DEM Racing Simulators is looking to bring gear-driven steering back to sim racing with their DRS Integrale Professional Steering System. They have been releasing a steady flow of preview videos of the wheel, first showing off it in action with iRacing, and now we have a video of it being used in rFactor 2.
DEM was hard at work trying to optimize the driver for use with Windows, however they were having issues with ISI’s latest simulator. For some weird reason, the sim was not recognizing the steering axis for the wheel. They have since ironed out the kinks, and have been able to use the wheel with rF2. They tested the wheel with the Formula Renault 3.5 2014 at Silverstone.
My impressions on the wheel are quite similar to what I had with the iRacing video. It appears that the wheel can be quite noisy, especially during counter-steering. While using a steel gear system does reduce the chance for slippage (like some belt-driven wheels can experience), I do not see the value compared to the new direct-drive offerings. If the DEM DRS Integrale undercuts the SimXperience AccuForce significantly, I may see a place for it, but as it is right now, I am not optimistic about that.
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