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  • 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.

      The 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 2
      Good 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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:
      • Ease of Installation
      • Feeling
      • Precision
      • Stiffness
      • any issues you find

      Just leave a comment here and make sure that this is the account which contains all your latest adress Information.

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  • Fanatec releases CSL Wheel P1 steering wheel for Xbox One
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      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 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.

      Black Friday Bundle (+CSW B V2) 799,95 649,95 1069,9 92400
      CSL P1 Steering Wheel 149,95 139,95 249,9 19900


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  • New Generation
    • I told you that we are not done for 2015 yet and here it comes. It is already in stock in EU and USA and we will start selling next week.

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  • A Hymn to Simracing
    • At the Simracing Expo 2015 we had the rare chance to meet several members of Team Redline at one place. We took the chance to make an interview. Enjoy.

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  • Subaru with Fanatec input controls
    • Mark Puc visited QSP Products in the Netherlands and found this amazing car outfitted with our equipment.

      Read the full article or watch the video:

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  • 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.

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  • 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

      Pre-order now on

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  • 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:

      Supported devices

      ClubSport Wheel Base V2
      ClubSport Wheel Base
      CSR Wheel
      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

      Feature updates:
      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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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:

      Supported devices.

      ClubSport Wheel Base V2
      ClubSport Wheel Base
      CSR Wheel
      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

      Feature Updates:
      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
         - FW-Updater
         - 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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!
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  • Real race car steering wheel rims on Xbox One!
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      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.

















      Universal Hub
      for Xbox One





      30 cm

      1000 g


      +GT rim





      33 cm

      1979 g

      suede leather

      +Classic rim





      35 cm

      1840 g

      Brown leather

      +Oval rim





      35 cm

      2065 g
      (metal hub cover)

      suede leather

      +Drift rim





      32 cm

      1929 g

      black leather

      +Flat1 rim





      27,5 cm

      1692 g

      suede leather

      +Round1 rim





      27 cm

      1715 g

      black leather

      You can pre-order this product right away only on

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  • 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 %

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  • 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…"

      Porsche 911 Turbo S
      Porsche 911 GT2
      Porsche 911 GT3 RS V2
      CSR Elite
      ClubSport Wheel Base 
      ClubSport Wheel Base v2
      “Gamers have been enjoying the solid build quality, integrated technology, and pure driving sensation of these fantastic products for a while now on PC and previous-generation platforms but through a continued collaboration with the team at Fanatec players are now going to be able to use the wheels they already own or are thinking of purchasing with Project CARS via an update on day one.”
      “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)
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  • Yes. Really...

    • This was hard to believe when I saw it the first time but it is real.

      PS: Making good progress on the Xone wheel and hope to post something more specific soon. Driving FM5 is a lot of fun :)

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  • 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.

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  • Live Chat
    • 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,


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  • 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.

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  • Let us know what you think about your new tool!
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

      Some advise:
      • 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.

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  • 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 hereClubSport Wheel Base V2 Invite Code FAQs

      If 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.

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  • ClubSport Wheel Base V2 - The first reviews and opinions!- UPDATE 6
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  • 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.
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  • 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 Precise

      We 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 Smoothastic

      The 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 Solid

      Our 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 Servo

      A 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 Generation

      The 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 Only

      The 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.

      The Price

      Pre-order price:
      EU: 499,95
      USA: 499,95
      AUS: 655
      J: 65.000

      Regular price:
      EU: 599,95
      USA: 599,95
      AUS: 785
      J: 78.000

      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.
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  • 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.
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  • 4 Stars = 40% Discount
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      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.
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  • 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.
      BMW GT2
      GT with all buttons (no smartphone)
      Porsche 918 RSR
      It is available right away and worldwide.

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  • 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
        With the exception of the Drift and the Classic, all products have been produced already and either are in the warehouse or on the way.
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    • New driver version 200 and CSW firmware 53 - UPDATE
      • -UPDATE-  Please connect your Fanatec devices and power on before you install the driver.

        Time to upgrade your wheel. The new DRIVER brings a lot of new features and the new firmware for the ClubSport Wheel does not only support the new Universal Hub but also brings several improvements in the force feedback.

        Driver v200 (for all Fanatec wheels):
        • Now shows the
          firmware version of our wheels (CSW, CSRE, CSR, GT3V2, GT2, PWTS) in the
          “update” tab of your device.
        • The driver can carry a
          new firmware for the CSW directly and the updater for the CSW is included as
          well. It will start automatically if you set the CSW into bootloader mode.
        • Automatic detection if the your CSW has an older firmware installed than the one which is
          included in the driver.
        • New firmware for CSW
          (V53) included!
        • The driver also
          contains both firmwares for the CS USB Adapter and asks you which mode you want
          to use (handbrake or shifter)

        • In the update tab you
          can start the FW updater to change the firmware from handbrake to shifter and
          “vice versa”
        • Handbrake bar for CSP
          added (if handbrake is connected directly to the CSP)

        New functions of firmware 053 for CSW (ClubSport Wheel Base):

        • Improved wheel centering after boot up
        • "Center bump issue" has been improved significantly. More improvements will have other negative side effects so this is the optimum.
        • New rims added
        • DPR, SPR and FOR max. settings are now set to 150 (%) to avoid overclocking

        Download Driver v200 with CSW Firmware 053

        32 Bit

        64 Bit

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    • New products now available: Universal Hub, Handbrake and Formula Carbon
      • The following products are now online and ready for immediate shipment:
        • ClubSport Steering Wheel Universal Hub
        • ClubSport Handbrake
        • ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula Carbon

        The other new rims will be available very soon as well.

        In the product description of the Universal Hub you will find a table with weight information so you can already predict the weight of the steering wheel you want to build.

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    • Modders Welcome!
      • With the Universal Hub anybody can easily become a modder without any technical skills needed.

        But if you want to have something very special then it requires more passion and DIY skills.

        I bet nobody will beat these rims:

        If you want to try it, you are very welcome. And any professional modder who is selling custom made wheel rims can send me a PM with his adress and he/she will get a free Universal Hub right away. We are fully supporting the idea of custom made rims and are looking forward to see creative solutions. As the electronics are already included in the hub, the customer can be sure that he always gets a compatible product which fits perfectly to his ClubSport Wheel.

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    • A Revolution in Simracing: Universal Hub for ClubSport Wheel
      • You might have wondered why we are releasing so many new rims in such a short time but they have one component in common. And this component is available separatly as well.

        The Universal Hub Rim for ClubSport Wheel

        With the universal hub you can mount almost any wheel rim for real cars to your ClubSport wheel. Simply choose the buttons and functions you want and attach any rim to it.

        We offer 6 different automotive grade wheel rims for the universal hub and each is selling for just 99,95.
        • Classic
        • Oval
        • Round1
        • Flat1
        • GT
        • Drift

        If this does not meet your requirement you can select a rim of a 3rd party manufacturer like MOMO, SPARCO or OMP. The 6-hole-pattern is compatible to these brands and with adapters (from the rim makers) to many other rims. Therefore you can choose between hundreds of rims  and you still have the full functionality you need for simracing.

        The following components are included in the Universal Hub:

        • 4 x small button boxes with 3 buttons each
        • 2 x small levers and 2 x long levers
        • 1 x pair of small shifter paddles
        • 1 x pair of large and fully adjustable shifter paddles
        • 1 x Encoder with 7 functions: turn left, turn right, up, down, left, right, push
        • LED display to show Tuning and telemetry info. Can we used in two positions
        • USB charging port (no data)

        There is also a 5th connector for another button box and the data port for further expansion of functionality. An analog joystick or vibration function is not supported at this point.

        We placed 16 buttons on top of the hub so you always have the fully functionality even if you prefer a clean look without the button boxes. The button boxes are mapped with those 16 buttons so you are not loosing any functionality in case you cannot reach them. If the PlayStation buttons hurt your eyes or feelings, then you can simply take a black marker and paint them.

        Available this summer for 249,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)

        The weight and exact deliery dates will be announced later.

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    • Drift & Rallye Part III: ClubSport Drift Rim
      • To complete our drift special we also developed the Drift Rim for ClubSport Wheel.
        It is the perfect companion for the ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and the ClubSport Hand Brake.
        • Perfectly round
        • Smooth leather
        • Lightweight
        • Center position stripes
        • Deep dish
        • Stylish

        And just like with any other of the new rims it comes with adjustable buttons, encoder, LED display and adjustable shifter paddles so you can add more functionality (but also weight) if you like without paying anything extra.

        Available this summer for 349,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)


        Drift action by René Rast:

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    • Drift & Rallye Part II: ClubSport Hand Brake
      • So you have to scratch off flies from the side windows of your 4WD rather than the windscreen? Then this is the perfect product for you.

        The Fanatec ClubSport Hand Brake features an analog axis and is fully made of metal. The soft foam grip is very ergonomic and you can either connect it to the ClubSport USB adapter or plug it into the ClubSport pedals. If you use it with the pedals it will even be compatible to Forza Motorsport.

        The lever can be mounted in two different ways and you can attach it to both sides or at the bottom. (manual video below)

        It is available very soon for 99,95 USD / Euro (exc. tax / incl. tax)


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    • Drift & Rallye Part I: ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles
      • Drifting and rallye driving demands other techniques than road track racing. The wheel spins faster and steering angles are much bigger.

        If you don't want to get confused with shifting when your wheel rim is upside down, you need the ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles. They are also a popular choice in many sport cars like Ferrari.

        But as you want to drive F1 games with the Formula rim as well, we made the Static Shifter Paddles with a quick release system so you can mount and unmount them within seconds.

        The shifter paddle position can be adjusted in many ways to fit all wheel rim sizes. It is made of fine CNC machined and anodized aluminum and matches perfectly to your wheel base.

        On the picture and video you see the optional carbon fiber version of the paddles. The default version is black metal.

        Available this summer for 79,95 USD / Euro (excl. tax / incl. tax).


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    • Introducing the GT Wheel Rim for your ClubSport Wheel
      • So what about another GT style rim with neutral branding and our modular button system?

        The GT rim also shows the possibility to mount any smartphone (not included) on the (optiona) mobile phone holder. There are many free or paid apps available for Android or iPhone and they work with several important PC racing simulations like pCars, iRacing, Assetto Corsa or rFactor 2.

        Now the biggest difference to other solutions is the integrated power supply so you can charge your phone and use it in long races.

        Rene Rast shows in the video below how it works.

        Available this summer for 349,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)


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    • Here comes the Flat1 Wheel Rim for your ClubSport Wheel
      • People are still screaming for more so here comes the FLAT1 wheel rim for the ClubSport Wheel.

        like the Round1 it is a small rim with just 270 mm but this one is
        covered with suede leather. We also added some more buttons and a tuning
        display. If you compare the last rims we announced you might get a clue
        what they all have in common.

        Available this summer for 349,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)

        And we are not done yet...

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    • Round 1 Wheel Rim for ClubSport Wheel
      • And here is the next one: Say hello to the ROUND 1 WHEEL RIM for your ClubSport wheel.

        lot of people are waiting for small, round and light GT rim and here it
        is. Fine, smooth leather, plenty of buttons and a diameter of just 270
        Available this summer for 349,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)

        Do you already see where we are going? ;-)  We have still not shown you everything so what do you think will be next?

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    • Going around in Circles with the new Oval Rim
      • So your favorite style is to always drive in the same direction and slipstream is more important to you than high-tech? Try out the NEW OVAL RIM for your ClubSport Wheel.

        It is an authentic 1:1 replica of the original steering wheels and is covered with suede leather. The soft hub cover in the middle can be exchanged against a metal hub cover just like on the Classic rim but in black colour.

        The dish is deeper than the Classic but the diameter is the same with 350 mm. That is the same diameter as they have in the NASCAR race cars.

        And in order to keep the original design we added just one button. In fact it is an encoder button so you can map 7 functions to it.

        It will be available this summer at a price of 349,95 USD / EUR (  / incl. tax)

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    • Xbox One Compatibility FAQ and Poll
      • We are continuously getting a lot of questions but also complaints
        from our customers about the COMPATIBILITY of Xbox 360 wheels to Xbox
        One so we decided to make a FAQ and poll about it.

        Did Microsoft allow steering wheels (or other input devices) of the first generation Xbox to be compatible to the Xbox 360?


        Was there a legal and official way to make Xbox (first generation) wheels fully compatible to Xbox 360 ?


        Will it be technically possible to make an adapter to use Xbox 360 peripherals (like steering wheels) on the Xbox One?

        yes but the effort and complication would be significant. The new
        console uses a completely different force feedback communication
        protocol, wireless transmission protocol and a different security chip.
        The security chip needs to be purchased by the 3rd party manufacturer
        from Microsoft and it makes sure that only official licensed products
        can be connected to the console. Only if you get the official approval
        from Microsoft you will be able to purchase such a security chip for
        Xbox One. Besides that, given the high development costs and limited
        market it would not be possible to offer it at a cheap price.

        Does Microsoft allow the use of Xbox 360 devices to be used on Xbox One?

        far no and there is no indication that this will change. This means it
        is impossible to make such an adapter. This is the case for any company
        and not just us. There are other expensive peripherals like music
        instruments for Xbox 360 which also cannot be used anymore.

        Did Fanatec plan to make such an adapter or do you rather prefer to sell new wheels?

        course we would have rather made a simple adapter or even just a
        firmware update and continue to sell the wheels we have. Instead we now
        have to develop something completely new. As other companies were
        faster, the chance of losing customers is very high. This is not in our
        interest at all!

        Can you make such an adapter without the confirmation of Microsoft and sell it directly or indirectly to your customers?

        a device which cracks the security chip of Microsoft is clearly not
        legal and we would immediately destroy the good relationship with
        Microsoft. Furthermore we would be sued if we would attempt to sell or
        even just support the development of such a device.
        If Microsoft would
        allow such an adapter then the whole security chip system would not make
        any sense anymore as it would suddenly be an open system and you can
        connect anything to the console.
        This system actually has positive
        effects for the consumer as well as it makes sure that all connected
        peripherals are tested and work with all games. This is not the case on
        other consoles.

        Since when do you know that such an adapter is not possible?

        never confirmed that such an adapter is possible or not and we were
        waiting up to now. But given the technical complexity and also the
        philosophy of Microsoft, we do not expect any more that such an adapter
        will ever come to the market.

        Are you working on a new Xbox One wheel
        and when will it be released?

        We do work on a next generation wheel and
        the Xbox One is a key market for us. But at that point we cannot reveal
        any further information or give a timeline. If there is any announcement
        it will be made here on the blog.

        Why did you not release an Xbox One
        wheel at launch?

        We would have loved to do so but the 3rd party
        peripheral department of Microsoft which authorizes all Xbox peripherals
        has limited capacity. Therefore other companies which make much bigger
        business with Microsoft than us got this wheel business first. Our
        relationship is very good with them but we have to respect that bigger
        customers get better service. That is a standard business practice and
        there is not much we can do about it.

        The only one who can change that
        is the Xbox One customer with its’ buying behavior because Microsoft
        likes whatever the Xbox user likes and buys.

        PS: PS4 compatibility will
        be discussed separately as it is a completely different and independent
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