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Wheel & Pedals immerse you in a true-to-life racing experience that's equal or better than pro versions 4 times as expensive.
Wheel & Pedals immerse you in a true-to-life racing experience that's equal or better than pro versions 4 times as expensive.
Wheel & Pedals immerse you in a true-to-life racing experience that's equal or better than pro versions 4 times as expensive.
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What is a prototype?

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The High-End Sim Racing Wheel & Pedals for Everyone

An uncompromising Direct Drive wheel with an honest price tag. Enjoy the ultimate virtual driving with Feel VR — the affordable, professional-grade, direct drive force feedback racing wheel & pedals.

We created the Feel VR Wheel to provide the same ultra-realistic and highly immersive racing “feel” that is offered by professional-grade products but at a fraction of the cost.

Direct Drive is the best racing wheels currently have to offer. It’s what the professional and enthusiast racers all use. It means the wheel’s been attached directly to the motor, cutting out the belt-drive and operating with unparalleled force, speed, and precision. It’s more accurate and packs a lot more torque. It simply feels like you’re holding an actual racing wheel.

The less expensive sim racing wheels on the market today all use gear-drive or belt-drive systems. These get the job done, but there’s an obvious loss of fidelity, speed, and control.

Direct drive has no downsides like speed reduction and cogging torque present in conventional systems.  

Take a quick look at our tests below that compare the Feel VR wheel with one of the most popular (and similarly priced) consumer wheels on the market.

Unlimited rotation angle:

Gear driven (left) vs Direct Drive (right) force feedback
Gear driven (left) vs Direct Drive (right) force feedback

Rotation speed test:

Max rotation angle between 180° and 5400°
Max rotation angle between 180° and 5400°

Direct drive steering systems are generally used in professional racing/training simulators which cost a lot. So we didn’t invent the system, we've redesigned it to make it better and more affordable. It’s always been priced in the thousands of dollars. Until now.

Obviously, it’s impossible to have a proper racing experience without pedals. So we made ultra-realistic pedals.

We use a super-realistic Load Cell based brake to enhance the experience even further. Regular pedals use travel sensitive, potentiometer-based sensor. But the human body memorizes muscle tension much better than foot position. Another reason using load cell is realism as real car brakes transfer the pedal pressure directly to the brake pads and so do we. We measure the pedal pressure and not the travel. 

Use Feel VR Wheel and Pedals with your racing rig to enjoy maximum realism. Wheel and pedals are firmly mounted using highly compatible with most rigs patterns.

Please refer to mounting patterns below for further details:

Feel VR Wheel One mounting pattern

Feel VR Pedals One mounting pattern

This year we took part in SimRacing Expo in Germany for the first time. We got a lot of feedback, and have already implemented all the improvements into the products.

Our global vision is to bring realism to VR through the great peripherals. That's why we called our company Feel VR - we want to give you the opportunity to feel the virtual reality with our highly realistic and affordable haptic feedback devices.

 We're passionate about optimization and efficiency of the things we make. So we've built the whole thing from the ground up with quality components and new technology, just without the brand names. We also sell direct-to-consumer and the falling prices of electronic components help as well. 

It’s great to have quality motor, but it's hardly enough. You also need high-quality electronics to enable full power and control the motor properly. And there were no affordable yet professional solution on the market. As a result, we decided to create our own custom motor control board. We use state of the art FOC control method that gets the most out of the motor hardware.

We don't use third-party components. We have our own R&D resources. That's how we can keep the price down.

The wheel and pedals are supported by most simulation and majority of racing titles. Please check the FAQ below for the full list.

The idea of an affordable direct drive racing wheel was born when Feel VR founder, Denis Krutko, tested direct drive technology on a DIY wheel made of third-party components. While he was inspired by the level of realism and responsiveness, he was disappointed by the high price. So, he decided to build his own affordable product!

Designing the product has been a labor-intensive process involving more than 5,000+ hours of research, brainstorming and development. We have gone from initial sketches on the backs of napkins to CAD modelling and numerous prototyping iterations and experiments with different kinds of motors and sensors.

Wheel first prototype testing
Wheel first prototype testing

During research and development, our team consulted regularly with professional racers. They tested our product and gave us a feedback so we could develop the best wheel and pedals for the most demanding enthusiasts.

We have a deep gratitude for everyone involved in helping bringing this project to life.

Especially the community and professional sim racers feedback which made it possible to know what the perfect gear should be and move towards that direction.

Feel VR Influencers
Feel VR Influencers

For additional questions, media inquiries, or review unit requests please contact us via email hello@feelvr.game or Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Press Kit is available here.

Risks and challenges

This is a hardware project. The transition from a prototype to a shippable product will require time and resources. Delivery dates are at the mercy of the unforeseen - design, manufacturing, and regulatory issues. Delays on either our side or from suppliers/manufacturers could have a direct impact on when you receive your wheel and pedals. It is also possible that we could encounter issues with sourcing some of our components. To mitigate this risk, where possible, we have chosen standard components (with multiple alternatives available).

This product relies heavily on tight tolerance components. In case a batch of parts arrives which are out of design spec, they may have to be made again. This could affect the delivery time. To counter this issue, we'll be producing parts in small, locally produced batches so we can catch QA errors early before they become excessively expensive/time-consuming.

While there is a possible risk at every step of this project, we are confident that we have the right team to reach our quality goals and deadlines.

We’re looking forward to your support and community feedback so together we can finally bring a high-quality direct drive wheel into the consumer market.

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    Feel VR Wheel includes
    (1) Wheel base, (1) GT steering rim, (1) USB cable, (1) Power box with (2) Power cables, (1) Table clamp and (1) Mounting screws pack.

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    Feel VR Wheel and Pedals KIT includes
    (1) Wheel base, (1) GT steering rim, (1) Formula steering rim, (1) Pedal base plate with clutch, brake and accelerator pedals, (1) Pedals adjustment tool, (2) USB cables and (1) Power box with (2) Power cables, (1) Table clamp and (2) Mounting screws packs.

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    (1) Wheel base, (1) GT steering rim, (1) USB cable, (1) Power box with (2) Power cables, (1) Table clamp and (1) Mounting screws pack.

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    Feel VR Wheel and Pedals KIT includes
    (1) Wheel base, (1) GT steering rim, (1) Formula steering rim, (1) Pedal base plate with clutch, brake and accelerator pedals, (1) Pedals adjustment tool, (2) USB cables and (1) Power box with (2) Power cables, (1) Table clamp and (2) Mounting screws packs.

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    Feel VR Wheel and Pedals KIT includes
    (1) Wheel base, (1) GT steering rim, (1) Formula steering rim, (1) Pedal base plate with clutch, brake and accelerator pedals, (1) Pedals adjustment tool, (2) USB cables and (1) Power box with (2) Power cables, (1) Table clamp and (2) Mounting screws packs.

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