The Best Sim Racing Wheels: The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

cube controls f-pro sim steering wheel

One of the most crucial pieces of equipment you’ll need on your journey to becoming a pro eSports sim racer is a solid sim steering wheel on a direct drive wheelbase, but how do you know which is the best one to buy when there are so many choices available on the market?

If you’re just getting started in sim racing, most often you’ll buy a sim racing wheel bundled with the wheelbase. But, if you’re looking to take that next step forward, you might find yourself looking for a sim racing wheel better suited to the type of car you prefer (GT / Touring or Formula) as a separate purchase.

Cube Controls F-Pro sim racing steering wheel
Cube Controls F-Pro sim racing steering wheel

And even if you don’t need a new wheel at the moment, that can’t stop us from taking a look, right?

Our top 20 sim steering wheels:

A note on price vs build quality

At first glance, the assortment of sim steering wheels offered by sim racing equipment manufacturers may leave you somewhat overwhelmed and wondering why some pieces of kit are available for as little as £100, while others can cost well over £1,000.

As with everything in life, you generally get what you pay for, and the best way to look at it is like this; as the price goes up, as does the build quality of the wheel and realism of the driving experience. My best advice is, if you’re not sure, read the reviews and pay attention to the close-up images before you buy.

Sim Racing Wheels

What’s the difference between “good” and the “best” rims and which wheel should I buy?

The wheel is your main physical interface with the sim racing environment, so you’ve got to feel comfortable with the device in your hands. Assuming that you already own a good direct drive wheelbase the first and most important thing is the choice between Formula-style wheels and GT wheels.

My trusty Fanatec GT Alcantara sim steering wheel
My trusty Fanatec GT Alcantara wheel (more Fanatec wheels here)

Good to great: What’s best in a sim steering rim?

The wheel is your main physical interface with the sim racing environment, so you’ve got to feel comfortable with the device in your hands. So, the first and most important thing is the choice between Formula-style wheels and GT wheels.

A Formula car doesn’t offer a huge maximum steering angle. You’re probably turning the wheel around 300° at the very most unless in normal racing conditions. You are, however, dealing with higher forces than a GT car, so it makes sense that you’re able to grip the wheel in a single place very firmly indeed. Formula wheels tend to have shorter, firmer paddles, possibly a clutch paddle and usually more buttons and rotary encoders. The most expensive ones have a display screen to keep you updated on whatever race information you’ve configured in the wheel setup.

GT wheels are for cars that have a wider maximum steering range. They tend to have longer paddles so you can reach for a gear shift from a number of different positions around the wheel. They tend to have fewer buttons, rotary encoders and rarely have a display screen except at the very high end. Naturally, GT wheels are more diverse in their possible uses as you might have a manual shifter setup in your sim, too.

If you’re a VR user, simplicity is key. I like the Cube Controls approach of using little indentations around the buttons so that you can find the button without seeing it. Too much complexity is wasted if you’re VR racer, as is a display screen!

Ascher Racing F28-SC
Ascher Racing F28-SC

Naturally, build quality is critically important. While all the sim racing wheels I’ll talk about below are built to very high standards of manufacture, some are made very, very nicely indeed.

Things to look out for in a good sim racing wheel:

  • A nice ergonomic feel to the wheel when you’re gripping it
  • High-quality grip material (not necessarily Alcantara!)
  • Quality finish to any carbon parts
  • Case material machining
  • Weighty, sturdy feel and no flex
  • An intuitive, tactile feel to the buttons and encoders
  • Compatibility with your wheelbase and hub
  • Funky switch – useful for controlling aspects of the simulation software such as iRacing’s “black box”
  • You enjoy using it!

What about wheelbase and hub compatibility?

I’ve recently written about the Fanatec Podium Hub, and how to fit it to a Cube Controls wheel to make the wheel compatible with a Fanatec DD2.

Generally, if you buy a Fanatec sim racing wheel, it’s designed to be solely compatible with a Fanatec wheelbase. Making them compatible with any other type of wheelbase takes time, deep expertise, and effort. For example, this PCB from Leo Bodnar will turn your Fanatec wheel into a USB joystick controller. You could send your wheel to SRM to have it converted (electronics to USB and hub to whatever wheelbase hub you want). I’ve not come across a reason to do this yet, but the option is available if you want to change your wheelbase from something like a DD2 to a Simagic, VRS, Simucube or Accuforce wheelbase.

If you wanted to fit a wheel to your Fanatec DD2, that’s easier thanks to the Podium Hub or the slightly shorter Fanatec wheel side QR adapter from SRM.

If you own a wheelbase like the Simucube 2 Pro, then fitting any wheel is comparatively trivial. Most wheelbases have a universal style hub that offers 70mm and 50.8mm PCDs on a ring mounted directly on the wheelbase hub (or an adapter for one) so you can mount a wheel on pretty much any hub including HRS hubs / Fanatec’s Podium Hub / Fanatec hub emulators from SRM, the Tomy Racing QR TRX and many more.

We’ve since written an extensive guide to QR hubs and wheel compatibility here. Essentially you can mount any wheel to any wheelbase with an adapter and hub and a little bit of research. It’s pretty easy, though. Once you get the hang of it!

Our favourite sim racing wheels

I’ve tested quite a few different wheels now, so here’s a collection of the best sim racing wheels (in my humble opinion) on the market today.

I’ve tried to order these in terms of price:

Fanatec Clubsport GT Alcantara

This GT-style sim steering rim from Fanatec comes with the powerful and extendable Clubsport Hub for XBOX One hub:

Fanatec Clubsport GT Alcantara V2
Fanatec Clubsport GT Alcantara V2

I own one of these wheels and though the hub is a little bulky, it’ll host any standard motorsport wheel and you can do little upgrades like fit the magnetic shifter paddles. This is the wheel I spend the most time on, especially in Mazda racing!

Fanatec Mclaren GT3 v2 Wheel

Fanatec Mclaren GT3 v2 Wheel
Fanatec Mclaren GT3 v2 Wheel

Priced at an exceptionally low €199.99, this entry-level wheel would make a really excellent addition to your sim racing setup. It’s light and extremely durable and it’s a close copy of the actual wheel found in the McLaren GT3 racing car.

Granted its manufacturing is much lower cost and not a carbon prototype (it’s composite), but who cares at this price? We’ve recently put together an entry-level simulator on a budget that includes this wheel.

Take a look at our budget sim builds, here.

Cube Controls Formula Sport (Wireless or USB)

Cube Controls Formula Sport wheel
My Cube Controls Formula Sport wheel. Excellent with a Simucube 2 Pro

If you can only own one Formula wheel, make it a Cube Controls Formula Sport wheel. We’ve had one in for testing for a few weeks (update – I own one, but my Dad borrowed it several months ago!) and it’s right in so many ways. The build quality and tactile feedback from the buttons (another VR-friendly wheel) are great, and the grip material is magic. It’s easy to drive a controlled, smooth sim race with this one. Recommended!

ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 X

Just a bit less than half the price of the Cube Controls Formula Sport, but with a huge number of buttons, switches and rotary encoders, the ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula (V2.5 X) is a very nice acquisition:

ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2
ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5X

When we reviewed the now sold-out LTD Edition Formula wheel, we loved the wheel and mentioned that it’s basically the same as the Formula V2 above. So, if you want Cube Formula wheel functionality but at almost half the price, and you own a Fanatec wheelbase, this is the wheel for you.

Cube Controls GT Pro OMP

Cube Controls GT Pro OMP wheel
Cube Controls GT Pro OMP wheel

We’re excited by this GT style sim racing wheel at SRC HQ, mostly because we have one of these here, too. The GT Pro comes with all of the refinements and excellent build quality of the Formula Pro wheel making it a VR-friendly proposition, and a lot of fun to race with.

A nice selection of tactile rotary encoders and buttons surrounded by Cube’s trademark plastic surrounds make this a joy to interface with. Can’t wait to put it to the long-term test!

This wheel is the daily driver on the simulator:

the OMP pro GT
Our OMP Pro GT

Cube Controls F-Pro

Cube Controls have announced another addition to their stable, the new F-PRO which is available now. This isn’t just another addition to the existing range, it appears that Cube Controls have gone all out and completely redesigned the original Formula Pro, with a new connector, revised grips, chassis, front plate, RGB lighting system and paddles ready for 2022!

Cube Controls F-Pro - 2022's first brand new sim steering wheel!
Cube Controls F-Pro – 2022’s first brand new sim steering wheel!

The detail work on this Formula-style steering wheel is extremely impressive:

Cube Controls F-Pro

Everything has been refined on this unit, including a revised connection to your PC called “Q-Conn”, with a simultaneous Bluetooth connection for wireless driving. It features full RGB functionality, too, so that you can customise the colours you see while night driving:

Cube Controls F-Pro RGB system
Cube Controls F-Pro RGB system

Turn Racing R305 with BP2 Button Plate

We recently tested this wheel from Turn Racing. Fantastic polyurethane grips mean there’s heaps of scope for long endurance racing without getting tired:

Turn Racing R305 with BP2 button box
Turn Racing R305 sim steering rim with BP2 button box

I’m a fan of simplicity and, frankly – this is an ideal, simple starter wheel that does not compromise on quality. It’s well built and would suit any direct drive wheelbase. The smaller diameter at 305mm is excellent for sim karting and formula racing, while the slightly larger R320 is perfect for GT class and all-round racing.

Ascher Racing F28-SC

Honestly, this sim wheel is all anyone can talk about. As soon as you’re outside of the Fanatec ecosystem, your options pop wide open. The F28-SC is the Simucube Wireless compatible wheel (I’ve tested the SC Wireless system, and it’s good).

ascher racing F28
Ascher Racing F28-C Wireless which we had for an earlier review.

The wheel has a 6x70mm PCD bolt pattern on the back of the unit. That makes attaching the wheel directly onto your direct drive wheelbase pretty easy (see “compatibility” earlier in this article). This is a simple wheel, ideal for VR users like myself, with 12 push buttons that have that nice tactical feel that you’d expect from a higher-end sim racing wheel. There are 2 rotary encoders that are of course assignable for brake bias and so on.

Ascher Racing F64-USB V3

If you’d prefer something USB compatible rather than a wireless wheel, then check out Ascher’s F64-USB V3 sim steering wheel:

Ascher Racing F64-USB V3 sim racing wheel

This Formula-style racing wheel from Ascher Racing has a very well thought out ergonomically shaped grip and rotary / button placement. It’s a step up from its V2 predecessor, with lots of features including:

  • 14 high tactile momentary push buttons
  • 2 x 7-way joysticks (funky switches)
  • 2 rotary encoders
  • 2 x 12-position rotary switches
  • 2 rotary thumb encoders
  • Ascher’s excellent neodymium magnetic paddle shifters
  • Contactless, hall-sensing Motorsport-style clutch paddles

High-End / Professional Sim Racing Wheels

Unless you’re a professional simulation outfit or eSports team, there might not be a huge amount of good reason to own some of the wheels below. But then it’s you’re money and more and more high-end hobbyists are migrating out of the Fanatec ecosystem and into sim rig builds that would be just as at home in an F1 team as they would be in your home…

Here are some of the higher-end sim racing wheels, suited for monitor use all with outstanding features for the committed sim racer.

Rexing Mayaris Formula Wheel

Rexing is a European manufacturer (based in Croatia) of Formula, GT and custom-made sim racing wheels. What’s awesome about the Rexing Formula is that it’s made in full carbon fibre. This gives a professional-looking wheel much as you’re likely to get in an actual F1 car.

It really looks the part:

rexing formula wheel
Rexing Formula Wheel

The specification on this wheel is very high, it’s clear Rexing has gone all out to build the best wheel they possibly can with a pursuit for the stiffest and most ergonomic grip we’ve felt for a while.

With huge assignability featuring a D-Pad, joystick controller and a large array of momentary buttons and rotaries, all ergonomically located, we think this wheel would make a very high-end upgrade for the once-Playstation F1 driver to the full-on PC F1 sim driver.

VPG Simlabs Elemento and VPG Custom RSR

I’ve recently had the pleasure of acquiring a custom sim racing wheel from the guys at VPG and as you’ll read in my post, I’m delighted with the results:

my custom sim steering wheel
My custom sim steering wheel from VPG is available to buy here

VPG are hot on customer service and support – they were really happy to spend more than an hour with me in Discord getting set up to maximise my experience. If you don’t want a fully custom-designed, then the Elemento is for you:

VPG's excellent Elemento
VPG’s excellent Elemento

It’s a 300mm formula-style wheel, with a very generous NEXTION display which makes it customisable through Simhub. There are two analogue clutch pedals alongside the carbon paddle-shift, 4 thumb rotary encoders (2 per side), 3 front rotary encoders and a funky switch, 10 RBG LEDs on top which are customizable and 6 RGB LEDs (3 per side) which allow you to set up flag warnings, ABB or TC intervention alarms and so on. I really rate the guys at VPG, they’re worth considering!

Fanatec Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3

At the lower end of the price range, Fanatec is currently offering a significantly revised range of wheels for the budget sim racer.

I say “budget” – the truth is simply that Fanatec equipment is priced competitively. As a beginner, you really can’t beat a CSL DD wheelbase combo, as I’ve scoped in my recommended budget sim post.

Critically, Fanatec caters for racers who want to master sim racing at all budget levels. You can start with one of our favourites – the Mclaren GT3 wheel or at the very high end of their Podium range, the Fanatec Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3 – which is a precise copy of the actual steering wheel found in the BMW M4 GT3 specification racing car.

So, if you’re a big BMW fan, this might be for you:
Fanatec Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3

Manufactured in CNC machined aluminium and carbon, this is a professional-grade sim steering wheel. It’s priced heavily at around the 1300 EUR mark, but I can guarantee that this wheel will be hard to find as Fanatec keep their volume production low.

The Fanatec Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3 sim steering wheel has the highest attention to detail in the entire range
The Fanatec Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3 sim steering wheel has the highest attention to detail in the entire range

It uses the podium QR hub v1, so it’s compatible with the high torque mode CSL DD all the way up to their Podium DD1/2 wheelbases. The “QR2 Wheel-Side” is also included in the price, and will be shipped separately as soon as it is available from the manufacturer.

Precision Sim Engineering GPX

This wheel has to be one of the priciest sim racing wheels on the planet, priced at approximately £2399 / $3350.

This is a state-of-the-art simulation racing wheel intended for professional racing teams, sim outfits and professional F1 / LMP1 drivers. For most of us, using this wheel and driving would be difficult, nigh on impossible, but for the F1 drivers of this world, this is one incredible piece of professional sim racing equipment.

GPX Steering Wheel from Precision Sim Engineering
GPX Steering Wheel from Precision Sim Engineering

The good news is that it can be supplied with a Fanatec or Accuforce adapter if needed, meaning that if you’ve got the budget, you can use this with your Fanatec DD wheelbase. Otherwise, it’s a standard PCD fitment on the rear casing for a standard PCD QR hub fitment. If you can afford this wheel, wow. Enjoy!

Cube Controls GT-X

Cube Controls GT-X
Cube Controls GT-X

At approximately £1300, this wheel is a little more down-to-earth than the Precision Sim Engineering wheel. Nevertheless, this really is another professional-grade sim racing wheel. The unit features backlit buttons and a full-colour 4.3″ LCD screen. The front chassis is manufactured from 100% pure carbon fibre. The rear is Cube’s CNC aluminium main body, with the usual rotary encoder knobs and a joystick. Compatible with Simucube or any other wheelbase with the right hub adapter.


This work of art from Gomex Sim Industries, the Formula Pro Elite is a full-featured sim steering wheel with a high-resolution USBD480 screen that can be used with all of today’s popular sim software, including Simhub.. Using only the finest materials and construction the feeling is nothing short of rock-solid immersion – with absolutely no flex, it’s a high budget wheel at £1,399.00 inc. VAT but, it’s is absolutely beautiful!


Simline 720s GT3 Wheel

This wheel should be perhaps a little higher up my list as a faithful reproduction of the steering wheel found in the Mclaren 720s GT3. It’s a high-quality item, featuring aluminium and carbon fibre SimLine button box and magnetic shifters.

Simline 720s GT3 Wheel
Simline 720s GT3 Wheel

Featuring Leo Bodnar electronics, a Funky switch, a high quality, thick carbon fibre front plate and aluminium rotary controls, this wheel absolutely looks the part for hardcore GT3 racing!

Grid Porsche 911 RSR (Official) by Sim-Lab

Grid has an official license with Porsche on various products under their GRID brand, which is owned by Sim-Lab. To start, the official GRID 911 RSR is now available for purchase on our website and on several planned products carrying the Porsche branding.

official Grid Porsche 911 sim steering wheel
Official Grid Porsche 911 sim steering wheel

Clearly, this is a very high-end sim racing wheel, priced well above the unofficial wheels. But, that’s a real Porsche badge and for some hardcore Porsche enthusiasts, this wheel will really make an incredible addition to the collection!

attention to detail
Attention to detail on the machine work on the paddle and clutch. Lovely!

LM-Pro Steering Wheel Precision Sim Engineering

This is a really nice offering from Precision Sim Engineering. A 300mm diameter LMP and GTE style racing wheel, designed for an immersive endurance racing experience, with the versatility for Formula racing too:

LM-Pro Steering wheel from Precision Sim Engineering
LM-Pro Steering wheel from Precision Sim Engineering

You may notice, it has a very simple layout and no screen. Personally, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. If you want a dash display, install a DDU which, in my opinion, is much less distracting.

The USB-powered LM-Pro can be supplied with a fitted Fanatec QR adapter should you own a DD2 or CSL DD direct drive unit, but of course, you can buy the wheel ready for your own QR Hub, with a 50.8mm PCD mount. That’s most QR hubs on one end, basically, but do check!

LM-Pro sim steering wheel mounted
LM-Pro sim steering wheel

In terms of compatibility, you can mount this wheel to basically anything including the Fanatec Podium DD1 / DD2, CSL DD and even the older CSL Elite wheels. You can also mount the wheel to the following direct drive wheels:

  • Simucube SC2 or SC1
  • SimSteering
  • OSW
  • Accuforce (Accuforce quick release not included)
  • VRS

Cube Controls Formula CSX3

The spiritual successor to the CSX2, the CSX3 solves a lot of problems that plagued the CSX2, most notably, the CSX2’s reliance on the Ultimate Game Tech platform, which a lot of people struggled with and generally reported as unstable. But, problem solved: This brand-new offering from Cube Controls wipes the slate clean, with pretty much everything revised, including the configuration software. Now running on Simhub, the CSX3 is the flagship Cube Controls wheel:

Cube Controls CSX3
Cube Controls Formula CSX3

Cube Controls have added additional paddle options so you can now have 6 paddles on the rear. There’s a cheaper option to just have 4 which is more like the kind of thing I’d prefer! Proper F1-style launch control is possible and configurable via the dedicated Simhub plugin they’ve developed. As you can see from the photo, there are more buttons, encoders and funky switches whose backlights are all configurable in Simhub, precisely to your liking.

The LCD screen is high resolution, colourful and vibrant and, because it’s now Simhub compatible, there will be a lot of dashboard options coming out of the community very soon. The CSX3 just makes you wonder, how much further can sim racing wheel development go?

LM-X Steering Wheel – Precision Sim Engineering

The LM-X sim racing steering wheel is an ultra-professional 300mm rim designed to unlock the full potential of your direct drive wheelbase. It is manufactured by Precision Sim Engineering, a company known to have produced custom wheels for Formula 1 drivers, meaning you can guarantee the highest levels of craftsmanship with this piece of equipment.

LM-X Steering Wheel - Precision Sim Engineering
LM-X Steering Wheel from Precision Sim Engineering

If you’re one of the huge contingents of Indy racers in the sim community, check out this wheel from Australian manufacturer, Simcore. Weighing in at 3kgs, this fully custom-designed Indy 2019 model carbon fibre sim racing steering wheel has a 300mm diameter. It has been built to Indy regs, meaning you are driving a perfect simulation of an Indycar wheel in your sim.

There’s an 8 to 10-week order period, in which time your wheel is custom-built by Simcore.

I hope you’ve found my recommendations useful – let me know if you have any questions by getting in touch via the contact us form.

The Best Sim Racing Wheels: The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide