First Look at Fanatec’s New Direct Drive Wheel

Hardware 893 September 20, 2017 by

New images snapped last week at the Sim Racing Expo have given us our first proper look at the Fanatec’s direct drive wheel.

As the steering wheel market starts to move forward into a new standard, Fanatec has been keeping surprisingly quiet on its first DD offering. Launching as part of the new Podium Series, Fanatec aims to set a new standard for functionality, performance and durability with the wheel.

The photos come to us care of Team Readline’s Facebook. Just like automaker prototypes out in the wild, the wheelbase is covered in black and white camo. Clearly Fanatec doesn’t want to ruin the curves of its new prized creation just yet.

Even with the clever disguise, the DD wheel looks like an impressive piece of hardware. The base looks compact yet sturdy, fitted on what appears to be a very serious wheel mount. In other words, Fanatec looks to have created quite the powerful beast.

One thing is for sure, this peripheral isn’t going to be cheap. As with all Fanatec products, the Germans will be looking to offer high quality first and foremost. That was certainly the case with the CSL Elite PS4, which we reviewed back in July. Fanatec CEO has said price estimates within the community have been quite accurate — our guess is right around a cool grand.

The full gallery of images is included below for your viewing pleasure. Details are thin at the moment, so we’re still in the dark over aspects like price and release date. What we do know is that the first generation DD Podium Series base will not be compatible with PS4. Importantly, the public debut of the wheel means we can’t be too far away from more information.

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