Podium Wheel Base DD2

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Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD2
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Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD2 Review

Podium Wheel Base DD2

Is the Direct Drive DD2 the last wheelbase you will ever need? for me is a no brainer choice, The Fanatec Wheel Base DD1 is cheapest than the DD2 version and for most of us, enough reasons for not expending the 300$ extra for this “version” Let me explain why.

The only difference between the DD1 and DD2 versions is the Torque, up to of 25Nm with no less than 20Nm even under heavy use in a race. That’s ok, but for most racer like you and me 4Nm won’t make that much impact in performance, even can make you losing time lap, as you might know, if you are a regular simracing driver, more power means more adjustment you need to do in your drive.
Besides the Kill switch and the 5-year warranty, there is not much reason for me expending that extra money.

But worths the money? Yes, it does, the Fanatec DD2 Direct Drive system is for me one of the best wheelbases you can buy.
If you are new and want to buy a direct drive system right from the bat, go for the DD1, if you are planning some serious competitions we have a full comparison tutorial between the Fanatec dd1 vs dd2 where you can do your final decisions with more accuracy and data in hands.

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The Buyer’s Guide and Review

Last modified: January 07 of 2021.

Product Overview

Product Type Wheel Base
Model DD2
Serie Podium
Pedals Not Included
Editorial Rating 8.9
Ready For PC / Xbox One Ready
Product Page Fanatec Wheel Base DD2

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Brief Design Overview

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  • The ultimate Force Feedback experience ( one of the most advanced direct drive solution out there )
  • Outrunner-type motor especially design for simracing ( First in class doing this )
  • Suitable for commercial and professional use ( the last wheel base you’ll ever need )
  • Direct Drive Without The Hassle
  • Endless rotation ( The data and power is transfer wireless )
  • First plug-and-play direct drive wheel base
  • Fully compatible with the all Fanatec ecosystem
  • OLED display
  • Automotive-grade Quick Release (QR)
  • Kill Switch with Remote Power Button

Other more ( tech) features

  1. The motor can achieve an outstanding peak torque of 25Nm and not less than 20Nm even under heavy use in a race.
  2. Ultra-low torque ripple.
  3. Real-time telemetric provide by the OLED Display ( for example, real-time motor and force feedback data), such as power output, FFB clipping, and more.
  4. Support for advanced dual clutch bite-point mode
  5. Ultra-low latency
  6. Killswitch allows instant shut down of the DD2
  7. Fast 1000 Hz USB update rate
  8. Allows connection of two external shifters
  9. Exchangeable carbon fiber cover plates.
  10. New Podium software for PC applications

Compatibility

PS5: No PS4: No PS3: No

PC: Yes 

Xbox: Yes  Xbox Series X: Yes 

Note: This product is not compatible with your PlayStation® console, this product is compatible with your personal computer ( PC) and with all Xbox® systems, including Xbox One® and Xbox Series X|S, JUST when you use a xbox one steering wheel.

Peripherals Compatibilities

  1. All Fanatec Podium Steering Wheels
  2. All Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheels
  3. All Fanatec CSL Steering Wheels
  4. All Fanatec Pedals
  5. All Fanatec Shifters
  6. RennSport Cockpit V2 (sold after Q4 2017)
  7. ClubSport Table Clamp V2.

Features

PROS

CONS

  • Custom-designed servo motor
  • The price is high but this product is for high tickets as well too.
  • Outstanding peak torque of 25Nm and not less than 20Nm
  • You won`t notice the increase of Torque from the DD1
  • 5-year warranty on the complete wheelbase
  • Almost the same as the DD1
  • OLED display
  • Automotive-grade Quick Release system AND Kill Switch included

What is included?

  • Podium Wheel Base DD2
  • Kill Switch with Remote Power Button
  • Torque Key
  • Quick guide
  • Power supply (480 Watt)
  • Power cable (regional)
  • USB cable

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is the Fanatec Podium DD2 different from the DD1?

They are nearly the same, just vary in max torque they can reach and the inclusion of a killswitch.

Worry about the warranty?

Don’t, Fanatec products are really good and well design, they can last for more than 3 years and not reasons for not last at least 5 years, the max warranty the DD2 provides.

Final Analyze

The inclusion of the killswitch and that extra 5-years warranty can make your final decision, I get it, but remember you can always buy the killswitch separately any time for an extra 100$, the other considerations are, performance and improvements in force feedback, the dd2 comes from the factory with the 25 Peak Torque, but for me not enough to make an upgrade from the DD1. you won’t probably use them anyway. hope this might help.

Fanatec DD2

 

Fanatec Podium DD2 Wheel Base

1.499.95
8.9

Price

7.0/10

Design

9.5/10

Force Feedback

10.0/10

Smoothness

10.0/10

Compatibility

8.0/10

Pros

  • OLED display
  • Custom-designed servo motor
  • Outstanding peak torque of 25Nm
  • 5 year warranty
  • Kill Switch included 

Cons

  • Almost the same as the DD1
  • You won`t notice the increase of Torque from the DD1
  • Price is a thing