One of the originators of the direct drive wheel base push, the Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD1 offers up to 20Nm of torque.
That’s significantly more than the entry-level direct drive sim racing offerings from the German company such as the CSL DD and Gran Turismo DD Pro – both of which output 5Nm, or 8Nm with an optional boost kit.
However, the DD1 is significantly larger and trades at a higher price. That gap has now shrunk, today, 22nd August 2023.
The price of the wheel base alone has been reduced by $/€200, from $/€1,199.95 to just under a grand at $/€999.95.
There’s also a bundle deal that includes the PC and Xbox compatible base (sorry, the Podium Racing Wheel F1 compatible with PlayStation looks to be discontinued), Clubsport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 X and the Podium Advanced Paddle Module. This is now ~$/€280 off, down from $/€1,579.86 to $/€1,299.95.
The wheel apes that for a Formula 1-style set-up, while the paddle add-on provides magnetic gear shifters with hall sensors for more authentic feedback. Pedals are not part of this particular set.
It follows Fantec’s recent price reduction of the aforementioned CSL DD to just $/€199.95 when purchased with accessories.