Moza R9 Review - Did Moza Just Kill Fanatec?

By Kireth | May 30, 2023

Sim racing has taken the world by storm, with a range of products hitting the market to meet the increasing demand for more immersive gaming experiences. Today, we are focusing on the Moza R9, a direct drive sim racing wheelbase that has taken the market by storm due to its impressive features and competitive pricing.

Unboxing the Moza R9

The first impression of the Moza R9 is promising. It's a direct drive sim racing wheelbase, which stands out due to its relatively low price point of 299 pounds. In comparison, a similar spec, the Fanatec CSL, which also provides a 5 Newton meter (Nm) direct drive base, starts at 349 Euros, or approximately 50 pounds more.

Upon unboxing the Moza R9, we found that it comes with a range of wheel stickers and a power lead, among other accessories. The stickers add a touch of customization to the wheel, allowing users to tailor their controls to their specific needs and preferences. The wheelbase itself has an impressive build, with the R9 model boasting 9 Nm of torque as compared to the Moza R5's 5 Nm. This extra torque allows for a more robust and realistic driving experience.

Design and Build

The Moza R9 is significantly heavier and slightly longer than the R5 model, indicating a more substantial build quality. However, despite its larger size, it remains relatively compact, especially when compared to other direct drive bases on the market. This compact design is one of the key advantages of direct drive systems.

The design of the Moza R9 maintains a similar aesthetic to its predecessor, the R5, yet it also introduces new features. For instance, the quick release mechanism on the R9 is slightly longer and more substantial than the one on the R5. Despite this, it remains straightforward to use.

Performance and Experience

The true test of a direct drive system lies in its performance. We set up the Moza R9 on our budget rig and were pleasantly surprised by its powerful force feedback and the absence of any noticeable flex in the system, despite the longer base.

Upon using the wheelbase in a game (Assetto Corsa Competizione), the immediate feeling was of being engaged in a highly realistic driving experience. The force feedback felt very tight and the wheelbase gave an accurate and responsive representation of the car's movements. This high level of detail even extended to the edges of grip, making it possible to push the car to its limits and fine-tune movements for optimal performance.

The Moza R9's force feedback system also stood out. It's possible to max up the force feedback in the Moza software, and this can be fine-tuned in the game for a custom driving experience. This made the driving experience feel much more robust and engaging than other systems.

The Moza R9 offers a high level of performance, with strong force feedback, a solid build, and a compact design. In comparison to similar products on the market, such as the Fanatec CSLE, the Moza R9 offers a similar level of performance at a significantly lower price point, making it an excellent option for anyone looking to get into sim racing or upgrade their current setup.

While it remains to be seen whether the Moza R9 will "kill" Fanatec in terms of market dominance, it's clear that it's a strong contender in the sim racing world. With its competitive pricing, impressive performance, and high-quality design and build, the Moza R9 is a product that sim racing enthusiasts should seriously consider.