New Steering Wheels Revealed At ADAC Sim Racing Expo

Here are all of the new sim racing products that excited us at the ADAC Sim Racing Expo 2023. The new products include gear from Fanatec, Asetek, Cube Controls, PXN and more.

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Coming off the back of an awesome ADAC Sim Racing Expo, we have a lot of new products to get excited about. During this year’s event, there was a wide range of sim racing brands with new gear on show.

In this guide, I’m going to run through all of the new sim racing wheels that we saw at ADAC 2023. These include new products from Fanatec, Asetek, Cube Controls, PXN, Ascher Racing and more.

Asetek Wheel Button Box

The first new product that I want to look at is the new Asetek Wheel Button Box. These are a set of modular steering wheel hubs which allow for a wide range of steering wheels to be attached.

The button boxes themselves include all the electronics that you’d normally find on an Asetek wheel. There are rev lights, push buttons, encoders, shifters and more, as well as the quick release on the rear.

The theory is that this button box will give you all electronic inputs and control over your car. You can then add whichever hand grips/wheel rim to the button box to customise your steering wheel. You could opt for a circular wheel rim or a few different D-shaped wheel rims.

The beauty of this approach is that Asetek can quite quickly release additional wheel rim attachments over time. And you won’t need to buy additional wheel hubs or quick releases. You can simply attach them to the button box you have.

There are two variations of the button box, La Prima and Forte. They both achieve the same principle, however, the Forte base has extra features and a higher-quality build.

Asetek La Prima Wheel Button Box Price
  • Without a wheel rim – €279.99 / $279.99
  • With a wheel rim – €399.99 / $399.99
Asetek Forte Wheel Button Box Price
  • Without a wheel rim – €399.99 / $399.99
  • With a wheel rim – €499.99 / $499.99

Fanatec showcase new ClubSport DD wheel base

Fanatec had a large booth at this year’s expo where they were showcasing a variety of products. The most impressive of the products on show was the new ClubSport DD.

This is a brand-new wheel base that is designed to sit between the CSL DD and DD1 as a mid-range racing wheel. It is direct drive just like all other Fanatec wheels, and is tuned to produce 12Nm of peak torque.

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There is also a PlayStation-compatible version called the ClubSport DD+, although we didn’t get a chance to view this in person. The CS DD+ increases the power to 15Nm of peak torque, whilst adding PlayStation compatibility.

Find out whether we think the ClubSport DD is worth upgrading from the CSL DD.

The ClubSport DD costs €699.95 / $699.95 / ¥92,900 / $1299.95 AUS.

Cube Controls AMG GT Wheel

Cube Controls have teamed up with Mercedes-AMG to release a formula and GT-style steering wheel. This wheel proudly has the Mercedes logo across the front of the carbon fibre face plate.

Cube Controls Mercedes-AMG Wheel

The front of the wheel is a range of push buttons, thumb encoders and front-facing encoders. The push buttons are all RGB backlit and feature button guards to ensure precision in the heat of a race.

On the rear of the wheel is a set of shifters which are the same as those used in real-world Mercedes-AMG GT2 vehicles. This wheel features both USB and Bluetooth modes for maximum compatibility.

Ascher Racing McLaren GT4 Wheel

Ascher Racing already have a McLaren racing wheel, but ADAC was the first opportunity to get hands-on with their newest McLaren GT4 wheel. This new wheel is a 1:1 replica of the real-world steering wheel, and it’s a pretty convincing replica.

Ascher Racing McLaren GT4 Wheel

All inputs are positioned identically to the real-world wheel, and the materials used feel just as good. This latest steering wheel features a larger number of inputs than the previous wheel, and each button is completely customisable.

PXN V12lite

Chinese brand PXN were at the expo showcasing their latest products including their V12lite racing wheel. This complete sim racing bundle includes a direct drive racing wheel, a nice-looking steering wheel and a complete set of sim racing pedals.

Priced at just £499, this bundle is ideal for sim racers not looking to spend a fortune on some of the other products that were on show from other brands. The great thing about this PXN bundle is that it is compatible with Xbox and PlayStation consoles as well as PC, making it incredibly versatile.

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Article written by Mjolnir

Mjolnir is one of the main setup creators and content writers for SimRacingSetups. He has had years of experience in sim racing, both competitively and casually. After a decade of sim racing experience, he co-founded to share his passion and knowledge of sim racing and Formula 1 with other sim racers.
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