Looking for the best wheel for rFactor 2? The our list of top picks has you covered,
rFactor 2 is a bit of a hidden gem these days after a tough start in life back in 2013. Nowadays, thanks to continual updates and a whole host of downloadable mods and tracks, the game is said to be a fun and realistic simulation of what it's like to race in real life.
To add to the realism though, we believe adding a top racing wheel to your setup is a must. However, with so many amazing wheels released since the launch of the game, how exactly have we picked out the best for rFactor 2?
Well, in order to give as accurate a representation of in-game physics and track limits as possible, the majority of wheels we've selected are Direct Drive compatible alongside some of the best wheel bases around.
We've also selected wheels that come with a slew of additional buttons to make adjusting in-game settings that bit quicker.
So, from one of the best racing wheels on the market in the Fanatec ClubSport V2.5 X, to some slightly cheaper alternatives, like this Thrustmaster T248, we've got everything you need to kick off your search right here.
Without further delay, here is our list of the best wheels for rFactor 2...
Best wheel for rFactor 2
Best racing wheel for rFactor 2 - Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 X
We're kicking off our list with this Fanatec ClubSport Formula V2.5 X racing wheel which is said to be packed with Fanatec's most advanced innovations.
For instance, it comes with a unique OLED display and an LED Rev counter to help you time your gear shifts to perfection using the pre-installed, CNC-machined aluminium ClubSport Magnetic Paddle Module.
The wheel is also packed with 11 buttons, 12-way multi-position switches, thumb encoders, and toggle switches. In fact, Fanatec boasts up to 67 in-game functions can be adjusted directly from the wheel itself once set up.
Build-wise, Fanatec uses a 5mm-thick carbon fibre front plate and genuine Alcantara for added grip and durability.
It's upgradable too, with the option of adding a Direct Drive wheel base and F1-style clutch paddles, and is futureproofed for Fanatec's QR2 quick-release system as well.
As this is just a wheel rim, you will need a wheel base as well if you don't already own one. Our recommendation would be the CSL Direct Drive to complete
Best budget wheel for rFactor 2 - Thrustmaster T248
If you're after something inexpensive by comparison though, then this Thrustmaster T248 could be the wheel for you.
Thrustmaster boasts the T248 delivers 70% more power than its previous TMX series, and features a unique HYBRID DRIVE system to deliver powerful, realistic and versatile Force Feedback thanks to its belt and gear mechanisms.
You can also adjust the Force Feedback settings on-the-fly by preparing Force Feedback presets, although Thrustmaster provides 3 preset modes as standard.
You'll also find 25 action buttons, including 2 dual-position encoders, on the wheel itself, plus you get Thrustmaster's patented H.E.A.R.T technology on the shifter and pedal set for instant responsiveness that shouldn't decline over time.
All in all, this Thrustmaster wheel is definitely worth considering in our opinion, especially if you're looking for a relatively inexpensive wheel to upgrade your setup.
Best mid-range wheel for rFactor 2 - Logitech G923
If you're looking to extend your budget slightly further, then we'd say the Logitech G923 is well worth checking out.
It features a 900-degree turning radius and Logitech's TRUEFORCE feedback technology, designed to plug directly into in-game physics, including rFactor 2, for unparalleled levels of realism thanks to its real-time haptics software.
Moreover, it comes with a 24-point selection dial unit, allowing you to adjust in-game settings like the clutch, throttle, and brake sensitivity from the wheel itself - no need to dive deep into the settings to optimise your setup.
This wheel is also made from high-quality materials such as aluminium, steel, and leather. So, even with the usual wear and tear of racing to compete with, this Logitech device should last, thus making it an all-round great pick in our eyes.
Best premium wheel for rFactor 2 - MOZA RS V2
To round off our list, we've picked out this slightly more premium MOZA RS V2 wheel. Being one of the most expensive options, there's unsurprisingly a ton of features to highlight.
Firstly, you get a slew of extra buttons to assign to some of your most-used controls, plus an LED Rev counter to help you time your gear shifts to perfection. When it comes to changing gear, the carbon fibre magnetic shifters on the back are designed to have a premium feel with responsive feedback.
The rest of the device is also made from a combination of carbon fibre and aluminium, and is compatible with a range of Direct Drive and Force Feedback wheel bases from MOZA to deliver unparalleled realism and immersion from the comfort of your own home.
It's also worth mentioning it comes with a quick-release system to ensure a solid, stable connection, even when you want to swap between devices. Ultimately, this looks to be another great option to consider.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Sim racing wheels can be tricky to find at times and may lead to a ton of questions. Don't worry though, we've answered some of the most commonly asked queries right here.
Can you use any wheel on rFactor 2?
The short answer is no. rFactor 2 is exclusive to PC, so only PC-compatible wheels will work with the game.
That said, most wheels tend to be compatible on PC as it's often connecting to a PlayStation and Xbox where certain racing wheels typically fall short.
If you're unsure though, then we'd suggest double-checking the manufacturer in question's website to see whether the wheel you're looking to buy is explicitly stated as being suitable to use on a PC.
How much should you spend on a wheel for rFactor 2?
rFactor 2 is one of the more advanced racing simulators on the market. Therefore, you'll probably want to spend a little more than usual in order to pick up a wheel that can accurately feedback rFactor 2's realism to you.
Depending on your budget, you could end up spending thousands on a standout bit of kit, but we'd argue that you don't necessarily have to break the bank in order to pick up a great wheel packed with technology.
For instance, the Thrustmaster T248 is relatively inexpensive compared to some of the other options featured in our list. However, it still comes with dynamic Force Feedback that adjusts on-the-fly depending on what's happening on the track in-game.
That said, choosing how much you spend will come down to your own personal preference and available budget. Our one recommendation here though would be to only pick up a wheel that you're able to afford as you can always upgrade later down the line.
Is rFactor 2 easier with a racing wheel?
As a true-to-life sim racing title, rFactor 2 is perhaps at its best using a racing wheel, so adding one to your setup could make the game that bit easier.
Of course, this all depends on whether or not you're used to using a racing wheel over the likes of a controller as transitioning from one to the other can take some time to adjust.
However, once you've made the switch, you should find additional buttons and the likes of Direct Drive improve your driving ability as you should gain a better understanding of the track in-game through the sensations felt through your steering wheel.
However, a controller does offer greater versatility away from racing games. So, if you're a more casual sim racer, then you may find picking up one of the best controllers for racing more beneficial to your setup.
Check out our comparison of racing wheels and controllers for more information.
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