New Podium F1 on its way!
So guys, and especially you Canadians trying to get your hands on some Fanatec gear, there are alternatives (albeit limited) to ordering direct from Fanatec!
I had originally placed an order with Fanatec in early June for the Formula Racing Wheel for xBox (DD1 + Clubsport V2 Wheel) when it was showing availability for June 12. And as many of you have found out, that order was not fulfilled on June 12 as hoped for but got pushed back to the end of July (and I'm not going to bitch here... not withstanding the woefully inadequate level of customer communication, I understand the supply chain and order fulfillment logistics challenges that they are facing that I'm pretty sure 99% of those here have no appreciation for). And before I could cancel the order last week and reorder one of the Podium F1 bundles that were listed as in stock and ready to ship, those too went to preorder status.
Having ordered my V3 pedals from digital-motorsports.com in Ireland earlier this year when the pedals too were in preorder status @ Fanatec, I again turned to them to see if they could help. While they too had no stock of the Formula Racing Wheel bundle, Sean indicated that they were expecting stock of the Podium F1 bundle at the end of this week (although he couldn't guarantee the exact arrival date). Sure enough, they just showed up this morning as in stock and ready to ship... order placed and they are on their way!
For you fellow Canadians out there, buying from digital-motorsports.com not only is often cheaper than going direct to Fanatec (we don't have to pay the US duties on the units being shipped to the US and then the Canadian duties when Fanatec US ships them to us up here... but we still do have to pay the Canadian duties when the shipments get to us), but they ship FedEx/UPS instead of snail-mail! My pedals arrived within 4 days... tracked the entire way from the day I ordered! My Podium F1 will be in my hands sometime next week.
These guys are great to work with, communication is both timely and helpful. They bend over backwards to help you every step of the order process. I highly recommend them to anyone scouring the world for gear!