Thrustmaster has been making some of the best sim racing and flight sim peripherals in the business for many years now, and their peripherals ecosystem has grown so much that it can be hard to keep up with. With that said, they do make some of the best sim racing pedals out there. But which Thrustmaster pedals are best?
The Top-Rated Thrustmaster Pedals
|Top Pick||Thrustmaster T-LCM||90%|
|Budget Pick||Thrustmaster T-3PA||88%|
|Luxury Pick||Thrustmaster T3PA Pro||95%|
|Best Flight Pedals||Thrustmaster TFRP||89%|
|Luxury Flight Pedals||Thrustmaster TPR||93%|
Top Pick: T-LCM
- Magnetic sensor technology, with no contact or potentiometers, for unlimited lifespan and optimal accuracy
- Load Cell force sensor technology up to 220 lb 100 kg of pressure, for the perfect amount of braking power
- Adjustable mechanical brake force thanks to the set of 6 springs included with the pedal set, for a multitude of quick adjustments
- Independently adjustable pedals ( spacing and inclination) for optimized gaming comfort according to the user’s preferences
- Calibration software allows for adjustment of the brake force, plus the dead zones for all 3 pedals
The Thrustmaster T-LCM is Thrustmaster’s current top of the line racing pedal set, striking a balance between performance and budget that provides high quality driving experience for beginners and pros alike. The name of the game here is options; this set of pedals features independent adjustability, especially the highly tweakable brake pedal.
The brake pedal is the heart of any pedal set, and the brand is clearly at the top of their game here. The T-LCM brake pedal features a dynamically adjustable load cell, and comes with a set of six different springs so that you can adjust the mechanical force to suit your tastes. Each of the pedal heads and arms is made from 100% metal and the magnetic, potentiometer-free contactless technology means that these pedals can take oodles of abuse!
The T-LCM is one of the highest-rated, if not the best-reviewed set of sim racing pedals on the market today (even beating out Fanatec ), owing to the aforementioned high quality, ease of setup, adjustability and overall racing experience. T-LCM definitely deserve the pole position here!
Budget Pick: T3PA
- 100% metal pedals and internal structure; A component of the TX Racing Wheel ecosystem; also compatible with the Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel
- 3 pedals with adjustable spacing setting (3 positions) and adjustable angle setting (2 positions); Accelerator pedal with adjustable height setting (2 positions)
- Pedals with individual pressure settings: Accelerator pedal-approx. 5.5 lbs.; Brake pedal-approx. 22 lbs. (without Conical Rubber Brake Mod); Brake pedal: 33-55 lbs., according to your preference (w/Conical Rubber Brake Mod); Clutch pedal-approx. 11 lbs.
- Includes optional conical rubber brake mod: Conical stop made from industrial-grade high-density rubber; Fitted directly beneath the brake pedal; Realistic sensations, with ultra-progressive resistance at the end of pedal's travel; Adjustable resistance
- Wide and perfectly stable: Wide, textured footrest; Weighted pedal set; Perfect stability; Built-in threaded holes for cockpit setups
The Thrustmaster T-3PA sim racing pedals may look familiar to anyone who has purchase a sim racing wheel for PC or console in recent years, as they are the pack-in pedals in virtually all of the company’s force feedback wheel bundles. Common though it may be, the T3PA is a great set of pedals that shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone building a racing rig on a budget.
Just because the T3PA pedals are budget-priced doesn’t mean it skimps on quality; the pads and internal structure are full metal, and feature individually adjustable pressure settings to ensure you get the feel just right. To that end, a conical rubber brake mod is also included should you want to further enhance the realism. Brake mods aside, other key customization features include adjustable height and spacing for each of the three pedals.
All said, the T3PA pedals are a great set of pedals that offer an unbeatable racing experience for the price, and it’s easy to recommend to beginners as they begin to make purchases and build their sim racing rig.
Luxury Pick: T3PA Pro
- Realistic, High-End 3-Pedal Pedal Set; Unique design allowing for 2 different user positions - Floor-mounted position (F1-style) and Suspended position (GT-style); 100% Metal Construction and 100% Adjustable
- 3 Metal Pedals; Includes large metal footrest with non-slip grating; Internal and external metal structure (for maximum solidity); Weighs more than 15 pounds (for optimal stability)
- Adjustable spacing for each of the 3 pedals (3 positions per pedal); Adjustable inclination for each of the 3 pedals (2 positions per pedal); Adjustable height for each of the 3 pedals (4 positions for the gas pedal / 3 for the brake and clutch pedals)
- Includes 2 different removable BRAKE MODS for the brake pedal that are installed directly underneath the brake pedal: The mods' position can be adjusted, thereby altering the pressure force
- Compatible with all Thrustmaster T-Series Racing Wheels including the T300 RS / T300 Ferrari GTE, T500 RS / Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500, and TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition / Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel
The Thrustmaster T3PA Pro pedals are a dramatically upgraded version of the T3PA pedals, featuring deeper mod options that make it a huge step up from it’s beginner-friendly base set. As stated before, the T3PA pedals come as standard equipment bundled with most of Thrustmaster’s force feedback wheels (for Xbox One, PS4 or PC) – so its stands to reason that many readers already have a set of T3PA pedals that they’re looking to upgrade; if you find yourself wishing you had a similar setup, but one that had more options and mods – read on!
The T3PA Pro pedals set is a big step up from the T3PA pedals in a number of ways, none more impactful that the full-metal overhaul that gives the whole kit a heftier feel that improves the realism for racers looking for unparalleled driving experience. A handful of thoughtful, optional mod links are included as well, such as a rubber brake mod, a compression spring mod (two different springs are included for the spring brake mod), and a base mod allowing for floor-mounting or suspended installation.
Racers who want a little something extra from their pedal sets can’t do much better than T3PA Pro pedals, and it’s easy to recommend to anyone willing to shell out some extra dough in exchange for a better racing experience.
Best Flight Pedals: TFRP
- Designed for all users; Compatible on PC with all joysticks on the market; Also compatible on PS4 with the Flight Hotas 4 joystick (sold separately) and also T.Flight Hotas One joystick ; The first rudder to feature the S.M.A.R.T slide rails system for smooth steering
- Ergonomic design allowing you to put your entire foot on the pedal, thanks to the heel-rests; Heel-rests are removable, for alternative ergonomic configurations: put your entire foot on the pedal, or rest the ball of your foot at mid-pedal
- Differential braking: 2 large pedals (10 inches/25 centimeters); S.M.A.R.T (Sliding Motion on Aluminum Rail Tracks) slide rails rudder; System of 4 slide rails crafted of industrial-grade aluminum for perfectly smooth sliding motion
- Versatile ergonomic design suitable for all types of flight (aerial combat, space adventure, civil flight, etc.); Two differential brake pedals; Large differential brake pedals: 10 inches/25 centimeters (12/45 shoe size)
- USB and/or proprietary RJ12 connectivity; On PC (Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP), works with all joysticks on the market with available Thrust master drivers; On PC, compatible with all games supporting multi-USB and rudders
The Thrustmaster TFRP is a great set of rudder flight pedals for PC, Xbox One and PS4 that’s designed to take your flight sim rig to the next level. Unlike the rim racing pedals above, flight sim pedals do not include a clutch pedal and are not designed for a sim racing experience; that said, this set of pedals is fully compatible with all Thrustmaster wheels and can be used for sim racing in a pinch.
This set of pedals includes an optional heel mount, and it’s sliding pedals self-center for realism and ultra-smooth performance. The industrial-grade aluminum construction ensures that the experience is built to last, and the USB connection will allow you to take these pedals with you as you move from PC to console and back.
Luxury Flight Pedals: TPR
- The TPR features Thrustmaster Pendul_r Technology: A unique, suspended mechanism ensuring smooth and fluid movements.
- The TPR also features Thrustmaster H.E.A.R.To HallEffect accurate Technology for ultra-precise, frictionless action that won't change over time.
- The positions of the TPR's spring can be adjusted, allowing users to adjust the resistance according to their preferences (two spring are included).
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The Thrustmaster TPR carries a set of caveats that must be addressed first, so let’s get straight to it: This is an expensive set of pedals, even more so as of late due to supply chain disruptions and the possibility that Thrustmaster has discontinued the set altogether. Next, unlike all of the other pedals on this list, the TPR Pedals are not compatible with Xbox One or PS4 – only PC players will be able to add this to their rig. Lastly, unlike the TRP, this set is not plug-and-play compatible with sim racing; although many racers online have found ways to work around this limitation, it is not recommended that you buy this set for use with sim racing as the racing experience will be subpar at best.
Still reading? If the previous info didn’t deter you, and you’re okay with dropping a fat wad of cash for this set of pedals, you’ll be rewarded with a sense of realism you weren’t previously able to achieve with your sim setup. These pedals are adjustable in ways the TFRP is not, and the set is dramatically heavier – over 20 pounds – to ensure it can do a great job of staying in-place even if not hard mounted.
While this set is the farthest thing from beginner options one could imagine, it may one day become something of a collector’s item and it’s impossible to dismiss that factor. If you can swing it – don’t pump the brake on these pedals!
What to Look for in Thrustmaster Pedals
Here are the three most important factors to bear in mind when choosing a set of Thrustmaster pedals:
Thrustmaster has been making pedals for both sim racing and flight sims for as long as anyone can remember, and they’re among the top manufacturers in both categories. While each of these pedal varieties are compatible with compatible with other Thrustmaster products in both categories and can be used with both flight and racing sims, the most important question you’ll need to ask yourself before making your purchase is: Will these pedals be used primarily for racing or flying? If you think you’ll find yourself using your pedals for both regularly, it’s probably wise to go with racing pedals as they have an extra (clutch) pedal that the flight pedals don’t.
To clarify, a pedal set made for use with flight sims will work in a pinch for casual sim racers, but they aren’t designed to be pressed as rapidly or regularly as racing pedals. Sim racing pedals, on the other hand, are made for much more rapid and regular movements in conjunction with steering wheels. It’s pretty easy to simply press the pedals less frequently and with less pressure, which is the reasoning behind this recommendation.
Ideally, it is recommended that you buy a dedicated set of pedals for each type of game if possible, but that won’t be practical for everyone. Again, it is recommended to go for the racing pedals first, then add flight pedals later-on if possible!
As with all of the other components of your racing or flight rig, the range in prices between the cheapest and most expensive options is quite dramatic. For the racing pedal sets listed here, the difference between the entry level and high-end is roughly triple; for the flight pedals, the price difference is dramatically more pronounced!
The difference in prices can be attributed to a number of factors, not the least of which are features and build quality, but supply chain issues of the day also seem to be playing a major role in creating shortages that drive up costs for end-users.
While it is ultimately up to you how you choose to spend your money, it’s hard to recommend spending multiple times the MSRP for a product simply because of (likely) temporary disruptions to supply chains. On the other hand, it’s understandable that some folks are anxious to build rigs and work on their setup. Do what makes you happy!
If you plan on using your new set of pedals on Xbox One, PS4 or one of the new consoles, first and foremost, avoid the TPR pedals as they are not compatible! Otherwise, so long as your wheel base is console compatible, your pedal set will be as well!
Regardless of which system you play on, these pedals are all designed to be fully compatible with your flight or sim racing setup, adding realism and performance that’s hard to beat!
Last Updated on March 1, 2021 by Thomas Bush