Forza Motorsport 3 shown with Fanatec wheel at E3
I am very pleased to announce that the team of Turn 10 has chosen our Porsche 911 Turbo S Clubsport wheel to show the new racing game at E3.
The wheel is mounted to a motion simulator with 3 big screens which makes it a nice setup to play his fantastic game.
I had the please to test drive the new tracks and was blown away by the graphics and physics. This game loks totally different from Forza 2 and not just like an update. The rewind function is not new but very welcome and of course I love to finally play in cokpit mode.
I will be at the Microsoft booth and if anybody wants to come bye he is very welcome. I will post some pictures later today.
Here is the official ress release from Fanatec and Microsoft:
First customer reviews of PWGT3RS and CSP
As the first products arrive at customers we can also already see the first user impressions.
I would like to give you a short summary of the threads I found but please post me links so I can add them.
Certified 64 bit driver now available + new 32bit driver !UPDATE 3!
UPDATE 3: ver 64_091 and 32_091 now available
We finally have a certified driver for Vista 64 for all Porsche wheels and the CSP.
Please have a look at the attached beta version and let me know if everything works fine.
We also changed the installation routine of the 32 bit driver completely.
There are still some minor things to fix like wrong logos etc but the driver should run stable already.
IMPORTANT: Please de-install all previous drivers manually before installation and make sure that the PWservice.exe or PWsrvc.exe is not running before installation. If possible search for those files and delete them because somtime the de-installation routine does not delete those programs.
PWGT3RS and CSP finally on the way to customers
After going through customs for about ten days in the US we are happy to announce that the 911 GT3 RS wheels and Clubsport pedals are on the way to customers.
Tomorrow the first wheels will arrive depending on where the customer is located.
We ship from California and Germany.
The final driver is unfortantly still not ready yet but in the meantime you can use the driver of the Porsche 911 Turbo wheel or the Beta version from this blog.
Wheel Stand back in stock
We just received the new shipment of RennSport Wheel Stands for the US and EU and will ship the open orders right away.
After fullfilling the open orders there will be enough stock to fullfil new orders immediatly.
New driver introduces the DriftMode
We are proud to introduce a new feature in our driver: The Drift Mode
The Drift Mode reduces the overal resistance of the wheel and let you turn the wheel more easy. It almost works like a power steering. It reduces the basic dampeing of the wheel.
You can adjust several values and we are still experimenting a bit with the values so you have a lot of choice in the attached Beta version of the driver.
At the moment we only have a 32 bit version but once this feature is settled we will release a certified 64 bit version.
Please note that I recommend to turn on the "dampening strength" now as this just controls the signals sent from the game. For example if you drive through muddy water.
Please let me know your feedback on this feature. Thanks!
PWTS Pre-production started
We just started the pre-production of the 911 Turbo S wheel.
It took a little bit longer than expected but Microsoft wanted us to support a new feature for Forza 2.
The wheel will be shown at the E3 on June 2nd in Los Angeles and we
will also send the first units to customers and testers soon.
We made it possible to fully flash the electronics
so we can add new features or solve bugs if there were some we did
not find yet.
Sebastian Vettel signs Porsche wheel for charity
I met Sebastian Vettel and a bunch of other great drivers at the "Fullgas" event of Heinz Kinigadner last friday in Austria.
Basically there were almost all Red Bull sponsored race cars and bikes on display and it was a great show with freestyle MX, airshow, Nascar demo and lot more.
The event was a charity event for http://www.wingsforlife.com. This foundation tries to find a way to help people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Unfortunatly this is a very popular injury among race drivers.
Sebastian is in reality as sympathic as he appears on TV and he was very positive to the idea of signing our new GT3RS wheel. I have no doubt that this is the signature of an upcoming F1 world champion.
We want to give away this wheel in favour of the wings for life foundation. One option is to make an auction but perhaps we could also make a 24h race or something similar. Suggestions are welcome.
New PW driver released (Beta)
Please try out the the new version 082 of the PW driver. These are the things which changed:
- Fixed bug with Autocentering in rFactor
- rFactor display support
- Added GT3RS and PWC menues
- CSP support
- Map vibration to the revs instead of Gas
- map vibration to indicate shifting point
Known Issues which we are working on
- 64 bit signature
- Vista problem: Game controller does not show axis or buttons when pressed
- shifting indicator not working properly
Please let me know your feedback right in this thread.
The driver will only be available to download here from this post.
PWGT3RS and CSP are on the way to Europe
The first shipment has finally left China and is on the way to Europe.
This menas that there is another small delay as the products will arrive in Europe in early May and will be send out to customers immediatly.
The US shipment will be sent next week but shipment to US is one week shorter so that both territories will get it at the same time.
We had to rework the CSP as we were not 100% satisfied with the quality of one component but now everything is fine and you can be sure to get a perfect product.
Affilliate program: Cookie life time extended
As an affiliate partner only gets a commission if we ship products we now changed the duration between the first click and the sale (shipment) from 60 days to 600 days. We will change that back to 60 once we can ship all units in time.
Now the affiliate partner can be sure that a sale is not lost because we are shipping too late.
PWGt3RS and CSP: First shipment sold out
The shipment which arrives in April is completely sold out!
thanks to all your trust in this new product and to purchase it without even reading tests about it.
Unfortunatly it will take quite a while until the next shipment will arrive in June.
This affects the wheel and the Clubsport pedals as well as the bundle.
We really need to ramp up the production...
911 GT3 RS production started but delayed
We successfully started the production of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS wheel this week but due to a problem with the cooling system of the motor we had to delay the production.
The delivery will be delayed for one month until end of April. The Clubsport pedals are affected as well because the two products will be shipped together.
As soon I have pictures I will show them to you.
Quickfix for RacePro Force Feedback bug
By default Race Pro does not support true ForceFeedback on the PWTS and the Microsoft wheel by default. It is obviously a bug and will probably be patched. In the meantime you can use the following fix:
1. Turn off the console
2. Start the console by pressing the xbox gude button on the Xbox360 controller which then will be selected as "controller 1" (do not start the game yet)
3. Activate the wheel by pressing the Xbox guide button so the wheel becomes "controller 2".
4. Start RacePro
5. Press "A" on the controller to enter the game main menu
6. Press the Xbox guide button on the controller
7. Press "X" on the controller to disconnect your profile and confirm
8. Press "B" on the controller to return to the game but from now on use the wheel to confirm the warning messages with "A".
9. Press the xbox guide button on the wheel and connect to your profile again.
FF works now but it is quite weak in comparison to Forza 2.
Thanks to SCGOR01 and Broddee!
Affiliate Program now available
Please help us to spread the word about our products and receive a steady income with the orders you generated.
This program is for all website owners, racing teams, clans, leagues, forums, blogs, webshops, media etc.
This is how it works:
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- Select one of our banners or create your own
- Copy the HTML code provided by our system to your website
- If a customers clicks on the banner and orders a product within 60 days in our webshop, you will earn a commission
- You will get a monthy payment of your commissions for all products which have been sold and shipped
There are many such programs out there but these are the reasons why our program fits better to you:
High commission rates
Our basic commission is already 10% of net sales and there will be an additional bonus of up to 10% per product. On top of that you get a bonus depending on your monthly sales performance of up to 10% which makes a minimum of 10% and a maximum of 30% on our net sales. If a customer places an order of 500 USD you can earn a commission of up to 150 USD on that single order!
Many of our products are sold exclusively in our web shop and there will be no alternative sourc. If one of your visitory wants this product he has to buy it in our shop and you will get your commission.
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Other programs have the problem that the visitor will be linked to a shop but then he is looking for a cheaper alternative and buys there. This will be not possible as our prices are strictly controlled.
Recruit other affiliate partners and let them work for you
If you acquire a new affiliate partner and he enters your partner ID during sign up then you will automatically earn 10% of his commissions for a full year without doing anything.
You can use the banners we provide but you can also create your own banners in any size.
The most effective way to generate sales is to create a product description and a "buy now" button which is linked directly to our website.
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Production status 911 GT3 RS with Clubsport pedals
The Clubsport pedals are ready for production but there was a small delay because we forgot to add some resistors and needed to rework all units to make them work perfect.
The biggest problem on the GT3RS is the capacity of the assembly of leather wheel rims.
But both products will be produced this month and shipped right after that so we are confidentto deliver everything at the end of march.
Unfortunatly looking at the pre-orders it looks like the initial quantity will not last very long.
New video review of 911 Carrera and Clubsport pedals
Here is a detailed review of the new Porsche 911 Carrera wheel and a preview of the ClubSport pedals.
The launch of the Carrera is scheduled for end of May.
RennSport Cockpit at Porsche factory and museum
If you want to drive the Porsche wheel in the most genuine environment you should go to the factory of Porsche in Leipzig and make the factory tour.
In the museum inside of the impressive tower you will see 2 RennSport Cockpits and you can actually testdrive the racetrack which is just in front of the building. After you made some virtual practice be sure to drive some laps with a real Porsche as co-pilot.
I did this with a 911 which was very impressive but with the Cayenne Turbo S it was absolutly crazy as the driver was in a permanent fourwheel drift on the track.
The track is a combination of famous race track corners and includes the Cork screw corner of Laguna Seca for example.
Here you find more details:
Video of PWTS with Wheel Stand
Here is a demonstartion of how the Force Feedback works in Forza 2. I also show the shifter adapter and pedal stopper for the wheel stand.
FF in Forza 2 is really awesome and a lot of fun!
"Christmas bug" in GT5 and Midnight Club
It seems that the Porsche 911 Turbo is no longer working with GT5:Prologue and Midnight Club: Los angeles on the PS3.
The reason is unknown but we are working with Sony on that problem and will release a firmware patch very soon or Sony comes up with a patch.
But thanks to our club member Ed, we found a quickfix for the problem:
Set the PlayStation 3 system date to any date before the 22.12.2008 (for example 1.1.2007) and it will work fine again.
It seems that this bug is caused by a time trigger.
As soon as we have a new firmware we will release onthe support section of fanatec.com
Due to tthe holidays this can take some time.
I hope this does not happen again.
Despite that issue I want to thank all customers and club membersHappy new year!
RennSport Wheel Stand now shipping
The first units of the RS wheel stand have arrived in Germany and are on the way to customers who placed a pre order.
The shipment to the US is on the way too and I hope to send those wheels within the next two weeks.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS now online
All pictures of the new 911 GT3 RS are now online.
This wheel is for PC simracers. I hope you like it.
The range is complete for now and we fiully concentrate to produce all the new wheels in the coming weeks.
Porsche 911 GT3RS Wheel
I would like to introduce you to our latest highlight:
The Porsche 911 GT3RS racing wheel.
While the Turbo versions are targeted for the multiplatform and console user with wireless connection we reduced the features of this model and concentrated on pure performance.
- Compatible to PC (PS3 also works)
- Wired connection of wheel and pedal
- Smooth belt drive
- Genuine ALCANTARA leather on the wheel rim. This is 100% the same material what Porsche is using in their cars. We ship this leather from Germany to the factory in China
- The clubsport pedals with adjustable loadcell and ABS vibration
- Clubsport shifter paddles (metal)
The 6+1 and sequential shifters can be purchased optional.
The whole pack sells for USD / EUR 289,95
Feature comparison now online
As we have a lot of different models and accessories some people might get confused so we made a list of all current and upcoming Porsche wheel models and the compatibility to of all accessories.
Spanish version is attached. Muchas gracias G. de Fronsac!
Clubsport Shifter paddles shown
I would like to show you the Clubsport shifter paddles.
These paddle shifters are made of stainless steel and are optional for the 911 Carrera wheel and standard equipment for the 911 Turbo S wheels (all 3 editions) and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS wheel.
Clubsport Pedals USB announced
We just added the new Clubsport USB pedals to our webshop.
these pedals come with a separate USB cable and will wrk as a second controller. this only works on PC but it works with all wheels and not limited to Fanatec wheels.
The the regular Clubsport pedals are not compatible with the Porsche 911 Turbo wheel, this is the the perfect way to upgrade your wheel.
They go for USD 199,95 or € 199,95 and we wil start shipping in January.
Porsche 911 Carrera Wheel: Details
Let me show you our premium solution for the customer looking for a high price performance.
The Porsche 911 Carrera Wheel
It has the essential features of our high-end wheels in the middle price range of racing wheels.
It sells in the USA for just 149,95 USD (fanatec webshop) and in Europe between 150 and 200 € depending on the country and the pricing policy of the local distributor.
These features sets it apart from the competition:
- Big wheel rim diameter: 300 mm
- Fine TPE rubber wheel rim (heavy and solid) with smooth feeling
- 6+1 gear stick included
- Pedals with clutch and different meachanics for each pedal for more realism
- TUNING LED to adjust Force feedback strength, dampening strength and steering angle.
- LED display shows telemetry data information from the game (speed, gear, shifting indicator etc)
- 900° steering angle
- 14 buttons on the wheel rim
- Original reproduction of a 911 Carrera wheel rim
- Designed for PC (PS3 games work but there are no button symbols)
Here the the technical differences from the 911 Turbo wheel:
- gear drive instead of belt drive
- higher gear ratio eliminates the cooling fans and reduce the size of the power supply
- on/off switch
- no soft touch coating
- less painted parts
- no illuminated buttons
- no additional vibration motors in the wheel
- wired data transfer on wheel and pedal
- TPE wheel rim instead of leather
- pedals without chrome plating and without steel plate (available optional)
- possible upgrade with the Clubsport paddle shifters (metal)
PWTS: First production SOLD OUT- new price and shipment date
I am happy to announce that the first production of the PWTS is sold out.
Therefore the shipment date is shifted one month for any order which is placed until the next production lot is sold out.
We also reduced the discount of the wheels and will will increase the price until we start the fistr shipments or until an edition is sold out.
Thank you very much for your confidence.
You will find the new shipping dates and pricing info in our webshop.
New Porsche USB key available separatly
We just shipped the fist batch of your new Porsche Key USB stick 2GB to Porsche.
This USB memory stick is exclusively available through all Porsche dealers and in the Porsche online shop:
The stick is different from the USB key which is included in the Porsche 911 Turbo wheel as it is retractable.
It also comes in the new design of the 997 model after the latest facelift and features a nice black andf chrome outfit.
It is fully compatible to the Porsche navigation and multimeda system PCM and of course to all standard platforms which support USB sticks.
It is the perfect gift for all Porsche fans.
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Total info!
Here are all the infos you wanted to hear about the new Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheel.
First of all. This wheel is a LIMITED EDITION and we are not planning to make any other wheel of this quality level for the Xbox soon. So you will get something truly exclusive each with a number plate and serial number.
The production is schedules to start in march 2009.
We will start with the pre-sales this week and all pre-orders get a significant discount. Of course only until an edition is sold out.
There will be 3 different editions to satisfy all tastes and to reach are broad audience.
The most affordable will be the "Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheel Pure Edition". It starts at 149,95 USD / EUR (regular 199,95USD EUR).
- High-end wheel with belt drive, ball bearings, super strong Force feedback and leather wheel
- Compatible to Xbox 360 (can be upgraded)
- shifters optional
- no pedals included but compatible with the pedals of the Microsoft wheel or the G25 (and the Porsche wheel pedals of course)
The regular version is very similar to the existing Porsche 911 Turbo and goes for 249,95 EUR / USD (regular 349,95 EUR / USD)
- With the RF dongle this wheel is compatible to PC and Playstation 3 without any limitations.
- New RF technology for improved performance and distance
- Wired pedals with clutch included
- Big metal paddle shifters
- Edit: The 6+1 shifter is compatible to all future games which support manual shifting (there are compatibility issues which killed the possibility to make it compatible to current games. It would work only on some games and cause problems on others)
The "Porsche 911 Turbo S Clubsport edition" includes the new high-end pedals fully made of metal and sells for 399,95 EUR / USD (regular 499,95 EUR/USD)
- All features of PWTS but with Clubsport Pedals (CSP)
- Pressure sensitive loadcell sensor
- Adjustable brake force
- Vibration motors and brake (edit: not for clutch)
- contactless sensors with unlimited lifetime and superior precision
- ultra solid construction
- Read more
RennSport Cockpit: Pricing + Special offer
Here is the pricing for our new rennSport Cockpit. Keep in mind that the frame is completely made in Germany and the built quality is very high. You have to add shipping cost but we are using standard packaging sizes which can be shipped with a regular postal service and not by special truck delivery.
RennSport Cockpit: EU: 995 EUR (incl VAT) / USA 995 USD (excl VAT)
Full frame+fibreglass bucketseat
RennSport Cockpit CARBON: 1295 EUR (incl VAT) / USA 1295 USD (excl VAT)
same as above but with a real carbon fibre race seat. Looks fantastic.
Optional: Single monitor stand: 249 EUR (incl VAT) / USA 249 USD (excl VAT)
Attach a monitor of up to 37" diagonal.
Optional: Triple monitor stand: 249 EUR (incl VAT) / USA 249 USD (excl VAT)
Attach 3 monitors with 24" diagonal.This is my favourite for PC Games and Forza 2 and probably the full version of GT5
Optional: SoundSystem: 399 EUR (incl VAT) only available in EU
Excellent 5+1 system of Teufel (Made in Germany). With rare digital input for several sources.
Optional: keyboard drawer: 79,95 EUR (incl VAT) / USA 79,95 USD (excl VAT)
Stores a small RF keyboard below the wheel which gives you quick access to the keyboard.
- Read more
Force Feedback now working in Forza 2 and info about pedal compatibility
We finally managed to get force feedback signals working in the game which was the last big obstacle in finalizing the development.
I am also happy to announce that the Porsche 911 Turbo S wheel (PWTS) will be working with 4 different pedals.
- Standard pedals (similar to PWT but wired)
- Clubsport pedals
- Logitech G25 pedals
- Microsoft Wireless Racing Wheel for Xbox 360
The last 2 options will be relevant for customers who choose to buy the "Pure" edition which is only the wheel without pedals. There will also be a Clubsport edition which features the new clubsport pedals.
Pricing, availability and full technical specs will be announced next week here on the blog.
When I am back in Germany in two weeks, I will make a comprehensive video of PWTS and introduce all features.
Nice Shot of new RennSport Cockpit
I just received a new picture of our upcoming rennsport Cockpit and I wanted to share that with you.
More pictures will follow ext wek on fanatec.com and we will also make it available in our webshop.
Feel free to share this picture with your friends.
PWT: Playstation 2 compatibility
Some users ask if the Porsche 911 Turbo wheel is also compatible to the Playstation 2 or Playstation 2 games played on Playstation 3.
Yes it is! Just press the button on the dongle to activate it.
We did not officially declare it as a PS2 product because otherwise we would have needed to test several hundreds games (in all language versions).
Try it out!
Log in problems
Several users reported log in problems. Please contact our webmaster Boris so he can help you.
admin @ 911wheel.com
We are also working on the forums as it is not possible to add new topics at the moment.
Clubsport Pedals for Porsche 911 Turbo wheel unveiled
PWT is new "Top Produkt" of PC Games Hardware
PC Games Hardware (Germany), a specialist magazine for gaming hardware only, has tested the Porsche 911 Turbo Wheel and liked it better than any other wheel on the (mass) market.
Have a look at the full review:
Xbox 360 Prototype almost there...
The Xbox360 (only) version of the Porsche wheel is already running and we can play games but the Forcefeedback effects are not fully working yet as they should.
Our target is to give a prototype next week to the developers of Simbin so they can integrate it into their new racing sim RACE Pro .
I will keep you updated .
ClubSport Table Clamp available for pre-order
You can now order the Clubsport Table Clamp for your Porsche wheel.
It will give your wheel and shifters an extremely strong mount to almost any table out there. But my favourite feature is the adjustable wheel angle.
RennSport Cockpit shown at Games Convention
On the Games Convention we presented the new RennSport Cockpit.
This is a ultra solid full aluminium construction which is Made in Germany. It comes with a real racing seat (shown in carbon) and is full yadjustable.
It is made especially for our wheels so the ergonomics are perfect. Personally I loved the three monitor setup driving a Cup Porsche GT3 RS on the Nordschleife (rFactor)
RennSport Wheel Stand announced
On Fanatec.com you will find infos and pictures about our new
This is the perfect solution to play in your living room without a table. And NO, it will NOT shake (as similar solutions out there)
RennSport Wheel Stand http://www.fanatec.de/html/index.php?id=220&lang=<?= en ?>
It is a heavy metal construction but at the same time super easy to handle and you can store away the wheel within 10 seconds.
Driver installation issue
It has been reported that there is a problem with RACE and the new driver 057.
Before installing version 057 of the driver please de-install previous versions manually.
make sure that pwservice.exe is not running anymore and is deleted before you install 057.
GT5:P problem solved
After the last update of the PlayStation 3 game Gran Turismo: Prologue to version "Spec III" the game was no longer compatible with our PWT.
We were looking for a solution together with Sony and decided to update the firmware of the wheel instead of updating the game as this is much faster.
In the support section of Fanatec.com you will find an update program to change the firmware of the dongle. Please read the instructions
Fanatec GPCC racing series
Fanatec proudly presents the German Porsche Carrera Cup of Virtual Racing ev.
The series starts on August 26th and the last race is on Dec 16th.
We support the series with several prices and the main prize is our brand new RennSport Cockpit which you will see on the link below:
Community Testers wanted again for the NEW products
Due to the great success of our co-operation with the gaming community on the Porsche 911 Turbo wheel we are happy to announce that we are now inviting testers for the upcoming racing products from Fanatec:
- Porsche 911 Carrera Wheel for PC
- Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheel for Xbox360
- High-End Clubsport pedals for Porsche 911 Turbo Wheel
- RennSport Wheel Stand for all Porsche Wheels
- RennSport Cockpit for all Porsche Wheels
- Clubsport Table clamp for all Porsche Wheels
To register for the test all members of the Porsche 911 Wheel Club have to fill out the "Test Registration" form.
If you are not a member yet you have to register to this website first.
Please fill out as much as you can. We will use this data not for marketing purposes or even sell the data but we need to have enough information to make a fair selection.
The tests will take several months and we will not start with all products at the same time so even if you not have been selected for one product you still have a chance to get selected for the next round.
I am looking forward to work with the community again on our new productsand I am confident that we all get great results again.
You have made the Porsche 911 Turbo wheel the best wheel for the mass market out there and now let's make more great products together.