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- Fanatec Podium Advanced Paddle Module
These clutch paddles have a built-in gas/brake mode that emulates Fanatec pedals. It therefore works on consoles, unlike most other options on this list. We are also working on hand controls which contain no electronics, but rather operate the existing Podium paddles. That means you can easily upgrade to a SimAbility product in the future, no money wasted!
Fanatec released this video showing how the Advance Paddle Module fits their new BMW V2 wheel (5:40). Imagine this setup with the large paddle shifter plates mounted to the analog clutch inputs.
- Fanatec CSL Elite Steering Wheel McLaren GT3 V2
This wheel comes with analog clutch paddles that can be switched into gas/brake mode, like the Podium Advanced Paddle Module. Therefore, these will also work on consoles. This is a great alternative to the Podium Advanced Paddle Module if you’re looking for something at a more affordable price point. But we caution that the paddle shifters and analog paddles are both fairly stiff, requiring full-strength fingers to operate. (We could likely make them easier to press by developing extenders that would put more leverage on the paddles.)
- Thrustmaster Formula Wheel Add-On Ferrari SF1000 Edition
This wheel rim was announced on April 20, 2021 and provides “programable analog paddles.” Bsimracing has more information on the Thrustmaster Ferrari SF1000 wheel. A gas/brake mode is available, so it also works on consoles.
- 3DRap Hand Controller
This unique USB throttle-and-brake controller clamps onto your hand, so it will work with any wheel.
- Ascher Racing Clutch Paddles
These need to be manually wired into a separate controller board (such as a DSD 12 Bit Controller), so we only recommend them for more technical users.
- SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Gaming Steering Wheel
This discontinued wheel can still be found. It is a motion-controlled wheel that you hold in the air with analog paddles for throttle and brake. There are ways for technical users to attach it to a force-feedback base. Be aware that it can be difficult to map the steering to the force-feedback base because the motion controls are still active. We have a DIY video guide for mounting the SRW-S1 to a Logitech G27.
- Custom builds
If you have a large budget, you can also check with custom wheel builders like SimSpeedShop to see if they can build something with analog paddles.
- Gamepads and joysticks
Don’t forget about regular game controllers like Xbox or PlayStation gamepads and even traditional joysticks (flight sticks). Most sim racing games can be configured to make better use of these controllers. And we know of at least one customer who went from a joystick to a steering wheel with hand controls and then back to the joystick. Depending on your capabilities, you may find these options more compatible with your hands.
- Automotive hand controls
Lastly, some have adapted standard automotive hand controls to their sim-racing wheels. Here’s a clever setup by Mark Thomson using the Fanatec ClubSport Pedals V2.5 and Monarch adaptive automotive hand controls
Any suggestions we missed? Feel free to put them in the comments below.