New York, May 5, 2016 — With the launch of the TFRP Rudder Pedals, Thrustmaster – the historic worldwide leader in joysticks since 1990 – is innovating yet again, having created an essential new component for pilots: the rudder!
S.M.A.R.T: the innovative technology that makes all the difference
Responding to demand from the community of flight sim fans, Thrustmaster is thrilled to be launching its new rudder: the TFRP Rudder Pedals. This innovative rudder system provides perfect control in any type of flight scenario (including aerial combat, space adventure, civil flight, etc.), and is very aggressively priced at less than €100 – making it accessible to all users. It features two pedals incorporating Thrustmaster’s own highly specific and innovative S.M.A.R.T (Sliding Motion Advanced Rail Track) technology. The TFRP features 4 slide rails crafted of industrial-grade anodized aluminum. The rails’ unique design ensures totally smooth sliding motion, working in conjunction with a self-centering rudder axis: the combination of these two elements provides the perfect balance between smoothness and resistance for re-centering. Thanks to the very long range of travel on the rudder axis, the result is an extremely precise steering control mechanism for perfectly-proportioned maneuvers. The length of the range of travel, combined with the smoothness of Thrustmaster’s proprietary S.M.A.R.T technology, allows pilots to activate the rudder with just the right amount of intensity – and jolt-free sliding action – for maneuvers that are completely precise.
Super-versatile ergonomic design
To get the most out of the built-in S.M.A.R.T technology, the TFRP Rudder Pedals system features large 10-inch/25-cm pedals, each with a removable heel-rest. By removing the heel-rest, the pilot can control the rudder pedal using the ball of his or her foot, heel on the floor; while with the heel-rest in place, the pilot can rest his or her entire foot on the pedal. This versatility is a definite advantage in terms of easily adapting to different flying styles. What’s more, the unit features a large base with an inclined design, for enhanced comfort and stability. With its dual USB and/or proprietary RJ12 connectivity, the TFRP is compatible on PC (Windows® 10/8/7/Vista) with all joysticks on the market in games supporting multi-USB and rudders. On PS4™, the TFRP is compatible with the Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas 4 joystick.
Two high-performance differential brake pedals
An important aspect of the TFRP is its differential braking ability – made possible by two pedals, each of which includes a rounded central pivot with a central grip. The pedals’ pivot angle features a 15° range of travel: on an incline for deliberate activation, avoiding inadvertent activation when using the rudder.
Two applications for full customization possibilities
In order to allow users to fully customize their TFRP Rudder Pedals, two free applications are available for download from http://ts.thrustmaster.com. The first is an advanced calibration tool, allowing users to adjust the central dead zone on the rudder axis to their liking, as well as the dead zones at the beginning and end of the range of travel on the rudder axis, and on the 2 differential brake axes. The second, T.A.R.G.E.T, lets users program the axes of rudders and differential brakes. It also allows for the USB rudder to be combined as a real product ecosystem with Thrustmaster USB joysticks (HOTAS Warthog, T.16000M) and the MFD Cougar Pack control panel, so that they are recognized as a single USB device, giving users access to advanced profiles created by members of the Thrustmaster community.
• The TFRP Rudder Pedals will be available in May, at a suggested retail price of £79.99 (taxes included).