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March 26, 2024

Which racing wheel for Forza Motorsport?

Get ready to rev up your engines, feel the asphalt heat up under your tires and take your racing experience to a whole new level. Forza Motorsport is back and it’s about to propel you into next-gen immersive racing.

Get ready to rev up your engines, feel the asphalt heat up under your tires and take your racing experience to a whole new level. Forza Motorsport is back and it’s about to propel you into next-gen immersive racing.

Imagine yourself behind the wheel of a dream supercar, tightly gripping the wheel, waiting for the race to start. The V8 roars, the tires squeal and your heart pounds. In Forza Motorsport, every turn is an opportunity to shine, and every straight an invitation to put the pedal to the metal.

Whether you’re a veteran of racing simulators or looking for that racing rush, our Thrustmaster experts have some advice to help you get the best racing gear before you get started. From racing wheels to pedal sets and shifters, we take a look at the best racing setups for Forza Motorsport.

For Forza Motorsport, Turn 10 Studios pulled out all the stops.

Thanks to breathtaking graphics, realistic physics and a detailed gaming environment, Forza Motorsport immerses players in a world where every turn, skid and acceleration feels like the real thing. The game’s developers have not only pushed the boundaries of graphics, but also enhanced the racing experience, making it more intuitive and engaging.

You’ll start the game with over 500 cars from 1926 to the present day, all customizable and usable in a new career mode: the Builders Cup.

What’s more, with 20 tracks available at launch, including 5 never seen before in Motorsport, you can take to the road on the famous Maple Valley track in a recent Ferrari Roma or head to the fictitious Grand Oak track.

Last but not least, the visual effects have also been upgraded with the addition of weather effects that will greatly influence your gameplay. Fog, glare and dynamic weather will put your driving skills to the ultimate test.

Our choice of racing setups for Forza Motorsport.

To help you find what you need in the Thrustmaster ecosystem, our experts have put together a selection of the best setups. Racing wheels, pedal sets and shifters are available for all levels.

Earn your stripes in Forza Motorsport with the T128 racing wheel

T128 (Xbox/PC) is the perfect choice for simracing first-timers. This racing wheel offers an immersive experience right out of the box. It guarantees a precise, realistic driving experience thanks to the HYBRID DRIVE system, which provides immersive and versatile Force Feedback.

Plus there’s no need to take your eyes off the road thanks to the four-color LED strip that lets you know when to shift gears. The LEDs flash when you need to shift to a higher gear, allowing you to optimize your gear shifting.

With the magnetic paddle shifters, every shift is clear and precise, for super-fast gear changes. This feature is made possible thanks to contactless and frictionless H.E.A.R.T magnetic technology.

Paired with its T2PM magnetic pedal set, T128 delivers a high level of precision, for crisp acceleration and well-proportioned braking. It’s the kind of reliability you want for high-level racing.


The perfectly-balanced T248 racing wheel

T248 (Xbox/PC) is an ultra-versatile racing wheel that’s ideal for feeling the power of Forza Motorsport cars.  It’s packed with features so you can fully enjoy all the racing styles available in Forza Motorsport.

With more than 20 displaysavailable onscreen, you have the option of manually adjusting a range of settings and getting live race information — such as the current gear, RPM, position or best lap time. It’s perfect for creating a totally customized driving experience!

When it comes to Force Feedback, the T248 racing wheel offers 40% more power than T128. It features 3 Force Feedback modes, each compatible with all current racing games.

  • FFB1: Force Feedback 100% proportional to the force requested by the game.
  • FFB2: Enhanced Force Feedback, for better skid control.
  • FFB3: Boosted Force Feedback, allowing users to clearly feel all racing effects from the track (curbs, skidding off-track, etc.).

Driver performance depends greatly on the pedal set, for precise braking and perfectly-proportioned acceleration. T248 comes with the high-performance T3PM: a set of three magnetic pedals with metal heads. Each pedal features 10-bit resolution for top-tier smoothness and precision. The brake pedal also allows for 4 pressure modes, according to each driver’s preferences and settings. In a nutshell, T3PM offers:

  • 3 magnetic pedals
  • 100% metal pedal heads
  • 3 braking modes
  • Up to 440 lb / 200 kg of pressure

The winning combo: for even greater immersion on a budget, we recommend the TH8S shifter. Its 7-speed H-pattern shift plate means more racing thrills behind the wheel of manual transmission cars in Forza Motorsport.

Shift into high gear with T818!

T818 (compatible with PC only) takes you to the next level of realism and immersion. If you want to put your driving skills to the ultimate test on one of the many Forza Motorsport tracks, this racing wheel base is for you.

Powered by Direct Drive technology, T818 was designed with both performance and lifelike response in mind, delivering Force Feedback with 10 Nm of power, without any saturation. It provides smooth, powerful and turbocharged Force Feedback, allowing you to feel the sensations of real-world racing.

T818’s front LED strip is a visual indicator of engine speed (RPM), but can also be customized with the color of your choice.

T818 features a Quick Release system that lets you change the wheel rims in just 5 seconds.


Here’s a selection of wheel rims for different driving styles to get the most out of T818.

  • For a versatile driving style: we recommend 599XX EVO 30 Wheel Add-On Alcantara Edition. Thanks to its shape, diameter and wrapping, this wheel rim is the perfect companion for experiencing maximum racing sensations with different types of vehicles. In addition, the Ferrari 599XX Evolution car is available in Forza Motorsport, so you can perfectly match your steering wheel to the vehicle you’re driving!
  • For a single-seater and prototype driving style: TM Open Wheel Add-On is the perfect choice. Its shape and ultra-lightweight design will let you experience the full power of T818.
Image de la taille réaliste et compacte du volant TM Open Wheel d'un diamètre de 28cm
  • And if you’re a Ferrari fan or looking for the ultimate in performance, we can’t recommend Ferrari 488 GT3 Wheel Add-On enough. This 1:1 scale replica of the wheel of the most successful Ferrari in history is built for performance: carbon faceplate, next-gen Quick Release, LEDs and magnetic paddle shifters.

A gamepad specially designed for racing games

We have the perfect solution for those who just want to enjoy the game without a racing wheel: the ESWAP XR PRO CONTROLLER FORZA HORIZON 5 gamepad.

Specially created for the game Forza Horizon 5, it features the XR module, designed for performance and immersion in racing games. With its re-centering system and 95° rotation angle, this module will give you more precise control over tight turns and drifts.

Lastly, you’ll enjoy enhanced responsiveness thanks to mechanical buttons that are 64% faster than standard membrane-based buttons.


Start your engine and put the pedal to the metal!

After having read this article, you’ll now be able to put together your ideal racing setup. Just put your hands on your racing wheel!

When players get into their virtual car, they’re not just playing a game; they’re living a dream that blurs the line between reality and the digital world.