Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo Wheel

Here's a tip if you're in a race using Fanatec's Porsche 911 Turbo racing wheel: Watch those buttons. Like any racing wheel worth its salt the 911 Turbo features assignable buttons--nine in fact on the face of the wheel itself. Perhaps due to the shape of the wheel face and how your...

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Here's a tip if you're in a race using Fanatec's Porsche 911 Turbo racing wheel: Watch those buttons. Like any racing wheel worth its salt the 911 Turbo features assignable buttons--nine in fact on the face of the wheel itself. Perhaps due to the shape of the wheel face and how your hands sit on top of it, assigning the pit speed limiter button in your favorite racing sim to a button on the upper right or upper can have disastrous results.

We speak from experience. While speeding through a tight corner in SimBin's Race 07, we were gripped the wheel during a hard left turn and inadvertently hit the top left button with our palm just below the thumb. Immediately our car slowed down to the pit speed limit and our race was ruined. Oops. A quick exit out of the race and into the menus to re-assign the pit speed limiter to another button, and we were back on track and back in action.

That's a nitpick for what is otherwise an attractive and full-featured racing wheel. The Porsche 911 Turbo is compatible with the PC and PlayStation 3 and, better yet, it's wireless. After installing the drivers that come with the wheel, you simply plug in the packed in USB wireless receiver and, after a bit of synch, you're off and racing.

The feel of the wheel under your hands is excellent; it's stably constructed and mounts to your favorite desk or table with a clamp that's easy to use and sturdy. The Porsche logo embedded in the center of the wheel's face is surprisingly low-key and the stark silver and black color scheme is an attractive match. In addition to button shifters that are built into the back of the wheel, the game also comes with two additional shifter accessories: a sequential stick and an H pattern stick. Unfortunately, the shifters feel cheap and make an annoying clicking noise when shifting gears that takes you right out of the experience. We had the most fun just sticking with the built-in button shifter.

The silver and black foot pedals are attractive to look at, and both the clutch and brake pedals are delightfully stiff, giving you just enough "push-back" to make modulating your braking in corners easy and effective. The pedal base also comes with a square of sticky material that you're presumably supposed to place underneath the base to prevent slipping--it worked pretty well in our testing. If there's any complaint about the footpedals, it's that the three separate pedals are just slightly too close together for comfort, especially when driving with shoes on. Our solution was just to remove our shoes entirely, though we doubt our office-mates were too happy with that decision.

While the base model Porsche 911 Turbo wheel is only compatible with the PS3 and PC, Fanatec has since released an "S" model of the wheel that includes support for the Xbox 360. None of them are cheap: the Porsche 911 Turbo we played is for sale on the Fanatec site for $350. Still, its fine feel and wireless compatibility make it an attractive option for a race fan with money to spend. Just watch those pit speed limiter buttons.

Discussion

17 comments
TahaHalwani
TahaHalwani

I had an old porsche steering wheel. And it was awesome :'(

Tuppe666
Tuppe666

G25 Ftw! It looks way more sporty and comes with better quality gear shift. Same price anyways :O

joesh89
joesh89

a clutch ? and i assume that is a manual gearbox. really good. really expensive, and really wont be buying.

killa4lyfe
killa4lyfe

looks cool but i bet u its worth a pretty penny and it wont be worth getting it....

marco245
marco245

Logitech G25 will do me for years. You can upgrade it with some very VERY cool tech. I know a guy who tested this before it was released, and he said the wireless feature was great, but the wheel had some issues. Also, it's expensive. Shifter looks a bit flimsy, too.

RajHoOT
RajHoOT

I just picked this up after owning the G25 for the last year and a half and I have to say it is an all around better wheel. The wireless connectivity+pedals save me from a mess of cables while I'm racing. The feedback motors also feel more powerful and realistic than the G25. Not saying that the G25 is a bad wheel at all, it is amazing, but it is getting old. We need an updated version.

xche78x
xche78x

i already have logitech driving force pro and it is great for ps2/ps3/pc. and for that price, i may as well go for the latest logitech g25 which looks better to me. and to the person saying there is no great driving games on pc, you need to open your eyes. GRID NFSU GTR etc. oh and im planning to play GTA4 on PC using KB&M or DualShock3 in combination with Driving Force Pro Steering Wheel! ^_^

Anayalator408
Anayalator408

I might get this for Gran Turismo 5 or GRID, maybe even Need For Speed Undercover

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

There haven't been many great racing games for PC to warrant a purchase of this expense. I miss Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2; those were the days !

immase
immase

This compared to the Logitech G25...? Built quality, responsiveness? Overall, which one is best? G25 or this Porsche's one?

mechberg
mechberg

Here's a tip if you're in a race using Fanatec's Porsche 911 Turbo racing wheel: Watch those buttons. Like any racing wheel worth its salt the 911 Turbo features assignable buttons--nine in fact on the face of the wheel itself. Perhaps due to the shape of the wheel face and how your hands sit on top of it, assigning the pit speed limiter button in your favorite racing sim to a button on the upper right or upper can have disastrous results.

We speak from experience. While speeding through a tight corner in SimBin's Race 07, we were gripped the wheel during a hard left turn and inadvertently hit the top left button with our palm just below the thumb. Immediately our car slowed down to the pit speed limit and our race was ruined. Oops. A quick exit out of the race and into the menus to re-assign the pit speed limiter to another button, and we were back on track and back in action.

That's a nitpick for what is otherwise an attractive and full-featured racing wheel. The Porsche 911 Turbo is compatible with the PC and PlayStation 3 and, better yet, it's wireless. After installing the drivers that come with the wheel, you simply plug in the packed in USB wireless receiver and, after a bit of synch, you're off and racing.

The feel of the wheel under your hands is excellent; it's stably constructed and mounts to your favorite desk or table with a clamp that's easy to use and sturdy. The Porsche logo embedded in the center of the wheel's face is surprisingly low-key and the stark silver and black color scheme is an attractive match. In addition to button shifters that are built into the back of the wheel, the game also comes with two additional shifter accessories: a sequential stick and an H pattern stick. Unfortunately, the shifters feel cheap and make an annoying clicking noise when shifting gears that takes you right out of the experience. We had the most fun just sticking with the built-in button shifter.

The silver and black foot pedals are attractive to look at, and both the clutch and brake pedals are delightfully stiff, giving you just enough "push-back" to make modulating your braking in corners easy and effective. The pedal base also comes with a square of sticky material that you're presumably supposed to place underneath the base to prevent slipping--it worked pretty well in our testing. If there's any complaint about the footpedals, it's that the three separate pedals are just slightly too close together for comfort, especially when driving with shoes on. Our solution was just to remove our shoes entirely, though we doubt our office-mates were too happy with that decision.

While the base model Porsche 911 Turbo wheel is only compatible with the PS3 and PC, Fanatec has since released an "S" model of the wheel that includes support for the Xbox 360. None of them are cheap: the Porsche 911 Turbo we played is for sale on the Fanatec site for $350. Still, its fine feel and wireless compatibility make it an attractive option for a race fan with money to spend. Just watch those pit speed limiter buttons.