Fanatec Driver 442 (Beta) for CSL, CSW and Podium WB (all wheels)

Marcel PfisterMarcel Pfister Member, Administrator

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  • Driver Version: ....
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Changelog since driver 440

Firmware versions included

  • Podium DD1 / DD2 Base: (NEW)
  • Podium DD1 / DD2 Motor: (NEW)
  • CSL DD / GT DD PRO Base: (NEW)
  • CSL DD / GT DD PRO Motor:
  • CSW V1 Base: 691 (NEW)
  • CSW V2 Base: 691 (NEW)
  • CSW V2.5 Base: 691 (NEW)
  • CSL E Base: 691 (NEW)
  • CSL E Base PS4: 691 (NEW)
  • CSL / CSW Motor: 22
  • Podium SW BMW M4 GT3: 8 (NEW)
  • Podium HUB: 6
  • Podium BME: 21 (NEW)
  • CS SW Formula V2(X), V2.5(X): 45 (NEW)
  • CS SW F1 Esports V2: 4
  • CS SW RS: 3 (NEW)
  • CS SW BMW V2: 2
  • CS UH V2 / UHX V2: 1
  • GT DD PRO SW: 8 (NEW)
  • CSL SW McLaren GT3 V2: 45 (NEW)
  • CSL SW McLaren GT3: 35 (NEW)
  • CSL SW WRC: 4
  • CSL UH: 3
  • CS P V3: 1.34 (NEW)
  • CSL EP LCK: 1.13 (NEW)
  • CSL P LCK: 1.8 (NEW)

Control Panel

  • Adapted Firmware Manager update process to new P DD firmware. Because of the extensive firmware changes in regard to the internal communication. 
  • Fixed UI crash when using P1 steering wheel.
  • Fixed and updated UI and hint texts.
  • Fixed BLI Tuning Menu setting also shown if no accessory is attached which supports it.
  • Fixed UI not minimizing when clicking on the task bar field of the Control Panel window.
  • Implemented Advanced Clutch Bite point adjustment for CSL E 1.0/1.1 and CSW V1/V2.
  • Added High/Low Torque mode to titles for the Podium DD on the wheel base and tuning menu page to indicate the current mode.
  • Changed shown steering angle of CSL E WB 1.0/1.1 and CSW V1/V2 be shown in %. Range is now "-100%" to "0%" to "100%"
  • Fixed ACP mode wrong after changing Advanced Mode / Standard Mode on wheel rims with APM multi position switch
  • Fixed Formula V2 APM visibility on Tuning Menu Page
  • Fixed BME APM visibility on Tuning Menu Page
  • Fixed CBP Slider visibility on Tuning Page

All Bases

  • Fixed BRF getting reset after base restart.
  • Fixed Advanced Clutch Bite Point getting set to 0 in Setup 5.
  • Fixed Auto Setup (A_S) getting shown as active in the wheel display when switching to it. Now only gets shown as active if currently used by a game. 
  • Fixed Auto Setup (A_S) not getting shown as inactive in some cases after the game closed.
  • Fixed some cosmetic issues in the Tuning Menu.
  • Fixed BLI Tuning Menu setting also shown if no accessory is attached which supports it.
  • Fixed that only one MPS input could get send at a time when two MPS get turned at the same time.
  • Fixed Clutch Bite Point value getting shown while Tuning Menu is open.
  • Tuning Menu now gets closed when wheel gets detached.
  • Changed Tuning Menu setting "FF" to "FFB" on 1” OLEDs and 7-seg displays.
  • Changing Tuning Menu mode via the driver now also shows an info on the wheel display.
  • Improved mode change text.
  • Removed preceding 0 on TM values.

Podium DD

  • New version number system for base firmware and motor firmware which follows the formatting used on the CSL DD and GT DD PRO. (e.g.
  • Fixed FFB jolts which mainly happened when analysis screens were shown on the P DD display.
  • Fixed rare and brief jump of steering wheel position. Most noticeable in iRacing by a rapid steering angle change only visible for ~1 frame. Could be felt as a jolt like sensation. 
  • Fixed input freezes on PlayStation.
  • Fixed FFB effect not getting stopped when entering a game menu while driving.
  • Fixed weird feeling caused by NFR setting.
  • Fixed vibration caused by higher NFR settings.
  • Fixed "Maximum rotations exceeded" message getting shown without reason.
  • Fixed INT not working correctly if FFB is set higher than 50% and FEI set to 100.
  • Fixed damper effect getting activated unintentionally when having a crash in iRacing.
  • Fixed DPR behaving differently in ACC when new in-game damper is used.
  • Fixed text cut off on ITM page 1
  • Potential fix of a very rare issue where an unintended base update would get started while a vibration effect gets activated by iRacing.
  • FFS setting is now inactive and hidden in low torque mode, because it had no useful influence in low torque mode.
  • Fixed Clutch Bite Point value getting shown differently on base and wheel display.
  • Fixed sometimes CAL still shown even though center calibration was already done after a firmware update.
  • General improvements of timing, stability and latency.
  • Increased resolution of analysis screen graphs again. (resolution got reduced in a past update to improve the jolt issue)
  • Torque message can now also be cleared with shifter paddles of UH(X) V2.
  • Adjusted strength of damper effect which is controlled by the "DPR" setting of the advanced Tuning Menu.


  • Fixed rare and brief jump of steering wheel position. Most noticeable in iRacing by a rapid steering angle change only visible for ~1 frame. Could be felt as a jolt like sensation. 

CSL E 1.0/1.1 and CSW V1/V2

  • Fixed GT Steering Wheel (From GT DD PRO) not working.
  • Fixed communication of Advanced Clutch Bite Point value.

Button Module Endurance

  • Improved the message indicating the Tuning Menu mode change.
  • Cosmetic improvements of tuning menu.


  • Fixed wrong button shown in shifter calibration screen.

RS Steering Wheel

  • Fixed glimming revLEDs while Tuning Menu is open.

Load Cell Pedals

  • Note: Pedals can only get updated via USB
  • Caution: Never plug in RJ12 and USB at the same time. Unplug RJ12 before using USB to update and unplug USB again before using RJ12 again to connect pedals to base. 
  • Fixed brake input flickering of CSP V3.
  • Improved lower end dead zones to prevent ghost input.
  • Improved upper dead-zones in auto calibration to prevent saving a too high value if pressed hard against the end stop.
  • Improved standard values in automatic calibration so the first slight input is not directly at 100%.
  • Improved automatic calibration so short peaks at max against the end stops don't set a calibration which can't be reached anymore afterwards. Max input now needs to stay for ~2sec to get auto calibrated again.

Known Issues

  • When entering a game menu while driving it can happen in some games that the FFB effect doesn't get canceled which results in the wheel turning to one side. (this got now fixed for the Podium DD but can still happen on the CSL DD. We will now apply the fix for the CSL DD as well)
  • Natural friction can start to feel weird after some time of driving. In case you experience issues with NFR, we suggest to turn it OFF for now. (this got now fixed for the Podium DD but can still happen on the CSL DD. We will now apply the fix for the CSL DD as well)
  • CSL E 1.0/1.1 and CSW V1/V2 are not shown in the Fanatec Control Panel. Will be fixed in next version.

Compatible FanaLab Version:


Download temporarily removed to prevent further cases of problems with upgrading firmware. We'll implement several measure to prevent an update being possible in an incorrect order as well as clearer instructions on how to perform the update/downgrade correctly including guidance on how to recover a product from a state where it can't get detected anymore.

In case you are affected by the update issue and your Podium DD is not working correctly, not detected by the PC and fan running at 100%: Follow the instructions of this PDF



  • Well thats a surprise ! Time to test the new firmware right away.

    Also is NFR fixed or not? Says its still broken in Known Issues?

  • edited June 3

    Says its fixed for Podium DD and still "can start to feel weird after some time of driving" for CSL DD and the fix of Podium DD will be applied to CSL DD now as well.

  • Cliff MCliff M Member

    Great! Hopefully 😉

  • Everything seems to have updated successfully from the 429 driver on my DD1, Podium Hub, McLaren v2 and V3 pedals. Should there be any differences in force feedback to expect?

  • Yes. The DPR was massively improved and overall the timing, stability and latency was improved so the FFB will feel better now.

  • Hey,

    Thanks for the big update.

    Do you guys recommend running the motor calibration now or does it still bring weird sensations when doing it ?

  • edited June 3

    The Motor calibration is recommended to be done since half a year (since driver 431) already again as all the "weird" feeling of the motor calibration was already fixed with Motor Firmware 42 a long time ago.

    So yes, calibrate the motor.

  • Woohoo! Time to download!

    BTW thanks Maurice, just know a lot of us have been patient and appreciate your updates even if we may be less vocal.

  • edited June 3

    Wow what a great initial feeling! ACC went up to 60 DPR and FFB a little stronger. Congrats!

  • edited June 3

    Hello, unfortunately I still can't update my Formula v 2.5 steering wheel to firmware v45.

    everything else worked for the csl dd base.

  • Marcel PfisterMarcel Pfister Member, Administrator

    Have a look at the changelog 😉, most improvements were made for the P DD in this update, however we plan to roll those improvements out to the CSL DD as well soon, especially regarding the two listed things in the known issues.

  • Hello and thanks for this update and your work in general ! I wanted to ask if this is an official or a beta driver? Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!!

  • edited June 3

    This is an official driver which will be also available on the official driver download page next week which will then also trigger the update notifications in older drivers which have that feature already implemented (so every driver since 431).

    Hint: Beta driver always have a "Beta" tag in the headline.

  • So this is the big FW re-write for the Podium DD?

    Notes look outstanding can’t wait to get home from work and check it out.👍

  • Yes, this is the big FW re-write for the Podium DD :)

  • Absolutely loving the force feedback, honestly feels like a new base, feeling things that I couldnt feel before lol.

    Only thing that is missing for me is an adjustable softlock, any plans for that?

    Thanks for the great work !

  • Took a long time but great news, I finally updated my trusty old 346 driver and it feels great so far on DD1!


  • WarmRedWarmRed Member

    I have now updated everything. It went through without any problem. FanaLab also works perfectly. After updating the engine firmware, the fan spun up briefly, but then went back to sleep. 

  • I usually dont writte in forums , but im so excited about this one ! I only did 2 laps in a practice session in iracing and oh my god!! I was wondering if i bought a new wheel . I would like to thank and show my appreciation towards Maurice and Marcel for their contribution in the forums and for hearing us

  • Good job! No problem with the update on my dd1. FFB is like the same for me from previous driver but the knocks/jolts are gone. Fanalab is working ok as well after the "cracked" exe was release:)

    Tested 20 min in acc,ac

  • !Heads up for anyone running Windows 11 22H2!

    The new security features in Windows 22H2 interfere with the firmware manager. I had to add the Fanatec folder in Program Files to the Antivirus exclusion list before it would let me update. The firmware manager would just hang and say "no wheelbase detected." Once I added the folder the exclusion list, everything went fine without any problems.

  • Tested on a DD2 with a few games using default AS profile(since I chose to delete my profile settings given the massive changes). Only thing I have done for now is bump FFB to 50(from default 35) so far.

    Out of the gate it’s a massive upgrade. Just feel way more detail across titles like iRacing, Forza 7, Horizon 5, and even Grid. Still need to test ACC and AMS2. Hard to describe, but there is less feel of clunk or notchiness that I normally tune out with the profile adjustments. Here I felt by default it just works great!

    So happy to finally watch the Telemetry screens too on the DD2 base, years of sticking to Fanatec logo, it’s fascinating to watch the FFB graph or other screens in action.

    lots of fun coming this weekend!

  • Hello!!. Is it normal that every time you update PBME you have to use devicebootloader??...normally it has always worked for me the first time. But this time I spent an hour testing. And thanks to the fact that I have not given up in the end to updated. For the rest everything is correct and once PBME is updated everything works GREAT!!!!. THANKS FOR THE WORK!!

     P.D is there any solution for my PBME??

     dd1 ps4

     Porsche GT3R


     THANKS AGAIN!! ;)

  • WarmRedWarmRed Member

    I have exactly the same configuration DD1 PS4 with PBME Podium Porsche Rim and had no problems …

  • I do not know when all repairs will be included for CLS DD / GT DD Pro steering wheels? Whether to wait or install 442

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