RaceDepartment recently had the opportunity to chat to Endor CEO Thomas Jackermeier about the upcoming Fanatec Direct Drive wheel range. Check it out below. Receiving plenty of attention at the recent Sim Racing Expo, the Fanatec stand would feature both of the brand new and in development Podium range Direct Drive wheels, and as such benefitted from a very high number of curious fans looking to get some time behind the wheel of this impressive piece of kit. Thankfully despite his busy schedule, we managed to grab a bit of time with Endor CEO and the man behind the Fanatec brand Thomas Jackermeier, to have a chat about what the new wheel range will mean for users going forward, and what exactly will be improved over the now very popular Clubsport Wheel V2.5. Following the interview you see below, I had the chance to spend a few laps behind the wheel myself, and my first impressions were overwhelmingly positive about the quality that Fanatec have managed to produce. As a CSW v2 owner myself, I have a fairly solid understanding of where I would want the baseline expectation to end up, and I must admit I was pleased with the amount of force the wheel was able to produce. Unfortunately the wheel would be running at the Expo using Project CARS 2, and as such I don't believe that platform, using those settings, would prove to be the best combination to truly show the fine levels of detail that could be produced by the new wheel range. As I mentioned at the time in a post under the Sim Expo article, despite the forces proving to be both strong and smooth, I still didn't have any feeling of what the car was doing underneath me. Now having tried PCARS 2 at home on my own kit, and having a much more active feeling through the wheel (although still not exactly great), I very much think my findings must be more down to how the wheel and game were setup, rather than a direct reflection on either the hardware of software. You can check out the interview and some footage from the wheel in action below; No release window has been confirmed by Fanatec at this stage, however it is expected that the first production models will start to become available within the next few months. In an effort to ensure we can give you the best and most thorough insight into this new piece of hardware I have requested a long term test unit, of which I have been verbally granted by Thomas, so once all that has been agreed formally and arranged I will look to get you a much more detailed insight into the pros and cons, and how it differs from the current top of the Fanatec range, the ClubSport V2. Stay tuned to RaceDepartment for more info as and when it becomes available... Like your sim racing hardware? Got a question or need some advice? No worries, head over to our Sim Racing Hardware sub forum and drop a post now! Like the look of the Fanatec DD wheel range? Direct Drive owner already? What are you thoughts on this new kind of wheel technology? Let us know in the comments section below!