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Fanatec Unveils Podium Series Direct-Drive Wheel Bases

Last week, Fanatec finally officially unveiled the long-rumored and teased series of Direct-Drive wheel bases, introducing us to their “Podium” series of products.

Last week, Fanatec finally officially unveiled the long-rumored and teased series of Direct-Drive wheel bases, introducing us to their “Podium” series of products.

Podium is aimed to be the company’s top-shelf product line that is using state of the art Direct-Drive technology, positioned above the formally top-dog “Clubsport Series” that has set the standards for mass-market sim racing wheels ever since entering the market space.

The launch announcement introduced two different wheel bases, the Wheel Base DD2 and the Wheel Base DD1, both of which differ in terms of features and price and are now available for pre-order on the Fanatec website.

Providing lots of information to digest (which you can find below) as well as the somewhat unique auction concept that will be used to sell the DD1, the launch left quite a bit of open questions to be answered, so Fanatec released the following video as CEO Thomas Jackermeier goes into detail on the two upcoming models and how the auction process for the DD1 will work.

The Fanatec Podium Series

Fanatec Wheel Base DD2

Features

  • Custom-designed servo motor designed by our engineers and the first direct drive motor optimised for racing simulator applications.
  • Outrunner-type motor achieves outstanding peak torque of 25Nm, matching the torque output in most real race cars using power steering.
  • The Podium Wheel Base DD2 holding torque is not less than 18Nm even under heavy use in a race.
  • Motor acceleration and speed remains at the highest level, even with heavy steering wheels.
  • Ultra-low torque ripple ensures minimal mechanical distractions and the same smooth experience as in a belt driven wheel.
  • Wireless data and power to all Fanatec steering wheels to enable unlimited rotation of the steering wheel.
  • Integrated 2.7” 256×64 resolution OLED display.
  • Podium wheel bases include advanced telemetry features in the OLED display for real-time motor and force feedback data such as power output, FFB clipping and more.
  • Upgraded Fanatec Tuning Menu
    • Five presets for different games and applications
    • Steering lock
    • FFB Strength
    • Shock
    • ABS
    • Drift mode
    • Force
    • Spring
    • Damper
    • Force Effect Intensity
  • Support for advanced dual clutch bite-point mode
  • Integrated electronics within wheel base housing, no external control box required.
  • The integrated electronics and highest quality components ensure ultra-low latency, providing immediate feedback from racing simulators.
  • Fully certified with CE, FCC, C-Tick, ROHS and all other certificates required by law, ensuring that this product does not interfere with other electronic devices.
  • Torque Key allows user to lock/unlock the DD2’s full performance.
  • All existing and upcoming Fanatec peripherals fully supported. Choose from a growing selection of Fanatec steering wheels in many different styles and price/quality levels.
  • Killswitch allows instant shut down of the DD2 in the event of an emergency. It also features a remote power button, and universal mounting points for ease of access.
  • Firmware can be updated with new features
  • Fast 1000 Hz USB update rate
  • Allows connection of two external shifters (e.g. H-pattern and sequential) in parallel
  • Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories • Connection ports for peripheral devices: USB, Power, Pedals, Shifter 1, Shifter 2, Handbrake
  • All-Aluminium housing
  • Exchangeable brushed aluminium cover plates.
  • Supports Fanatec 3-hole mounting pattern (bottom mounting) and side mounting. Hard mounting to a cockpit is highly recommended due the high amount of torque.
  • Full Fanatec SDK support ensures game compatibility out of the box for all major racing games across all platforms.
  • Introducing the new Podium software for PC applications.
    • Connect external devices to network for displaying telemetry data like speed, lap times, brake temperatures, tachometers and more.
    • Supports all major PC racing simulators like F1 2017, Dirt Rally, Assetto Corsa, Project Cars 2 and rFactor 2.
    • Control your Upgraded Fanatec Tuning Menu settings and presets directly from the software.
    • Save game specific settings to PC software, which will be applied when the game is launched.
    • Introducing new FFB tuning features like speed sensitive dampening.
  • Automotive grade Quick Release system with rubber dampener for zero flex and movement between the steering wheel and wheel base.
  • Standard 5 year warranty.

Price: 1499,95€ – Pre-Order Here

Fanatec Wheel Base DD1

Features

  • Custom-designed servo motor designed by our engineers and the first direct drive motor optimised for racing simulator applications.
  • Outrunner-type motor achieves outstanding peak torque of 20Nm, matching the torque output in most real race cars using power steering.
  • The Podium Wheel Base DD1 holding torque is not less than 15Nm even under heavy use in a race.
  • Motor acceleration and speed remains at the highest level, even with heavy steering wheels.
  • Ultra-low torque ripple ensures minimal mechanical distractions and the same smooth experience as in a belt driven wheel.
  • Wireless data and power to all Fanatec steering wheels to enable unlimited rotation of the steering wheel.
  • Integrated 2.7” 256×64 resolution OLED display.
  • Podium wheel bases include advanced telemetry features in the OLED display for real-time motor and force feedback data such as power output, FFB clipping and more.
  • Upgraded Fanatec Tuning Menu.
    • Five presets for different games and applications
    • Steering lock
    • FFB Strength
    • Shock
    • ABS
    • Drift mode
    • Force
    • Spring
    • Damper
    • Force Effect Intensity
  • Support for advanced dual clutch bite-point mode.
  • Integrated electronics within wheel base housing, no external control box required.
  • The electronics ensure extremely low latency to provide immediate feedback from racing simulators.
  • Fully certified with CE, FCC, C-Tick, ROHS and all other certificates required by law, ensuring that this product does not interfere with other electronic devices.
  • Torque Key allows user to lock/unlock the DD1’s full performance.
  • All existing and upcoming Fanatec peripherals fully supported.
  • Choose from a growing selection of Fanatec steering wheels in many different styles and price/quality levels.
  • Firmware can be updated with new features.
  • Fast 1000 Hz USB update rate.
  • Ultra-low latency due to integrated electronics and highest quality components.
  • Allows connection of two external shifters (e.g. H-pattern and sequential) in parallel.
  • Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories.
  • Connection ports for peripheral devices: USB, Power, Pedals, Shifter 1, Shifter 2, Handbrake.
  • All-Aluminium housing.
  • Exchangeable brushed aluminium cover plates.
  • Supports Fanatec 3-hole mounting pattern (bottom mounting) and side mounting. Hard mounting to a cockpit is highly recommended due the high amount of torque.
  • Full Fanatec SDK support ensures game compatibility out of the box for all major racing games across all platforms.
  • Introducing the new Podium software for PC applications.
    • Show telemetry data from the racing simulation like speed, lap times, brake temperatures, tachometers on devices like smartphones, tablets or USB monitors.
    • Supports all major PC racing simulators like F1 2017, Dirt Rally, Assetto Corsa, Project Cars 2 and rFactor 2.
    • Control your Upgraded Fanatec Tuning Menu settings and presets directly from the software through the connected devices.
    • Save game specific settings to PC software, which will be automatically applied when the game is launched.
    • Introducing new FFB tuning features like speed sensitive dampening.
  • Automotive grade Quick Release system with rubber dampener for zero flex and movement between the steering wheel and wheel base.
  • Standard 2 years warranty.
  • Optional extensions for 3 & 5 years warranty.

Price: Auction starting at 1€

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