Fanatec Unveils Updated ClubSport Wheel Base 2.5

Fanatec has unveiled an updated version of their super-successful ClubSport Wheel Base.

The new version boasts more advanced electronics and a new motor for improved feeling, functionality and even higher durability.

The electronics now feature a faster USB update rate of 1000 Hz and allow for firmware updates of the new motor driver. The tuning menu features have been improved, now featuring an advanced drift mode, which can now add a natural damper to avoid oscillation or a negative damper which will speed up the wheel while turning.

Saving the best news for last, the ClubSport Wheel base has not only been improved but is now selling for a cheaper price as well. The V2.5 is available for 549,95€ including VAT or 499,95 US Dollars + sales tax respectively.

All existing pre-orders for the V2 version will be upgraded to the new model, more information on the new base is available on the Fanatec website.

Features

  • Choose from a growing selection of very realistic steering wheels in many different styles
  • Quick release system allows the easy change of steering wheels within seconds, even during gameplay
  • Wheel base made of CNC machined aluminum parts with anodized finish
  • Rock solid: Product weight is 4200 g, product dimensions (l x w x h) 210 mm x 295 mm x 150 mm
  • DirectSensor™ technology: The sensor is mounted directly on the steering axis to avoid interference and performance issues that are inherent in belt and gear drives that have motor mounted sensor systems
  • DUAL HALL technology: One Sensor is mounted on the motor and a second one on the axis. It does not get more precise than this.
  • Ultra strong brushless servo motor
  • Support for vibration motors in the steering wheel (depending on the steering wheel model)
  • Cooling system with two big fans (left and back sides) and a huge heat sink on the motor
  • Belt drive mechanism that’s made completely of metal and uses high quality ball bearings and European belts to deliver the smoothest, most precise force feedback possible.
  • High belt tension to avoid any slippage and durable ball bearings to minimize the drag
  • Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories
  • Firmware can be updated with new features
  • Motor driver firmware can also be updated
  • 900° of rotation which can be reduced in the tuning menu of the attached ClubSport Steering Wheel
  • Fast 1000 Hz USB update rate
  • Allows connection for two external shifters (e.g. H-pattern and sequential) in parallel
  • Tuning functions* with LED display of the steering wheel to adjust settings independent from the game and during gameplay
    • Saves up to 5 wheel set-ups
    • Adjust sensitivity independent from the game. Turning angle can be adjusted in the wheel from 90° to 900°
    • Adjust force feedback strength during game play
    • Adjustment for vibration intensity in the steering wheel (depending on the steering wheel model). The vibration motors can be used by a game directly or by the ABS function
    • Simulate ABS vibration in the steering wheel (depending on the steering wheel model) and on pedals with rumble motor like the ClubSport Pedals V3 by setting a starting point at % of brake input
    • Advanced Drift Mode can now add a natural damper to avoid oscillation or a negative damper which will speed up the wheel.
    • Customize the force feedback sensations by changing the spring, force effects and dampening forces
    • Adjust the brake force sensitivity of compatible loadcell pedals like the ClubSport Pedals V3 or the CSL Elite Pedals LC
    • * Tuning functions are subject to change.
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  • vilivili

    Looks that it has the same motor as v2 had. Or?

    • RossBerg15

      It says on their website it ‘has a new motor for improved feeling’, but a bit vague beyond that. I put an order in as the new price and upgrade seems like a good deal – just have to flog my CSL Elite now.

      • vilivili

        Should be a pretty safe investment. I think V2.5 could be a very polished version as Fanatec now has seen what are the rare weak points of v2

      • http://www.simrace.pl/ rauf00

        is there any?

      • vilivili

        I sold mine some weeks ago. It always worked and no problems ever.
        Not sure if I remember corectly but has there been issues with wires wearing and causing problems..

      • http://www.simrace.pl/ rauf00

        never heard, mine works perfect since 2015, pedals – thats a different story, from day one probably broken mainboard, they have sent pair of new sensors, but that didn’t solve the problem, warranty is now over so i have to pay for that MB

      • adi518

        That was an issue with V1, where they didn’t wrap protect the wire strip that goes inside the steering column. I bought V2 about a year ago and it’s flawless. I also made a lot of research ahead of the purchase because I knew Fanatec had shoddy issues and CS that wasn’t great. Things have changed for the better so my bet was right.

      • https://www.youtube.com/c/chillisteak Chillisteak

        I had an issue where a nice blue puff of smoke came out the side of mine, and that lovely electrical burning smell was suddenly present. Thankfully one quick email to Fanatec was enough to resolve the issue, base was sent off repaired and I’ve not had an issue since.

      • http://www.simrace.pl/ rauf00

        happy they solve it, honestly first time i heard of such problem with V2

  • Delicious Points

    Listen, speaking of Fanatec has anyone reviewed the Clubsport Pedals v3 inverted yet? We’re dying to know if that setup topples over from the strange design? C’mon!!

    • HardRock

      Shaun Cole did a review of those pedals on his channel. Look up The Simpit on YT.

    • Richard Hessels

      There is a very advanced search system on that service called internet. It’s goes by the name of Google…. 3d link even comes with a video.

      • ImageArtSigns .

        nicely put…lol

      • HardRock

        And in the time you wrote that snarky reply, you could have also posted a link a review maybe that you liked, you know, to actually help out.

      • Richard Hessels

        I wont, not make people more lazy than they already are.
        Will be modded away anyhow when i post a link here.

      • HardRock

        Cool, but how exactly was taking this time to not actually help a good way of spending your time in your opinion? What did you actually contribute here by stopping and typing a reply? Do you really hope you will change anything with this attitude?

        The way I see it, if your goal was indeed to not be an accessory to people’s laziness, in this case by simply not posting you would have achieved exactly the same amount of success. In fact, this way you wasted your own, I assume precious time on someone, whose practices you clearly don’t agree with, to change nothing probably, as people tend to ignore posts in your style, since they come off as arrogant and condescending more than anything else. So overall, you lost time and in all likelihood gained nothing. Not a good way to go about doing things I think.

        If your goal was to help him/her realize that the information is out there and can be found easily, the next time I recommend being a bit more nice, even by mentioning a specific source could help. That way you can still say your piece (with which in large I agree with BTW) in addition to actually helping, it will barely take more time for you (since you are very proficient at Googling), and will very likely come off as less rude, so people will actually listen. That way both you and the other person will benefit.

  • Paul Maguire

    How much stronger is the FFB? Not that it needs more force, just curious.

    • RossBerg15

      I got mine yesterday but only have the CSL Elite wheel base to compare it to and it is quite hard to quantify the actual increase in FFB without being able to switch from one to the other. I first took it for a spin on the short Highlands circuit in Assetto Corsa – driving over the cobble stones was a revelation with the feedback from the wheel – very impressive indeed. I had a quick go around Adelaide in Automobilista in the formula trucks and RUF 911’s, it was a sometimes hard to hold the wheel steady when pounding over the kerbs. There was one disappointing aspect with the wheel base – the fans! One of them kicked after 15 minutes or so…fan noise is usually not something that bothers me and the CSL Elite was fine in this respect. However, with this new base, it is quite a tedious droning noise and I think headphones will be a must for future racing sessions.

  • https://soundcloud.com/glen-orpheus Glen Orpheus

    My V2 is perfect right now, when Fanatec release their romoured direct drive wheel I shall be in the market again.
    No rush though I need time to save (“,)

  • adi518

    I’m pissed off with the Fanatec as they cut off certain regions from accessing their website, although they HAVE customers in those regions, denying them access to drivers. The new ridicule from Fanatec. They blocked it once and then “fixed it”, and now it’s on again.

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