Much like flight simulators, racing games exist in their own unique space. It’s not enough to have a highly realistic racer with oodles of customization. The right set-up, which includes a proper racing wheel, is also important. With Forza Horizon 5 out in November and the likes of Gran Turismo 7 and the next Need for Speed coming up, let’s take a look at some of the best racing wheels available for modern gaming hardware.
Logitech G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel
Though relatively older, the Logitech G29 is still a fantastic option for PS5, PS4 and PC players. The leather cover feels pretty good and overall build quality is strong, especially when using the stainless steel pedals. In terms of features, it has dual-motor force feedback, 900 degree lock to lock rotation and manual gear-shifting for up to six speeds. At about $235.99, the Logitech G29 is one of the more affordable options for those who want a solid, reliable steering wheel that’s built to last.
Logitech G923 Steering Wheel and Pedals
As the successor to the G29, the Logitech G293 has some quirks. It uses the same helical gearing, setting it apart from the competition, and while supporting the Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 and PC, it doesn’t have universal console support. You need a separate version for either Xbox or PlayStation platforms.
Otherwise, it also offers excellent build quality with its leather grip and steel build while the pedals use a progressive spring system for more realistic braking. A 24 point dial allows for further customizing traction, brake force and torque. But the biggest attraction is TrueForce, Logitech’s force feedback tech that offers realistic haptics based on the game you’re playing. Only certain titles are supported like Assetto Corsa Competizione, Gran Turismo Sport and Grid among others but for $400, it’s certainly worth it.
Hori Racing Wheel Overdrive
Make no mistake – the Hori Overdrive isn’t going to bowl you over with its material quality, especially compared to the other options on this list. It’s lighter and doesn’t have force feedback either. Nevertheless with support for Xbox One, PC and Xbox Series X/S, and a cost of $99.99, it’s one of the most budget-friendly options available. Along with options to adjust the sensitivity, dead zone and pedal sensitivity, the Overdrive has a desk clamp to properly secure it in place. Fairly bare-bones overall but it works well enough.
Fanatec Clubsport Racing Wheel V2.5 BMW GT2
Fanatec’s ClubSport Racing Wheel V2.5 BMW GT2 is one of the more expensive options out there. One look at the steering wheel will tell you why – it’s a replica of the BMW M3 GT2, right down to the size and materials (including real Alcantara). The force feedback is pretty good thanks to its belt-driven brushless servo motor and the aluminum build feels very sturdy. It also allows for interchanging different wheels thanks to its quick release system and is capable of tuning settings like sensitivity, force feedback, vibration intensity and more (that too independent from the game). If you’re in the market for a premium racing wheel and don’t mind that it’s only for Xbox One and PC, then the Fanatec Clubsport Racing Wheel V2.5 BMW GT2 is one of the best.
Fanatec CSL Elite
Fanatec’s CSL Elite earned critical acclaim through the years for its smoothness, 1080 degree movement and sheer amount of customization. Available for PS4 and Xbox One, the starter kit will set you back by $570 and offers excellent force feedback via its belt-drive servo motor. The pedals are adjustable as well, whether you’re changing their position or removing them from the footrest into a custom set-up (even the rubber pads are detachable). Though it originally launched in 2017, the CSL Elite has since been updated to have perforated leather grips and Alcantara for a more premium feel. The ClubSport V2.5 BMW GT2 is way more feature-packed and offers more realistic torque while the CSL DD is also on the way. But for its lower price, the Fanatec CSL Elite is still a very good option.
Thrustmaster VG Ferrari 599XX EVO Wheel Add-On, Alcantara Edition
Thrustmaster has been known for its stellar yet affordable steering wheels and the VG Ferrari 599XX EVO is no exception at $200. As part of its Ferrari licensing, the wheel is based on the 599XX EVO, complete with Alcantara as the material. There are six action buttons on the steering plate for functions like pit-stopping, radio and flashing along with a D-pad. A quick release system allows for easily switching out the wheel for other Thrustmaster options (including the older T300 series). While it’s not the most feature-packed package – pedals need to be purchased separately, for instance – the Thrustmaster VG Ferrari 599XX EVO Wheel is still very good with support for Xbox, PS4 and PC.
Fanatec Podium Racing Wheel F1
By now, it’s clear that Fanatec is capable of producing high-quality racing wheels for those who don’t mind the price. The Podium Racing Wheel F1 is another clear example, priced at £1799.95 and supporting PC and PS4 (with a compatible rim needed for Xbox). So what makes this racing wheel so special aside from being officially licensed for PS4 and supporting “all important racing games” as per Fanatec? That would be the Direct Drive system which allows for plugging directly into your platform of choice. The result is force feedback unlike most other wheels. Not that the Podium Racing Wheel F1 skimps out on other features – it has Alcantara grips , a metal and carbon fiber build that’s very stable, an OLED display for adjusting settings, magnetic shifters for the paddles, 11 buttons and 12-way multi-position switches, and much more. While priced higher than even most modern GPUs, there’s nothing quite like the Podium Racing Wheel F1.
SimXperience AccuForce Pro V2
Want a Direct Drive system at a cheaper price? The SimXperience AccuForce Pro V2 has you covered, costing $1000 (though it doesn’t feature a set of pedals). It offers three force feedback options, from raw feedback provided by the game to SimXperience’s optimized feedback and a user-created setting. With up to 4500 degrees of rotation,13 Newton meters of sustained torque for half an hour at 100 percent stall, 13 buttons and a tough build, the overall quality measures up pretty well against some of the best. The steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara for a better feel while the quick release system allows for swapping out different wheels as you please.
Thrustmaster TS-XW Racer Sparco P310 Competition Mod
With the Sparco P310 wheel as its base, this Thrustmaster TS-XW Racer offers a 40 watt brushless servo motor for some strong force feedback. The Motor Cooling Embedded system helps prevent overheating while the rotation angle goes up to 1080 degrees. At $1200, you get the wheel, a pedal set which is fully adjustable and offers a Conical Rubber Brake mod, and a Turbo Power supply for increased efficiency. With quick release support and an option for attaching a separate TH8A shifter, the Thrustmaster TS-XW Racer Sparco P310 Competition Mod leans hard into a more premium experience. It’s compatible with PC, Xbox One and even Xbox Series X/S.