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Because of its heavy reliance on a racing wheel, many sim racers are asking - What is the best wheel for Assetto Corsa Competizione?
Assetto Corsa Competizione is a sim racing game which 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 in to 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 produce more premium racing wheels and peripherals, and these are some of the best on the market.
In particular their direct drive range, known as the Podium range. This range is built up of two wheel bases, the DD1 and DD2, with the later offering more power.
Both of these wheel bases on their own are compatible only with PC and Xbox consoles. However Fanatec do 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 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 it’s 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 out and out 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 which bundles everything you need to start racing, wheel base, steering wheel and pedals. And is also fairly reasonably priced.
The ClubSport wheel base has long been Fanatec’s mid range wheel base. It sits above their entry level CSL Elite, and below the pricey direct drive wheels. And it occupies that space perfectly.
The ClubSport wheel base gives a large performance bump, and increase in build quality when compared to the CSL Elite, for a relatively small price jump. And that makes this wheel base a no brainer for any semi-serious sim racer.
The force feedback it produces is mightily impressive, and the best on the market without stepping into direct drive territory.
And this bundle pairs this top-class wheel base with a nice racing wheel, and a three pedal set which includes a load-cell brake. More about that load-cell pedal in a minute.
The steering wheel which is included in this bundle is the fairly new WRC wheel. This is a round wheel which features Alcantara around its full circumference. It’s quite frankly a lovely wheel to hold and race with.
It is developed initially to be a rally wheel, but serves perfectly as a GT racing wheel.
There is everything you need on the wheel… Multiple push buttons on the face of the wheel, which can be used for quick functions such as the pit limiter. There is an in-built LED display which can display telemetry such as RPM. And the usual Fanatec directional toggle.
Finally, moving on to the brake pedals. The pedal set included in this bundle is a three pedal set, and includes a load-cell pedal which dramatically improves brake feeling.
The load-cell pedal uses technology which can closely replicate a real world brake pedal. This means you would brake in the same way as a with a real car, giving a much better feel to the brake pedal.
And then there’s the price. This bundle comes in at a cheaper price than some of Fanatec’s other racing wheel bundles which don’t include the pedal set. This is where the true value is.
You get everything you need to start racing on Assetto Corsa Competizione on Xbox, for less than some bundles which don’t include pedals.
Winner – ClubSport WRC Bundle for Xbox & PC
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 a racing wheel bundles that is 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-round 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 BMW GT2 PlayStation bundle.
This bundle comes in at a lower price than the WRC Xbox bundle above, although it features a few key differences.
Instead of the ClubSport wheel base, you’re getting the CSL Elite wheel base. This is due to the fact that the ClubSport wheel base currently isn’t supported on PlayStation consoles. However the CSL Elite is still a fantastic product, and is certainly the market leader at this price point.
Paired with this is the fan-favourite BMW GT2 steering wheel. This is a steering wheel ripped straight out of a BMW GT car, meaning it’s a replica of a real-world wheel. And when I say fan-favourite I mean it. It’s been one of the best selling and most highly recommended steering wheels for years.
It features a classic BMW design, full Alcantara hand wrap, a metal frame and an LED screen. All being said, it is a nicer wheel than the WRC wheel from the Xbox category.
Finally, the pedal set is from the same range as the WRC bundle, but this is the two pedal CSL Elite set, not three. That means no load-cell pedal included. Although this can be added on as a separate item, which I’d highly recommend doing!
Winner – CSL Elite BMW GT2 Bundle for PlayStation
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 are 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 are 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 the 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 stand point, 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 best budget racing wheel for ACC – Thrustmaster T150 Rs / TMX
Assetto Corsa Competizione is a game which 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 compatible racing wheels, check out the full list here.
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 range of 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 with in Assetto Corsa Competizione. It’d have to be the WRC bundle.
The WRC bundle offers a bit of everything. You’ve got the best belt-driven wheel base on the market in the ClubSport V2.5. A supremely capable racing wheel, which can be changed out at any time if you prefer a different look. And an amazing pedal set which features the load-cell brake.
The best racing wheel for ACC depends on your budget. But I would highly recommend the Fanatec ClubSport V2.5 paired with the BMW GT2 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.