Best wheel base 2022: Our top direct drive picks for sim racing

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Finding the best wheel base can be tricky at times, especially if you're not entirely sure what you should be looking for to complete your sim racing setup.

However, with games like F1 22 out now, we'd argue there's never been a better time to begin your search and learn a little bit more about what exactly makes a wheel base stand out to take your best racing wheel for PS5 or Xbox to the next level.

Using price, reviews, and standout features to inform our selection, we've put together a list of our top picks to kick off your search in the best way possible.

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Whether you're after a wheel base built for PC gaming, like this MOZA R9, or something compatible with all consoles, like these Fanatec CSL DD / GT DD Pro devices, we've got you covered right here.

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We've also made sure to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about wheel bases, so stay tuned until the end to learn what exactly they are and what you should be looking out for when making your purchase.

With that in mind, here's our list of the best wheel bases available now...

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Best PC wheel base - MOZA R9

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Brand: MOZA | Torque: 9Nm | Compatibility: PC

The 9Nm MOZA R9 is one of the company’s latest products - offering a full direct drive experience for anyone looking to make the jump from gear or belt-driven sim racing alternatives.

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It is incredibly compact, meaning you can attach it to any rig, and can even be used with a table clamp for those looking for a bit of flexibility.

The wheelbase is only compatible with PC, so console players will have to look at Fanatec for a DD experience.

However, if you’re on PC and looking for your first direct drive wheel - it’s hard to recommend much else!

Best PlayStation wheel base - Fanatec CSL DD / GT DD Pro

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Brand: Fanatec | Torque: 8Nm | Compatibility: PC, Xbox, PlayStation

Fanatec’s “baby DD” wheel base is one of the most affordable ways for at-home racers to feel the benefit of direct drive.

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The wheel base delivers up to 5Nm of torque, and can be boosted to 8Nm with an additional Boost Kit.

The pocket-sized wheel base can be mounted onto any wheel-stand or rig and even has a table clamp for those without a semi-permanent setup.

The CSL DD is compatible with PC and Xbox, while the GT DD Pro is compatible with PlayStation and PC, but will work with the Xbox too if you have an appropriate steering wheel attached.

Best Xbox wheel base - Fanatec Podium DD2

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Brand: Fanatec | Torque: 25Nm | Compatibility: PC, Xbox

The DD2 is Fanatec’s biggest, baddest wheel base and the one used by official esports championships such as F1 Esports.

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The base produces a staggering 25Nm of torque, matching the output most real race cars produce using power steering. Moreover, you get an in-built OLED display for real-time performance monitoring too.

The Podium DD2 is only compatible with PC and Xbox, so if you are a PlayStation racer then you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Given its serious power output, a more rigid rig with one of the best racing seats is optimal, but it will happily attach to a wheel stand too.

Best premium wheel base - Simucube 2 Ultimate

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Brand: Simucube | Torque: 32Nm | Compatibility: PC

The Simucube 2 Ultimate is potentially the biggest and best wheel base around right now and is the go-to choice for professional sim racers.

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It can produce 32Nm of torque for an ultra-sophisticated force feedback experience and is the most responsive wheel base on the market.

It is only compatible with PC though, so console racers will need to look at Fanatec’s range if they want to experience the joy of direct drive.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

When it comes to finding the right wheel base, there are usually a few questions that come to mind. Don't worry though because we've answered some of the more common queries right here.

What is a wheel base?

A wheel base is essentially the heart of a sim racing setup as it provides the power and drive to a steering wheel as well as its force feedback sensation.

Force feedback is a simulation technique used by racing wheels to deliver a true-to-life representation of what it is like to race in the same conditions as your game in real life. To do this, the wheel base uses motors to create resistance to align with what's happening on your screen.

As shown in our list, you can also get direct drive which is similar to force feedback except the motor is directly attached to the wheel, allowing the full feedback from the motor to be felt as there are fewer components involved between you, the wheel, and the mechanism.

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What should you look for from a wheel base?

Before looking into some of the finer technical details, you should first check that the wheel base you're looking to buy is compatible with your console and racing wheel. This information can usually be found in the product description.

From there, we'd recommend checking out what kind of force feedback the device in question offers, plus how much torque it can deliver to your steering wheel. The higher the torque, the more intense and powerful the feedback should be.

How much should you spend on a wheel base?

Generally speaking, if you're in the market for a wheel base, then you're likely looking to upgrade your current setup and, as such, may want to invest a little more to pick up a high-end bit of kit to take your racing experience to the next level.

As a result, standalone wheel bases don't come cheap, with anything priced slightly cheaper usually coming with a fixed wheel attached.

The Fanatec CSL DD is one of the cheapest we featured in our list, yet it still comes with a fairly significant price tag. As a result, we'd only recommend picking up a wheel base if you're serious about sim racing and have the available budget to do so.

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