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Fanatec Announces ClubSport Wheel Base V2

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After being silent for almost a year, Fanatec decided to surprise and cheer up their fans and sim-racing enthusiasts. The second gen CSW (ClubPort Wheel) Base is announced. It is promised to be not only much stronger, more durable and precise but also have a potential support for all 3 most popular platforms (PC, XBONE and PS4). Read on to find out more.

Although it might look familiar to you it has almost no part which has not been modified or replaced to make it a better base compared to CSW V1.

The main focus was to improve durability, durability, durability and then the performance. And while there was no radical re-design made, they 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. 

Below are the details:


7. They have 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. 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. The main 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. 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. 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

Fanatec 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. The ClubSport Wheel Base V2 is the next generation of Fanatec wheel base but there is also a strong demand of wheels for “Next-Gen” consoles. People were asking to make their wheels compatible to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 but if Fanatec wants to make it official and legal then they need to follow the rules of the console makers and they clearly do not allow that.

So how can they make a product where there is a chance that the customer can keep at least most of the equipment he purchased? They can make the pedals, shifters and handbrake compatible and this is what they did but what about the base unit?

And how can they 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?

They claim that they 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.

Fanatec wants to achieve compatibility to both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and they announced that thay have already signed a contract with one of them. They 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. The response Fanatec got from their beta testers lead them to the conclusion that the demand for this product will be much bigger than the supply. Production output will be lower as before as they will spend even more time on quality control and testing.

At the same time they want to honor the loyalty of their 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:
• They will send an e-mail to their 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.
• They 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 they 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

They will treat all territories with the same priority.

Not every customer will use his invite so go ahead and ask his/her 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.

Do not ask Fanatec 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. Fanatec will open a thread in their forum which explains more details and where you can also ask for invites from other members.

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 will be as follows:

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.


Fanatec started the production this week and as soon as they start shipping, they 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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