Some of our most frequently asked questions regarding Fanatec Sim Racing Gear are:

  • What are the best Fanatec products for a starting point?
  • What are the best value Fanatec products and bundles?
  • Is Fanatec worth it?
  • How does compatibility with different wheels and bases, as well as PC, PlayStation and XBOX work?

So let’s go through it all in detail, and take you through everything you need to know to make the right choices when it comes to buying Fanatec gear specifically.

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NEW FANATEC GEAR!

Fanatec has recently announced the CSL Cockpit.  With aluminium tubing, steel brackets, and side mounting for their direct drive bases, it looks like it could be an interesting choice.  It is available to order now for US$399.95.  We do not have a timeframe for reviewing this product yet.

Fanatec’s latest products before the CSL Cockpit were the Clubsport DD 12Nm Direct Drive Wheel base and Clubsport DD+ 15Nm Playstation Compatible Wheel base available as standalone products or in the Gran Turismo DD Extreme and ClubSport Racing Wheel F1 Bundles.  They have also recently released 4 Sparco Replica wheel rims!  All of which we have taken a look at.

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Where to start with Fanatec gear:

One of the keys to Fanatec’s success has been its constant innovation and pioneering approach to sim racing equipment. Software and drivers can sometimes take a little while to catch up. But for the most part, they have done a fantastic job. While keeping their ear to the ground and providing the sorts of features customers really value. Such as ease of setup and use, easy tweaking of settings, live telemetry display and so forth.

A universal quick-release system is used which allows most wheels and wheelbases to be interchangeable. This allows you to “grow” into their higher-end gear without the need to sell all your older gear and start over. Which, in my opinion, has been the key contributing factor to the company’s success. Much like Apple, they provide an ecosystem of products that makes sim racing easy for beginners whilst also providing a clear upgrade path.

This ecosystem also means you only need one driver package. And in many cases one physical USB connection to your PC or Console to run all your gear. This allows you to adjust settings on the fly to suit your preferences without the need to navigate through complex configuration software.

Product Range and Compatability

Fanatec CSL Range

This represents their “Entry Level” or “Budget” options, although it should be noted that this range is still quite a step up from the entry-level offerings from competitors such as Logitech and Thrustmaster.

Fanatec Clubsport Range

Consists of their mid-range gear which offers a significant upgrade from the CSL range across the board. With the new technology introduced in the ClubSport DD and DD+ Wheel Bases, they are now the top performing wheel bases in the Fanatec Range.

Fanatec Podium range

Consists of Fanatec’s high-end equipment. This range is rapidly expanding, with a good selection of wheels available, however no pedals just yet, and the Podium DD1 and DD2 wheelbases are somewhat outdated now.

You can mix and match your gear from any of the Fanatec ranges, meaning a Clubsport Steering Wheel will work with a CSL Wheelbase for example via the universal Quick Release system which is present throughout all three tiers.  Any Fanatec pedal set can be used in conjunction with any Fanatec Wheelbase and steering wheel.

If you are after a specific style of steering wheel, you may find it is only available in one product range. For example the Formula style steering wheels are all in the clubsport range and there is no option for a cheaper CSL range formula wheel.

Fanatec Console Compatibility

Importantly, across Fanatec’s range, PlayStation compatibility is achieved through the wheelbase itself, whereas XBOX compatibility is achieved through the wheel you attach, so when you see “XBOX Ready”, it means you need to attach an XBOX compatible wheel for the wheelbase to work with XBOX. Likewise when you see “PS Ready”, it means you need to use the wheel with a Playstation-compatible wheel base for it to work with PS4 / PS5.

Best Picks from the Fanatec CSL Range:

CSL Wheel Bases:

Aside from the discontinued belt-driven CSL Elite wheel bases which offer a great experience if you can find one second-hand, there are two current wheel base options in the Fanatec CSL Range. The Fanatec CSL DD and the GT DD Pro.  These direct-drive wheel bases are essentially the same as each other however the GT DD Pro offers Playstation compatibility.  Both have 5Nm of peak torque as standard or can be upgraded to 8Nm with the Boost Kit 180.

The CSL Direct Drive wheel bases have several benefits over the older belt-driven units which give you good value for the additional cost.  Most noticeably Direct Drive wheel bases are almost silent in operation compared to the rattling and clunking of belt or cog driven bases.  There is also a significant increase in the fidelity of force feedback getting to your hands as there are fewer moving parts that could dampen the details of force feedback.

Fanatec CSL DD – Direct Drive Wheel Base

The CSL DD offers far superior performance to the discontinued CSL Elite models that pop up from time to time in the second-hand market and cheaper entry-level cog-driven wheels like the Logitech G923.  It offers 5 Nm of peak torque with the standard power supply and 8 Nm of peak torque with the optional Boost Kit 180.  If you opt for the 5Nm option, you will not be missing out on much when it comes to force feedback detail, and more strength will not necessarily make you drive faster.  This makes the 5Nm CSL DD a great starting point as you have the option to upgrade it to 8Nm with the Boost Kit 180 if you think a little more strength is needed.  Even at 8Nm, if you get really serious about sim racing you may find you want more power, but for many people, the CSL DD with Boost kit 180 will offer plenty of power to give a detailed and immersive experience.

CSL DD (5Nm)
US$199.95

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GT DD Pro

Mechanically identical wheel base to the CSL DD with the addition of PlayStation compatibility, bringing Direct Drive technology to the PlayStation ecosystem natively under $1000 US Dollars for the first time. The GT DD Pro is available as a bundle with the CSL Pedals and Gran Turismo Licensed wheel.  As with the CSL DD, it is available with the standard power supply providing 5NM of peak force or the Boost Kit 180 for 8NM of peak force.

The CSL DD and GT DD Pro offer outstanding value for money, particularly with Fanatec’s Current deals:

CSL DD (8Nm)
US$299.95

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READY2RACE BUNDLES

CSL DD READY2RACE BUNDLE FOR PC (5 NM)
CSL DD + P1 V2 Wheel + CSL Pedals = US$399.95

CSL DD MCLAREN BUNDLE FOR XBOX and PC (5 NM)
CSL DD + McLaren GT3 V2 Wheel + CSL Pedals = US$479.85

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CSL Pedals:

There are three models of pedals within the CSL range.  The CSL pedals, the older CSL Elite Pedals, and the new CSL Elite V2 Load Cell Pedals.  The latter utilises a Load Cell brake pedal and magnetic hall effect sensors for clutch and throttle. The CSL Pedals and older CSL Elites both have optional Load Cell upgrade kits.

We recently tested the new CSL Elite V2 pedals and were really excited by the huge upgrade from the original pedal set.  They provide a very authentic feel that can rival much more expensive pedals and have become one of our favourite value-for-money bits of Fanatec gear!

Good quality pedals are the most important bit of gear for improving both speed and consistency, so this is the one thing you want to spend more on if you can above all other components, including your wheel and wheelbase.

The CSL Pedals are a great start if you are looking at the cheaper bundles, they also offer a load cell upgrade kit which is a valuable upgrade.  But if your budget can extend to the CSL Elite V2 Pedals you will be very satisfied for a long time as you progress with your Sim Racing.

FANATEC CSL Elite Pedals V2
3 Pedal Set with Load Cell Brake

US$299.95

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Our Favourite CSL Wheel:

The McLaren GT3 wheel is a 1:1 replica of the real-life McLaren GT3 car. The v2 re-release addresses the issues present on the V1 wheel and improves reliability, as well as a new quick-release mechanism, improved shifter feel and new rotary encoders to replace the multi-position switches on the previous model. This is easily the best value-for-money wheel in the Fanatec range at present and is the GT3 wheel of choice (along with the Metal Quick Release upgrade) for many DD1 and DD2 owners. The Metal Quick Release upgrade is required to unlock high torque mode on the DD1 and DD2.

While there are GT3 wheels around with higher build quality, the Fanatec McLaren GT3 V2 has a fantastic layout that gives you quick and easy access to all the important features you need while driving GT3 or Formula cars.

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Other Wheels:

Fanatec has a huge range of wheels for various driving styles including some great value versatile round wheels such as the CSL Steering Wheel P1 V2.  This wheel in particular is a great place to get started before entering into some more specialised (and expensive wheels).

If you’re looking at utilising your existing collection of aftermarket wheels, or perhaps interested in a Fanatec stand-alone rim, there’s also the CSL Universal Hub V2, which is a great gateway into the Fanatec Ecosystem.

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Best Picks from the Fanatec ClubSport Range:

Clubsport Wheel Bases:

There are now three wheel bases in the ClubSport Range, the ClubSport Wheel Base v2.5 which has been discontinued but could be a good find in the second-hand market, and the newly announced Fanatec Clubsport DD and DD+ wheel bases.

The Clubsport DD 12Nm Direct Drive Wheelbase and Clubsport DD+ 15Nm Playstation Compatible Wheelbase offer a significant boost in power over the CSL range but also host some interesting new technology that provides even more detailed feedback to your hands. Check out our first look at these wheel bases to get a good idea of what you can expect.  However, the new FullForce Force Feedback Protocol has not yet been fully implemented.  We will have a detailed review of these products once it is.

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ClubSport Bundles

There are two bundle options available for the ClubSport DD+ which give you the PlayStation-compatible 15Nm DD+ wheel base and a steering wheel for an additional US$300.

The Gran Turismo DD Extreme includes a 300mm round wheel designed in conjunction with Polyphony to provide seamless integration with Gran Turismo.  It is also the most versatile wheel from Fanatec and is well-suited to just about any driving style you can think of.  This makes it an interesting choice even if you do not play Gran Turismo.  The wheel is not available to purchase individually.

The ClubSport Racing Wheel F1 Bundle introduces a Special Edition F1 Licensed version of their ClubSport Formula wheel.  The differences are the F1 logo and colour scheme, the PlayStation button caps, and the removal of the vibration motors in the wheel.  This has been done because the wheel is only available as a bundle with the DD+ which will have FullForce.  This should make the vibration motors redundant.


ClubSport Racing Wheels:

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This is where your choices open up. Fanatec offers a huge variety of different wheels within the ClubSport range depending on your needs and budget.

The most important question to ask yourself here is what style of driving you intend to do primarily. For Drifting and off-road, Rally, etc, a round wheel is necessary to allow you to easily slip the wheel through your hands. A round wheel also offers the most versatility in terms of the types of cars you can drive. There is no problem driving a GT or Formula style car with a round wheel, but if you try to drift with a Formula wheel, you’re in for a bad time. So if your selection is limited to one wheel, give this some consideration.

The size of the rim will also be important as the leverage it creates will impact the handling of the car significantly.  A larger rim will dampen the Force Feedback effects as well.  With this in mind, my opinion is that 300mm is the ideal rim diameter for versatility.  Much smaller becomes too twitchy for GT, Street Cars, Rally etc.  and much bigger becomes too dampened for high downforce formula-style cars.

This makes the new Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Extreme wheel the most versatile in the ClubSport Range.  But unfortunately it is only available in the bundle package with the DD+ Wheelbase.

Other than the DD Extreme wheel, you have the option of stepping up to 320mm with the ClubSport Steering Wheel RS, or down to the 270mm ClubSport Round 1 V2.

It is also worth checking out the new ClubSport range of Sparco Replica wheels.  These include 310mm GT Wheel, a 270mm Formula Wheel, a 330mm Round “Rally” wheel, and a very unique 350mm Karting wheel.  You can see our quick look at these rims to see how they stack up against the rest of the Fanatec range and how they pair with the Fanatec Button Modules and Hubs.

If drifting and rally aren’t your thing, but you’re not up for a Formula as well as a GT wheel, my recommendation would be the ClubSport Steering Wheel GT V2. this wheel is comfortable to use for both Formula and GT style racing, and offers enough buttons to map essential functions you may need to access while driving.

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Formula Style Wheels

If you’re also looking at a Formula Style wheel, It’s hard to go past the ClubSport Formula Steering Wheel V2 or newly released V2.5.

I’ve personally owned a Formula Carbon as well as the V2 and the V2 while looking somewhat similar, offers a very significant upgrade in terms of functionality. It includes an OLED display for easier menu navigation and telemetry display as opposed to the Formula Carbon’s triple seven-segment display, but more importantly,  adds rotary encoders which are a game-changer when driving any car that requires frequent adjustment to settings such as ERS, Engine Maps, Fuel Trim, Brake Bias, Differential Bias, etc. The ClubSport Formula V2 can also be upgraded with the Podium Advanced Paddle Module, which replaces the factory spring-loaded microswitch shifters with 4 hall effect sensor magnetic switches and two analog paddles. More in the Advanced Paddle Module as well as a review in the Podium section below.

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The newly released ClubSport Formula V2.5 is essentially the same wheel but with a black and white design, slightly upgraded electronics, no Xbox compatibility and including the ClubSport Paddle Module pre-installed. The V2.5X comes in the same original red colour scheme as the V2, but adds the Clubsport Meagnetic Paddle Module and is XBox Compatible.

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At the top of the ClubSport range sits the ClubSport variant of the Porsche 911 GT3 R wheel. This wheel is now compatible with the ClubSport Wheelbase 2.5 when using the latest beta drivers (372 and up) as well as the DD1 and DD2.

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ClubSport Pedals:

As with the Elite range, the ClubSport Pedal range consists of one primary model, the ClubSport Pedals V3. This was my first set of Fanatec Pedals and I absolutely love them. They offer a 90KG load cell brake pedal, as well as hall effect sensor throttle and clutch pedals for great sensitivity and reliability.

In addition, there is also an inverted model available which hangs the brake and clutch pedals from the top. This more accurately simulates the characteristics of real-life cars which are often configured this way, but in my experience, I find that as long as your seating position is set up correctly, there is not a whole lot of difference between the two. Conversely, if you’re sitting at a desk or using a wheel stand with a more upright seating position where you need to use your ankles rather than thighs to depress the pedals, inverted pedals can be difficult to use.

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In addition to the base pedals, Fanatec also offer a “Brake Performance Kit”, as well as a hydraulic damper kit that can be added to either the brake or throttle pedal to give a more realistic feel as well as more adjustability.

In my experience, the Brake Performance Kit is a must, and for relatively low cost is a no-brainer. However the Damper Kit is a harder sell. I didn’t find it really added anything significant over the top of the Brake Performance Kit, and while it did feel nice on the throttle, I found it added a slight delay to the pedal retraction when lifting off. This impacted my throttle accuracy despite being on the lowest setting.

So my recommendation here for most people would be to get the standard V3 pedals with the Brake Performance Kit.

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Shifters:

I have personally used a Fanatec Shifter SQ v1.5 on my sim rig for many hours of racing. Sure there are other more high-end products out there, but I personally love the versatility it provides by being able to switch between sequential and H-Pattern shifting modes on the fly with the flick of a lever. It can also be directly connected to your Fanatec wheel base for ease of set-up, or via USB with an optional adapter.

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On the subject of shifters, for those who aren’t happy with the performance of the factory spring loaded shifters that ship with most ClubSport wheels, the ClubSport Magnetic Paddle Module is now available as an optional accessory, giving us a cheaper alternative to the Podium Paddle Module. This offers the same quality and feel of the more expensive Podium Paddle Module, but removed the additional paddles and analogue inputs for those who don’t need or don’t wish to pay extra for the additional functionality.

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Handbrakes:

Fanatec also have a Handbrake solution which again can be connected directly to your wheel base for ease of use or via USB with an optional adapter. Again there are more high-end solutions out there, but it mounts easily to Fanatec’s shifter and does the job well.

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Best Picks from the Fanatec Podium Range:

Fanatec Podium Wheel Bases:

Fanatec offers two Direct Drive wheel base models in their Podium Line-up, the DD1 and the DD2, as well as a PlayStation-compatible version of the DD1 which is sold as a bundle with a limited edition formula wheel. Note that the standard DD1 and DD2 are not PS4 compatible.

While initially, the DD1 used a different motor to the DD2, the design was later revised and the DD1 adopted the same outrunner motor as used in the DD2, albeit with restricted torque output.

The DD1 offers a Peak Torque of 20NM, whereas its bigger brother offers a Peak Torque of 25NM. Other than peak torque, the only other differences are in the finer details and cosmetic differences. The DD2 offers an extended 5-year warranty which may or may not be worth considering depending on your local consumer protection laws, as well as an external emergency cut-off switch (which can be purchased separately for use with a DD1).

In my experience, the 20NM offered by the DD1 is more than enough for the vast majority of people. Most real-life race cars don’t exceed around 12-14NM of torque through the steering under normal driving conditions (not crashing), so really the choice is yours. If the additional warranty, torque, and cut-off switch are worth the extra cost, go with the DD2, otherwise, my recommendation is the DD1. Remembering of course that you’ll need the PS4 compatible DD1 variant if you’re wanting to use it with a PS4.

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Fanatec Podium Racing Wheels:

In addition to the Podium Racing Wheels, Fanatec also offers a Podium Hub. This allows you to connect your own 3rd Party steering wheel with a 50.7mm or 70mm PCD.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R wheel is one of my favourite sim racing wheels. With a diameter of 320mm, it’s versatile enough that it can be used for GT or Formula style cars without an issue. And the included Button Module Endurance (also sold separately) allows you to adjust settings on the fly without tabbing out of your session, as well as display a range of telemetry.

Fanatec’s Advanced Paddle Module is also included, which adds magnetic shifters, as well as two additional digital and analog paddles which can be mapped as an analog clutch with bite point adjustment, Brake and Throttle, or Handbrake and Clutch.

Note that unlike the ClubSport variant, the Podium variant of the Porsche 911 GT3 R wheel is only compatible with PC.

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Then we have the R300. This offers the same quality as the Porsche wheel. However, with a slightly smaller 300mm diameter and without the Button Module Endurance. This is the better value option if features of the Podium Button Module Endurance aren’t important to you.

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