Wishlist for FM7 UPDATE
I have a meeting with the team of Turn 10 this week and we will discuss several things we could do together for their next title of Forza Motorsport.
If you would like to add something, please let me know. Please tell me any wheel/pedal/shifter related issues you have in FM6 and let us know what new features you would like to see supported in FM7.
Please do not list any other things as we will only discuss issues or features related to our products.
This is your chance to change something!
I had a very good meeting with them and I am happy to report that there is a good chance that a lot of things will change for the better in upcoming FM titles.
The PC market seems very important for them and they are aware that this market is dominated by wheel users. Therefore we will intensify our co-operation and get the best out of the games for wheel users.
I cannot confirm at this point what features can be implemented but the interest to do so is very high.
Please continue to give me feedback and I will make sure that you will be heard.
Interview with Gamereactor
Brake Performance Kit for ClubSport Pedals V3 is now available
We were finally able to ship the Brake Performance Kit for our ClubSport Pedals V3.
It makes your pedals more stiff than the stiffest settings you can reach with your PU foams and also allow a different feeling as you can combine PU foam and Elastomer springs for some travel in the beginning and then super stiff resistance for braking. This emulates a race car brake like you find in F1 or LMP. you will brake using only muscle memory instead of memorizing the foot position and this can make you faster.
This kit is not there to replace the damper kit as the damper will add hydraulic feel to it. And it is also not designed to fix any issues some customers had with the smoothness of their V3 brake in the first batches. Those customers should contact support and get a free PU foam with better lubrication which will not need service.
The Brake Performance Kit contains 4 different types of elastomer springs and a small PU foam which will allow different spring settings. Green is harder than red and both colours come in two diameters and the bigger the diameter the stiffer the pedal.
Please note that there is a reason why we did not ship the CSP V3 with the BPK as standard equipment as you will see that the adjustment of the travel and stiffness cannot be made with the pre-load screw anymore.
Let us know how you like the feeling of your modified brake pedal and what colour combo you use.
Black Friday 2016 - UPDATE
It became tradition that Fanatec makes one sale per year and this is on Black Friday (25.11.2016).
We will not just one but three strong offers:
Porsche 918 steering wheel for your ClubSport or CSL Elite Wheel base
EU: 299,95 €
US: 299,95 $
AUS: 449,95 AUD
J: 34.900 JPY
CSL Elite Wheel Base + CSL P1 Steering Wheel + Assetto Corsa (Xbox One)
EU: 399,95 €
US: 399,95 $
AUS: 649,95 AUD
J: 39.900 JPY
ClubSport Handbrake + ClubSport USB Adapter
EU: 79,95 €
US: 79,95 $
AUS: 139,95 AUD
J: 11.900 JPY
Depending on product and region this means we give discounts of up to 48% on our top products. But keep in mind that the sale starts only on November 25th and will last until supply lasts. With this message we just want to inform you ahead of time what you can expect. There will not be any other offer.
How do you like our offers?UPDATEThe sale starts on Friday at 9.00 CET in the morning
CSL Elite Pedals + Wheel Base shipping NOW
I am very pleased to tell you that we are able to ship the new CSL Elite Wheel base and the CSL Elite pedals with and without load cell kit from today and that means well ahead of the original schedule.
All pre-orders up to this moment will be fullfiled but supply is still very short and won't last very long. You will receive your pre-ordered unit within the next two weeks regardless what region.
If you are one of the lucky owners, please let us know how you like your new gear.
The road to hell -Part I
At the Simracing Expo I met a great guy and he inspired me to make an old dream come true: Participating in the famous 24H race on the Nürburgring.The guy I met was Dale Lomas, the famous driver of the Ring-Taxi, blogger and one of the most experienced Nordschleife experts in the world. He is doing 2000 laps per year!He is also a simracer and so we teamed up and he will help us to make this dream happen. The plan is to get a team and car ready for the race in 2018. We need to start from scratch and learn how to race, make licenses, how to build up a car and how to survive without damaging ourselves or others. Our target for 2018 is not just to be an driving obstacle, we want to compete.The team will consist of 4 Drivers. At least two will be Endor employees but we will also recruit one or two drivers from the community. If it is a success in 2018 then we will do it every year and bring more drivers to the best track in the world.Our first step was to take a full track day with Dale. The track was reserved for participants of this Event and we were able to make 20 laps (=400km). My product designer, Bernhard, was with me and both of us were driving two laps with Dale as coach and then we changed. Dale taught us all those little tricks you need to know and while he was talking and talking our brains tried to save all that Information and at the same time keeping the car on track.We had a modified BMW 228i with roll cage and sport tyres but the engine was standard. It was a great car to start and have fun and we gave several Porsches and GT-Rs a hard time with it. The McLaren P1 was a bit faster though.We finished the session by letting Dale drive a lap and that brought us back on the ground and we realized that it is still a long way to go for us. Thanks to Dale for this fantastic day.Next step will be to make the National license A and to build up a car during winter time. I will keep you posted!
Steering Wheel Survey
We continue to develop new steering wheels and wheel rims for both the ClubSport and the CSL series and it is important to understand your preferences so we develop the right products for you.Therefore I created this little wheel survey.Please feel free to participate but only if you are a CSL or ClubSport Wheel Base owner.Please also note that this is just a wish list and wheels which require a license need to be approved by this 3rd Party first.
CSL Elite Wheel Base & Pedals
It is my pleasure to introduce our new mid range series: CSL Elite
CSL stands for „ClubSport Light“ and racing fans know that light is good. We essentially used the technology of the ClubSport series and concentrated on pure performance and durability rather than fancy materials or a the prefect finish you know from the ClubSport series.Of course we also had to cut a few features but on the other side we also added a few innovative features which cannot be found anywhere else.
Therefore the CSL products are 100% Fanatec and state-of-the-art!
You can find the full description on our webshop or in the press release but here are the highlights of the new base and the new pedals. Both products are sold separately and of course they are compatible to most previous Fanatec equipment.CSL Elite Wheel Base- Super strong and fast brushless servo motor which delivers 6 NM on the steering axis
- Single belt drive unit with just one belt between axis and motor
- Automotive grade QR system and compatibility to all Fanatec CSL or ClubSport steering wheels
- 1080° of rotation. Good for drifting
- Rev Lights integrated on the base
- Strong table clamp integrated
- 2 shifter ports plus handbrake port. There are CSL Shifters and handbrake also coming up next
CSL Elite Pedals and CSL Elite Pedals Loadcell Kit
- Solid full metal construction
- Basic set comes with two pedals but with the optional Loadcell Kit you add a loadcell brake and transform the former brake pedal into a clutch pedal.
- Great brake feeling even on the basic set as it comes with a strong metal spring and a PU foam damper/spring
- The loadcell brake pedal is actually a big loadcell. The whole arm is the sensor and it measures pedal pressure of up to 90kg. Of Course you can adjust the brakeforce during gameplay.
- Travel and stiffness of the LC brake can be easily and quickly adjusted without the need of tools
- You can choose between 3 surfaces for your pedal plates. Blank metal, rubber or a sandpaper anti-skid patchMy team has worked a long time and very hard to bring those products to the market. I am very proud of them and also my thanks goes to the feedback of all testers and the community for telling us what you really want and need.And finally a word to the PlayStation situation. We know that a lot of people want to know what the status is but we cannot announce anything before the contract is signed. We have a good relationship with Sony but we need to follow the rules and although there are absolutely no points of disagreement, sometimes things takes a while because of procedures and work flows. I am confident that we can announce a PS4 Version of this Wheel base soon.
CSL Elite will go online this Friday
The new CSL Elite series will be online in our webshop and available for pre-order this Friday, 26th of August.If you buy a complete bundle of CSL P1 steering Wheel, CSL Elite Wheel Base, CSL Elite Pedals and CSL Elite Loadcell Kit then you will get a free copy of Assetto Corsa for Xbox One.On Friday you will get full specs, pricing and pictures. The first reviews will follow as well.
Some customers have received an e-mail from our server with an old invoice.
This occurred because we had to do some maintenance on our server and but the mail function was not deactivated.
It is a harmless mistake and your data was not in danger at any time.
Just ignore this e-mail, there is nothing to do on your side.
Sim Racers Wanted! Fanatec is hiring and we pay a headhunting fee
Fanatec is expanding quickly and therefore we also need to enlarge our team.
Enthusiam and fun with what you do are key to make a great job and therefore we are looking for sim racers who want to turn their hobby and passion into their daily job.
You will work in the beautiful Bavarian town of Landshut but it does not matter if you speak German or where you come from. Our team is international and they all speak good english.
If you know somebody who might be interested and bring us in contact, you will get a coupon code for our webshop with a value of 1000,- Euro. Please tell us the name of this person before he/she applies. The code will be sent after the trial period of the candidate.
Here is what we need to create more great products and let the people know about it.
If you are happy with what you do youn
Community & PR Manager
- Manage forum on Fanatec.com in order to grow the community and increase customer satisfaction
- Find and supervise moderators
- Post FAQ and manage feedback to the Support team
- Create forum rules and make sure that they are followed
- Manage social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, etc.
- Create content and campaigns for all social media channels
- Monitor international sim racing forums and guide customers to get support
- Manage community reviews and tests
- Provide ideas from the community to the product development team
- Helping to create, develop, and manage all proactive and reactive press opportunities (print and online)
- Handling of sponsored teams
- Press release and newsletter writing and dissemination
- International media outreach
- Decent knowledge of sim racing equipment and racing simulations
- Fluent spoken and written English with excellent grammar is mandatory. German or other languages are a plus
- Strategic thinker, with excellent public relations skills, solid and cooperative media relationships, and knowledge of the evolving digital and social media fields
- Should have strong writing and organizational skills, excellent people skills, plus the ability to always keep calm and proffessional.
- Bachelor's degree is not required but a plus.
- Two or more years’ experience in an agency or corporate environment
Product & Project Manager
- Summarize and update specifications
- Communicate with senior product managment about spec changes
- Create and manage project plans
- Follow up with internal and external project ressources
- Optimize project end dates and try to permanently keep or reduce the critical path of a project
- Manage hand over from R&D to production
- Get and check quotations for components or complete products
- Create content for manuals and website descriptions
- Arrange tests with internal and external betatesters
- Support initial production stages before mass production
- Interact with PR and Marketing team to co-ordinate launch campaigns
- Report to management about project status on a weekly basis
- Decent knowledge of sim racing equipment and racing simulations
- Superior project management, communication and presentation skills. Must be proficient in MS Office suite (specifically in MS Project, Excel, Word and Visio).
- Extensive experience of full life cycle projects.
- Highly organized and attentive to detail
- 1-2+ years of experience in product and/or project management
- Fluent spoken and written English is mandatory. German or other languages are a plus
Please send your CV and other documents to [email protected] and we will come back to you.
I hope to welcome you very soon to our great team.
Slogan for CSL Elite Wheel Base and Pedals wanted! -UPDATE
It has been silent for a Little while but we are coming back strong. The production of the CSL Elite Wheel base is starting soon together with the new CSL Elite pedals.As usual we would like to put a funny or surprising slogan on our giftbox so when you open the box you already know what to expect.This time we ask our community to come up with those slogans. We need one for the wheel base and one for the pedals.- 4 Lines- English language- Not too longPlease post your proposals here in the comments and win a set of the new CSL Elite Wheel Base and CSL Elite Pedals.The slogan which will be chosen on the giftbox wins.If two people send in the same slogan, the first one gets the wheel.You can enter as many sloagans as you wantUPDATE
You are amazing!!!
The feedback is overwhelming and there was a lot of great feedback! We have chosen the two winners and notified them but there will be probably more winners as we would like to use more of those slogans on future giftboxes. Of course you will also get the CSL Elite wheel.
Production starts next week and if everything goes smoothly we plan to put it in our webhshop soon.
PlayStation compatibility UPDATE 2
You might have already noticed that we have removed the icons to show the PlayStation compatibility on our website. So what does that mean?
As part of the licensing process for a new, officially licensed racing wheel, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has asked us to stop promoting our unlicensed wheels as beeing PlayStation compatible and we are happy to comply with that. As soon as we have a fully licensed PlayStation wheel on the market, we will officially announce the compatibility again.
If you already purchased a Fanatec product with previously promoted PS3 or PS4 compatibility, basically nothing will change for you. The compatibility for those wheels still depends solely on the game developers and if they decide to add/keep support for their wheels in their games or not.
If you purchase a new wheel from us from now on we will only guarantee the PC or Xbox One compatibility as advertised.
I hope you understand our position and rest assured that we do everything to make our products as compatible as possible.UPDATEThe situation has still not changed much as we are still wating for a contract but it seems that a lot of our customers are very angry based on wrong assumptions.
Therefore I would like to make some statements:1. Sony clearly said that PS3 steering wheels will only have limited Support on the PS4. This was posted on their Website and accessible to every PS4 owner.2. We never made any promises that your wheels will be future proof and 100% compatible with any upcoming PS4 game. In fact DriveClub was the first racing game on PS4 and it was never compatible. All owners of a CSW V2 could have known that and we clearly made big warnings on our product page that compatibility depends on the support of the game developer. We were never hiding anything and we did not try to mislead anybody. Please do not blame us if you did not read or believe in the big warnings in the the product description.3. No other manufactuerer even bothered to make unlicensed PS3 wheels compatible to PS4. Fanatec at least made several games compatible to several of our wheels. Wheels which we are not even selling anymore so there was no commercial sense for us. We even made old Xbox 360 wheels compatible to PS3 and PS4. We did it for YOU.4. Official PS4 wheels require a security chip. The only way to get such a chip is to make an agreement with Sony.5. Making an agreement with Sony is not a matter of money or effort or is anything we can influence. We can make proposals and they can accept it or not. They are not obliged to give us a license and there is no right for us to get one. If you think that it is simply a matter of money then ask yourself why we have no problem to pay royalties to Porsche, BMW or Microsoft but would not do so to the platform holder which gives us access to 65% of the wheel market. We are not stupid ;-). And by the way, Sony is not asking for crazy royalties. It is the normal rate that anybody has to pay if he gets selected.6. We only get such an agreement if we strictly and 100% follow their rules. If they want us to stop sending dev kits to the game developers then we do so. If we have to make our unlicensed wheels not compatible anymore then we do so. The only alternative we have is to have no licensed wheels at all.
And that means you not only have to buy a new base but you also need new steering wheels, shifters, handbrakes, static shifter paddles etc.5. Emulating the security chip or other hacks might be possible but I hope you understand now that we are not even thinking about such an option.6. Making a Universal hub for PS4 would be our preferred choice and we suggested that idea to Sony. Unfortunately it was rejected with no reason given. Again, we cannot force them to accept something.But there is a very positive aspect of that. On the Xbox it is impossible to use the popular Formula, BMW or Porsche steering wheels. It is likely that those steering wheels could be used on a potential PS4 base. Most of our customers have 2 or more steering wheels. It might be cheaper to replace the base than to replace all steering wheels.7. If we can get a license then it will be for something based on the CSL Elite base. This is certainly a step down from a CSW BV2 but probably still a lot better than any other alternative for PS4. And if this PS4 Wheel is selling well then there is no reason that we cannot get another license for another wheel.So what are my recommendations for you?Stay calm. We are working hard on a solution which is best for you and there is a high chance that we can achieve it.If we can make a PS4 Version of the CSL Elite Wheel base then it is very likely that you can keep your pedals, steering wheels, shifters, table clamps, handbrakes etc.. And there is great new stuff coming up as well.You can sell your CSWB V2 for good money to a PC or XOne user. Used bases sometimes sell on eBay with almost the same price as new. Perhaps you lose only 10% to 25% but you used it for several months.Of Course you could also sell your PS4 and switch to PC or XOne. Or you buy a product of the competition and support this license business which made you so upset.Let us get this contract done and then we hurry up to catch the Launch of GT Sport. We make sure that you have a decent setup for it.UPDATE 2Good News!I am happy to announce that we finally signed an Agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for an officially licensed racing Wheel for the PlayStation 4. Of Course we are in discussions with other regions as well and our target is to make a fully compatible racing wheel for Gran Turismo Sport and other great racing simulations in 2017.We can now make this new racing wheel compatible to the console system and that means you get full functionality like the PS button or navigation in the console menu. Unfortunately we cannot share more technical details about this product until it is fully approved.
It is still Sony's policy that only official licensed products will be compatible to future games but we will make as much of your current peripherals compatible to the PS4 as possible. What we can already confirm is that at this point it is not possible to make existing wheel bases compatible anymore. This is not a technical problem but was part of the deal. I am aware that this is not what some of you want to hear but we will make sure that the new racing wheel will be the best wheel for PS4 out there. So if you stay with Fanatec it will still be your best option.We can also not comment on the timeline but rest assured that we are already working full speed on this project and try to start the approval process already this year. How long it takes is out of our control.
BLACK FRIDAY: Bundle with CSW B V2 and the new CSL P1 steering wheel
This year, we are making it a bit easier to get one of our high-end ClubSport Wheel Bases V2 with the new allround steering wheel CSL P1.
This allows you to enjoy a complete new level of force-feedback quality on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and of course PC.
The bundle is avalaible from tomorrow until Cyber Monday until supply lasts. We have some inventory so take your time.
CSP V3 owners: Betatesters wanted for Brake Performance Kit
We will release a new Brake Performance Kit for the ClubSport Pedals V3 (only) which includes two special dampers made of a high-end material.This material is made in Germany and allows for an ultra direct braking experience. There are two different stiffnes grades. It is easy to lubricate and super durable with cycle times of well over 1 Million.We are now looking for up to 60 testers who already own a ClubSport Pedal V3 and are willing to give us Feedback about:
Just leave a comment here and make sure that this is the account which contains all your latest adress Information.
- Ease of Installation
- any issues you find
Fanatec releases CSL Wheel P1 steering wheel for Xbox One
Landshut, 17.11.2015 – Fanatec announced today the newest official racing wheel for Xbox One: “CSL P1 Steering Wheel for Xbox One.”
This is the first component of the new CSL series which is positioned below the very popular Clubsport Series.
This steering wheel is an add-on for your existing ClubSport V2 base or the upcoming CSL base. As soon as you connect this steering wheel to your base the whole system with attached peripherals like shifters, pedals or handbrake will become an Xbox One peripheral.
The diameter of 30 cm makes it more compact than other ClubSport steering wheels and the low weight of 1170 g makes it spin and react very fast.
The most unique feature is the combination of the center stripe and the shift light. A multicolor LED illuminates the center stripe so you always see the middle of the wheel rim as well as the revs of your engine.
The TUNING LED display is also integrated on top of the rim and enables you to see telemetry data right in front of your eyes.
The spokes of the P1 steering wheel are made of brushed aluminum and match the solid feel of the metal shifter paddles.
A new quick release system will mount the wheel with strong forces to the wheel base hence allows a quick change of the steering wheel.
The CSL P1 Steering Wheel for Xbox One will be is available from now on at www.Fanatec.com with immediate delivery in several countries and at a price of 149,95 € (EU) or 139,95 USD (US) which makes it the most affordable steering wheel option from Fanatec.
EUR USD AUD YEN Black Friday Bundle (+CSW B V2) 799,95 649,95 1069,9 92400 CSL P1 Steering Wheel 149,95 139,95 249,9 19900
Fanatec live from the Simracing Expo
We are enjoying a great Simracing Expo at the Nürburgring which is taking place in parallel to the GT500 which starts in this minute.
iRacing teamed up with us to show the GP track and behind closed doors even the new Nordschleife for iRacing.
Later today we will have a great head to head race where race driver Michael Bartels will drive a BMW Z4 race car live against a driver of Team Redline in a Fanatec simulator on FM6. This race will be streamed LIVE here on youtube at 17.00 CET today.
Fanatec Debuts Official Forza Motorsport Racing Wheel for Xbox One
Landshut, Germany – 10.9.2015 - Fanatec, alongside Turn 10 Studios, announced today the newest official racing wheel for Xbox One: the Fanatec ClubSport Wheel Rim GT “Forza Motorsport.”
Designed for use on Xbox One and the newest entry in the Forza franchise, “Forza Motorsport 6,” this wheel is the real deal and with a diameter of 330mm it has the same dimensions as professional wheels used in GT racecars.
From a visual perspective, the metal wheel rim is covered with smooth, automotive grade leather and a stitched Forza Motorsport logo. In addition, the white stitching and white center stripe complete the racing-inspired theme.
Highlighting increased flexibility in personal customization, you can easily adjust all button positions or the ergonomics of the shifter paddles. A quick release system allows the opportunity to change your preferred steering wheel within seconds.
Thomas Jackermeier, CEO of Endor AG / Fanatec said: “Fanatec and Turn 10 Studios are great partners as we are both aiming for maximum realism. It is very efficient to work closely together so that our customers can get such an immersive experience.”
The ClubSport Steering Wheel GT “Forza Motorsport” will be available as a wheel rim or in combination with the Universal hub for Xbox One which is pre-configured for the Fanatec wheel. Starting at $99.95 USD, the ClubSport Steering Wheel GT “Forza Motorsport” will be available on Sept 15 in Europe, USA, Australia and Japan, at www.Fanatec.com.
Pre-order now on www.Fanatec.com
Fanatec Driver 222 Beta released (Windows10)
We have a new driver available and the package also contains the latest firmware for your device as well.
Here is the full change log for our Fanatec driver version 222:
ClubSport Wheel Base V2
ClubSport Wheel Base
CSR Elite Wheel
Porsche GT2 Wheel
Porsche GT3 V2 Wheel
Porsche Wheel Turbo S
All Fanatec USB pedals
All pedal sets which are connected to supported Fanatec Wheels
ClubSport USB Adapter (Handbrake & ClubSport Shifter supported)
ClubSport Series steering wheels:
ALL (released before August 2015)
New firmwares included:
- CSW V1 base: CSW_Base_V109_rev535_boot_beta
- CSW V2 base: CSW_V2_Base_V110_rev536_boot_beta
CSP V3 acceleration vibration can now be used by developers when pedals connected to CSW Base OR by USB. Fanatec SDK (PC & PS4) Updated!
· Windows 10 ready!
This driver should be fully compatible with Windows 10. Please post all possible Win10 related issues into the comments. It would be great if you could try to reproduce the same problem in Win 8 as well to verify the root cause.
· Various minor code improvements and updates
CHANGELOG CSW (V1 & V2) Firmware:
· Optimized initialization process to avoid calibration differences between different rims/wheels.
· Reworked UHX PC mode toggle to solve USB 3.0 issues
· Fan PWM alterations to eliminate fan noise problems
· New UHX PC button mapping – more buttons can be used
· XBO communication refined
· PS3 Mode – The ring of light will always stay white in PS3 mode now (red = PC; green = Xbox One)
Please give me your feedback on the driver and firmware. Thanks.
SALE: Universal Hub for PC, PS4 and PS3
From today you can purchase the Universal Hub for PlayStation and PC at a much discounted price.
EU: 299,95 -> 199,95
USA: 249,95 -> 169,95
AU: 329,95 ->224,95
J: 33.900 -> 22.900
We are selling off this product as it will be replaced by the Universal Hub for Xbox One which has the same features and is compatible to PlayStation, PC and Xbox One. Please note that you can take off the button caps with the symbols so it will look exactly like the PC version which is on sale now.
Sale will only last until the inventory is gone so this is a good chance to get the rim you always wanted to have.
Introducing the new Clubsport Pedals V3 - UPDATE
It was time for a major re-design for one of our most popular products and the result are the new ClubSport Pedals V3.
Our target was to make ultra high-end pedals with features nobody else can offer and with the most advanced technology on the market. At the same time we wanted to keep the price low and affordable.
The completely new and custom designed 90 kg load cell and other improvements will also increase the durability a lot. No need to buy spare load cells anymore.
All existing pre-orders of V2 in Europe and USA will be upgraded to V3 and the first products are already on the way to the warehouses.
Full details will be revealed this week.
The CSP V3 and the damper kit is now online for pre-order without invite. Full features and details can be seen on the product pages.
New driver 219 and firmware released
We have a new driver available and the driver also contains the latest firmware for your device as well.
Here is the full change log for ver219:
ClubSport Wheel Base V2
ClubSport Wheel Base
CSR Elite Wheel
Porsche GT2 Wheel
Porsche GT3 V2 Wheel
Porsche Wheel Turbo S
All Fanatec USB Pedals
All pedal sets which are connected to supported Fanatec Wheels
ClubSport USB Adapter (Handbrake & ClubSport Shifter supported)
ClubSport Series Steering Wheels:
ALL (released before June 2015)
Universal Hub for Xbox One (NEW)
New firmwares included:
- CSW V1 base: CSW_Base_V095_rev486_boot_beta
- CSW V2 base: CSW_V2_Base_V094_rev485_boot_beta
- CSS: CSS-GEAR-APP_V1_10
CSP (V1 & V2) vibration can now be used by developers when pedals connected to CSW Base. Fanatec SDK Updated!
Several updates for…
- FFB system
- Driver gui
- Various small code improvements
CHANGELOG CSW (V1 & V2) Firmware:
- UHX / Xbox One supported
- Optimized cooling (CSW V2) – new speed stages – fans will not operate in idle mode
- Dynamic CSP pedal vibration control integrated and opened for SDK commands
- Saving/loading animation on START (Power) button integrated. Wheel base now shows when it is "busy"
- Tuning menu: OFF value in SEN has been renamed to AUT for better comprehension of the feature
- New soft stop / angle limitation (CSW V2)
- Many small and various improvements“
CHANGELOG CS USB Shifter Firmware:
- Permanent storage of calibration data optimized
Please download here
Universal Hub for Xbox is now shipping -UPDATE
The Universal hub for Xbox One, which will turn your ClubSport Wheel Base V2 into an Xbox One compatible device, is now starting to ship and it will arrive in the hands of the lucky customers very soon.
Please post your experience with this device here and show us pictures and videos of your set up.
You are also welcome to post recommended settings for games.
Please note that the maximum amount of buttons to be used on Xbox One is currently limited by the console but there are plans for a new extended protocol which allows more functionality.
We also have an button mapping issue on PC but this will be fixed in a future fw release.
Posting with a mobile phone
So far it was not possible to post something with a mobile phone in the blog or forum.
We enabled this function now but the functionality is still a little bit less than on PC because the editor is not working (yet).
Please let me know if you still have issues and describe them. Let us know your operating system as well. Thanks!
Real race car steering wheel rims on Xbox One!
Landshut, 2.4.2015 - Fanatec is proud to announce the Universal Hub for Xbox One. This controller takes modularity and realism to a whole new level.
This innovative device allows you choose between several styles of wheel rims to match your preferred racing category:
- GT for supercars and road racing
- Oval for NASCAR and similar series
- Drift for rally, off-road and drift simulations
- Classic for vintage race cars
- Round1 for vintage open wheelers
- Flat1 for modern open wheelers, F1, LMP1 or DTM series
These wheel rims have automotive quality and could be used in real race cars. They all are covered in genuine leather and come in different diameters.
But you can also purchase the Universal Hub for Xbox One without a wheel rim and use any wheel rim you want or already own. It is comparable to real car steering wheels from famous brands like SPARCO, MOMO or OMP.
With every Universal Hub for Xbox One, you have the option to configure the button layout to your preference and the position and angle of every button can also be adjusted. You can also take off some of the small button boxes without losing functionality as all buttons are also on top of the hub casing. You have the choice of two different sizes and styles of paddle shifters and even those are fully adjustable.
Just like many other Fanatec steering wheels, it also comes with a Tuning LED display (detachable) to show telemetry info or change wheel settings on the fly. It also comes with the genius 7-way FunkySwitch™ encoder.
The Universal Hub for Xbox One can be used on the ClubSport Wheel Base V2 and on some upcoming wheel bases from Fanatec. As soon as you connect the Universal Hub for Xbox One, the base will be switched into Xbox One mode using force feedback protocol with the new and advanced equation system.
There is also a hot-key to use the Universal Hub for Xbox One on PC and other gaming platforms. It is the most compatible product on the market!
There are several more wheel bases at various price points planned to be released and there will also be another steering wheel for Xbox One to be announced later this year which will be targeted to a broader audience at a much lower price point.
The Universal Hub for Xbox One will be available on May 28th in Europe, USA, Australia and Japan.
for Xbox One
(metal hub cover)
You can pre-order this product right away only on www.Fanatec.com.
Price increase in Europe UPDATE
This is a post which is rather less fun for me but we cannot avoid it.
Due to the questionable strategy of the European Zentral Bank, the excheange rate Euro / USD has massively dropped in the past months. The target of the EZB is to increase Inflation and it seems that they are succesful with that attempt as all good made in the far east usually have to be paid in USD and therefore those products are now seeing a massive price increase.
We absorbed this price increase in the past months but we cannot do that anymore and therefore we had to increase all our European prices between 20 to 30%. We just hope that the Euro will not continue to drop and we can keep at least this Level.
And before everybody starts to complain why our Prices are more expensive in the Euro webshop than the prices you see in the US Webshop I would like to remind you that EU prices will always be about 30% more expensive in comparison to the US.
The reason is that the prices in the EU shop include VAT and this makes about 20% alone. The US Webshop prices do not include VAT or sales tax.
The other 10% are becuase of various reasons like higher logistic costs, localisation, more strict environmental rules and a 2 year warranty instead of 1 year in the US. All those little extras don't come for free and this is the reason why almost every product in any category is more expensive in Europe than in the US.
I hope you will still stay with us and understand the situation. Thank you.
Here are some more facts:
May 2014: Euro/USD 1,3862
March 2015: Eur/USD 1,0664
If a product costs 100 USD to manufacture it was 72,46 € in May 2014 and now we have to pay 93,77 €
This is a cost increase of 29,41 %
Fanatec on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Here is the long awaited news about PlayStation 4 and Project CARS.
With the ClubSport Wheel V2 you can play all three versions of Project CARS.
Please note that for Xbox One you still need to add a Xbox One compatible steering wheel rim while on the PS4 the wheels will work as they are and you don't even need to put them in PlayStation mode.
The first Xbox One steering wheel will be announced very soon.
Press release:Slightly Mad Studios and Fanatec are proud to announce today that Project CARS will now support a range of Fanatec hardware on both PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.
"Wheels, pedals, and gear sticks are the natural input devices for racing games; we have an innate knowledge of how they work from real life and they provide the most immersive, authentic experience for gamers.” said Andy Tudor, Creative Director. "So as we near the launch of Project CARS we’re pleased to announce additional support for the following Fanatec hardware on PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One…"PC & PLAYSTATION®4
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche 911 GT2
Porsche 911 GT3 RS V2
CSR ElitePC, PLAYSTATION®4 & XBOX ONE
ClubSport Wheel Base
ClubSport Wheel Base v2
“The quality of the input devices play an important role in the immersion factor of a simulation and especially our ClubSport series delivers an automotive quality and experience level. We are now bringing this level to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and Project CARS is the perfect title to make best use of our technology. This combination is a new milestone on gaming consoles.” (Thomas Jackermeier, CEO Endor AG / Fanatec)
New shipping date for ClubSport Wheel Base V2
Today, we had to set a new delivery date for the CSW B V2 and it is now May 15th. This means all orders up to now will be delivered at the promised dates or earlier but new orders will not be shipped before middle of may.
We were surprised (again) by the strong demand as we are continuously increasing the production but the amount of orders is going up and up. The invite system is working great but although we are sending out several hundreds of codes everyday, it will still take several weeks until all our customers have received a code.
There are no news on the Xbox One steering wheel yet but things are smooth and we plan to make an announcement by the end of march so you know what to do if you plan to buy Project CARS.
Hello everybody and a happy 2015!
We have great plans for 2015 and there will be plenty of exciting new products coming up. Some of them expected and others will be a surprise.
I cannot give you more details or a timeline about a specific product but things are going smoothly and I am sure that we will make many people happy in 2015.
The first change is not a new product but a new service. Some of you might have noticed that it is now possible to directly chat with our technical support team.
This chat is available almost everyday. We even have been online during the Christmas holidays so in case you have any technical problem we want to make sure that you get immediate response.
We are now working to expand the service to answers sales and order questions as well in order to give you the best service possible.
All the best,
Black Friday: Save 200,- on a CSW V2 Bundle with two rims
We created a special bundle for all new owners of a ClubSport Wheel base. Get the Formula and the BMW steering wheel for just 299,95 and get an invite code to buy the CSW V2 at the discounted price of 524,95.
The price of the CSW V2 will be increased soon and current availability (March 2015) might be postponed again as well so secure your ClubSport Bundle right away at that great price.
And if you also need a sturdy and fully adjustable cockpit at an unbeatable price, you can grab the CSL Seat for just 199,95 over the weekend.
The Black Friday sale will last until next Monday or until we run out of stock.
Let us know what you think about your new tool!
Matt Malone made this very funny unboxing video live on Twitch and then posted it on Youtube.
If you just received your CSW B V2 then please go ahead and let us know in the comments to this post what you think about it!
The wait is over! Clubsport Wheel Base V2 and Shifter are on the way to customers
All obstacles were removed and all tests succesful so we can start the delivery of the ClubSport Wheel Base V2 from today.
All customers who pre-ordered the V1 and have been upgraded will get their wheel next week and the week after, depending on where they are located.
Production is now running on full speed and more inventory is on the way. But as the pre-orders are rising fast, we will have to postpone the shipping date for new orders very soon.
We have also started to ship all open orders of the ClubSport Shifter and production is also running well here.
CSW B V2 discount reduction
All owners of the ClubSport Wheel Base V1 and the CSR Elite base should now have received their codes. If not, please contact our sales team.
Therefore we will now gradually reduce the pre-order discount by tomorrow.
We are wondering if we should reduce the discount in total and ship more units by air. We made the below poll to get your opinion about it.
The first units of the new wheel base should be shipped to customers within October but we cannot give more details at the moment.
So if you place an order now, the delivery would be early December. This delivery time could be reduced.
Fanatec products on Xbox One UPDATE
Landshut, Germany – 3.10.2014 – This is the announcement many people have been waiting for and we are happy to announce that Endor AG (the company behind the brand Fanatec) and Microsoft Corp. have closed a license agreement to make racing peripherals for the Xbox One.
Fanatec plans to release a broad line up of racing wheels which will fit all kind of racing styles and different budgets.
Xbox One brings the latest in innovation and power to the development of racing peripherals giving fans of Fanatec products the opportunity to play the newest Xbox One titles with full support and integration.
Available soon, fans will be able to enable Xbox One compatibility on their Fanatec wheel bases by simply attaching an Xbox One steering wheel to an Xbox One enabled Fanatec wheel base (like the ClubSport Wheel Base V2), making their whole system compatible to Xbox One. Additional details and features will be announced soon.
Additional Fanatec peripherals like pedals, shifters or handbrakes that were purchased with an Xbox 360 will also be compatible with Xbox One. The modular configuration system in the Fanatec webshop allows you to purchase only the components you need.
Thomas Jackermeier, CEO of Endor/Fanatec: “I am very excited to announce this partnership as we have been working with Microsoft behind the scenes on new and exciting products. Xbox One and “Forza Motorsport” will continue to be a landmark of ultra-realistic racing simulations on any gaming console and we look forward to bringing this realism to a whole new level for our fans.”
Reworded to make compatibility more clear
Introducing the ClubSport Shifter V1.5
Earlier this year we had a flood in our factory in China which caused a long delay as all inventory and the machines were destroyed (and not insured).
We knew this will take quite some time so we used this time to make several improvements on the product to make it more reliable. The new V1.5 of the ClubSport Shifter and ClubSport Shifter SQ has a complete new electronics with new hall sensors in order to avoid any calibration issues and improve durability. The looks of the shifter and other functionality remains the same.
All customers who pre-ordered a CSS or CSS SQ will get a free upgrade to this version.
But there is also good news for the owners of the V1 version which we sold. All CSS and CSS SQ will get a warranty extension of an additional year so you do not need to be concerned. If your shifter is among the few which caused trouble then we will fix it. Of course we will only fix shifters with actual problems and will not exchange all V1 against V1.5 now.
The production of V1.5 has already started and the first products are on the way but unfortunately we cannot deliver all shifters as promised by the end of September. The shifters will be delivered according to the purchase date per region within October and the last pre-orders will be fulfilled by the end of October.
New orders now have a delivery date of end of November. The new factory has bigger capacity so we hope that we can start selling directly off the warehouses soon.
First waves of invites is out
All customers who bought a CSR Elite or a ClubSport Wheel Base V1 in our webshop should have received an invite code by now.
Before we send out the codes for the next category we want to make sure that all those customers actually had the chance to purchase the new ClubSport Wheel Base V2.
So if you fall into that category and have not received your code yet, please leave a short comment with your problem below this post.
I would like to ask all others not to comment so it is easier for us to identify the ones which need attention.
- You do not need to enter the code somewhere. Only if you own a valid code you will be able to purchase the new wheel base
- If you can order the CSW B V2 then you have a valid code!
- Make sure you log in with the account (e-mail) to what we have sent the notification e-mail
- Let us know if you ordered more than one wheel before so we can send you more codes. Every customer just gets one code by default.
We had to hold back the first shipment to make final compatibility tests with the new gaming console as we want to be 100% sure that everything works well. Therefore the first shipment is a little bit delayed. Our new target is end of October. If you place a new order you are now in the batch of early December.
ClubSport Wheel Base V2 now available for pre-order
We have started production of the ClubSport Wheel Base V2 last week and the first shipments will leave the factory next week. Therefore it is time to make the product available for PRE-ORDER.
The first customers to receive the product will be the ones who pre-ordered the old V1 version and enjoyed a free upgrade. We will also fly in those units to deliver them as fast as possible.
As mentioned before, you will need an invite code to place the order. More info on the invite codes can be found here: ClubSport Wheel Base V2 Invite Code FAQsIf you have a code to share or need a new one you can leave a comment there.
As long as we do not have enough products in stock, we will keep the pre-order discount so it is likely that not only CSW and CSR E owners will be able to enjoy this discount.
The first invite codes have been sent out! You will be notified by e-mail and then you should look into you profile page.
ClubSport Wheel Base V2 - The first reviews and opinions!- UPDATE 6
A lot of you guys are looking forward to the FIRST REVIEWS of the new ClubSport wheel Base V2 and the embargo ends today 12.00 (noon) German time. All reviews will be listed below so you get a lot of opinions about the new product.
These are not traditional reviews as we have only sent out beta wheels to beta testers so far. We have chosen the most experienced, critical and respected guys out there to help us finding remaining flaws and to sort out bugs. We have picked those customers from our customer base, real race drivers, pro sim drivers, game developers or respected community members of various forums.
They all helped us to make a better product and I would like to thank all of them for doing a great job!
It was not our intention and there is no obligation whatsoever that those beta testers also make a review about it but some of them asked us if they can do it and we are happy to let them share their opinion.
Those reviews might not be 100% objective as some testers have a history (good or bad) with Fanatec and some of them appreciate the opportunity to be the first to enjoy the wheel. And although it has not been announced yet, they also might expect that they can keep the unit and purchase it with a discount.
On the other side we have asked the testers not to report about any issues or things which might have been changed in the final product. For example we changed the motor and made the inner construction more sturdy and changed the heat resistance which will rediuce the Curie effect on the magnets. And we are still working on the final firmware.
There will be a second round of reviews with magazines and bloggers once the final product is available.
So in any case it is good to listen to a lot of opinions to make up your own opinions and here they are:
(To be updated. Please post it in the comments if you find more)
Ronny Fantini, Michael Walser, Michael Herrmann (auf deutsch)
Christiaan van Beilen
http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3272266.page (members only)
What will be the hottest feature of the ClubSport Wheel V2?
Now that you have seen the specs and details of the new Fanatec ClubSport Wheel Base V2 please tell us what features you are interested most.
Please vote and leave a comment if you like to win an invite as we will give-away 5 additional invites among all people who voted and left a comment.
The other invites will be sent out by end of next week and in several waves over the next months. You will be notified by e-mail and the invite will be shown in the customer profile.
The ClubSport Wheel Base V2 - Servo Power and multi platform
The day has come and I am proud to show you the brand new ClubSport Wheel Base V2.
Although it looks familiar to you it has almost no part which has not been modified or replaced to make it a better base.
Our focus was durability, durability, durability and then performance. And while we made a radical re-design, we decided to make an offer nobody can refuse.
The smoothness, vividness and precision of a Direct Drive wheel combined with a torque increase of about 75% and (optional) compatibility to the latest gaming consoles. And all that with a moderate price increase.
Here are the details:
7 Ultra PreciseWe replaced the optical sensor with two magnetic high resolution hall sensors mounted on both the motor and the steering axis. The new sensors have double the resolution and the magnetic sensore are less vulnerable to dust or scratched code discs.
6 SmoothasticThe cogging of this system cannot be felt by a human anymore. It is incredible smooth and feels natural and realistic. It is on par or better with the best and most expensive wheel out there although those wheels costs a multiple of the CSW B V2.
Every little bump can be felt and effects which were filtered by the wheel mechanics can now be felt. Your racing simulations will feel different and new to you.
5 Rock SolidOur focus was to achieve high durability even for hardcore users.
• Improved QR release with rubber o-ring and less tolerance in production
• A brushless motor which can be cooled much easier as it gets hot on the outside and not on the inside so heat can be transfered better
• New cooling system featuring an additional fan on the backside right behind the new huge heat sink
• Integrated heat sensor inside the motor
• Motor can now even be operated at 180 C° although the FOR overclocking would be de-activated already at 120 C° and FF would shut down at 130°C. The motor has plenty of power so most people will not use max settings anyway. And during betatests it never happened that a motor was shut down or the FF was cut due to overheating.
• Ball bearings on the motor axis and bigger ball bearings inside the pulleys so we can increase the belt tension and avoid any belt slip. At the same time we have much less drag in the system.
• Magnetic sensors instead of the optical so we avoid problems with dust and scratches
• New main cable
• New electronics
• And many other small improvements to the overall build quality
4 Power. A lot.The new motor is custom designed and exclusive to Fanatec. Although the gear ratio has been changed to increase the rotation speed, it delivers about 75% more torque than the CSW B V1. This means over 7 NM of sheer power and this is enough to use even heavy rims with no disadvantages. The size of the power supply has also increased in order to feed the big motor.
3 Brushless ServoA brushless servo motor is currently state-of-the-art for force feedback systems and in principle this is exactly the same motor as the most expensive direct drive base units out there.
• Smooth performance with no cogging (in combination with our Poly-V belt drive system or direct drive)
• Easier to cool as the heat is on the outside of the motor and not on the motor shaft
• Strong axis with ball bearings
• Optimized for use in stall at max power
• Fast acceleration
• More efficiency -> more torque with same power
We had to develop entire new electronics for that motor as the motor driver is quite complex. Now that it is done we can easily use it for smaller brushless motors or a direct drive wheel.
2 Next GenerationThe ClubSport Wheel Base V2 is the next generation of ourwheel base but there is also a strong demand of wheels for “Next-Gen” consoles. People were asking us to make their wheels compatible to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 but if we want to make it official and legal then we need to follow the rules of the console makers and they clearly do not allow that.
So how can we make a product where there is a chance that the customer can keep at least most of the equipment he purchased? We can easily make the pedals, shifters and handbrake compatible and this is what we did but what about the base unit?
And how can we make a product multi-platform compatible if we can only get approval for a license if the product has only the symbols of either one console on it?
We came up with an idea which brings modularity to a whole new level and protects your investment. If you play on PC then just go ahead and purchase the wheel base as it is and you will not be bothered with symbols which might hurt your eye.
But if you want to enjoy the painless simplicity of a console with its great exclusive racing simulations then you will get the option to buy an optional steering wheel which will add full console compatibility to this base.
We want to achieve compatibility to both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and we are happy to announce that we already signed a contract with one of them. We will announce this product at the end of this year.
There will be multiple steering wheels available in different price ranges and they will compatible to several Fanatec base units from mid-range to direct drive.
1 By Invitation OnlyThe great response we get from our beta testers lead us to the conclusion that the demand for this product will be much bigger than the supply. Production output will be lower as before as we spend even more time on quality control and testing.
At the same time we want to honor the loyalty of our existing customers and want to offer a special pre-order discount for the owners of the current ClubSport and CSR Elite base so that they can enjoy a little upgrade advantage.
This is how it works:
• We will send an e-mail to our webshop customers with an invite code. There will be several waves of e-mails in the next months.
• Only after you entered the code to your profile page you will be able to purchase or pre-order this product
• After you purchased one V2 base you will receive a second code. You can give that to a friend or buy a second base.
• Only one code will be given with a purchase as we want to avoid that people are selling their products or invites on eBay and make money with it.
• We will also give away invites in giveaway events so frequent followers of the blog or Facebook will also get a chance to get an invite
This is the priority we will use for the invites to make it as fair and transparent as possible.
1. Webshop customers of the CSW B V1 and CSR E (sorted by purchase date)
2. Webshop customers of other ClubSport products like CSP or CSS
3. All other Fanatec customers
Of course we will treat all territories with the same priority.
Not every customer will use his invite so go ahead and ask your friends if they use their invite of if they give it to you in case you are not on the list yet. It is possible and welcome to transfer invite codes.
Please do not ask our sales team for invites. They are not authorized to give out codes anyway. If it is your turn then you will get an e-mail. We will open a thread in our forum which explains more details and where you can also ask for invites from other members.
By the way, all lucky customers who placed a pre-order for the old V1 base just got a free upgrade to V2 and they are the first to receive the new product.
Prices are calculated different in the regions depending on taxes, laws, logistic costs and other local costs.
We started production this week and as soon as we start shipping, we will open the pre-orders for the invited guests. The first products should arrive at the end of September or early October.
Website is now running on a new server
We have moved our website to a new server. At the same time we have implemented a new SEO firendly url structure and new category system.
The new webserver allows us to implement new features and should bring better performance.
Please let us know if you find any bugs or if you have suggestions for further improvements.
4 Stars = 40% Discount
We are celebrating the soccer world championship and want to share our happiness with you.
Only for today, we offer a 40% Discount on the ClubSport Wheel Base and the Porsche 911 GT2 racing wheel.
This offfer is worldwide but only valid if there is inventory of the product or until supply lasts.
The best for last: The Porsche 918 RSR Steering Wheel
Please welcome the Porsche 918 RSR Steering wheel for your ClubSport Wheel Base.
The race version of the Porsche 918 supercar is the best what Porsche has to offer at the moment and a true masterpiece of Germaneering.
We loved the breathtaking style of the car and the interior from the first moment and the steering wheel got our attention right away.
The combination of elegant super car and minimalistic race car style is unmatched and there is no word to describe how great it feels in your hand.
But form follows function so it also comes with the extremely helpful shift light indicators which are placed right in front of your eyes. By the use of expensive materials like carbon fibre and high-end PU foam and leather on the rim we were also able to reduce the weight significantly. This will result in much better performance.
It is available right away and worldwide.
BMW GT2 2119g GT with all buttons (no smartphone) 1928g Porsche 918 RSR 1624g
14 new products online
Today we listed 14 NEW PRODUCTS online:
- ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles
- ClubSport steering wheel GT
- ClubSport steering wheel Classic
- ClubSport steering wheel Round 1
- ClubSport steering wheel Flat 1
- ClubSport steering wheel Oval
- ClubSport steering wheel Drift
- ClubSport Rim GT
- ClubSport Rim Classic
- ClubSport Rim Round 1
- ClubSport Rim Flat 1
- ClubSport Rim Oval
- ClubSport Rim Drift
- ClubSport Steering Wheel Porsche 918 RSR
- ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles