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Direct Drive Wheels

For the most realistic racing simulation experience you should seriously consider a direct drive wheel. Direct drive racing wheels are arguably the most realistic sim racing wheels around. This is because there are far fewer mechanical systems involved in producing the force feedback that provide the on-road sensations through the wheel.

Direct drive wheels give you a far more immersive, realistic and involved racing experience. Direct drive wheels hand you more powerful torque and smoother force feedback delivery.
simucube direct drive wheelbase
This is why direct drive wheels are the first choice for serious sim racers. Don’t get us wrong, there are still some great belt or gear drive models on the market. Some of the higher end Thrustmaster units will still get the job done. But they can’t compare to the superior technology of a direct drive wheel.

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What is a direct drive wheel?

When you tap ‘sim racing wheel’ into Google there’s a ton of options to choose from and it’s easy to get confused. If you’re budget conscious, then you’ll most likely look to a belt or gear driven wheel as these wheels are far easier and cheaper to produce and therefore come with a cheaper price tag.

If you really want to squeeze the best performance from your racing rig, you’ll want to opt for a direct drive wheel. But what IS a direct drive wheel?
simagic direct drive wheelTo put it simply, most consumer-grade wheels like the Logitech G923 or the Thrustmaster TS-XW use either a belt or gear system in conjunction with an electric motor. It’s this combination of motor plus gears/belts that deliver in-game force feedback.

When it comes to a direct drive wheel, the steering wheel shaft is bolted directly to the motor – bypassing any need for gears and belts – giving you fuller and smoother force feedback. There are far less components and working pieces in the direct drive system which massively boosts your sim racing immersion.

image of difference between belt drive and direct drive wheels
That’s not the only difference though. The electric motors in a direct drive wheel tend to be much larger and more sophisticated than those in cheaper counterparts. For example, the motor in a bog-standard Logitech or Thrustmaster wheel will spit out around 2 Nm of torque. A high-end direct drive wheel can generate up to 25 Nm.

The result of the larger torque band and direct-to-motor set-up means you can feel even the most subtle handling characteristics of individual vehicles. You’ll also feel intricate road and surface detail changes, inertia shifts when cornering and more. This high level of detail cannot be matched by a gear or belt-driven wheel.

Should you buy a direct drive wheel?

A direct drive wheel won’t necessarily make you a faster driver. It will however make you more consistent in the long run simply because a direct drive wheel is built to provide a more accurate and realistic steering simulation and feel.

direct drive racing wheel
With a direct drive wheel, you can easily detect understeer, oversteer and other handling outputs and as a result avoid mistakes or make faster corrections. A belt or gear drive wheel won’t provide the same level of detail and feedback.

Is a direct drive wheel compatible with PC and consoles?

The only direct drive wheels compatible with PlayStation and Xbox are developed by Fanatec. For the most part, direct drive wheels are compatible with PC only. So, when you’re shopping for a direct drive wheel, it’s important you ensure it is compatible with your chosen platform. You can see our full direct drive wheel range below.

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    Simagic Alpha Mini Direct Drive Wheelbase

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    The Simagic Alpha Mini wheelbase is a marvel in direct drive technology The Alpha mini is the newest direct drive wheelbase from the geniuses at Si...

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    Simagic Alpha Wheelbase + GTC-C Wheel

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    Take your racing simulation to the next level with the Simagic Alpha wheelbase and GTC-C wheel combo The Alpha is the flagship direct drive wheelba...

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    Simagic Alpha Wheelbase + FX-C Wheel

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    The Simagic Alpha wheelbase and FX-C wheel combo is perfect if you want to take your racing simulation to the next level The Alpha is Simagic’s fla...

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    Simagic Alpha Direct Drive Wheelbase

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    Get your hands on one of the best performing direct drive wheelbases on the market today…introducing the Simagic Alpha wheelbase Simagic may be new...

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