RennSport V2 Cockpit Review

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The RennSport Cockpit V2 is the latest premium sim racing cockpit from legendary sim manufacturer Fanatec. Does this pricey sim rig live up to the hype and deliver the best sim racing rig on the market?

Fanatec RennSport V2 Cockpit Review

Our Verdict

8.9 / 10

Product Design




Value For Money


Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC


  • Great overall rig design
  • Looks stunning
  • Extremely sturdy
  • Can handle direct drive wheels


  • Expensive
  • No chair or accessories included
  • Had to use add-on mounting brackets for direct drive

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What exactly is the RennSport V2 Cockpit?

The RennSport V2 cockpit is Fanatec’s very own sim racing cockpit. You don’t normally associate Fanatec with sim rigs. Instead, they are well known for producing some of the best racing wheels on the market.

And that is normally where sim racers end their association with the German manufacturer.

But now they have started manufacturing their very own sim cockpit. Well, they’ve tested the waters before, but the RennSport V2 is the latest cockpit design by Fanatec.

The RennSport V2 features some of the nicest curves from any sim rig. And it makes a traditional 80:20 rig look extremely primitive.

There is no doubt that this cockpit looks stunning, but does it live up to that when you add a 25Nm capable direct drive wheel? Well, that is exactly what we did, and we’re here with our RennSport V2 review to let you know how well it held up.

RennSport Cockpit

How sturdy is this sim rig?

Like most Fanatec products, this cockpit held up very well during testing. It was built to be fully compatible with Fanatec’s very own direct drive racing wheels. So in theory it should be able to handle the strength of those.

The whole construction of this cockpit is solid aluminium tubing, designed to follow the look of a real roll cage from a race car. It looks great, but it is strong too. When you first unpack this cockpit from its box, you can feel the weight of the solid metal frame.

And when constructed you can lean on it pretty hard and get very little movement in any direction.

There are quite a lot of support beams that combine to make up this cockpit. It’s more than most other sim rigs. And that isn’t a bad thing. There are five different aluminium tubes that make up each side, with the front two joining at the wheel mount.

Normally, we would be a little worried, as the whole frame is only supported laterally by the wheel plate. Other than the seat, pedal, and wheel mounts, there aren’t any additional horizontal cross beams holding the left and right sides together.

However, when you lean on the side of this rig, it barely notices you are there. So it has been engineered in a way that, although it doesn’t look overly strong visually, it does have internal strength.

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How well does it perform during sim racing?

We tested this cockpit for a few months as our main sim rig. And we used both a Podium DD2, and a ClubSport wheel base. Most of that time was spent with the DD2, and that is because it performed so well with it.

At first, we mounted the DD2 to the supplied wheel plate. We weren’t overly happy with this mounting, as it seemed a little unsecured.

Instead, we broke out our Fanatec Podium mounting brackets. These helped with that feeling deep down that the wheelbase could fly off at any minute. The brackets secure the wheelbase from either side and suspend it in the air.

These mounting brackets dropped into where the wheel plate normally sits, which increased the feeling of rigidity a lot. Before the mounting brackets were installed, there was the tiniest amount of flex when leaning on the rig, but that was all but gone after they were installed.

The rig held up extremely well during our testing with the mounting brackets and the DD2. There was no noticeable movement even during some dicey moments of snap oversteer.

We had the Podium wheel base force feedback strength turned up to about 80%. This is about as far as we ever push the wheel base. Too much higher and it becomes unenjoyable. At this strength, the rig was completely fine.

After a little while, there was a slight rattling, which seemed to come from the mesh on the right-hand side of the rig. These mesh panels are held in by a few bolts and can actually be completely removed if you don’t like the look.

We promptly located the mesh panel in question and simply tightened the bolt back up to stop the rattling. Over time, the direct drive wheel put so much vibration and force through the frame that the panel came a little loose.

Besides that minor point, this sim rig handled everything like a dream.

Fanatec Podium Mounting Brackets RennSport

How good is the RennSport V2 seat?

The RennSport V2 doesn’t come with a seat. Instead, you must either mount your own racing seat or purchase one via Fanatec. Fanatec sells a Sparco race seat, which is what we tested with.

The seat is a rigid fibreglass race seat, and with that comes all of the pros and cons of a traditional rigid seat. For a start, it felt comfy and supportive when we first initially stepped into it. It gave enough support from the side bolsters to keep us in place while wrestling the powerful direct drive wheel.

The built-in padded lumbar support made for a reasonably comfy sitting position. And most will be able to find a comfy set up too, as the lumbar support is fully adjustable.

But over time, the rigidity of a rigid race seat started to come into play. During a long play session, you will get a few aches from sitting in the same position on a relatively firm seat.

We found that we needed to stand up and stretch in between race sessions to avoid becoming too stiff.

The seat itself does allow for a little bit of flex. When you stomp on the brake pedal at 150mph the seat flexes back a little. And when you are leaning into a corner it flexes from side to side.

This flexing is minimal, and you almost don’t notice it. Only after watching back a video of our gameplay, we saw how much the seat actually move.

Sparco Race Seat RennSport

How much does the RennSport V2 cost?

So here is where things start to get a little painful. We all know as sim racers, that Fanatec gear is more expensive. And that is certainly the case with the RennSport V2.

The base cost of this SIM rig is $999, and that is for the rig alone. If you want to add a seat, you are looking at a combination of around $1600. Now, that is a lot for a SIM rig. For that price, the rig needs to be of professional quality.

Fanatec also does a great job of drawing you into spending even more money on their additional rig upgrades. The RennSport V2 itself doesn’t come with a whole lot.

You essentially get just the rig and a manual on how to put it together. That is it. Everything extra comes as a paid upgrade. These include the seat, speaker mounts, TV mounts, shifter mounts and more.

In our review of the GT Omega Pro cockpit, a sim rig that costs significantly less, we praised them for including extra mounts such as keyboard trays in with their standard rig. At the price point that GT Omega prices their sim rigs, they really could have charged extra for the add-ons.

However, when you get to the price point of this sim rig, at $999. You would at least expect that you have shifter mounts included. This is a little bit of a faux pa from Fanatec, and it’s more than a little bit frustrating.

Fanatec RennSport Cockpit

Is it worth buying?

Now comes the really tricky bit. Normally after giving a product such praise as we have done here, we would recommend it in a heartbeat. But when a $1600 investment is involved, it’s a little harder to do that.

You can get complete sim rigs that perform just as well as this RennSport V2 for a much lower price. If you want long-term rigidity and adaptability, we suggest looking at a good 80:20 rig.

However, if you are looking for the ultimate sim rig, and you have the money to burn. Then the RennSport V2 will make a fantastic base for your perfect rig setup.

Technical Specifications

  • Made from solid full aluminum
  • Premium black powder coated finish
  • Supports PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
  • Product Dimensions – 174 cm x 84 cm x 120cm

Review written by Felix König

About Felix König

Felix König is a professional Esports sim racer from Seattle, WA, and is the founder and editor of Sim Race Reviews. In addition to over 10 years of professional sim racing and competing in both iRacing and Assetto Corsa Competizione competitions, Felix has been sharing his sim racing knowledge and expertise with other sim racers. His passion lies in sim racing, and in particular in the plethora of sim racing hardware from racing wheels to pedals and more.