Fanatec’s Black Friday deals are finally here

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Last updated: November 15th, 2021

Update: 15/11/2021

Fanatec has now announced their black Friday deals – we were pretty close to the mark!

These deals will be live on the 26th November 2021:

Fanatec CSL Steering Wheel P1 V2 – €99.95 / €119.95 (check prices)

Fanatec Steering Wheel R300€199.95 / €299.90

CSL Load Cell Kit€119.95 / €139.95

CSL Pedals Tuning Kit *new€34.95

I’ve got a bit of a hunch that this year’s Black Friday sales on the Fanatec website will be pretty interesting in terms of the deals you might find on offer. That’s if, of course, their website can handle the strain!

If you’re in the market for some Fanatec equipment, will it be worth the wait?

What happened last year?

Thomas Jackermeier personally announced Fanatec’s Black Friday date launch for noon on Black Friday. The offers stayed live for nearly a week, until stocks were exhausted.

The deals included (the now obsolete) CSL Elite Wheel Base, CSL Elite Racing Wheel, various Clubsport items and the CSL Elite F1 Set.

He made a point of stating that the deals were a package only and couldn’t be combined with any existing promotions or voucher codes. No problem!

What was super interesting about the offers last year was this: they were all product lines that were (unknown to us) due to be mothballed. Most of us ordinary sim racers didn’t know this at the time, but Fanatec were planning to launch their brand new budget direct drive wheelbase, the CSL DD. Shortly before the CSL DD launch, items went out of stock and, you know the rest.

If you want a CSL DD, don’t hold your breath

This is a reasonably educated guess and I might be wrong. But, I’m pretty confident in saying If you want to buy Fanatec a CSL DD on Black Friday, don’t hold your breath.

As you probably realize, I’m a Fanatec partner via their affiliate program. Shortly before the launch, they wrote to us to let us know that the commission from sales of the CSL DD would be approximately half that of all of their other product range. Citing, if I recall correctly, lower margins on their budget range.

If the typical Black Friday discount is 20% (which it was in 2020, so it’s likely to be similar in 2021), there’s no chance they’ll turn a profit enough to warrant a discount.

Further, current deliveries on pre-orders for the device are penciled in for the 9th December 2021 (at the time of writing). I just can’t see this product making it into the firing line.

Edit: now confirmed:

no to CSL DD deals for Black Friday, sorry
Maurice (staff) confirmed it’s a no to CSL DD deals for Black Friday, sorry

So what will be in the sale?

1. Fanatec DD1 and DD2 wheelbases

Again, this is pure conjecture. I think we’ll see a Black Friday sale on the DD1 and DD2 wheelbase lines:

Fanatec's DD1 and DD2 direct drive wheel range
Fanatec’s DD1 and DD2 direct drive wheel range

The DD1 and DD2 designs are almost 4 years old. In sim racing terms, that’s quite an age. Fanatec has seen its competitive landscape change massively in that time. There’s a good chance that the original direct drive product sales are being cannibalized by orders for the CSL DD, and, if that’s the case Fanatec might be working on an upgraded high-end wheelbase to compete with the likes of the Simucube. Let’s remember that Fanatec is an ecosystem provider – and they’ll certainly be feeling the pinch on their pedal sales owing to competition from Heusinkveld in particular!

I suspect that they’ll limit orders of any discounted wheels and wheelbases just like last year – 2000 units.

2. Steering wheels

If you head over to the Fanatec steering wheel category you’ll notice that a lot of their stock won’t be available until 2022! The Fanatec stock issue has been allowing eBay sellers to inflate their used prices to more than RRP in some cases. On that note if you’re looking for a deal I’d guess that the less expensive, in-stock products are good candidates for a Black Friday offer:

Some of the Fanatec steering wheels and accessories that might end up in a Black Friday sale
Some of the Fanatec steering wheels and accessories that might end up in a Black Friday sale

I think items from the CSL range such as the CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC, and the excellent and very inexpensive McLaren GT3 wheel might appear in the sale too.

3. RennSport Cockpit V2

The RennSport Cockpit has been around for a while but you never really see it mentioned all that much. With the dominance of 8020 profile sim racing rigs (read our guide here) I’m not all that surprised. It’s too expensive compared to other, far cheaper and stiffer alternatives.

Fanatec's RennSport V2 cockpit
Fanatec’s RennSport V2 cockpit

I strongly suspect that in a similar vein to the budget approach to pricing the CSL DD, there’s a new Fanatec cockpit coming in 2022. And, if that’s the case – the RennSport V2 will be made obsolete. Potentially then, a clearance bargain opportunity awaits.

4. Pedals

Fanatec has run with the CSL Elite Pedals for a long time. The Load Cell version is now unavailable leaving the less desirable but perfectly adequate CSL Elite pedals looking a little lonely on their pedals category page.

Fanatec CSL Elite pedals
Will the Fanatec CSL Elite pedals play their swan song in the next Black Friday sale?

Do Fanatec offer coupon codes for a discount?

No, Fanatec do not offer any sort of coupon vouchers for a discount:

No, Fanatec doesn't offer any coupon codes - any discount is always displayed by the price.
No, Fanatec doesn’t offer any coupon codes – any discount is always displayed by the price.

You’ll find a few websites trying to encourage you to click their links to earn an affiliate commission. That’s OK provided they’ve disclosed the nature of the link (like we do) but you won’t get a discount just because you’ve seen a “deal” on someone’s website. Click carefully.

How to survive Fanatec’s Black Friday

So many people complained last year about site downtime. The site was down a lot during the CSL DD launch. Expect the Fanatec website to be down! I suppose if you’re that focused on picking up a bargain then set your calendar for noon on November 26, 2021. Watch the Fanatec forum for announcements and adjust your calendars appropriately.

If you’re thinking of buying a CSL DD on Black Friday, then you already know my opinion – I don’t expect to see them opening pre-orders for that unit. You’re already cutting it fine for Christmas and *even if* Fanatec opens up a sale for their latest product, the saving at best will be 20EUR. Ask yourself if it’s worth the wait!

Will Fanatec even have a Black Friday in 2021? Who knows, although we think they probably will.

Whatever you decide to do, all the best of luck – I’ll update this page as more information comes in as we approach November.

Fanatec’s Black Friday deals are finally here