quantity. We first heard the TSS Handbrake Sparco Mod was coming to consoles back in April. Now, with a new “+” on the end of its name, it’s ready for duty on PS4 and XB1.

It’s the same metal and aluminum construction. It’s also the same two-mode setup: a progressive handbrake, or a sequential transmission. It still works with the PC too, but it now covers all three major racing platforms. On the Sony side, sim racers can pair it with the T300 or the T-GT (read our recent review). Over on the Microsoft side of the fence, the options are the TX-Series wheels, or the TS-XW.

We’ve reached out to Thrustmaster for a list of compatible console games. We’ll make sure to update the article once we hear back.

The TSS Handbrake Sparco Mod + retails for $279.99, and will be available at the usual suppliers September 20.

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