Fanatec Buyer’s Guide: Everything you need to know

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Featured image: Fanatec CSL DD with Boost Kit

When there’s talk of sim racing gear, one name that always pops up is Fanatec. A highly-reputed brand for manufacturing top-notch sim racing gear, Fanatec offers a wide variety of products that cater to every sim racer’s needs. As a globally dominant player in the sim racing market, they’ve been around for more than two decades.

Whether you’re building a sim cockpit from scratch or looking for some new hardware to make the much-needed upgrade, Fanatec has a lot to offer. From premium racing wheels to their iconic direct-drive wheelbases, there’s always something in the store for everyone.

Today’s round-up focuses on the Fanatec ecosystem as we take a closer look at their sim racing gear. We’re hopeful that beginners stepping into sim racing will find this guide to be their “lantern in the dark”.


Fanatec: Background

The Sim racing industry represents a vast consumer market, with Fanatec, the top equipment manufacturer, with a current revenue forecast of €115m to €125m at an EBITDA expected to yield 8% to 10%, operating at a profit margin of 8% to 10%. “One-off effects” and stiffer competition have reduced their margin from 56% in 2021 and their market capitalisation has been reduced to €55.64.

This somewhat disappointing performance is partly due to well-known fulfilment issues and as a result, the onset of competition from the likes of Cube Controls, Gomez Sim Industries, Precision Sim Engineering, early adopters like Heusinkveld and Simucube, and a significant number of new entrants, notably; Moza Racing.

Considering the various participants, software platforms, and the multitude of PC and PlayStation users engaging in racing simulators, it becomes clear that sim racing has established a firm foothold and is not going anywhere. And for now, it’s without a doubt that Fanatec is the biggest sim racing gear manufacturer on the planet.

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Before we move on to the product catalogue and take a closer look at some of the offerings from Fanatec, let’s take a brief look at the history of the company.


Key milestones and innovations

As a company with a long history of innovation, Fanatec always strives to take sim racing technology to new levels. In 2007, they released the world’s first multiplatform, high-end force feedback racing wheel, the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S
Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S

This milestone was followed by the introduction of the ClubSport series in 2009, which brought professional-grade sim racing equipment to the consumer market. In 2015, Fanatec launched the ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula, featuring a carbon fibre construction and an integrated display, something that wasn’t a norm in the industry at the time.

ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula Carbon
The modern successor to the original: ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula Carbon

More recently, the company unveiled the Podium series, which represents the pinnacle of sim racing technology.

My original DD2 and Clubsport formula wheel combo
My original DD2 and Clubsport formula wheel combo in calibration mode on my first sim racing rig.

Global expansion and partnerships

Over the years, Fanatec has expanded its presence globally, establishing subsidiaries in the United States, Australia, and Japan. Additionally, they have formed partnerships with renowned brands and organizations such as SRO, Porsche, BMW, and Formula 1, further solidifying their reputation as a leader in the sim racing industry. Fanatec is the provider of all of the equipment and stewarding at the FIA Motorsport Games, too.

Winning the FIA Motorsport Games – note the Fanatec Rennsport V2 cockpit, Samsung G9 Monitor, Fanatec DD2, and Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel Porsche 911 GT3 R V2 for Xbox / PC sim steering wheel – image source: Goodwood.com

Fanatec, after what I suspect was a bumpy year (owing to stock levels, chip availability, and so on) is probably going to see something of a recovery in 2024.

My view: The equipment is excellent for beginner to intermediate sim racers because it just works – there’s very little fiddling around with setup compared to the “higher-end” gear. They also need some product development to fend off the likes of up-and-coming manufacturers.

With all this said, I think behind the scenes that’s exactly what Fanatec is doing. The chances are we’ll see some interesting new equipment appear in Q3 of this year. Take this prototype F1 cockpit for example:

Fanatec's prototype F1 cockpit
Fanatec’s prototype F1 cockpit – this may replace the Rennsport V2 cockpit – image source: Traxion.gg

Fanatec seems to be taking things to the next level for sim racers by uniting real-life, professional Motorsport operated by SRO with its virtual counterpart.

Fanatec seems to be taking things to the next level for sim racers by uniting real-life, professional Motorsport operated by SRO with its virtual counterpart.

Sim Racing Hardware

As the largest sim racing equipment manufacturer with a forecast annual turnover of around €115m to €125m for 2024, Fanatec has become an industry giant in the digital motorsport world, and with its recent success with SRO, Fanatec is one step closer to bridging the gap between virtual and real racing.

The best part is that anyone interested in Motorsport can buy Fanatec equipment and experience the same driving realism as professional racing drivers, without the dangers of racing an actual car.

BMW GT3 wheel by Fanatec
BMW GT3 wheel by Fanatec (more info on their microsite here)

We can split Fanatec’s success as a sim hardware manufacturer into two notable attributes integrated into all the brand’s products; high-quality, ultra-realistic designs and ease of use.

While many other companies manufacture great sim racing gear, what sets Fanatec apart from the crowd is the simplicity of its hardware thanks to its ecosystem, which allows all its products to be compatible with each other.

This means you can combine different steering wheels with different wheelbases or pedals and add accessories like a shifter or a handbrake on various platforms – PC, PlayStation 4/5, and Xbox One – without breaking a sweat.

While I’ve made recommendations for our favourite Fanatec steering wheels before, and I’m a big fan of the Fanatec DD2 direct drive wheelbase, there is a huge array of other options.

The cool thing about the gear from our friends at Fanatec is that you can build a cheap sim racing cockpit (our cheapest build currently features their CSL DD direct drive wheel) without breaking the bank.

On the other hand, if you don’t have any budget constraints and want to go all out, you can find some of the best sim racing gear that’s currently offered on the market.

Motorsport replica equipment

As well as merging the virtual realm of motorsports with the physical through esports events, Fanatec has been doing its part to provide sim racers with an authentic experience by producing replica equipment.

Spread across its product lines – CSL, ClubSport, and Podium – Fanatec has a fantastic selection of fully licensed wheels from the likes of BMW, Porsche, and McLaren.

Those of you looking to invest in the Fanatec ecosystem for its ultra-realistic appeal might find these replicas to offer you the finest sim racing experience.

Mclaren GT3 wheel by Fanatec
On my rig: Mclaren GT3 wheel by Fanatec (review here)

Buyer’s Guide: Fanatec Product Series Overview

Fanatec’s ecosystem is divided into three main categories: CSL, ClubSport, and Podium. 

Initially, the ClubSport series was introduced to the world which included pocket-friendly sim racing gear.

Later on, the CSL and Podium products were introduced which further expanded the product line and were focused towards offering more authentic gear that further enhanced the realistic feel, something that was previously missing. 

It is only natural that the price tag for these new categories would also be higher since they used cutting-edge technology. For instance, the direct drive wheelbases now offer higher torque with improved FFB. 

Let’s look at each category individually.


CSL Series

The CSL series is catered toward a budget-friendly audience and here, Fanatec is offering a good bang for the buck in this line-up. Generally, CSL products are priced between €150 to €800, and when compared with other brands, Fanatec’s prices are competitive.

PlayStation 5 (PS5) compatible direct drive wheel for Gran Turismo, the Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro. – image source: Fanatec.com

In this line-up, you’ll find a variety of racing wheels, wheelbases, paddles, shifters, and the iconic CSL DD Ready2Race McLaren Elite Bundle. Also, the cheapest wheel that’s offered here is the CSL Steering Wheel P1 V2 which is priced at €119.95.

Clubsport Series

The ClubSport series features more advanced products that are aimed towards offering a realistic experience for sim racers. Here, you’ll find expensive F1-inspired racing wheels, the DD+ wheelbase, Clubsport pedals V3, and a bunch of other mid-range accessories.

ClubSport Steering Wheel Porsche 911 GT3 R V2 for Xbox (Leather)

In terms of quality and performance, the Clubsport Series offers a significant improvement when compared with the previous generation of CSL products. For those who are serious about sim racing and want an immersive experience, the Clubsport series offers the perfect sweet spot.


Podium

The Podium series comprises the best hardware that Fanatec has to offer. It caters to the needs of professional sim racers and includes the DD1 and DD2 direct drive wheelbases and, top-quality steering wheels featuring magnetic shifter paddles and numerous other refinements. While my first wheelbase was a CSL Elite (now obsolete) I quickly migrated to a DD2 in 2020.

Fanatec DD2 with Formula 2.5X wheel attached
Fanatec DD2 with Formula 2.5X wheel attached – image source: Pasqual Demmenie

As you might expect from a sim racing manufacturer, their flagship, the Podium range offers higher-end equipment at a higher-end price. Here, most products will cost you around €500 to €900 but the Podium Wheelbase DD2 and BMW GT3 wheel will cost you a whooping €1499.


System compatibility

Your sim racing setup serves as the most adaptable and accessible gaming platform for sim racing, which means that every Fanatec product is designed to work seamlessly with Windows-based gaming PCs.

You have the freedom to mix and match almost any contemporary Fanatec hardware for use on a PC. With that said, always check the product page for the compatibility logos (pictured above), of course.


XBOX Compatibility

Fanatec’s Xbox-licensed products are all Steering Wheels.  Simply connect the wheel to any Fanatec Wheel Base, the entire set of connected Fanatec hardware becomes Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S compatible. As I mentioned above, make sure you check the individual product pages for more details. Or you can check out my guide to Xbox-compatible wheels here.


Sony PS4/PS5 Compatibility

Fanatec’s officially Sony-licensed products are designed to operate smoothly with all PS4/PS5 systems.

DD Pro direct drive wheel for PlayStation (boxed)
DD Pro direct drive wheel for PlayStation (boxed) – image source: Fanatec.com

In summary, for Fanatec compatibility there are currently five variations:

PC: This product is PC-compatible.

Xbox: This product is compatible with Xbox.

Xbox Ready:  This product is compatible with Xbox but requires some additional gear.

PS: This product is compatible with PlayStation systems.

PS Ready: This product becomes compatible with PlayStation systems when combined with a PlayStation-licensed Wheel Base.

Now that we’ve covered all the basics, let’s move to the main topic and discuss a few reputable Fanatec products that took the market by storm.

fanatec dd2 hub with z-ring installed
Fanatec DD2 QR Hub with a Z-Ring installed

Fanatec Wheelbases

Without a wheelbase, you’re going nowhere! Incredibly, only two years ago there wouldn’t have been a chance that you could buy a direct drive wheelbase for less than $1000/€1000. Thanks to the CSL DD, that has changed. But let’s take a look at the full range of Fanatec wheelbases – which I’ve ordered in terms of their popularity (according to the Fanatec website)

Let’s put the latest additions to Fanatec’s direct-drive wheelbase offering right at the top of the list, the DD+


Fanatec Clubsport DD+

The Fanatec Clubsport DD+ is one of the latest direct-drive wheelbases offered by Fanatec and in just a quick succession, the wheelbase managed to wow the crowd with its exceptional driving experience and real-time force feedback.

The wheelbase rocks 15nm torque that truly offers a life-like experience. In terms of compatibility, you can easily pair it with a PC and since it is officially licensed for PS5, you won’t have any issues setting it up with your console.

Fanatec Clubsport DD+ will set you back €999 and if you were to grab the newly-released Gran Turismo DD extreme bundle, you’d have to pay a nice €1299 that includes a nice 300mm racing wheel coupled with the DD+ wheelbase.

Fanatec’s Clubsport DD and DD+

Price: €999.95 (Please note that the price may change or vary by region; always check the Fanatec website for the most up-to-date pricing)


Technical details: Clubsport DD+

Torque: 15 Nm.

Direct Drive technology: Compact, high-performance direct drive system with FluxBarrier technology. 

Fanatec Podium software: Advanced software for fine-tuning force feedback settings and motor parameters with Fanalab.

Quick Release System: Compatible with QR2

Multi-platform compatibility: Compatible with PC and PlayStation 5.

Mounting options: Support for various mounting solutions including side mounting.

Fanatec ecosystem compatibility: Fully compatible with Fanatec’s range of steering wheels, pedals, shifters, and handbrakes

Fanatec Clubsport DD

The Fanatec Clubsport DD wheelbase is a significant advancement in the realm of sim racing, providing a 12Nm holding torque, a feature that positions it favourably against competitors in its class. Compatible with PC and Xbox platforms, the wheelbase is priced at €799. It boasts compatibility with both QR1 and QR2-equipped steering wheels, with the addition of a removable metal flange for versatility.

Will Ford from Boosted Media with a Clubsport DD
Here’s Will Ford From Boosted Media with the Clubsport DD – see his review here.

Technical details: Clubsport DD

Torque: 12 Nm

Direct Drive technology: Compact, high-performance direct drive system with FluxBarrier technology. 

Fanatec Podium software: Advanced software for fine-tuning force feedback settings and motor parameters with Fanalab.

Quick Release System: Compatible with QR2

Multi-platform compatibility: Compatible with PC and Xbox (Using Xbox-licensed wheel).

Mounting options: Support for various mounting solutions including side mounting and a table clamp.

Fanatec ecosystem compatibility: Fully compatible with Fanatec’s range of steering wheels, pedals, shifters, and handbrakes


Comparing the Clubsport DD to the DD+

Notably, the Clubsport DD wheelbase can sustain its peak performance over long durations without any falloff, a testament to its superior thermal management. On the other hand, the Clubsport DD+ wheelbase steps up the game with a 15Nm holding torque is compatible with PlayStation and PC, and comes with a price tag of €999.

It shares the claimed thermal performance of its counterpart, the Clubsport DD, maintaining consistent output without overheating. Both models feature the new “FullForce technology”, an API designed to enhance telemetry-based effects, promising a more immersive experience, although its full potential is pending game developer integration.

From a construction perspective, both the Clubsport DD and DD+ are engineered to a high standard, addressing the previous flex issues in the QR1 with the introduction of the more robust QR2 quick release (read how I think the CSL DD compares to the Moza R9 here).


Podium Wheel Base DD2

My first direct-drive wheelbase, the Fanatec DD2 is probably responsible for the proliferation of direct-drive wheels at scale across the globe (OK – I know about Granite devices, but Fanatec achieved a far larger scale in that time).

a fanatec dd2 direct drive wheelbase
My Fanatec DD2 wheelbase

This is a high-performance direct-drive wheelbase with impressive force feedback detail. It offers good build quality, sturdiness, and durability, and overall the DD2 is capable of providing a realistic and immersive sim racing experience. I still love the setup I have for the Ferrari 488 in iRacing with this wheelbase. It’s excellent.

In terms of torque, the DD2 has plenty of power and personally, I think 25Nm is the most sim racers will ever need. The force feedback is smooth and accurate, with no discernable latency. Customizing the FFB (Force Feedback) options either via Fanalab or via a Fanatec steering wheel is still a really handy thing, making the DD2 today still very much a contender despite the likes of Simucube, Moza, VRS, and Fanatec’s own, newer products challenging the DD2’s dominance.

Original price: €1,499.95 now less than 999.95 (Please note that the price may change or vary by region; always check the Fanatec website for the most up-to-date pricing)


Technical Specifications

Torque: Up to 25 Nm of torque, with peak torque available across the entire usable RPM range

Direct Drive technology: Outrunner-type motor engineered for sim racing, offering exceptional efficiency, dynamics, and detail

Data and Power: Seamless connection to compatible Fanatec steering wheels vis the Fanatec QR hub.

Quick Release System: Automotive-grade quick release system that remains compatible with ClubSport and CSL Elite wheelbases

OLED Display: Adjustable display for tuning settings, game telemetry, and more
Multi-platform compatibility: Compatible with PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S (depending on the steering wheel used)

Mounting options: Support for various mounting solutions, including table clamps, wheel stands, and side mounts for 8020 cockpits.

Fanatec ecosystem compatibility: Fully compatible with Fanatec’s range of steering wheels, pedals, shifters, and handbrakes


Podium Wheel Base DD1

The DD1 is fundamentally very similar to the DD2 with the exception of the peak torque available, which is slightly lower than the DD2. With the DD1, you’re getting up to 20Nm torque which is absolutely fine for a professional or serious hobbyist sim racer. As I mentioned before, rarely if ever are you actually working with 20Nm to 25Nm (unless you’re a giant!). Put simply, I believe that anything above 15 is fine.

Fanatec DD2 prices already dropping, ready for planned obsoletion in 2024
Fanatec DD1 prices already dropping, ready for planned obsoletion in 2024 (check our previous Black Friday post)

If you’re debating between the DD1 and DD2, know that the DD1 is sufficient for most needs, and you’re not missing out on anything crucial if you choose it over the DD2.

Technical Specifications:

Price: $999 (Please note that the price may change or vary by region; always check the Fanatec website for the most up-to-date pricing)

Torque: Up to 20 Nm of torque, with peak torque available across the entire usable RPM range

Direct Drive technology: Outrunner-type motor engineered for sim racing, offering exceptional efficiency, dynamics, and detail

Data and Power: Seamless connection to compatible Fanatec steering wheels vis the Fanatec QR hub.

Quick Release System: Automotive-grade quick release system that remains compatible with ClubSport and CSL Elite wheelbase

OLED Display: Adjustable display for tuning settings, game telemetry, and more.
Multi-platform compatibility: Compatible with PC and Xbox (depending on the steering wheel used)

Mounting options: Support for various mounting solutions, including table clamps, wheel stands, and side mounts for 8020 cockpits

Fanatec ecosystem compatibility: Fully compatible with Fanatec’s range of steering wheels, pedals, shifters, and handbrakes


Gran Turismo DD Pro (5 Nm) Bundle

The Gran Turismo DD Pro (5 Nm) is a bundle that includes both the wheelbase and the steering wheel.

The Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro is the force feedback racing wheel that enthusiasts should strive for, showcasing more significant innovation in the field than its competitors, Logitech or Thrustmaster.

Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro and Next Level Racing F-GT Lite
Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro, CSL Pedals, and Next Level Racing F-GT Lite Cockpit (source)

As the most affordable direct drive wheel on the market, the Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro delivers smoother, higher-fidelity, and more realistic force feedback than lower budget (“affordable”) PS5 wheels such as the Thrustmaster T248, Thrustmaster T-GT, or Logitech G923.

Fanatec has managed to pack this technology into a package geared towards mainstream consumers rather than solely sim racing aficionados, although there are some compromises. The construction of the steering wheel itself isn’t overly luxurious, and it comes with Fanatec’s entry-level CSL pedal board.

However, this reflects why Fanatec is considered the top all-around racing wheel manufacturer: it continually prioritizes enhancing the core aspect of these wheels, force feedback. Its competitors have made less progress in this area. Moreover, if you desire upgrades in specific areas, Fanatec provides a vast array of options that don’t require starting from scratch.

Gran Turismo DD Pro steering wheel
Gran Turismo DD Pro steering wheel (source)

Technical Specifications:

Price: €840.90 (Please note that the price may change or vary by region; always check the Fanatec website for the most up-to-date pricing)

Bundle includes: CSL DD Wheel Base, GT DD Pro Steering Wheel, CSL pedals

Wheelbase torque: 5 Nm (upgradable to 8 Nm with the Boost Kit 180, which is included in the bundle)

Direct Drive technology: Compact, high-performance direct drive system for accurate force feedback and enhanced immersion

Fanatec Podium software: Advanced software for fine-tuning force feedback settings and motor parameters via Fanalab

Quick Release System: ClubSport Quick Release Adapter, which is compatible with all Fanatec wheel rims

Multi-platform compatibility: Compatible with PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5

Mounting options: Support for various mounting solutions, including table clamps, wheel stands, and cockpits

Fanatec ecosystem compatibility: Fully compatible with Fanatec’s range of steering wheels, pedals, shifters, and handbrakes

Gran Turismo DD Pro Wheel Base (8 Nm)

When properly configured, the GT DD Pro truly shines. The expertly calibrated vibration and rotation through the wheel convey an abundance of information from the game’s engine to your hands. With the right simulation-grade racing game, it’s an absolute delight to manoeuvre the GT DD around the track. Although designed for Gran Turismo 7, it performs just as well on a PC with various sim racing and sim-light games, such as Assetto Corsa and F1 2021.

Gran Turismo DD Pro Wheel Base (8 Nm) pictured with CSL pedals and boost kit 180
Gran Turismo DD Pro Wheel Base (8 Nm) pictured with CSL pedals and boost kit 180

The versatility of this kit is impressive. I transitioned from Forza Horizon 5 to F1 2021 with tighter force feedback settings and felt equally at ease using the wheel in both games. This level of comfort isn’t always found in more affordable models, and while the direct-drive technology at the core of the GT DD Pro plays a significant role, the wheel’s ease of setup for each game—including those it might not be fully compatible with—also contributes to the enjoyable experience.

Price: €599.95 (Please note that the price may change or vary by region; always check the Fanatec website for the most up-to-date pricing)

Torque: 8 Nm of torque for an immersive force feedback experience

Direct Drive technology: Compact, high-performance direct drive system for accurate force feedback and enhanced immersion

Fanatec Podium software: Advanced software for fine-tuning force feedback settings and motor parameters via Fanalab

Quick Release System: ClubSport Quick Release Adapter, which is compatible with all Fanatec wheel rims

Multi-platform compatibility: Compatible with PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5

Mounting options: Support for various mounting solutions, including table clamps, wheel stands, and cockpits

Fanatec ecosystem compatibility: Fully compatible with Fanatec’s range of steering wheels, pedals, shifters, and handbrakes

Fanatec CSL DD Racing Wheel WRC for Xbox & PC (8 Nm) Bundle

The Fanatec CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC bundle is officially licensed by the World Rally Championship (WRC). This bundle features seamless compatibility with Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, thanks to the integration of Xbox-specific electronics into the wheel. The plug-and-play design ensures that it’s ready to use right away without any assembly required.

Fanatec WRC sim steering wheel
Fanatec WRC sim steering wheel

The wheelbase sports a realistic 300 mm diameter and an ultra-low weight of 1092 g (with QR1 Lite Wheel-Side) for quick acceleration and fidelity. The tool-free QR1 Lite Wheel-Side design makes it easy to use and enhances durability. The wheel rim is covered with genuine Alcantara® and features an eye-catching orange cross-stitched seam. The bundle also includes the CSL DD, Fanatec’s Direct-Drive system that delivers instant, detailed force feedback and linear, consistent performance with 8 Nm peak torque thanks to the boost kit supplied.

The CSL DD is designed to optimize motor efficiency and smoothness with patented FluxBarrier technology. It also supports full Fanatec SDK compatibility, ensuring game compatibility for all major racing games. The steering axis is made from carbon fibre-enhanced composite, and the wheelbase housing is constructed from aluminium, providing passive heat dissipation. The rotation is electronically limited to 2520 degrees and adjustable.

The CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC comes equipped with a variety of features, including an integrated RevStripe™, a three-digit LED display for telemetry data, orange shifter paddles made from durable metal, and a tuning function with LED display. The CSL DD also offers ports for power supply, USB-C to PC/console, Fanatec DataPort-C, shifter inputs, pedals, and a handbrake. Optional accessories like table clamps and ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles can be purchased separately.

Price: €699.90 (Please note that the price may change or vary by region; always check the Fanatec website for the most up-to-date pricing)

Bundle includes: CSL DD Wheel Base, CSL Steering Wheel WRC, and Boost Kit 180 (power supply upgrade)

Wheelbase torque: 8 Nm (supplied with the Boost Kit 180)

Direct Drive technology: Compact, high-performance direct drive system for accurate force feedback and enhanced immersion

Fanatec Podium software: Advanced software for fine-tuning force feedback settings and motor parameters via Fanalab

Quick Release System: Standard CSL Quick Release Adapter, which is compatible with all Fanatec wheel rims

Multi-platform compatibility: Compatible with PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S

Mounting options: Support for various mounting solutions, including table clamps, wheel stands, and cockpits

Fanatec ecosystem compatibility: Fully compatible with Fanatec’s range of steering wheels, pedals, shifters, and handbrakes

CSL DD (5Nm or 8Nm with Boost Kit)

The CSL DD, which comes with the standard power supply, offers a peak torque of 5Nm and is priced at around 499.95 EUR / 499.95 USD (excluding taxes).

For those who want to unlock the full 8 Nm of peak torque, the CSL DD can be purchased with the Boost Kit 180 which I strongly recommend. 5Nm, when you know you could have 8Nm – I think it’s best just to get the 8Nm and move on!

Fanatec CSL DD with QR2 QR
Fanatec CSL DD with QR2 QR

Sold separately, CSL DD can be clamped to a table with Fanatec’s table clamp. Personally, I don’t normally race at a desk (opting for my favourite sim rig) For those seeking a more immersive experience, the Boost Kit 180 and a proper sim racing cockpit are very much recommended.

Fanatec’s FluxBarrier technology smoothes and quiets the wheelbase in operation. The CSL DD is nearly silent and considerably quieter than the CSL Elite and CSW2.5. Even after hours of driving at max torque, the device remains cool, indicating that cooling is not a concern.

CSL DD on desktop mount with boost kit
Fanatec CSL DD on desktop mount with boost kit

Technical Specs:

Price: €499.95 (Please note that the price may change or vary by region; always check the Fanatec website for the most up-to-date pricing)

Torque: 8 Nm with the optional Boost Kit 180 – which we just think it’s worth going for and ignoring the 5Nm version.

Direct Drive technology: Compact, high-performance direct drive system for accurate force feedback and enhanced immersion

Fanatec Podium software: Advanced software for fine-tuning force feedback settings and motor parameters with Fanalab.

Quick Release System: Standard CSL Quick Release Adapter, which is compatible with all Fanatec wheel rims

Multi-platform compatibility: Compatible with PC and Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S when used with an Xbox-licensed steering wheel

Mounting options: Support for various mounting solutions, including table clamps, wheel stands, and cockpits

Fanatec ecosystem compatibility: Fully compatible with Fanatec’s range of steering wheels, pedals, shifters, and handbrakes

Fanatec Sim Racing Setup – what next?

I haven’t listed every Fanatec wheel thanks to our list of all-time favourite Fanatec wheels here. Once you’ve chosen your wheelbase and your wheel, you’ll need to choose a pedal set, unless, of course, your Fanatec setup came with pedals in the bundle.

(the original) CSL Elite Pedals from Fanatec
(the original) CSL Elite Pedals from Fanatec

For what it’s worth, the original CSL Elite pedals were my very first set of sim racing pedals. I liked them (and still do) because, despite the price, Fanatec has placed the emphasis on the metalwork – these things are incredibly solid, forged items. Mechanically (and mounted properly) they’re capable of some heavy-duty racing. On that basis – for the money, the CSL Elite V2 pedals are a good starting point for a beginner. Aside from that, Fanatec hasn’t really nailed the whole pedal product game, and I generally don’t recommend them. My view might change if and when a new pedal product is released and I sincerely hope it does.

Next, you’ll need to take a look at your options for a decent sim racing rig or a more F1-style cockpit. Finally, look at our monitors guide and gaming PC selection and you’re ready to race – enjoy!


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