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Any Fanatec DD owners moved to SC2?

DoZZa#1

Hey guys, I am curious as to whether or not any SC2 owners have had or have Fanatec DD bases?

How do they compare with each other?

I am currently running a DD2 with the 911 wheel. But keep looking at the SC2. I like the way that the Fanatec stuff works together, but I don’t need things like OLED screens as 90% of my racing is done in VR.

Whats your thoughts guys?

Witch#2

I am not a DD owner, However I am invested into that eco system being I have a 2.5 base.
The obvious upgrade path for me was the DD2 since I have a few wheels that would be plug and play.
However I am the kind of person who does research to the enth degree on my purchases.
I went with the SC2 Pro even know it was going to be a significant amount more being I would need a wheel
Maybe you can confirm but I found they were having trouble on the software side and were struggling with stability, smoothness & reliability, the endurance button box was a similar disaster. Now they just trowing beta software out to plug holes of a poorly conceived rush to market direct drive solution. I am not sure if there is any truth to those statements or not, but that was my findings and why I went with the SC2 Pro

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DoZZa#3

Thanks for the response!

Yes, I can confirm that the software of the Fanatec system is a big problem at the moment!
There has been a recent update that has caused a lot of problems for a lot of people, me included.
I had to roll back to previous version to get the wheel back to what it was before.

They seem to have rushed this as you say, I am not knocking Fanatec, the hardware is very nice indeed, if the software matched the quality of the hardware I wouldn’t need to look elsewhere to find a product that I feel comfortable with.

I just want a base that works as it should without playing Russian Roulette with software/firmware updates. I love the eco system of Fanatec with the way that different wheels interface with the base, but I’d much rather have consistency and reliability above a hardware eco system.

I am hoping that SC2 is what I am looking for.

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Witch#4

I agree, the Fanatec stuff is nice and reasonable price too, I was disappointed when I realized I was going to have to make the switch and shell out for a wheel and a base, but now glad I did being you have confirmed some of my fears
I am currently still waiting for mine to be delivered
Availability seems to be the biggest problem there is.

Last I checked Sim Racing Bay had some in stock , but being I live in the US wanted something in the US in case I had to return for one reason or another
I bought mine at DSD, supposed to be delivered in September.

Good luck with what ever you decide, it would be nice if they came up with some software that made everyone happy with their purchase.

racer8297#5

I used a DD1 for about 6 months. Fanatec pushed out a software/firmware update, which I installed. Then the base started just spinning when powered up. Contacted support, which is a lengthy and clunky process, and they had me downgrade the firmware. The base still didn’t work, just spun upon power up.

They had me return the base to California, and I didn’t hear a word for three weeks. I emailed them and three days later they responded saying that their technician was out sick and they’d got to it when he returned.

In the meantime, I ordered a SC2 Pro from SRB. It arrived in three days to the US. I got the SC2 conversions from Sim Racing Machines, which arrived in three days from the UK, and were simple to hook up to my Fanatec wheels. I was up and running in no time.

There is no comparison between the DD1 and the SC2 in my opinion. The detail felt in the SC2 is far better than the DD1 as well as the software being much easier to use and not at all buggy.

The email response from SRB and SRM is second to none.

Six weeks later, Fanatec sent a new DD1 which I promptly sold and I’m not looking back!

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Don#6

Hi I am using a dd2 and have a sc pro2 in transit shoud be here in a week,the fanatec 372 beta drivers are working,but the service and support is not good right now anxious to try the sc2,hopefully i can get the soft ware installed.

bluey#7

Hi Don
Just follow the instructions you get with your Simucube the software is EASY to install and easy to use .
There are many threads here on settings etc .if you have any problems just post here many people here to help you.
Regards Denis
PS you are going to love your Simucbe Pro

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Don#8

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Noahbet#9

Can confirm that.
Just received my Simucube 2 Pro on the weekend. The Software is super EASY to use!

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DoZZa#10

Thanks for the replies guys, I went with the Simucube 2 Ultimate in the end. Its in a different league!

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Victor_Martin_Osset#11

i had DD1 when they come out , i know the software improved a lot but i hate the coggin it has, s2 is smother and much better for me.

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DoZZa#12

The cogging is actually the main reason I decided to move away from the DD2!

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SleipnirRacing#13

Not a DD owner, but I have owned >5 pieces of Fanatec gear (pedals, bases, wheels) and boy am I glad to be out of that ecosystem. Fanatec stuff has its place in the typical gear progression IMO but I would not like to stay there for very long.

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Gifted#14

Had a DD F1 for a year… just sold it and a new SC2 Pro with Asher wheel is on its way. should arrive by the end of the week… very interested to compare the two.

I was actually pretty happy with the Fanatec Podium, however my warranty runs out next June and I live a long way away from any Fanatec dealer. I did have one issue that looked like I was going to have to ship the base back to Fanatec and their support was actually every good… (they even offered to return it for free even though i had a grey import and give me a free stop for my troubles) however the shipping costs was 250euro just one way… so 500 return when out of warranty!!. Thankfully the fault was actually fixed with a firmware update, but it was enough to make me very worried. Thus the change.

Excited to try my new base soon.

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Marcel_B#15

I have both the DD2 and the SC2 Pro at the moment.
My expectation was there would not be a noticable difference in FFB feel, as some reviews suggested. After 3 days of testing and comparison I can tell for sure, that SC2 Pro is on ANOTHER level. Details of FFB, precision, ability for racers to control the cars in edge-situations is far better.
It is not that I was unhappy with the DD2 - I actually loved it, until I got my hands on the SC2 Pro :-/.
My worries regarding the configuration jungle was also unnecessary. The True Drive software is very easy to use, the standard profiles work pretty well and you can simply adjust some stuff to your liking - at least with following sims I did not have configuration issues: rfactor2, AMS2, iRacing, AC, ACC, R3E.

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kledsen#16

Marcel,

Thanks for sharing.
As somebody in the process of moving away from sc2, this is highly relevant information.

Can you share any details on filters available in each solution? Both quantity and quality?
Last quedtion: Any thoughts on low force level feedback around the center when driving?

Thanks again!

Alfye20#17

Just thinking about the Fanatec QR makes me lose my desire for that product
I remember the pests that were thrown on Thrustmaster QR and its thread with the screw. But on a DD? Never

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Marcel_B#18

So you have SC2 but you want to switch? To what? And what are the reasons?
Regarding Filters available, now with the newest drivers of Fanatec, the options for me as an average skilled “wheel setup user” both products are close with some advantages on the SC2 side (e.g. manipulation of directinput signals - which you would not want to touch most of the time).
Damping, Friction, Inertia settings are similar in both wheelbases.
Lowforce feedback is similar in both, they also do not need any artificial enhancing of low force effects which can be expected with such high torque and high-priced wheelbases (!).
The differences for me are rather the felt fidelity, precision and speed of the effects; and I say “felt” for a reason as I can’t say for sure, that lag of signals is higher in DD2 than in SC2 Pro for example.
Another thing that surprised me most, specifically with GT3 cars in iRacing: the cars are much simpler to drive with the SC2 Pro than with the DD2, much more controllability when braking and out of corners -> not that it would make me faster, but more secure on the track. I hated GT3 in iRacing, now I have actually fun driving them.
It is also a question of how competitive I want to be and how much time do I have? My aspiration (for example in iRacing) is to be in the top 2-5% of the active driver fields in a given championship. If you have an average of 1 hour per day online racing/practicing, that is achievable more easily with a good direct drive base as it is with a G29 -> you can be an alien with a G29 of course, but it takes longer to get there as you need to learn things blindly instead of having precise feedbacks to help mastering a car/track.

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gil#19

No, but I’m thinking of reselling my simucube 2 pro for a VRS.
Wait 3 months to get an old simucube 2 version, pay a subscription, not for me.

Andrew_WOT#20

They way things unfolds with online subscription nonsense, I’ll probably move to Simagic Alpha when it gets released.

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Here’s a question I see asked time and time again in the sim racer forums: What DD wheel to buy? The Fanatec DD2 and Simucube 2 Pro are two of the most popular wheelbases in the sim racing market, but which should you choose?

There are several other very popular wheels too, which perhaps we’ll cover at a later date, but for now, let’s talk about the SC 2 Pro vs the DD2. Thanks to my work as a sim racing writer; I am able to justify owning both items which does leave me in a good position to comment.

Here’s a previous review of the DD2 and my review of the Simucube 2 Pro here at G-Performance. As you’ll see, I rate both wheels as game-changing wheelbases. Jump on either and, after getting used to their characteristics, you’ll be pumping in pole laps in no time. Which, takes me on to an important caveat:

The flawed “which one is better” argument

If you start a thread in a sim racing community forum asking for a “best DD wheel” recommendation you’ll almost certainly end up with a thread full of DD wheel owners fighting over which wheel is best.

The frank truth is that the FFB (Force Feedback) has such minor differences between the top end equipment that your average sim racer wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in a blind test.

 

Max Verstappen in a Playseat F1 cockpit (source)

Further; sim racers adapt to whatever equipment they’re given. This is why a good sim racer with a Logitech wheel can compete with and beat a driver on “high end“ sim racing equipment.

The moral of the story here is to come to terms with your equipment and make the best of it. In my experience, we get used to what we own and even the big differences don’t matter as much as you’d think.

But, realism is key which is why direct drive wheels are superior. Better hardware and software drivers can interpret the Force Feedback simulation more accurately and with more convincing forces.

So, lets take a look at both the advantages and limitations of each wheel:

Fanatec DD2

 

Fanatec’s DD2 is ideal for a sim racer who just wants to drive. It’s the most popular direct drive wheelbase in the market with PC, Xbox compatibility (This wheel base becomes compatible with Xbox One® and Xbox Series X|S when used with any Fanatec Xbox-licensed steering wheel).

 

Fanatec Podium F1 Direct Drive Wheel

The FFB is excellent, especially when communicating track details like kerbs, bumps and so on. I’ve got two profiles in particular that I love – one for the Ferrari GT3 and one for the Mazda MX5. The detail through the wheel is grainy and quite “noisy”, but that’s how you’d expect a race car to feel – there’s a liveliness from a properly setup DD2 that makes it feel, brilliant.

Moving between sim software isn’t too much of a problem either. When I go to Assetto Corsa from iRacing, all I have to do is dial down the FFB settings (Asetto’s FFB is really strong out of the box!). Everything else stays the same.

Fanatec wheels are easily installed and need no additional USB cables. While the DD2 has no built-in wireless feature, cable tidiness and hub compatibility is not a problem. For any non-Fanatec wheel, mounting is easy with their Fanatec Podium hub.

In the past, it has been possible to modify a Fanatec wheel to run on a non-Fanatec wheelbase. The more recent wheels (everything after and including the Fanatec Formula Carbon V2 wheel) has a built-in “handshake” with the wheelbase that allows encryption of the game controller messages. This has essentially served to discourage Fanatec owners from exploring alternative wheelbase options, as it adds a lot of additional cost to replace the sim steering wheels too.

Installing a DD2 is very easy, and nearly all rigs have mounting options for the DD2 straight out of the box. You can either use side mounting brackets or mount via the base of the unit.

My only real criticism of the Fanatec system is their QR hub. It’s a proprietory unit which means you can’t change it, yet there’s a tiny amount of play in the connection. I’ve tried my best to improve things using the Z-Ring solution. Despite that, I still have a little bit of movement in the hub. It isn’t enough to distract me from driving but if you give the wheel a wiggle, it moves more than you’d hope. I expect Fanatec to address this in their next direct drive wheelbase revision, but really most drivers don’t even notice it!

So the DD2 is, on the whole, a great piece of kit. And if you’re new to sim racing; you might find it easier to get started with a Fanatec DD2. The Xbox compatibility* is just an example of how focused Fanatec is on helping sim racers into their ecosystem by making sim racing accessible and easy to understand. *(This wheel base becomes compatible with Xbox One® and Xbox Series X|S when used with any Fanatec Xbox-licensed steering wheel)

Simucube 2 Pro

I really appreciate the engineering detail of a Simucube product. They have this “industrial feel” with a weighty, solid metal case. They have a cool factor: the Simucube logo down the side of the case and the indented corners make it look, professional.shop.gperformance.eu-SimuCube-2-Sport-direct-drive-wheel-steering-system-package-contents-1000x1000

Simucube 2 Sport

 Like the DD2, the Force Feedback is exceptional. It’s more detailed during high torque events but very smooth at the same time. If I were to try to describe the difference, I’d say you’re just feeling a little bit more detail with every turn of the wheel. I’ve always struggled to get the same “noise” through the wheel during an event like riding a kerb that my DD2 gives me, but the feedback is there. I’ve also always found that I can drive a little more accurately with the SC2.

The Simucube is mounted at the front only. This mounting is standard on any MiGE based / OSW style servo motor, so you don’t have to worry too much about compatibility. Just make sure your rig has a front mount for the Simucube option. Unlike the DD2, the lack of a bottom mount makes it less well supported by the low end, budget rigs. But would you really want to mount a Simucube to a £200 cockpit?


Simucube 2 Pro ready to mount

I’m a bit of a sim racing hobbyist. I like tinkering with settings, finding optimal methods of installation – I’m as much about the technical side of things as I am the driving. This is ideal if you’re considering the Simucube world.

Owning a Simucube means it’s more important to understand a few things. Mounting, QR hubs and wheel compatibility in particular. You’re more likely to only install a Simucube into a proper 8020 style rig, owing to the front mount only option.

The next thing you’ll need to understand is the quick-release compatibility. Fortunately, a Simucube 2 Sport and Pro comes with their SQR hub. I think the SQR hub is the best in the business, it’s rock solid and unlike the DD2’s quick release, does not move. You can, however, choose different QR hubs to mount your wheel including the Simucube Quick release, The Buchfink Q1R or the very beautiful HRS Xero-Play V3 Quick Release. I like choices and Simucube offers fundamentally better QR hub compatibility with the rest of the sim universe.

 

HRS Xero Play QR Hub

Like Fanatec’s Fanalab, Simucube’s TrueDrive software offers slick and intuitive software installation and firmware update procedures. There are some useful presets to get you started with the various sim racing packages and, there’s an upcoming release that will allow you to use shared preset profiles from other drivers. Neat!

You can also use Simucube compatible have wireless wheels, although if you do choose to go down the wireless route, the wheel won’t work on USB. Why this is the case I don’t know but it’s a terrible shame for racers who want to use their favourite wheel on different wheelbases.

 

Which one is best? Simucube 2 or Fanatec DD2?

As I mentioned at the start of the article, these wheels are subtly different but I don’t think those differences materially affect your lap times. There are some factors that should affect your decision, though.

If you’re a Xbox owner, there’s no discussion to be had as only Fanatec equipment is Xbox compatible. If you’re a newcomer or, you’re a driver who just wants to install and get going quickly, perhaps the DD2 is more for you.

If you’re more of a sim racing hobbyist, like me, then you might want to get deep into the subject of sim racing gear. There’s an awful lot of depth to this thriving community and owning a Simucube means you’ll learn far more about the engineering and installation side. You even could build a collection of wheels from different manufacturers, with a slight caveat that the hobbyist approach costs a lot more money!

Simucube’s FFB is also exceptionally good and I’m a big fan of both the wireless features and their software. But critically, for me, it’s the QR system. Wheel mounting options are limited on a DD2 and I like to be able to test different products, including quick release hubs so, for that reason, I’d always choose the Simucube, given the option.

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Best Direct Drive Racing Wheel

When it comes to the pinnacle of sim racing wheels, direct drive has been king for a long time. Direct drive racing wheels utilise the most powerful, and advanced technology to produce the most immersive sim racing experience.

However, for years direct drive racing wheels haven’t been the most consumer friendly products. With some requiring rather high technical knowledge to setup correctly.

That all changed when manufacturers such as Fanatec and SimuCube released plug and play wheel bases. But which direct drive racing wheel is best for your sim rig setup?

In this guide I run through the best direct drive wheels that are on the market today. I’ll show you the best racing wheels for a variety of sim racing setups, such as console setups and DIY setups.

Hopefully by the end of this guide, you will know which direct wheel to spend your hard earned money on.

Best Direct Drive Wheel for PS5 / PS4

During this guide there are a few brands that we’ll mention a lot. This is because these brands have done a fantastic job creating some of the best direct drive wheels available.

The first of these brands is Fanatec. This German manufacturer has become renowned in the sim racing community, producing some of the best sim racing products across a wide range of price points.

At the top of Fanatec’s product lineup are it’s direct drive offerings. These direct drive wheel bases come in a variety of forms. You can pick them up as a stand alone wheel base, or as part of a bundle.

And it’s one of these direct drive bundles that I’m recommending first.

The Podium Racing Wheel F1®

Typically, PlayStation gamers haven’t been overly spoilt when it comes to racing wheels. There are a lot of racing wheels for sale which simply aren’t compatible with PlayStation consoles, either the PS4 or PS5. And that trend continues with direct drive wheels.

At this time of writing, there is only one fully compatible, plug and play direct drive wheel for PS4 and PS5. And the Podium F1 is that wheel.

This isn’t such a big deal though, as the Podium F1 is a superb racing wheel.

Podium Racing Wheel F1

Fanatec Podium F1

    • PS4 & PS5 compatible
    • Completely plug and play

Fanatec Podium F1 Pros

  • The only PS4 & PS5 compatible direct drive wheel available.
  • Some of the strongest force feedback on the market.
  • Extremely good aesthetics and design.
  • Fantastic build quality.

Fanatec Podium F1 Cons

  • Rather heavy to mount to a sim rig.

Best Direct Drive Wheel for Xbox

Being an Xbox gamer, opens up a couple of additional options when it comes to choosing a direct drive wheel. But not that many.

You will still be looking to stick within the Fanatec ecosystem. As no other wheel manufacturer offers a true console direct drive wheel yet. However, you now get the choice between either of Fanatec’s direct drive wheel bases.

DD1 or DD2

As mentioned above, Fanatec produce both a DD1 and DD2, which feature varying force feedback strength.

If you already own a selection of Fanatec wheel rims, then you can simply purchase either the DD1 or DD2, connect your wheel rim to the base and you’ll be ready to race.

However, there is a question of which wheel base should you pickup. On paper the DD2 performs better than its little brother. It produces 5Nm of torque more than the DD1, and comes equipped with a kill switch, which is normally a $100 / €100 add-on.

But, when you have a wheel base such as the DD1 already producing 20Nm of torque, do you really need to go any further than this?

In all honestly, the DD1 produces more than enough force feedback strength to give you a solid workout, and really test your strength.

Considering the substantial $300 / €300 upgrade price from the DD1 to the DD2, we wouldn’t really recommend making the jump.

We did hold a complete head to head DD1 vs DD2 comparison, which you can find out the results of here.

The Best Direct Drive Bundle For Xbox

If you aren’t in the camp of already owning a selection of Fanatec products or wheel rims, it may well work out better to look at purchasing a direct drive wheel bundle.

Fanatec do sell a complete Xbox direct drive bundle, which includes the wheel base, a wheel rim, and the advanced shifter module.

This bundle includes the DD1 wheel base, not the DD2, so bare that in mind when ordering. However, as mentioned I still believe that the DD1 is actually the smarter buy.

Podium Racing Wheel Formula For Xbox One & PC

Fanatec Podium For Xbox

    • Xbox One & Xbox Series X compatible
    • Best console force feedback available

Fanatec Podium Pros

  • A superb bundle, including the best wheel rim.
  • Some of the strongest force feedback on the market.
  • Extremely good aesthetics and design.
  • Fantastic build quality.

Fanatec Podium Cons

  • Rather heavy to mount to a sim rig.

Best Direct Drive Wheel for PC

When it comes to buying a direct drive wheel for a PC setup, your options suddenly increase hugely.

You could still opt for a bundle such as the console bundles we mentioned above. Both of these bundles work with PC, and are both great options.

Instead, you could look at other brands such as SimuCube, who like Fanatec, also offer a range of direct drive wheels, each with varying degrees of strength.

Finally, you could look at buying into an Open Sim Wheel setup. This is where the technical barrier increases greatly.

Open Sim Wheel setups have you purchasing the different components individually, and then creating a custom wheel base setup. This process is very similar to building your own custom PC.

I wont touch too much on Open Sim Wheel’s right here, as I don’t think it is necessarily the best option when looking for a PC direct drive wheel. I’ve also included a section below for the best Open Sim Wheel setup. Skip forward to read more about it.

When it comes to actually recommending the best direct drive wheel for PC, it is between the Fanatec DD1, and the SimuCube 2.

Fanatec DD1 vs SimuCube 2 Sport

By having two manufacturers to choose from, your design becomes a lot harder.

Fanatec produces some of the best licensed wheel rims on the market, yet they come at a price. While SimuCube boasts much more customisability, and a larger community following.

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In all honesty, both direct drive wheel bases, both the DD1 and SimuCube 2 Sport are very comparable, offering similar levels of performance.

The Fanatec DD1 does beat the SimuCube 2 Sport in force feedback strength, by putting out 20Nm compared to 17Nm of the SimuCube 2 Sport. However the SimuCube 2 Sport does feature slightly better software, as well as better customer support.

Simucube 2 Sport

    • Entry level model costing €1,270
    • 17Nm of torque

SimuCube 2 Pros

  • Extreme performance available.
  • Good customisation.

SimuCube 2 Cons

  • Not compatible with consoles.
  • Trickier to setup and configure.

Fanatec DD2 vs SimuCube 2 Pro

If you are looking to step up to the Fanatec DD2 levels of performance, SimuCube also has you covered there. Their SimuCube 2 Pro model creates the same peak torque as the DD2, at 25Nm.

Again, both models are similar in terms of performance and price, so your buying decision comes down to the wheel rims you plan on using. Or whether you have a preference to either brand.

SimuCube does allow for more wheel rims to be used with their wheel bases, including Fanatec wheel bases as long as you have an adaptor. So SimuCube certainly wins out there.

However Fanatec DD1 and DD2 wheel bases both let you race with Xbox consoles, so they are a little more compatible cross platform.

SimuCube 2 Ultimate

If you are looking for ultimate power from your sim rig, there is only one option. The SimuCube 2 Ultimate.

This direct drive racing wheel sits at the top of SimuCube’s lineup, and produces an eye watering 32Nm of torque!

If you’re a power junkie, and simply want the strongest wheel possible, go for this wheel base. It boasts the same great software and customer support as all other SimuCube products, meaning you can’t really go wrong.

So Which Direct Drive Wheel Should I Buy For PC?

In all honesty, I think that the smart choice lies really with the entry level direct drive wheels, as these offer the best trade off between performance and cost.

We have tested both the DD2 and the SimuCube lineup, and although the high end wheels are supremely impress. The price jump over the base models often outways the performance gain.

And for that reason, I’d recommend you look to pickup a Fanatec DD1.

For me the cross console compatibility is a huge selling point. Even if purchasing for a PC sim rig, the fact you can move straight over to your Xbox console is a huge benefit.

Fanatec DD1 Wheel Base

    • Best bang for your buck
    • Relatively low price for direct drive

Best Open Sim Wheel Setup

What exactly is Open Sim Wheel? Well, Open Sim Wheel is the term given to creating your own wheel base by assembling individual parts.

Think of it like you are building a custom PC tower. You purchase a GPU, a CPU, a motherboard etc all separately. And piece by piece you configure your own personalised PC. OSW isn’t too disimilar to this.

Creating your own wheel base can sometimes give you the absolute best performance for your investment. And it can be an extremely satisfying endeavour.

Once you close up the case, step back and marvel at what you have just created, you’ll get a huge sense of achievement.

But that feeling comes after a lot of hard work, and a fair bit of technical knowledge.

Jumping in to an Open Sim Wheel isn’t for the feint of heart, that’s for sure.

You can find kits available to purchase online for complete Open Sim Wheel setups, with just the final construction left to you.

For example Sim Racing Bay sell some custom OSW kits which utilise the old SimuCube as a base.

These can be had for around $899 upwards, meaning they can be cost effective compared to wheel bases from Fanatec and SimuCube directly.

SimuCube based OSW kit

    • Starting from $899
    • All parts on one complete bundle

Cheapest Direct Drive Wheel

If you are looking for the outright cheapest direct drive racing wheel, then you will be looking at an OSW kit. As mentioned, these offer the ultimate bang for your buck.

However if you don’t fancy building your own wheel base, then both the Fanatec DD1 and the SimuCube 2 Sport come in at roughly the same price.

In fact, if you are purchasing from the UK, the DD1 just undercuts the SimuCube 2 Sport by £20. And if you are state-side, the DD1 comes in $100 cheaper.

So going off of those prices, the Fanatec DD1 is the cheapest direct drive wheel you can buy currently.

Fanatec DD1 Wheel Base

    • Best bang for your buck
    • Relatively low price for direct drive

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cheapest direct drive wheel?

In both the USA and Europe, the Fanatec DD1 is the cheapest direct drive wheel base you can buy.

Should I get a DD1 or DD2?

Both the Fanatec DD1 and DD2 offer insane performance. However the increased cost of the DD2 doesn't match the increase in performance. Therefor I would recommend buying the Fanatec DD1.

Which direct drive wheel base is best?

Depending on your requirements, both the Fanatec DD2 and SimuCube 2 Ultimate are fantastic wheel bases. The SimuCube 2 Ultimate offers the best overall performance but the Fanatec DD2 offers a much better performance to cost ratio.

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