Podium Series Status Update: Shipments begin next month, first batch stock almost sold out!

edited March 16 in Blog

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I’m pleased to confirm that we are on track to ship the first batch of the Podium Series direct drive systems on April 30th. This includes all three systems: Podium Wheel Base DD1, Podium Wheel Base DD2, and Podium Racing Wheel F1® PS4™. All units already pre-ordered until now will ship on time.


Please note that due to high demand, we are very nearly sold out worldwide for this first batch. In fact, some variants are already sold out in some regions, for example the Podium Racing Wheel F1® PS4™ in Australia, and the Podium Wheel Base DD2 in Europe. So if you see the estimated availability date change on the product page, this isn’t because we are delayed, it’s because you’ve missed the first batch!


Production continues to ramp up and we are beginning to prepare the second batch, which will ship in June. Thank you for your patience; we’re really excited to get this remarkable technology into your hands.



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  • Awesome news! :)
  • That's great news! 
    @Thomas: Could you comment on the rumors, that the DD1 motor has been changed? (from being the same as in DD2)
    Or is it still the same unit which is then regulated by software? 

    If it the motor has been changed, is there any info about the differences in performance in terms of accelaration, rotation speed, etc.? Would be really interesting to know :)

    Thanks in advance & best regards,

    Ingo
  • edited March 15
    Still waiting till 2020 to get my DD1 PS4 version standalone, because i dont want that blue wheel since i bought the limited gold edition.
    The more money you spend, the later your parts will be available.

    Special thanks to Fanatec.
  • edited March 15
    But if when I preordered date was not changed I managed to buy the "first batch"?
    I payed with bank transfer and don't know when it came trough (will need to check)
  • edited March 15
    I preorder DD1 to 23.11.2018... 
    I'm on first batch ?
    You promise F1 2019 formula wheel...


  • I preorder DD1 to 23.11.2018... 
    I'm on first batch ?
    You promise F1 2019 formula wheel...


    3rd sentence in this news. All units already pre-ordered until now will ship in time.
  • edited March 15
    Podium PS4 in Europe is sold-out. I would pre-ordered it next week.
    Is there a way to have it by the end of April? 
  • Podium PS4 in Europe is sold-out. I would pre-ordered it next week.
    Is there a way to have it by the end of April? 
    No.
  • edited March 15
    Thanks for status update. Can't wait for my DD2 to arrive finally.
    :-bd
  • Any news on that limited edition F1 2019 wheel rim? would like to get that and my DD1 pre order together :)
  • Great news !

    p.s You notice those LED's working on the PS4 World record video? Come on MS get with it :)
  • I'm curious to know if the advanced paddle shifter modules will still ship on the same day? Would be nice to get that at the same time as my dd1!
  • Really happy, but a bit sad i tough because tought we would get them ON the 30th or before
  • That's great news! 
    @Thomas: Could you comment on the rumors, that the DD1 motor has been changed? (from being the same as in DD2)
    Or is it still the same unit which is then regulated by software? 

    If it the motor has been changed, is there any info about the differences in performance in terms of accelaration, rotation speed, etc.? Would be really interesting to know :)

    Thanks in advance & best regards,

    Ingo


    Would like to know about this as well.  Thomas said it himself in this video 

  • How many units does the first batch have?
  • All pre-orderered Units of the DD1 and the Racing Wheel come with the DD2 motor. The development of a new motor will still take quite some time and we will make it very clear in the product name and description once we change the motor.
  • All pre-orderered Units of the DD1 and the Racing Wheel come with the DD2 motor. The development of a new motor will still take quite some time and we will make it very clear in the product name and description once we change the motor.
    Hello Thomas,
    Can I confirm with you that those who pre-ordered the DD1 and were offered a complimentary 2019 Formula V2 rim due to the delay in shipping. Will The DD1 still ship on or around the 30th April due to the fact that the first batch of V2 rims are now sold out and the next available batch are due to ship June/July... Will both ship together on the 30th & were enough V2 rims put to one side for those who pre-ordered the Podium bases?

    My order consisted of a Podium DD1, Clubsport V3 peddles, Brake performance kit, CSL Elite McLaren GT3 rim. + the free Clubsport Formula V2 rim.

    Thank you.
  • All pre-orderered Units of the DD1 and the Racing Wheel come with the DD2 motor. The development of a new motor will still take quite some time and we will make it very clear in the product name and description once we change the motor.
    Hello Thomas,
    Can I confirm with you that those who pre-ordered the DD1 and were offered a complimentary 2019 Formula V2 rim due to the delay in shipping. Will The DD1 still ship on or around the 30th April due to the fact that the first batch of V2 rims are now sold out and the next available batch are due to ship June/July... Will both ship together on the 30th & were enough V2 rims put to one side for those who pre-ordered the Podium bases?

    My order consisted of a Podium DD1, Clubsport V3 peddles, Brake performance kit, CSL Elite McLaren GT3 rim. + the free Clubsport Formula V2 rim.

    Thank you.
    The "free" Formula v2 F1 2019 wheel was not announced yet so nobody actually had a chance to pre-order that wheel. Thomas said that this new wheel will be announced very soon and everyone who originally got the free F1 2019 wheel, which was then changed to a free coupon code with a value of 350€, will have the chance to order this new limited wheel 1 or 2 days in advance to everyone else. Thomas also said the F1 2019 wheel looks like to be released June/July so it will not be delivered together with the DD Bases end of April.
  • edited March 16
    All pre-orderered Units of the DD1 and the Racing Wheel come with the DD2 motor. The development of a new motor will still take quite some time and we will make it very clear in the product name and description once we change the motor.
    Hello Thomas,
    Can I confirm with you that those who pre-ordered the DD1 and were offered a complimentary 2019 Formula V2 rim due to the delay in shipping. Will The DD1 still ship on or around the 30th April due to the fact that the first batch of V2 rims are now sold out and the next available batch are due to ship June/July... Will both ship together on the 30th & were enough V2 rims put to one side for those who pre-ordered the Podium bases?

    My order consisted of a Podium DD1, Clubsport V3 peddles, Brake performance kit, CSL Elite McLaren GT3 rim. + the free Clubsport Formula V2 rim.

    Thank you.
    The "free" Formula v2 F1 2019 wheel was not announced yet so nobody actually had a chance to pre-order that wheel. Thomas said that this new wheel will be announced very soon and everyone who originally got the free F1 2019 wheel, which was then changed to a free coupon code with a value of 350€, will have the chance to order this new limited wheel 1 or 2 days in advance to everyone else. Thomas also said the F1 2019 wheel looks like to be released June/July so it will not be delivered together with the DD Bases end of April.
    The wheel which is currently on sale red/black formula V2 (first batch sold out) is what I thought was the free offer - NOT the upcoming yet to be released limited edition....


  • All pre-orderered Units of the DD1 and the Racing Wheel come with the DD2 motor. The development of a new motor will still take quite some time and we will make it very clear in the product name and description once we change the motor.
    Hello Thomas,
    Can I confirm with you that those who pre-ordered the DD1 and were offered a complimentary 2019 Formula V2 rim due to the delay in shipping. Will The DD1 still ship on or around the 30th April due to the fact that the first batch of V2 rims are now sold out and the next available batch are due to ship June/July... Will both ship together on the 30th & were enough V2 rims put to one side for those who pre-ordered the Podium bases?

    My order consisted of a Podium DD1, Clubsport V3 peddles, Brake performance kit, CSL Elite McLaren GT3 rim. + the free Clubsport Formula V2 rim.

    Thank you.
    The "free" Formula v2 F1 2019 wheel was not announced yet so nobody actually had a chance to pre-order that wheel. Thomas said that this new wheel will be announced very soon and everyone who originally got the free F1 2019 wheel, which was then changed to a free coupon code with a value of 350€, will have the chance to order this new limited wheel 1 or 2 days in advance to everyone else. Thomas also said the F1 2019 wheel looks like to be released June/July so it will not be delivered together with the DD Bases end of April.
    The wheel which is currently on sale red/black formula V2 (first batch sold out) is what I thought was the free offer - NOT the upcoming yet to be released limited edition....
    No. There will be a new F1 2019 wheel which will be another unique color version and again a limited edition. The black/red one is the regular Formula v2 which everyone can buy and NOT the free Goodie for the delay.
  • I thought the free offer was the wheel/rim from the link below:

    No. See answer above. The free new F1 2019 wasn't announced yet.
  • I thought the free offer was the wheel/rim from the link below:

    No. See answer above. The free new F1 2019 wasn't announced yet. 
    OK, I see - I went and relooked at the voucher I received from Fanatec for the freebie - You are correct, it seems as if it's the limited edition V2.... I'm in the UK so I hope the shipping's free when it's finally ready
    ;)
  • Well I'm happy ! Quick question could somebody tell me is Clubsport Static Shifter Paddles compatible with Podium bases ? Would love the use these kinda shifters.
  • Well I'm happy ! Quick question could somebody tell me is Clubsport Static Shifter Paddles compatible with Podium bases ? Would love the use these kinda shifters.
    Yes they are
  • this is excellent news. having bought the 2018 LE rim I'm a little disappointed i'll essentially have to wait until you sell the DD standalone, or could there be an option for me to get the PS4 DD with another rim? i had been looking at the drift wheel and universal hub, which i'm about to buy for DR2.0 
  • this is excellent news. having bought the 2018 LE rim I'm a little disappointed i'll essentially have to wait until you sell the DD standalone, or could there be an option for me to get the PS4 DD with another rim? i had been looking at the drift wheel and universal hub, which i'm about to buy for DR2.0 
    There are no plans to sell the DD1 PS4 Base as a standalone version according to several posts. And of course you also can't choose a different wheel as this is a PS4 licensed bundle package.
  • @Maurice Böschen Thanks for answer ! I just can't find information for it. I thought they attach too far on the base.
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  • @Maurice Böschen Thanks for answer ! I just can't find information for it. I thought they attach too far on the base.
    Mhm weird that you didn't found any info as it is well described in the Webshop description of the DD Bases... "Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories • Connection ports for peripheral devices: USB, Power, Pedals, Shifter 1, Shifter 2, Handbrake" They will be front-mounted just like on the CSW and CSL Bases.
  • There are no plans to sell the DD1 PS4 Base as a standalone version according to several posts. And of course you also can't choose a different wheel as this is a PS4 licensed bundle package.
    Yikes! guess i better plan of selling extra gear on eBay 

  • I saw a graphic recently that showed holding torque of the dd2 at 15nm. On the official fanatec website it mentions that it is not less 18nm. For the dd1 it also mentions not less than 15nm holding torque, so will this be less if the dd2 is 15nm? Cheers
  • I saw a graphic recently that showed holding torque of the dd2 at 15nm. On the official fanatec website it mentions that it is not less 18nm. For the dd1 it also mentions not less than 15nm holding torque, so will this be less if the dd2 is 15nm? Cheers
    The value of 15Nm holding Torque was mentioned in the introduction video with a mention that this was tested with an EXTREME scenario which will never happen during racing. Holding Torque for racing condition is 18Nm for the DD2 with Peaks up to 25Nm.
  • @Maurice Böschen Thanks for answer ! I just can't find information for it. I thought they attach too far on the base.
    Mhm weird that you didn't found any info as it is well described in the Webshop description of the DD Bases... "Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories • Connection ports for peripheral devices: USB, Power, Pedals, Shifter 1, Shifter 2, Handbrake" They will be front-mounted just like on the CSW and CSL Bases.
    Oh I see ! I bet I didn't look so good.. Again thanks !
  • All pre-orderered Units of the DD1 and the Racing Wheel come with the DD2 motor. The development of a new motor will still take quite some time and we will make it very clear in the product name and description once we change the motor.
    I was just about to pull the trigger on one of the three DD's when I read the post saying that the first batch was sold out, but if I read your comment correctly Thomas, then the next batch of DD1 and PS4 DD's will also contain the DD2 motor, is that correct? even though first delivered in june.
    Just want to make sure that I get a DD2 motor even if I should end up ordering a DD1 or PS4 DD instead of a DD2 before a week or so has gone by....
  • All pre-orderered Units of the DD1 and the Racing Wheel come with the DD2 motor. The development of a new motor will still take quite some time and we will make it very clear in the product name and description once we change the motor.
    I was just about to pull the trigger on one of the three DD's when I read the post saying that the first batch was sold out, but if I read your comment correctly Thomas, then the next batch of DD1 and PS4 DD's will also contain the DD2 motor, is that correct? even though first delivered in june.
    Just want to make sure that I get a DD2 motor even if I should end up ordering a DD1 or PS4 DD instead of a DD2 before a week or so has gone by....
    YES, EVERY pre-order will get the DD2 motor UNTIL Fanatec make an official announcement that a new DD1 motor is used which will also be very Cleary stated in the product description according to Thomas post.
  • edited March 16
    Is there a chance the first motor for the DD1 which you said did not meet the standard for Podium wheel base to be used in a ClubSport Direct Drive Wheel Base?
  • edited March 16
    I saw a graphic recently that showed holding torque of the dd2 at 15nm. On the official fanatec website it mentions that it is not less 18nm. For the dd1 it also mentions not less than 15nm holding torque, so will this be less if the dd2 is 15nm? Cheers
    The value of 15Nm holding Torque was mentioned in the introduction video with a mention that this was tested with an EXTREME scenario which will never happen during racing. Holding Torque for racing condition is 18Nm for the DD2 with Peaks up to 25Nm.
    Thanks for clarifying that Maurice, you are a wealth of knowledge on these forums.
  • edited March 18
    Is there a chance the first motor for the DD1 which you said did not meet the standard for Podium wheel base to be used in a ClubSport Direct Drive Wheel Base?
    Unfortunately not.. It would be too expensive. The outrunner and wireless tech nology we use on the Podium wheel bases is the most advanced technology used out there and far more expensive to produce than those standard inrunner servo motors used by OSW for example, We can only achieve those super competitive prices due to direct marketing and the large volume we buy.

    A more affordable Clubsport or even CSL DD would be a logical next step but it requires a complete new development of the entire wheel base and motor.
  • Will there be a side mounting kit available to purchase the DD wheel bases, if they are will they be released at the same time as the wheel base?
  • edited March 18
    Is there a chance the first motor for the DD1 which you said did not meet the standard for Podium wheel base to be used in a ClubSport Direct Drive Wheel Base?
    Unfortunately not.. It would be too expensive. 
    Thanks for the answer!
    :-bd
  • Hi Thomas, I would like to place an order on the PS4 DD bundle but I want to make sure I could attach the direct drive wheel base to my RS1 seat. It would be a bummer if not... Secondly I want to order an additional wheel with the bundle for rally games. What wheel can I buy to play rally on the SP4 with this direct drive base? I just want to make sure it will be compatible all the way with another Fanatec wheel on PS4 with quick release and full power of DD? Or should I wait for you to release new wheels in the future? I must say playing rally games with a F1 wheel.... Thanks. I will place my order as soon as I get your answer.
  • edited March 17
    Henri R said:
    Hi Thomas, I would like to place an order on the PS4 DD bundle but I want to make sure I could attach the direct drive wheel base to my RS1 seat. It would be a bummer if not... Secondly I want to order an additional wheel with the bundle for rally games. What wheel can I buy to play rally on the SP4 with this direct drive base? I just want to make sure it will be compatible all the way with another Fanatec wheel on PS4 with quick release and full power of DD? Or should I wait for you to release new wheels in the future? I must say playing rally games with a F1 wheel.... Thanks. I will place my order as soon as I get your answer.
    The DD Bases use the same 3 mounting hole pattern as the CSW (without angle bracket) so yes, the RS1 generally is compatible as that rig has holes for Fanatec bases. There is also a drilling template on the download page of the DD which you can print 1:1 to have a look if everything will work as the DD Bases are a lot larger than the CSW and CSL Bases. Regarding steering wheel: EVERY steering wheel is compatible on PS4 with the DD1 Racing Wheel for PS4. Torque is ONLY limited on all kind of CSL wheels with the Plastic Semi-Quick-Release.
  • Brillient news indeed!

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    I’m pleased to confirm that we are on track to ship the first batch of the Podium Series direct drive systems on April 30th. This includes all three systems: Podium Wheel Base DD1, Podium Wheel Base DD2, and Podium Racing Wheel F1® PS4™. All units already pre-ordered until now will ship on time.


    Please note that due to high demand, we are very nearly sold out worldwide for this first batch. In fact, some variants are already sold out in some regions, for example the Podium Racing Wheel F1® PS4™ in Australia, and the Podium Wheel Base DD2 in Europe. So if you see the estimated availability date change on the product page, this isn’t because we are delayed, it’s because you’ve missed the first batch!


    Production continues to ramp up and we are beginning to prepare the second batch, which will ship in June. Thank you for your patience; we’re really excited to get this remarkable technology into your hands.




  • What are the dimensions of the powers supply and how long is the lead between the wheelbase and power supply?
  • Excellent - now onto the pedals, I hope?  I'm using the CS v3, and while it's definitely the nicest pedal set I've ever had, there are things that would happily get me to buy a Podium pedal set to go with my DD2:
    • getting rid of the PU foam - I can feel the wax sticking when I brake, but I'd still like more travel than the existing Eladur kit would offer
    • enclosing the rumble motors, perhaps with replaceable cables, as they're easily damaged
    A softer Eladur brake with an adjustable pre-travel coil spring would be perfect; if someone wants firmer Eladur, design the pedals so that the Eladur can be swapped out without risk of crushing the rumble motor cables.  A Hall effect throttle would be fine; I know some pedals use a load cell here, but I would rather see more engineering and build cost put into the brake than the throttle, and in a real car, throttle would be measured by position, not force, anyway.

    Thanks!
  • Excellent - now onto the pedals, I hope?  I'm using the CS v3, and while it's definitely the nicest pedal set I've ever had, there are things that would happily get me to buy a Podium pedal set to go with my DD2:
    • getting rid of the PU foam - I can feel the wax sticking when I brake, but I'd still like more travel than the existing Eladur kit would offer
    • enclosing the rumble motors, perhaps with replaceable cables, as they're easily damaged
    A softer Eladur brake with an adjustable pre-travel coil spring would be perfect; if someone wants firmer Eladur, design the pedals so that the Eladur can be swapped out without risk of crushing the rumble motor cables.  A Hall effect throttle would be fine; I know some pedals use a load cell here, but I would rather see more engineering and build cost put into the brake than the throttle, and in a real car, throttle would be measured by position, not force, anyway.

    Thanks!
    Maybe you should read the product page again, the V3 is already using hall sensors for throttle and clutch. The only pedale using a loadcell with force is the brake.
  • Hi Thomas,

    Order placed for the PS4 DD. Thanks. But it doesn't say if I will be delivered with the first batch? I am living in Europe. Thanks.


  • edited March 18
    Henri R said:
    Hi Thomas,

    Order placed for the PS4 DD. Thanks. But it doesn't say if I will be delivered with the first batch? I am living in Europe. Thanks.


    If you have placed your order after Friday, then you will be in the second batch as the first batch was sold out on Friday. The date which was shown on the product page when you ordered (which you can also find in your order history) is the shipping date. It's either 30.04 or 14.06
  • Excellent - now onto the pedals, I hope?  I'm using the CS v3, and while it's definitely the nicest pedal set I've ever had, there are things that would happily get me to buy a Podium pedal set to go with my DD2:
    • getting rid of the PU foam - I can feel the wax sticking when I brake, but I'd still like more travel than the existing Eladur kit would offer
    • enclosing the rumble motors, perhaps with replaceable cables, as they're easily damaged
    A softer Eladur brake with an adjustable pre-travel coil spring would be perfect; if someone wants firmer Eladur, design the pedals so that the Eladur can be swapped out without risk of crushing the rumble motor cables.  A Hall effect throttle would be fine; I know some pedals use a load cell here, but I would rather see more engineering and build cost put into the brake than the throttle, and in a real car, throttle would be measured by position, not force, anyway.

    Thanks!
    Maybe you should read the product page again, the V3 is already using hall sensors for throttle and clutch. The only pedale using a loadcell with force is the brake.
    I'm aware of what uses what in the v3.  By "other pedals" I was referring to the competitors they'll be taking on in this space - we all know who they are, but it's rude to name competitors on a company's product announcement blog.
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