There we were, all geared up to write an article about Fanatec’s ground-breaking Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3 for sim racing now being available to order, and the first batch was allocated almost immediately.
To be clear, this isn’t a replica. The same exact wheel used in the real-world BMW M4 GT3 race car can also be used for sim racing. In fact, every wheel in the M4 GT3 is manufactured by sim racing market leaders Fanatec.
Pre-orders went live yesterday, 20th December 2021, for €1399,95, $1399.95, $2299.95 AUD and ¥209,299. The first allocation is completely sold out and did so within minutes of the landing page going live.
It just goes to show the pent-up demand for high-end, premium, sim racing equipment, especially something as unique as this Fanatec BMW co-developed item.
The Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3 features 12 front-facing buttons that include LED backlighting, two quick-access rear buttons, dual-action (push/pull) magnetic gear shifter paddles, a 1″ OLED display for telemetry data and a gold anodised QR1 Wheel-Side. The ‘QR2 Wheel-Side’ is also included in the price, to be delivered separately once available.
It’s compatible with PC and PlayStation devices, and wheel bases such as the superb new CSL DD and Gran Turismo DD Pro plus existing CSL Elite and Podium DD1/DD2 devices. Those on Xbox are sadly out of luck.
Let us know in the comments below if you were lucky enough to pick up an allocation. We’re supremely jealous, especially if you’re using a Gran Turismo DD Pro to drive the M4 GT3 in Assetto Corsa Competizione.
Update: The wheel is now available to order once more, with a delivery estimate of 21st September 2022.