I’ve actually been sat on this review for months; having so much to do, test, race and write about I hate to say testing Fanatec’s lovely LTD Edition (now sold out) F1 wheel got put on the backburner. TL;DR, it’s very nice and highly collectible now, as they’re sold out! There are very close alternatives though, so don’t panic.
Launched in support of the new F1 2020 game from Codemasters, this limited edition wheel has a very pretty forged 5mm thick carbon fiber front faceplate (mounted on a carbon weave backplate) and comes installed with Fanatec’s new magnetic paddle shifters.
Up to 67 functions of the F1 2020 game can be adjusted directly via the myriad of buttons (11, with customizable caps), 12-way multi-position switches, thumb encoders and rocker switches and so on:
The unit feels very high quality indeed, with gold highlights around the buttons and the Clubsport hub adapter on the back. The carbon fiber has a lovely texture that catches the light. The perforated leather grips have a little give, which makes them comfortable to work with.
All of the switches feel very certain and high quality, with my only complaint being the rubber boots on the toggle switches, as one came off and disappeared into the box when I was unpacking it!
To install, simply fit to your wheelbase, and open the Fanatec wheel properties page. A little dialogue will open (right) asking your to run the firmware updater. Just follow the prompts (it’s super easy) and that’s all you need to do! For a deeper dive into Fanatec firmware and driver update procedure, read this guide.
As you can see in wheel properties, you can do the usual tests and some specific to this wheel including the OLED screen and the LEDs.
For those that want an analogue clutch control, the (excellent) paddle shifters can be replaced by the Fanatec advanced paddle module by removing the plastic cover under the quick release hub adapter, removing the magnetic paddle module and connecting the new bits with the instructions supplied. Easy.
There are 5 sheets of stickers that you can apply to your wheel using a pair of tweezers included, once you’re happy with the functions assigned to your wheel. Take a look at this reddit thread for some help on where best to assign your stickers!
All the buttons and dials match the less expensive Fanatec F1 V2 wheel however there’s a slight difference in that the carbon fibre weave plate has been cut away more for a cooler design, and finished wit ha forged style. Also a slight note that for around $30 you can order a pair of Alcantara grips for this wheel (as the image above shows).
The drive of course feels good, the leather grips make a nice difference from the usual Alcantara (although I must say I prefer Alcantara!). Note that the paddle shift plates (3mm) with the wheel supplied are thicker than the advanced paddle module (2mm).
If you can get hold of one of these wheels, they’re a very nice to have but the Clubsport Steering Wheel Formula V2 is cheaper, exactly the same in functionality. Fit the Podium Advanced Paddle Module and you’ve got a great wheel for Formula cars! It misses the forget carbon fibre finish and has a slightly different cut to the faceplate.