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Sim Racing Product Guides » Best Racing Wheel For Assetto Corsa Competizione: Buyers Guide 2023
Because of its heavy reliance on a racing wheel, many sim racers are asking - What is the best wheel for Assetto Corsa Competizione in 2023?
This guide has been updated to reflect the sim racing wheels available for ACC in 2023.
Assetto Corsa Competizione is a sim racing game that really rewards those who play with a racing wheel. Of course, you can play ACC with a controller, however, your experience will be much better with a wheel.
However, most casual gamers or fans of racing games don’t actually own a wheel. That could be for many reasons. The extra space needed for a wheel setup, the cost of racing wheels or just a preference to controller gaming. And all of these are completely valid.
But for those who are interested in racing with a wheel, what racing wheel is best for Assetto Corsa Competizione?
In this guide I’ll run through a few racing wheels, sharing my insight on which racing wheel I’d recommend for ACC. For ease, I’ll split this guide into a few sections, based on price and console compatibility. This should give potential buyers the best option at each price bracket.
Skipping to the other end of the sim racing ladder… In this section, I’ll look at the best premium and high racing wheels which are compatible with Assetto Corsa Competizione.
When it comes to purchasing a high-end racing wheel for any console, you should really be looking at a direct drive wheel. Direct drive technology essentially links a much stronger motor directly to your steering wheel, hence the term direct drive.
This will allow for much stronger forces to be sent directly into the steering wheel. And you’ll also lose much less force feedback detail, giving you much better force feedback across a wider range.
You can’t look for a high-end sim racing wheel without mentioning the sim racing giant Fanatec. Fanatec produces more premium racing wheels and peripherals, and these are some of the best on the market.
In particular, their direct drive range, which is known as the Podium range. This range of high-end sim racing products is built up of two wheel bases, the DD1 and DD2, with the latter offering more power.
Both of these wheel bases on their own are compatible only with PC and Xbox consoles. However, Fanatec does produce a product called the Podium F1. This utilises a DD1 wheel base built especially for PlayStation compatibility. This gives you the option to pick a product for whichever console you race on.
The Podium range of racing wheels are some of the most compatible direct drive wheel bases on the market. And at the time of writing are the only direct drive wheel bases compatible with consoles.
For that reason, I’d highly recommend either a Podium F1 or either of the DD1/DD2 wheel bases for racing with Assetto Corsa Competizione.
My Winner for best direct drive wheel for ACC – Fanatec Podium F1, due to its F1 licensed wheel rim and console compatibility
When it comes to picking just a single racing wheel to recommend for racing ACC on Xbox consoles, it’s tricky to pick a winner. If you are looking for extreme performance from your racing wheel, then you should consider one of the direct drive wheel bases I recommended above.
But, to be a winner in this category, for me, budget plays a large part. That is why I’m recommending a racing wheel that is more than powerful enough to deliver fantastic force feedback but is much kinder on your wallet than the Podium range above.
There can only be one winner when it comes to the best sim racing wheel combination for Assetto Corsa Competizione on Xbox. And that is the killer combination of the Fanatec CSL DD wheel base and the McLaren GT3 V2 wheel rim.
The Fanatec CSL DD essentially broke sim racing when it launched. It was the first direct drive wheel compatible with Xbox consoles, and it was available to buy for a relatively reasonable cost. There’s certainly a reason why it sold out instantly and was on back order until early 2023!
The CSL DD delivers 5Nm of torque, or 8Nm if you opt for the Boost Kit, (which I’d highly recommend). This is much lower than the more powerful Podium wheel bases, but 8Nm is pretty much spot on for sim racing GT3 cars in ACC.
When I race with my Podium DD2, I almost always dial down the power output to around 50-60% putting it around the 10Nm mark. That isn’t much more than the 8Nm of the CSL DD. And the new and reworked internals allow the CSL DD to sing while you’re throwing your Ferrari 488 GT3 car around a track!
The McLaren GT3 V2 wheel rim that I have chosen to pair with the CSL DD is one of the best low-cost steering wheels around. It features a design that replicates the steering wheel found in the old McLaren 650S GT3 car.
You will find a host of traditional Fanatec features on the wheel, from multiple push buttons, to rotary encoders and Fanatec’s OLED display. All housed in a carbon-effect body.
It looks great and works brilliantly thanks to the rework that Fanatec delivered for the V2 version of this wheel rim. The upgraded version of the GT3 V2 steering wheel features upgraded shifters for a better feel when changing gear and a few other internal upgrades.
When combined, these two sim racing wheel products create a fantastic mid-range sim racing wheel setup. And with both the CLS DD and McLaren GT3 V2 being fully compatible, you will simply be able to plug and play right out of the box!
Winner – Fanatec CSL DD + McLaren GT3 V2
Before we move on, our previous recommendation in this category was the Fanatec ClubSport WRC Bundle. But since 2021 this product has now been discontinued. You can still find them on second-hand marketplaces and the bundle is still worthy of a mention.
The WRC bundle included the ever-popular ClubSport wheel base, which always sat in the middle of Fanatec’s lineup. And it was paired with a WRC licensed steering wheel.
If you already have either of these then you’re all set for sim racing with ACC on Xbox consoles. And if you pick one up on a second-hand marketplace, it is still a great choice!
Read our guide on the best ACC force feedback setting for Xbox and PlayStation.
When it comes to racing Assetto Corsa Competizione on PlayStation 4 / 5. It can often be hard to find racing wheel bundles that are as widely supported as Xbox consoles. However, when you do find the right wheel, they’ll almost always feature extra functionality over and above their Xbox variants.
When it comes to Fanatec wheel compatibility with Xbox and PlayStation. Racing on PS4 or PS5 allows for much more customisation of your Fanatec racing wheel.
The PlayStation platform allows for more inputs, meaning your wheel can feature a lot more button and dial inputs compared to Xbox wheels.
For PlayStation ACC sim racers I would still look to Fanatec to produce the best all-around PS5 racing wheel. As generally, Fanatec produces win out over Thrustmaster and Logitech when it comes to PlayStation wheels.
And when it comes to the best Fanatec bundle for PS4/PS5 owners, I’d always recommend the Gran Turismo DD Pro racing wheel.
This bundle contains a very familiar wheel base if you have read the Xbox recommendation above, but with a huge bonus for PlayStation sim racers. The GT DD Pro includes a steering wheel and pedals in the bundle, saving you money on purchasing every item separately.
If you look at the GT DD Pro wheel base closely with the CSL DD, you may notice that they look very similar in shape and size. And if you read the spec sheet, you’ll see that they are even more similar in the technical department.
And that is because both the CSL DD and the GT DD Pro wheel bases are almost identical under the hood. They both output 5Nm of torque in their base forms, with the Boost Kit boosting the direct drive output to 8Nm.
The main difference is the compatibility platform. Fanatec runs different technology to allow its wheel bases to connect to either an Xbox or PlayStation console, meaning the CSL DD cannot ever be compatible with a PS5. However, just to confuse things, the GT DD Pro is both PS5 and Xbox Series X compatible… As long as you have an Xbox compatible steering wheel.
But getting back to this bundle, the GT DD Pro is a project that Fanatec worked on with the creators of Gran Turismo, hence the name. And it includes a Gran Turismo licensed steering wheel. This wheel is perfectly functional and provides a great base if you don’t already own any Fanatec products.
You’ll also find the CSL Pedals have been thrown into this bundle, making this truly plug and play. You won’t need any extra products to start racing with this racing wheel in ACC on PS5 and PS4.
Winner – Gran Turismo DD Pro Racing Wheel
When it comes to the best budget racing wheel, many sim racers are divided. There are essentially two main competitors in this space, Thrustmaster and Logitech.
Thrustmaster is well known across gaming for producing excellent third party peripherals. They design and manufacture everything from flight controllers to controllers to racing wheels.
And within the budget racing wheel space, they produce a couple of options. Both are essentially the same wheel, but each of these wheels is designed for a specific console.
The Thrustmaster T150 RS is one of the cheapest force feedback racing wheels you can buy, and it’s completely compatible with Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione. That is if you have a PlayStation console or PC.
The T150 RS is only compatible with ACC on PlayStation 4/5 and PC. If you are looking for an Xbox compatible Thrustmaster wheel, you’ll be after a TMX, which I’ll talk about below.
The T150 RS is a slightly older wheel now, but it is still Thrustmaster’s go-to budget wheel option. It features belt-driven force feedback which is nice and smooth. And it gives sim racers all of the functionality they need to go racing.
The TMX is almost identical to its T150 RS sibling. The only difference is that it is Xbox and PC compatible, not PS4/PS5. It also features a slightly different design opting to remove the blue that features on the T150 RS.
Both of these budget racing wheels work great with ACC. And both give you a good platform to race with, either through single-player races or competitive online racing.
If you opt for the Pro bundle of either of these racing wheels, you’ll also get a three-pedal set thrown in, giving you everything you need to get started.
The main competition to the budget Thrustmaster wheels is the Logitech G923. This is a much newer racing wheel, and that is immediately visible in its design. From an aesthetic standpoint, it looks much nicer and feels nicer in the hand.
This is an all-around better-built product, and that is reflected in the price. The Logitech G923 comes in at a higher price than both Thrustmaster wheels above.
Also, the Logitech G923 features slightly inferior force feedback technology in comparison to both other budget options. The G923 uses a gear-driven force feedback system. This produces similar force feedback strength to the belt drive in the Thrustmaster. But the use of gears can cause a slightly clunkier experience.
Our Winner for the best budget racing wheel for ACC – Logitech G923
Assetto Corsa Competizione is a game that has a wide compatibility range. That applies to consoles, where it is compatible with all current-generation consoles, and racing wheels.
The developers at Kunos Simulazioni have done a fantastic job ensuring that almost every racing wheel on the market is compatible with ACC. This really opens up options for sim racers who are all racing with different hardware.
If you want a complete list of ACC compatible racing wheels, check out our full list.
In this guide, I’ve shown you a few fantastic options. And these are all racing wheels which I’d highly recommend for racing with Assetto Corsa Competizione.
The products above all sit in a wide price bracket, meaning there should be something for everybody on this list.
If I was to only pick one racing wheel from this list as my personal favourite for racing within Assetto Corsa Competizione. It’d have to be the GT DD Pro bundle.
The GT DD Pro features an extremely good wheel base, which is compatible with both Xbox and PlayStation consoles. And it comes with a steering wheel and pedals allowing you to go racing straight away! It also serves as a great base if you want to upgrade your steering wheel or pedals over time.
The best racing wheel for ACC depends on your budget. But I would highly recommend the Fanatec CSL DD paired with the McLaren GT3 V2 wheel rim.
Thrustmaster deliver great racing wheels at a lower price point than Fanatec. But for the ultimate ACC experience, Fanatec offer better racing wheels at a higher price.
I would ultimately side with Fanatec when compared to Thrustmaster wheels. Yes, they are pricier, but the build quality, licensing and product design is far superior.
When you remove money from the equation, the Fanatec Podium Wheels are the best wheels for racing with Assetto Corsa Competizione. They offer direct drive force feedback across a wide range of consoles.
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