Last updated: March 25th, 2023
Everything you need to know in our buyer’s guide to Moza wheels and their excellent direct drive wheelbases.
Who are Moza Racing?
Moza Racing is a newer entrant to the sim racing manufacturer scene, dedicated to producing cutting-edge sim racing equipment that drivers can rely on for exceptional quality and durability.
Moza Buyer’s Guide: Contents
- R5 Direct Drive Wheelbase
- ES Steering Wheel
- CS Steering Wheel
- RS V2 Steering Wheel
- Moza GS GT V2 Steering Wheel
- FSR Formula Wheel
The company was founded by a team of automotive engineers and sim-racing enthusiasts who are also pioneers in camera stabilization systems and AI-powered vehicle stability technology. With their expertise and “commitment to “baked in” innovation, Moza Racing offers drivers the opportunity to take their racing experience to the next level, pushing the limits and achieving greater speeds.
The cool thing about Moza is that, based on their pricing, they’re a competitive alternative to the usual budget choices of Logitech, Thrustmaster and the well-known but rarely stocked Fanatec CSL DD.
Their offering stretches to not just wheelbases and wheels, but pedals, dashboards, handbrakes, shifters and various accessories. Today we’re focusing on the wheels and wheelbases product line, but do check out our feature on the CRP sim racing pedals in our pedal buyer’s guide too.
Direct Drive Wheels
When you take a close look at the manufacturing and build quality of Moza’s V2 product line, it’s clear they’ve put great effort into ensuring excellent build quality with high-quality components, smart design choices, and refined execution. In fact, the internal build quality of these MOZA units is comparable, if not better than, that of the Fanatec CSL DD and GT DD Pro.
One interesting draw to the MOZA Racing ecosystem is their Quick Release system, which has been warmly received in comparison to the Fanatec QR (which we know can have play when attached). The Quick Release system used by MOZA is based on the NRG style found in real-life race cars and, has strong similar to the Simmagic QR system, which is currently considered the best in any ecosystem due to its reliability, strength, and ease of use.
MOZA has implemented this Quick Release system flawlessly, with only the slightest amount of flex when forcing the wheel up and down intentionally. This Quick Release system allows for simple hot-swapping of wheels with no risk of damaging any gear, making it a game-changing feature for sim racers.
Moza Wheelbase and Moza Wheel compatibility
I read this question a lot on the forums: “what wheels are compatible with my Moza DD wheelbase?”
Provided you’ve got a V2 wheel, Moza V2 steering wheels are compatible with: all MOZA bases. V2 wheels work on all of the R21/R16/R9 bases with wireless communication technology and can also work on the R5 base through slip-ring wired communication.
Moza R5 Direct Drive Wheelbase
The Moza R5 sim racing wheelbase is a direct drive wheel designed for peak torque of 5.5Nm. With its limitless steering angle, the wheelbase offers an unparalleled level of control, allowing racers to make precise and accurate movements whether they’re keen on-track racing, drifting, or rallying. The housing is manufactured in aviation-grade aluminum alloy, ensuring the wheelbase is lightweight yet sturdy and durable. In hand, it feels light and (as a result) easy to mount.
The Moza R5 sim racing wheelbase comes in a sleek black color and boasts a peak torque of 5.5 Nm. It operates on an input voltage of 110V~220V AC converted to 12V DC, and has a USB refresh rate of 1000Hz. The encoder resolution of 32768 ppr (15-bits) ensures that every movement is tracked with precision, while the indicator helps racers keep track of their performance.
The Moza R5 sim racing wheelbase is also equipped with app functions, configurable in the Pit House software, allowing racers to customize and fine-tune their FFB settings to their liking. It also features a quick-release mechanism, making it easy to switch out different steering wheels. The wheelbase has multiple connection ports, including power, DC input, pedal, USB, and dash, giving racers flexibility in their setup.
The Moza R5 comes with a user manual, warranty card, power supply, USB cable, and installation toolkit. The R5 can be mounted using a bottom mount (with an optional 40-66mm adapter plate) or side mount bracket (also optional).
A desk clamp is also available as an optional accessory, as is an emergency stop switch. Online firmware upgrades and firmware updates are regularly published to keep the wheelbase up to date. Measuring 174x157x124mm and weighing 3.45 kg, the Moza R5 sim racing wheelbase is a small but mighty little direct drive wheelbase – ideal for beginners.
There are two versions of the R9 wheelbase available: R9 V1 is wireless, and R9 V2 is both wireless and wired for added flexibility in setup.
Like the Moza R5, the R9 is equipped with app functions, allowing racers to customize and fine-tune their settings to their liking. It also features a quick-release mechanism, making it easy to switch out different steering wheels. The wheelbase has multiple connection ports, including power, DC input, E-stop, USB, and dash, giving racers flexibility in their setup.
The R9 direct drive wheelbase operates on an input voltage of 110V~220V AC converted to 36V DC, and has a USB refresh rate of 1000Hz. Like the R5, The encoder resolution of 32768 ppr (15-bits) ensures that every movement is tracked with precision, in fact aside from a difference in the size of the unit, the R9 is fundamentally a more powerful version of the R5.
The Moza R9 direct drive wheelbase comes with a user manual, warranty card, power supply, USB cable, and toolkit. It can be mounted using a bottom mount and has a side mount option available with an optional side mount bracket. A desk clamp is also available as an optional accessory, as is an emergency stop switch. Online firmware upgrades and firmware updates are applicable to keep the wheelbase up to date. Measuring 240x157x124mm and weighing 6.8kg, the Moza R9 direct drive wheelbase is the bigger, more powerful brother to the R5.
Next in the list is the more powerful R16. The wheelbase is wireless when fitted with a Moza sim racing wheel, ensuring freedom of movement and convenience in setup. The R16 has the same limitless steering angle as the other wheelbases.
The housing material of the Moza R16 is made of aluminum alloy, which not only makes it lightweight but also assists with device cooling. As well as a list of compatible accessories, at checkout you’re presented with some different livery options for the outer casing of the R16, so that you can personalize it:
The Moza R16 wheelbase is equipped with V-shaped struts that enhance its stability and performance. Its encoder resolution is upgraded from the R5 and R9 of 18-bits ensuring that every movement is tracked with precision, and its indicator helps racers keep track of their performance. Like the other Moza wheelbases, the R16 can be configured in Pit House.
The Moza R16 direct drive wheelbase features the Moza quick-release system, making it easy to switch out different steering wheels. It has multiple connection ports, including power, DC input, E-stop, and USB (Pogo pins for the RM dash), giving racers flexibility in their setup. The wheelbase comes with a user manual, warranty card, power supply, USB cable, and toolkit.
The Moza R16 direct drive wheelbase can be mounted using a bottom mount and has a side mount option available with an optional side mount bracket. A desk clamp is also available as an optional accessory, as is an emergency stop switch. Online firmware upgrades and firmware updates are applicable to keep the wheelbase up to date. Measuring at a more sizeable 327x170x130mm and weighing 8.9kg, the Moza R16 direct drive wheelbase is a powerful, customizable, and versatile tool for intermediate to advanced sim racers.
Built on the same dimensions as the R16 and with the same aviation-grade aluminum alloy, the R21 boasts the same sturdy and durable housing that can withstand the rigors of intense gaming sessions. The wheelbase is finished in sleek black color, giving it a modern and stylish look.
The R21 is a powerful wheelbase that delivers peak torque at 21nM, putting it squarely in Simucube and DD2 territory.
The R21 has an impressive encoder resolution of 262144ppr (18-bits), which allows for precise and accurate control of the wheel. It also supports various app functions, allowing for a customizable and personalized driving experience. Quick release is also supported, making it easy to switch out different steering wheels. Additionally, the R21 features an indicator for quick and easy reference, as well as various connection ports, including power, DC input, E-stop, and USB (Pogo pins for RM dash).
Overall, the Moza R21 direct drive wheelbase is a powerful and advanced sim racing wheelbase that delivers exceptional performance and precision control. It is an excellent choice for serious gamers and professionals who demand the best from their equipment.
Moza Steering wheels: ES
The Moza ES sim steering wheel is an affordable yet surprisingly high-quality option for racing enthusiasts. While the ES wheel lacks fancy switches and clutch paddles, its shifters are top-notch, featuring a high-quality shift mechanism that provides a satisfying click. The wheel also comes with a smaller version of the Moza quick-release mechanism, making it easy to swap out with other compatible wheels.
On the front of the ES wheel, there is an LED rev gauge that provides additional functionality. However, to use this feature, you need to have the Moza Pit House software running. The wheel also features a console-like layout with a multitude of buttons, providing a lot of customization options for your racing setup.
The ES wheel has a d-shaped design, and its materials are of high quality, making it a great accessory to pair with the Moza R5 wheelbase. Overall, the Moza ES sim steering wheel is a great option for those on a budget but still wanting a high-quality racing experience.
CS Steering Wheel
The Moza CS sim steering wheel is also equipped with RPM lights and features a plethora of buttons, which have a more premium feel compared to the ES. These buttons provide a satisfying tactile response with good travel. Additionally, the CS has two 5-way funky switches, which add to its versatility.
Moreover, the CS also comes with two rotary encoders that have an exceptional feel, with many sim racers claiming to be the best in the industry. The encoders are crisp and provide a high-end sensation that elevates the overall experience. With these features, the Moza CS steering wheel is a must-have for anyone looking for a premium and versatile sim racing accessory.
The updated RS V2 now boasts a range of impressive features, including customizable RGB shift lights that allow you to personalize your gaming setup. The addition of two magnetic paddle shifters and double clutch paddles underneath provides greater flexibility and control during gameplay. Additionally, the V2 includes 10 programmable buttons, nine of which are color-adjustable to suit your preferences. Two pressable knobs with 20 sections offer even more options for customization, while the two joystick or rocker elements are also clickable, providing added functionality for an immersive gaming experience.
The Moza RS V2 sim steering wheel has addressed some of the criticisms made by reviewers of its previous version. The new version features customizable backlit buttons, which is a highly sought-after feature among sim racers. The five-way funky switches have a slightly different design with harder edges. The shifters and clutch paddles are similar to the previous version, with great resistance and a nice feel to them.
How is the RS V2 Wheel’s Build Quality?
The RS V2 wheel boasts a brushed aluminum frame and rear shell, while the front panel and shifters are made of forged carbon fibre. The grip is crafted from genuine leather, with no animal-free or Alcantara alternatives as offered by the V1. The mechanical buttons have a satisfying Moza click, and the unit overall exudes a premium feel, akin to the previously reviewed GS model. While long-term testing has yet to be conducted, the impeccable fit and finish inspire confidence in its durability.
The new RS V2 steering wheel looks better than its predecessor, which was criticized for its “toy-like” appearance. We have been using Moza’s equipment intensively for competitive use and love this wheel.
One of the standout features of the Moza RS V2 is its shifter paddles, which are made of forged carbon fiber and are magnetic. This allows for a smooth and precise shift every time. The steering wheel also includes 10 mechanical buttons, which are backlit and offer a choice of 8 colors. Two universal joysticks and two rotary knobs provide additional functionality for customizable control.
Communication methods for the Moza RS V2 include both wireless and wired options, making it easy to connect to a variety of devices. The quick release feature allows for easy attachment and detachment from a steering wheel base, and the quick release material is made of aluminum for durability.
Another noteworthy feature of the Moza RS V2 is its shift light indicator, which is customizable with 7 color options and a mode switch. An RPM indicator is also included, adding to the realism of the driving experience. Overall, the Moza RS V2 sim steering wheel offers a wide range of features for a highly immersive and customizable sim racing experience.
In our opinion, the RS V2 is the best wheel you can get if you have an R16 or R9 wheelbase. Overall, the RS V2 is a highly functional and customizable sim steering wheel that will likely satisfy most sim racers.
Moza GS GT V2
The Moza GS GT V2 sim steering wheel is a premium offering that boasts impressive features and specifications. The wheel material is made from genuine Alcantara®. The frame and front plate material of the wheel are made from forged carbon fiber, which makes the wheel sturdy and lightweight. The paddle module is made from 3 mm-thick, forged carbon fiber that further enhances the wheel’s durability and performance.
The Moza GS GT V2 comes with dual clutch paddles, which are essential for sim racing. The wheel also features magnetic paddles that provide a responsive and accurate feel. Additionally, the wheel has a range of inputs and controls, including 10 luminous mechanical keyboard keycaps, 5 band knobs, 2 compressible thumb knobs, and 2 joysticks. The wheel also has 10 RGB LED lamp beads that can be customized with 7 different colors.
The Moza GS GT V2 sim steering wheel also supports intelligent telemetry, which allows users to set up lights through the Moza Pit House software. The wheel has a knock-down construction, which makes it easy to assemble and disassemble. The wheel is also equipped with a wireless quick release that allows for easy installation and removal. The power supply is wireless, and the transmission mode is also wireless, ensuring that the wheel is easy to use and manage. The paddle sensor is a non-contact photoelectric sensor, which provides a reliable and responsive input. The dual-clutch paddle mode can be set to synthesis axis or independent axis/button, making the Moza GS GT V2 a versatile and customizable option for sim racers.
It feels incredibly sturdy when driving, and the 300mm diameter is suitable for a wide range of driving styles. The placement of buttons and encoders on the wheel is intuitive and comfortable, which allows you to keep your eyes on the road at all times.
FSR Formula Wheel
The Moza FSR Formula sim racing wheel is an impressive piece of equipment that is built for serious sim racers. Its size of 280mm or 13 inches is standard for a racing wheel and provides a comfortable grip. The grip material is made of perforated leather that ensures a secure and comfortable grip for long gaming sessions. The frame and front plate material are made of 5mm-thick carbon fiber, which gives the wheel a sleek and modern look while also ensuring durability.
One of the most notable features of the Moza FSR Formula sim racing wheel is its digital dash size. The wheel comes with a 4.3 inch digital dash that has a resolution of 800*480. This allows players to monitor various telemetry data, such as speed, RPM, and gear position, without having to take their eyes off the road.
The wheel also features two magnetic shifter paddles and two dual clutch paddles that are made of 3mm-thick carbon fiber. The non-contact photoelectric sensor ensures accurate shifting and quick response times, while the synthesis axis/independent axis/button mode allows for versatile customization options. The wheel also comes with 10 luminous mechanical keyboard keycaps, 2 thumb knobs, and 5 band knobs, all of which are fully customizable.
The Moza FSR Formula sim racing wheel supports both wireless and USB transmission modes, allowing players to connect to their gaming devices seamlessly. The quick-release feature also makes it easy to switch between different racing wheels, making it a versatile option for sim racers. Overall, the Moza FSR Formula is the flagship option for serious racer.
Can you use a third-party steering wheel on a MOZA Racing wheel base?
MOZA Racing recently introduced a 6x70mm PCD quick-release adapter that is sold separately from their other steering wheel and wheel base products. This adapter features a standard hole pattern that allows it to be mounted to more or less any sim racing wheel.
Once you’ve mounted the adapter to your preferred steering wheel, you can then attach it to a MOZA wheelbase and start racing. This flexibility in wheel compatibility makes it easy to customize your setup to suit your preferences and needs.