In the world of sim racing there are only a few real players when it comes to steering wheels. Generally the more money you spend on
your virtual racing products the higher the performance is likely to be. Personally I would say the better steering wheels on the
There are other steering wheels available but generally these are the wheels that most people use. Please note that the G25, G27 and
DFGT have not particularly good pedal sets with them, whilst I believe the other virtual steering wheels come with no pedals. However,
the aforementioned wheels and the fanatec wheels can also be used with XBox 360 and the PlayStation 3 if that floats your boat.
There are various modifications that can be made to try to improve the bad brake sets that come with the cheaper steering wheels, but for
best performance you are best off looking into a good set of sim racing brake pedals.
Fanatec CSW v2 Servo Wheel
The Fanatec CSW v2 Servo Wheel is designed for a broad audience, Fanatec claim the wheel base is as close to a real car as you can get. While this may not be stricly accurate, the wheel base is one of the best on the market, especially for the price. It's not cheap, but you pay for quality. There are now a few more expensive options that you can choose from like the Leo Bodnar SimSteering, the OSW or the ...
The Fanatec CSW v2 base unit does not come with a steering wheel rim, you will need to buy that separately, there are plenty of different wheel rims available depending upon your chosen favourite sim racing vehicle or discipline. Fanatec calls these exchangeable wheel rims as they work with a quick release mechanism like in a real racing car. ?Exchange a steering wheel during the game within seconds with the improved and automotive grade quick release system. The v2 wheel base unit also has compatibility to consoles via optional ClubSport Steering Wheels to make this Wheel Base compatible to the latest gaming consoles.
The ClubSport Wheel Base V2 is a masterpiece of Germaneering® and sets new standards for performance and reliability. The ClubSport Wheel Base V2 is a complete redesign in both electronics and mechanics, Fanatec have used all their experience to build the ultimate sim racing wheel. The ClubSport Wheel Base V2 is made of heavy duty materials which are CNC machined aluminum parts in stunning anodized finish. The powerful brushless servo motor is incredible smooth and delivers super fast and instant acceleration. No dead spots around the center. The v2 wheelbase has an improved belt drive with big ball bearings, free of drag or belt slipage and feels almost like a direct drive wheel. As well as this the wheel base uses DirectSensor™ Technology and has double hall sensors on both motor and directly on the steering axis this provides unmatched precision and reliabity.
Choose from a growing selection of very realistic steering wheels in many different styles
Quick release system to allow the easy exchange of steering wheels within seconds during gameplay
Wheel base made of CNC machined aluminum parts with anodized finish
Rock solid: Product weight 4200 g, product dimensions (L x W x H) 210 mm x 295 mm x 150 mm
DirectSensor™ technology: The sensor is mounted directly on the steering axis to avoid interference and performance issues that are inherent in belt and gear drives that have motor mounted sensor systems
DUAL HALL technology: One Sensor is mounted on the motor and a second one on the axis. It can hardly get more precise than this
Ultra strong brushless servo motor plus two vibration motors in the steering wheel (depending on the model)
New cooling system with big fans (also on the backside) and a huge heat sink
Revised belt drive mechanism that's made completely of metal and uses high quality ball bearings and European belts to deliver the smoothest, most precise force feedback possible
Belt tension has been increased to avoid any slip and bearings have been added or increased to minimize the drag
Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories
Firmware can be updated with new features
900° of rotation which can be reduced in the Tuning menu of the attached ClubSport Steering Wheel
Fast 500 Hz USB update rate
Connection for two external shifters (e.g. H-pattern and sequential) in parallel
All Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheels made for the ClubSport Wheel Base
All Fanatec pedals
G25/G27 pedals (with optional adapter)
All Fanatec Shifter sets
All Fanatec Cockpits and Wheel Stands. The drilling pattern is compatible to the Porsche 911 or CSR wheels
Xbox One: The compatibility can be upgraded with (optional) steering wheels like the Universal Hub for Xbox One or the CSL P1 steering wheel. If there is any steering wheel without Xbox license attached then the base will NOT provide compatibility to Xbox One
To go with the Fanatec Wheel Base you will need a sim racing steering wheel rim, you can choose from the following models.
This sim racing steering wheel offers high-end functionality whilst still being affordable. Straight out of the box this is an advanced force feedback Wheel Base unit with single drive and servo motor for PC and Xbox One. It also offers interchangeable steering wheels using the quick release system established by their ClubSport series. You can change a steering wheel even during the game within a few seconds.
In addition to the hard-mount points, this sim racing steering wheel base comes with a table clamp right out-of-the-box allowing a stable and toolless attachment to your desk or table. It also has rev lights built into the top cover of the Wheel Base that show RPM information, and other functions (depending on the game), like fuel level. This sim racing steering wheel is positioned below the ClubSport Wheel Base V2, but more powerful than the V1, the CSL Elite Wheel Base is certainly powerful enough to handle all CSL and ClubSport steering wheels. Its powerful brushless servo motor in combination with the single belt drive, delivers incrediblly smooth and super-fast Force Feedback effects with instant acceleration, eliminating dead spots. Delivering >6Nm of torque on the steering axis. The CSL force feedback Wheel Base comes with a turning maximum of 1080° rotation, adjustable in the wheel tuning menu during gameplay from 90° to 1080°.
The list of pros for this sim racing steering wheel just go on and on:
Firmware can be updated with new features
Fast 500 Hz USB update rate
Allows connection of two external shifters (e.g. H-pattern and sequential) in parallel
All Fanatec ClubSport, CSR, CSR Elite, CSL and CSL Elite Pedals
All Fanatec Shifters (two shifters simultaneously)
Fanatec ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles
Fanatec ClubSport Handbrake (direct connection to Wheel Base)
Mounting on Cockpits and Wheel Stands: 3 hard-mount points on the bottom of the Wheel Base. The hole pattern is identical with the ClubSport Wheel Bases without the angle adapter
Xbox One®: The compatibility can be upgraded with (optional) steering wheels like the Steering Wheel Universal Hub for Xbox One or the Steering Wheel CSL P1 for Xbox One. Without any Xbox One® licensed Steering Wheel attached, the Wheel Base is NOT compatible to Xbox One®
The CSL Wheel Base is compatible with PC in combination with all available steering wheels
Upgradeable compatibility to Xbox One® Upgradeable compatibility to Xbox One®
Attach optional Steering Wheels to make this Wheel Base compatible to Xbox One®. This Wheel Base is compatible with PC in combination with all available Steering Wheels.
DIY Standalone Wheel - Mount any steering wheel to any wheelbase, and have buttons!
Leo Bodnar's SimSteering2 Force Feedback System. SimSteering2 is a high performance steering system for professional use. Developed over a period of years, the high precision and completely linear response, coupled with high strength provides the ultimate in realistic steering force feedback for all types of driving.