Best Dakar 18 Settings for Thrustmaster T248

Dakar 18 is a very different style of racing game, putting an extreme emphasis on navigation, rather than pure driving. I was completely unprepared for this, and it took a long time to figure out how to get through a single stage. It's definitely not my favorite type of racing, but it has its own charm.

The Thrustmaster T248 has some issues with the game, at least on PC. You can't navigate the menus using the wheel, you have to use the keyboard. The driving works fine, but the force feedback is largely just vibrations. There are other forces in there, but the wheel will shake constantly. Admittedly, this is realistic considering the terrain, but it can get tiring nonetheless.

In this guide, I will show you what you need to set in the Thrustmaster Control Panel, if playing on PC, and what to set in-game to improve the force feedback.

Thrustmaster Settings

On the PC, Dakar 18 has no way to set the steering angle in game, so it must be done on the wheel. Console version have the option in-game. I found 360° works well. A larger steering angle felt unnecessary, but feel free to adjust this to your personal preference.

On-Wheel Setting Value
ROT 360°

FORCE at 4 bars with FFB at 1 creates a perfectly linear force feedback response with no clipping, which is the ideal for any racing game.

TM Control Panel Setting Value
Rotation 360°
Overall Strength of all forces 65%
Constant 100%
Periodic 100%
Spring 100%
Damper 100%
Auto-Center by the game

Rotation and Overall Strength are identical to the ROT and FORCE wheel settings, respectively. Changing it in one place overwrites the other. I recommend changing these on the wheel and ignoring the values in the Thrustmaster Control Panel.

Spring and Damper are not used by Dakar 18, so can be set to any value without issue. As a general rule, I leave them at 100% since there are some games that require them.

BOOST should always be turned off. For an in-depth look as to why, see my BOOST Force Feedback Analysis.

Dakar 18 Settings

In Options > Gameplay:

Setting Value
Transmission Manual Sequential or H-Pattern
Wheel Visibility Complete / Invisible

Transmission should be set to Manual Sequential or H-Pattern, depending on if you want to use an H-Pattern shifter or not.

Wheel Visibility depends on your personal preference. The wheel animation is only 180°. This can be distracting, so you might prefer hiding the wheel entirely.

As a side note, the Vibration setting has no effect on a wheel.

In Options > Devices > Thrustmaster Advanced Mode Racer:

Setting Value
Device Type Steering Wheel
Presets Thrustmaster T300

There isn't a preset available for the T248, so I used the one for the T300 instead.

In Options > Controls:

Setting Value
Steering Sensitivity 50
Steering Linearity 0

Steering Sensitivity at 50 and Steering Linearity at 0 will create perfectly linear steering.

In Options > Controls > Vehicle Controls:

As I said above, I needed to bind all the buttons and pedals, but this may be a side effect of having several wheels.

In Options > Controls > Feedback Options:

Setting Value
Feedback On
Feedback Strength 50

Feedback Strength is the only setting to control the force feedback, unfortunately. There isn't a lot of force feedback in this game, but there are a lot of vibrations. The vibrations are much stronger than the actual force feedback, so I turned this down to get a reasonable vibration strength.


Dakar 18 is an interesting game. It's a unique style of racing, but I wouldn't say the game is well suited to being played with a wheel. It works, but it's clearly designed to be primarily played with a controller.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

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