The Fanatec Podium F1 Wheel Review

The Fanatec Podium F1 Wheel Review
Author Alessio Lorandi
Alessio Lorandi
December 17, 2021

In this highly competitive sim racing landscape using a joystick is not an option anymore.

You really can’t expect to be winning online races on Assetto Corsa, ACC or on iRacing.

If you’re a serious sim racer then, you need to get yourself a proper steering wheel, unless you already own one.

And the Fanatec Podium F1 Wheel is guaranteed to be one of the best wheels on the market.

In this review, I’ll tell you why the Podium F1 Wheel is so great, and how it can improve your driving and online racing experience.

So if you’re ready to take your sim racing skills to the next level, read on!

We will go through some of the most frequently asked questions about the Podium F1 wheel and we’ll try our best to give you the answer needed to make an informed buying decision.

Does the Podium F1 wheel come with a wheel base?

Fanatec Podium F1

The Podium F1 comes with the original Fanatec wheel base which definetely make it a great deal considering that it usually sell separatedly for about $1000.

What about the force feedback (FFB)?

The steering wheel has probably the best FFB you can get and that surely justifies the price tag.

It comes with an in built force feedback developed with the latest cutting edge technologies making it capable to reproduce the exact feeling of driving an F1 car.

It’s really mind boggling how detailed the sensations delivered by the FFB are.

There’s a ton of strength in the forces transmitted to your hands and arms making it feels like it’s the real deal.

It also has adjustable settings to give you the perfect FFB for your driving style and preferences.

Does it also vibrates?

Oh yeah, it’s so nice when that happens…

Anytime you use a kerb or crash in the wall, the wheel will start vibrating and it feels so real.

It’s just like being in a real car, you’ll feel EVERY SINGLE BUMP!

Is it good for beginners?

Though it probably be more appropriate for those who have some experience under their belt, the Podium F1 wheel can still be a great choice for beginners.

But it you plan on spending less money starting out, then you might want to consider something like the Thrustmaster or the Logitech steering wheels.

What games are compatible with it?

You can run it pretty much on any racing software you wish including:

  • iRacing
  • Assetto Corsa
  • Forza
  • Gt Sport
  • ACC
  • rFactor 2
  • Raceroom driving experience
  • and more…

What’s included in the box?

fanatec podium f1 xbox

The Podium F1 comes with everything you need to get started right away.

The box includes the wheel base, pedal set and the F1 rim along with accessories like USB and user guide.

Remember that the wheel has got the best integrated paddle shifters a steering wheel can offer giving you an insanely realistic driving experience.

The paddle shifters are made from high quality materials and feel really good to use.

Does Fanatec podium work with PS5?

Yes it does which is such a great news for those who are looking to upgrade to the new PlayStation 5 in the near future.

It also works perfectly with both PS4, PS3 and Xbox one.

Does it work on PC and Laptop?

Yes, the steering wheel is compatible both with PC and Laptop though running it on PC is usually much better thanks to the more advanced CPU and graphics card making the experience way more realistic.

Will it make me faster?

I can confidently say that this steering wheel will help you improve your driving skills immensely.

It’s probably the closest you can get to the real thing and with some practice, you’ll be winning online races in no time.

My biggest advice is to set your FFB correctly and practice a lot on sim racing softwares like Assetto Corsa and iRacing.

How much does it cost?

Probably the only downside of the Podium F1 is the high price tag ($1,799) which can put off a lot of budget conscious gamers.

But you need to keep in mind that this is not just any steering wheel, it’s possibly the best of the best and comes with some of the most advanced features in the market.

So if you’re looking to race with the best of the best and have enough budget to afford it, then you’ve probably found your wheel.

Where can I get it?

You can purchase this steering wheel online from the Fanatec’s official store.

So there you have it, our comprehensive review of the Fanatec Podium F1 Steering Wheel.

Bottom line: Is the Fanatec Podium F1 worth it?

So the question is, is the Podium F1 wheel worth the high price tag?

If you’re a serious about sim racing and have an unlimited budget, then yes it is!

Otherwise you can find plenty of other cheaper options in the market that will still give you a great racing experience.

But if you’re looking for the best of the best and don’t mind about spending nearly two grands, then you should definitely consider this steering wheel.

And that’s it for our review of the Fanatec Podium F1 Steering wheel.

Hope we’ve helped you get more insights about this steering wheel.

If we’ve missed any important thing about this wheel, please let us know!

As always, happy sim racing 🙂

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About the autor

Alessio Lorandi

Alessio has been involved at the highest levels in racing since the age of 5 (2003). He won a CIK-FIA World Championship in 2013 and then raced in F3, F2, and finally GT3s before now dedicating himself to SOLOX. He’s now on a mission to help thousands of sim racers around the world achieve their fullest potential through his ACC setups.






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