Fanatech Porsche 918 wheel review

Published - 12 Dec 2014

Drift TV a YouTube channel has released a lengthy video review of the Fanatech Porsche 918 wheel.

Check the video out for a tour of the new wheel.

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Sim Racing Review – CSW Base V2 Initial Review

Published - 09 Sep 2014

Doug Meyer of Sim Racing Review has gotten his hands on Fanatec’s brand new Clubsport Wheelbase V2, giving us an initial review!

The new Clubsport Wheel Base will sell for 499,95 Euros/Dollars during the pre-order phase and 599,95 Euros/Dollars once the product hits the market. To handle the expected demand, Fanatec has put an invite system in place, more info can on the new wheel can be found in the Fanatec webshop!

Features

  • Choose from a growing selection of very realistic steering wheels in many different styles
  • Quick release system to allow the easy exchange of steering wheels within seconds during gameplay
  • Wheel base made of CNC machined aluminum parts with anodized finish
  • Rock solid: Product weight 4200 g, product dimensions (l x w x h) 210 mm x 295 mm x 150 mm
  • DirectSensor™ technology: The sensor is mounted directly on the steering axis to avoid interference and performance issues that are inherent in belt and gear drives that have motor mounted sensor systems
  • DUAL HALL technology: One Sensor is mounted on the motor and a second one on the axis. It can hardly get more precise than this.
  • Ultra strong brushless servo motor plus two vibration motors in the steering wheel (depending on the model)
  • New cooling system with big fans (also on the backside) and a huge heat sink
  • Revised belt drive mechanism that’s made completely of metal and uses high quality ball bearings and European belts to deliver the smoothest, most precise force feedback possible.
  • Belt tension has been increased to avoid any slip and bearings have been added or increased to minimize the drag
  • Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories
  • Firmware can be updated with new features
  • 900° of rotation which can be reduced in the Tuning menu of the attached ClubSport Steering Wheel
  • Fast 500 Hz USB update rate
  • Connection for two external shifters (e.g. H-pattern and sequential) in parallel​

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Fanatec CSW V2 Base – First Reviews Coming In

Published - 04 Sep 2014

A few days ago, Fanatec announced the servo-powered successor to their highly successful ClubSport wheel base and first sim racing hardware experts have received their examples for review.

Below are videos from Shaun Cole’s The SimPit & The Sim Racing Garage that show the new wheel in action!

The new Clubsport Wheel Base will sell for 499,95 Euros/Dollars during the pre-order phase and 599,95 Euros/Dollars once the product hits the market. To handle the expected demand, Fanatec has put an invite system in place, more info can on the new wheel can be found in the Fanatec webshop!

Features

  • Choose from a growing selection of very realistic steering wheels in many different styles
  • Quick release system to allow the easy exchange of steering wheels within seconds during gameplay
  • Wheel base made of CNC machined aluminum parts with anodized finish
  • Rock solid: Product weight 4200 g, product dimensions (l x w x h) 210 mm x 295 mm x 150 mm
  • DirectSensor™ technology: The sensor is mounted directly on the steering axis to avoid interference and performance issues that are inherent in belt and gear drives that have motor mounted sensor systems
  • DUAL HALL technology: One Sensor is mounted on the motor and a second one on the axis. It can hardly get more precise than this.
  • Ultra strong brushless servo motor plus two vibration motors in the steering wheel (depending on the model)
  • New cooling system with big fans (also on the backside) and a huge heat sink
  • Revised belt drive mechanism that’s made completely of metal and uses high quality ball bearings and European belts to deliver the smoothest, most precise force feedback possible.
  • Belt tension has been increased to avoid any slip and bearings have been added or increased to minimize the drag
  • Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories

  • Firmware can be updated with new features
  • 900° of rotation which can be reduced in the Tuning menu of the attached ClubSport Steering Wheel
  • Fast 500 Hz USB update rate
  • Connection for two external shifters (e.g. H-pattern and sequential) in parallel​
  • Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories
  • Firmware can be updated with new features
  • 900° of rotation which can be reduced in the Tuning menu of the attached ClubSport Steering Wheel
  • Fast 500 Hz USB update rate
  • Connection for two external shifters (e.g. H-pattern and sequential) in parallel​

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Fanatec – New Mystery Product Teaser

Published - 21 Aug 2014

Fanatec has released a new teaser of an upcoming product on their Facebook page.

The photo shows a detail impression of a yet to be revealed device, the only hint being that the product is “ultra precise”.

What do you think the photo shows?

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Sim Racing Review – Fanatec ClubSport Porsche 918 RSR Wheel

Published - 20 Aug 2014

The Sim Racing scene seems to be growing vastly, and so does its hardware support. More and more high end products are hitting the market. Brands are bringing their products to a higher standard. So did Fanatec.

Sim Racing Review’s  Doug Meyer got his hands on a Fanatec ClubSport Porsche 918 RSR Wheel and announces an upcoming review.  This Fanatec wheel rim is an officially licensed replica of the steering wheel used in the real world version of the Porsche 918 RSR. 

The ClubSport Porsche 918 RSR Steering Wheel will be yours for €399.95 / $399.95. It is important to know that this is only the rim. In order to be able to fit the wheel you will need an additional ClubSport Wheel Base, bringing the total price to €899.95

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Fanatec Porsche 918 RSR Wheel – SimPit First Look

Published - 25 Jul 2014

Shaun Cole has gotten his hands on Fanatec’s brand new Porsche 918 RSR wheel, publishing a first-look video on his The SimPit show.

The new wheel rim is made for the CSW base and comes with full Porsche branding, is made of metal and automotiva-grade leather and comes with professional features such as a build-in LED bar, fully adjustable shift paddles and more, as listed below:

Features

  • Replica of the steering wheel used in the race version of the latest Porsche supercar: Porsche 918 RSR .
  • The realistic diameter of 320 mm allows precise maneuvers and smooth driving
  • Officially licensed by Porsche
  • Durable construction fully made of metal
  • Wheel rim made of genuine automotive grade leather.
  • 11 Buttons plus two paddle shifter buttons with ultra-reliable switches
  • Analog joystick to look around in the cockpit or to map with any other axis
  • 7-way Encoder switch to change settings: Turn left; turn right; move left, right, up and down; push (active in Tuning menu and compatible with any PC game)
  • LED bar integrated into rim to show motor RPM
  • LED display to show telemetry functions. Works with several popular PC games like iRacing or rFactor
  • Adjustable and detachable paddle shifters completely made of metal. Adjust position, angle, distance to rim and travel of the paddles
  • Tuning functions with LED display to adjust settings independent from the game and during gameplay
  • Saves up to 5 wheel set-ups
  • Adjust force feedback strength during game play
  • Adjust sensitivity independent from the game. Turning angle can be adjusted in the wheel from 90° to 900°
  • ABS vibration in the wheel and on the (optional) ClubSport Pedals for all games
  • Change the linearity in the steering axis to get the precision of a 900° wheel and the fast movement of a 270° wheel
  • Add some artificial dead zone to avoid shaking on straights if needed
  • Customize the force feedback sensations by changing the spring, force effects and dampening forces
The wheel rim is available for 399,95 Euros/Dollars, for more info on the new product, visit the Fanatec website.

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Fanatec Universal Wheel Hub – Sim Garage Review

Published - 17 Jul 2014

Barry Rowland of The Sim Garage is among the very first to receive Fanatec’s new Universal Wheel Hub, putting it through a thorough review process.

The hour-long review covers all aspects of the unit, including unboxing, assembly and first-use impressions.

Features

  • 16 integrated buttons on top of the hub
  • 4 button boxes with 3 buttons each
  • FunkySwitch(tm) with 4-way direction pad, 2-way turning function and push button. Comes with a metal knob
  • ​Small or big shifter paddles for different rim diameters.
  • The big shifter paddles are fully adjustable in distance, width and angle
  • Shifter paddle units can be taken off to save weight.
  • LED display for Tuning or telemetry functions. It can be installed in two positions: Standing or flat
  • USB port to charge a smartphone. No data
  • An additional 5th button box unit can be attached (not included)
  • Data port for future feature upgrades

An additional 16 buttons are placed on top of the unit for users who prefer to use buttonless third-party rims, still giving players the controls needed to sim race.

The Universal Wheel Hub is now available and in stock, selling for 249,95 Euros/Dollars respectively.

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Fanatec – Universal Wheel Hub Revealed

Published - 02 Jun 2014

Following the reveal of no less than seven upcoming wheel rims for their CSW base, Fanatec has revealed the impressive final piece of the puzzle – The Universal Wheel Hub.

The wheel hub is what powers all these new wheel rims, allowing custom button & display configurations, the usage of additional displays and pretty much all the customization options wheel owners could wish for.

Aside from shipping it with the new wheel rims, Fanatec is also offering the hub for sale separately, allowing sim racers to use any kind of third-party steering wheel on their CSW base.

Included With the Fanatec Universal Wheel Hub
  • 4 x small button boxes with 3 buttons each
  • 2 x small levers and 2 x long levers
  • 1 x pair of small shifter paddles
  • 1 x pair of large and fully adjustable shifter paddles
  • 1 x Encoder with 7 functions: turn left, turn right, up, down, left, right, push
  • LED display to show Tuning and telemetry info. Can we used in two positions
  • USB charging port (no data)
  • There is also a 5th connector for another button box and the data port for further expansion of functionality. An analog joystick or vibration function is not supported at this point.

An additional 16 buttons are placed on top of the unit for users who prefer to use buttonless third-party rims, still giving players the controls needed to sim race.

The release of this piece turns the CSW base into the most versatile steering wheel solution in the history of sim racing, allowing sim racers to use third party wheel rims without having to worry about DIY skills, software incompatibility or similar problems.

The Universal Wheel Hub will soon be available for purchase, selling for 249 Euros/Dollars (with tax/without tax), more info on Fanatec’s products can be found on their website.

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Fanatec Drift Wheel Rim Revealed – Video

Published - 29 May 2014

Following the introduction of the static shifting paddles shown off earlier today, Fanatec has revealed yet another new product.

As you have probably guessed right, it is another wheel rim for the CSW base, bringing the tally of revealed new rims during the past week to seven!

The newest rim is aimed at drifters (as are the static paddles) and to see how well the wheel rim works in action, check out the video below as race driver Rene Rast gives the new wheel a spin in his Project CARS-powered home simulator.

Fanatec has not announced the price for the drift rim yet, it is somewhat of a safe bet to assume that it will sell for 349 Euros/Dollars like most of the other new rims.

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Fanatec – Static Shift Paddles & Handbrake News

Published - 27 May 2014

Fanatec has revealed a brand new product and it’s….not a new wheel rim!

Following six wheel rim reveals during the past week, Fanatec has now revealed an interesting accessory for the CSW base – Static shift paddles.

The conversion kit allows the steering wheel to move independently from the shifting paddles, similar to what Thrustmaster’s T500 RS wheel offers.

Selling for 79,95 Euros/Dollars, the kit comes with a quick release mechanism, allowing easy assembly. Furthermore, knowing that it’s from Fanatec, it is fully adjustable as well.

Furthermore, a new video has also surfaced on the Fanatec handbrake, a product that has been floating around in prototype stage for quite a while now. The handbrake will apparently be available very soon, selling for 99,95 Euros/Dollars respectively.

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