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Podium Racing Wheel F1 – Preorder Now!

The Podium Racing Wheel F1 has recently sold out again due to popular demand. Pre-orders are now available and are set to deliver in Q3 2022. If you are in the market for a luxury direct drive wheel system, then this is the time to order!

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Features

The Fanatec Podium Racing Wheel F1 is the pinnacle of direct drive sim racing and it offers a vast array of features. We’ve broken down the major components below.

Construction

From the onset, Fanatec is renown for creating products that have a sleek and durable finish and the Podium Racing Wheel F1 is definitely no exception to this. Laced with luxury from start to finish, the exterior of the wheel base is constructed with metal and carbon fiber.

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Podium Racing Wheel F1 (Wheel Base). Image edited by The Downforce.

The racing wheel rim also features metal and carbon fiber with a 5 mm solid carbon fiber front plate with blue accents. One of the best features of the Fanatec Podium Racing Wheel F1 is that it comes with the automotive-grade PODIUM Advanced Paddle Module pre-installed which features F1-style dual clutch paddles and dual magnetic shifters plus two additional magnetic paddles. The paddles can be assigned to any function such as DRS, ERS, brake, throttle, etc. Once you have experienced the PODIUM Advanced Paddle Module from Fanatec, there’s no going back.

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PODIUM Advanced Paddle Module. Image edited by The Downforce.

Performance

From the onset, the Fanatec Podium Racing Wheel F1 uses a direct drive system. A direct drive wheel means that the force feedback is delivered using a motor that directly transmits forces to the shaft and wheel rim, without the inference of gears or belts. With gear and belt-driven systems, there is invariably a mechanism that diminishes the quality of the force feedback. This is usually found in wheel bases across Thrustmaster and Logitech. However, with the Podium Racing Wheel F1, it combines breakthrough technology with years of simulation hardware experience. The Fanatec Direct Drive has no equal and at 20 Nm of peak torque, this package is simply the most realistic force feedback available on a console.

The next component that’s included in the package is the Officially licensed Podium Steering Wheel by Formula 1™. To simply put, the aesthetics, performance and customization on this wheel rim is astounding. It features durable construction made out of metal and carbon fiber and also includes a 5mm solid carbon fiber front plate with blue accents which looks phenomenal. The grips are made of genuine Italian made Alcantara and provides sensational grip during competitive races. The wheel rim also features multiple button in-game assignments that can be tuned to the user’s discretion. There’s honestly so many different computations that you will be able to quickly access all the important features with ease. Whether it’s assigning pit lane limiter, DRS, ERS, MFD Menu, etc. there are endless assignments that can be made.

Lastly, the Podium Steering Wheel F1 rim also features a revolutionary LED bar with nine multi-color LEDs to show motor RPM and optimal shifting point. This is particularly useful and makes the sim racing game more immersive. Additionally, a 1″ 128×64 OLED display displays all the telemetry data like speed or gear, which is compatible with all major title racing games. The OLED display is great for fine-tuning settings on the fly such as force feedback strength.

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Included Steering Wheel rim. Image edited by The Downforce.

Compatibility

The flagship Fanatec Direct Drive wheel is the first ever direct drive system built for the PlayStation. The collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment means that the Podium Racing Wheel F1 works seamlessly with all PlayStation systems. On PC, the Podium Racing Wheel F1 is fully compatible and supports all major racing games. For Xbox systems, you will need a wheel rim which supports an Xbox system from Fanatec. Our recommendation would be the ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 X.

Pricing

The Fanatec Podium Racing Wheel F1 is for true sim racing enthusiasts who can appreciate a premium wheel base that offers up to 20 Nm of torque. While this wheel package does not come cheap, it is definitely backed up by the overwhelming quality and performance of every component. From the spectacular finish on the wheel rim to the automotive-grade performance of the wheel base, there’s nothing like the Podium Racing Wheel F1 on a console. This package currently sells for $1,799.95 USD on Fanatec.

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Podium Racing Wheel F1

The Fanatec Podium Wheel Base F1 is the definitive Direct Drive wheel for consoles and PC.

Verdict

The fine details of the Fanatec Podium Racing Wheel F1 is a testament to the evolution of sim racing technology. From the innovative force feedback experience for console users to the breathtaking design, this package was created to impress enthusiasts. Quite frankly, it’s far exceeded the expectation of many and that’s the exact reason why it’s been sold out on Fanatec and almost every reseller. If you are in the sim racing market for serious performance, then look no further. However, if you want another alternative, then we strongly recommend the Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro bundle.

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