Podium Wheel Base DD2

Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD2 Review

The Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD2 is the pinnacle of direct drive simulation. This wheel base offers a force feedback sensation unlike any others. If the thought of purchasing one has been lingering your mind or if you want to know more then keep reading on!

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The Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD2 is the successor of the reputable Podium Wheel Base DD1. With several upgrades, this wheel base is a must have for sim racing enthusiasts who are looking to elevate the immersion of their virtual driving experience.

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Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD2

The Podium Wheel Base DD2 is truly an enthusiast-grade machine. Capable of generating 25 Nm of peak torque, this wheel base produces smooth, powerful and precise feedback enabling the driver to feel all the minuscule details of the car and track.

Overview

Performance

The Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD2 offers the ultimate performance. With over 25 Nm of peak torque, this motor is capable of generating power that matches a real life hyper car. The Podium DD2 is a testament to Fanatec’s focus on premium construction and precise performance. Thanks to the robust electronics designed for its extreme torque levels, the Podium DD2 generates outstanding acceleration, ultra-low cogging and exceptional holding torque performance results.

The integrated electronics within the wheel base housing means that there won’t be a need for a separate control box. With the integrated OLED Display, there are bountiful amount of features available from the screen including displaying real-time motor, force feedback data, torque curve, etc. The advanced turning menu on the screen allows users to fine-tune the force feedback characteristics to suit their driving preference. Users are able to toggle their settings on the fly, without directly having to interact with the Fanatec software. This is especially beneficial during an intense race.

As a separate addition to the Podium Wheel Base DD2, we recommend purchasing the Podium Kill Switch for added safety. The Podium Kill Switch adds a layer of security which enables the user to cut all power to the wheel base immediately. This ensures safety when handling a powerful wheel base of this kind.

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Construction

There is no compromise in the construction of the Podium Wheel Base DD2. With an all-aluminum housing and weighing in at a satisfying 13kg, this machine is set to leave you in awe when you first unbox it. The build quality of the internals and externals are simply impeccable. From the exchangeable brushed aluminum to the automotive-grade ‘Quick Release System’, this wheel has all the features of a high-end simulation machinery. The Podium Wheel Base DD2 also boasts wireless data and power meaning that data and power transmits to the wheel directly without the need of cables which can easily be damaged and make it difficult to let the wheel spin during a drift.

Compatibility

The Podium Wheel Base DD2 offers exceptional compatibility across the Fanatec ecosystem. With compatibility across all Fanatec Podium Steering Wheels, ClubSport Steering Wheels, CSL Elite Wheels (QR1 Wheel-Side Required), Fanatec Pedals and Shifters this wheel base offers supreme adaptation to current and future steering wheels released by Fanatec.

The wheel base is fully compatible with PC in combination with all available Fanatec steering wheels. The Podium Wheel Base DD2 is further supported on Xbox One® and Xbox Series X|S when used with any Fanatec Xbox-licensed steering wheel. We suggest you check out the ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 X if you are interested in Formula cars. Alternatively, if you are looking for a full-sized rim the ClubSport Steering Wheel R330 V2 For Xbox. Both these wheels offer full compatibility on Xbox One® and Xbox Series X|S.

This wheel base is also mountable across most major sim racing cockpits and rigs. The 3-hole mounting pattern (bottom mounting) and side mounting compatibility makes this wheel base very rigid when under heavy performance. Hard mounting this to a cockpit is highly recommended due to the high amount of torque that is generated from the direct drive motor.

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Price

By no means is the Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD2 an affordable wheel base to all. However, the performance output and aesthetics of this wheel base is just not found in many other sim racing competitors. At $1,499.95 USD for just the wheel base itself, this wheel base is built for serious sim racing enthusiasts who know what to expect from a luxurious wheel base. With no debate, this is one of the best wheel bases available on the market. If you are upgrading from another Fanatec wheel base such as the CSL DD or CSL Elite, then this is an excellent choice as you will be able to feel the improvement in performance by a long shot.

With an included standard 5 year warranty, this is a fantastic pick up for those who are looking for a wheel base that is set to last for years.

Verdict

The Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD2 is the optimal sim racing wheel base for serious sim racing enthusiasts. This wheel base ticks all the boxes of a high-end simulation wheel base as it offers premium construction, sharp and precise force feedback and extraordinary compatibility across existing Fanatec products. While the price may not necessarily come cheap, the performance and longevity of the wheel base is impeccable. If you are looking for any other direct drive wheel base, then we suggest reading our article about the best direct drive wheels.

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