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Fanatec ClubSport Shifter – Close Up Preview

Fanatec has released a new preview of their upcoming ClubSport Shifter unit.

Fanatec has released a new preview of their upcoming ClubSport Shifter unit.

This time, we get a closeup view of the shifter design.

Like the Porsche 911, the shifter comes with 7 gears + reverse. Since reverse and 7th are rarely used, both gears will be accessible by pushing the stick down.

  • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

    Seeing as how Fanatec are also making an adaptor for this so it can go on the table clamp, I might consider getting one of these if the price is right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Cooper/100001266321716 Jason Cooper

    no sequential ? IF NOT il stick with my th8rs thrustmaster. ( great shifter )

    • Anonymous

      And no H-patern plate..I’ve experienced this with the Lightning SST and kept misshifting. So I will stick to the TH too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SaFalken Tom Coombs

        you do realise that 99% of cars do not have a H-pattern plate? Only some sports cars like the Audi R8 and such have it. The Lightning SST has a very strange layout that is not true to how a proper 5/6spd gear selector functions.

        Trust me, I’m a mechanic.

      • Anonymous

        I know that most cars don’t have H pattern. But because it isn’t linked to a gearbox a H-pattern gives me more feeling for the gears.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Fanatec Thomas Jackermeier

        Interesting theory. Why would that be the case?

      • Anonymous

        Because a real car eventually pulls the gear in place a bit. A gated shifter like the TH has got long gates that also eventually pulls the gear in place. Whilst the SST (the fanatec looks a bit like that) let u push it but it doesn’t pull the gear in place. I also can make up in wich gear it stands without looking because of the descent distance between the gates. Maybe not the best way to describe it but that the hard thing about telling what u feel.

      • Paul

        I think, we’ll have to wait and see, if the shift plates are removable or not. When I take a look at this picture I see four (screw) holes. Maybe later Fanatec has another suprise for us. 😉

      • http://twitter.com/TheRoggan Roger

        If it feels like it looks there wont be a need for a surface H-gate, you will feel those mechanical gates just like in a real car!

        Cant wait to try this out!

      • http://twitter.com/StarFoXySxv550 StarFoXySxv550

        yep those H-pattern covers seem to just be a “fool-proof” assist in making sure you have the right gear. if the resistances are right you shouldn’t need them. They’ve always ‘felt’ clumsy and slower to me even in a real car.

    • http://www.facebook.com/marcellomaio1 Marcello Maio

      I think it does have a sequential option. If you look at the Reverse and 7th gear line markings, they are dotted and not the same as the others. Fanatec have pointed this out but have not confirmed why the markings are like that. But I would bet my house on it being a sequential shifter too.

      • Anonymous

        Where do u live and do you’ve got a nice house…? :p

      • Anonymous

        Since those gears need to be accessed by pushing the stick down, that might explain the dotted lines, don’t you think?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=796758915 Sam Stratten

    It doesn’t look like push down, rather pull up to select reverse and 7th.

  • Anonymous

    No sequential mode no buy.

    • Jim. C

      +1

    • Jim. C

      Agreed, that price is crazy. A TH8RS is much cheaper, looks better and has sequential mode. Just a shame an adapter is needed to use it with a Fanatec wheel.

      • http://twitter.com/TheRoggan Roger

        TH8 is not that much cheaper and surely does not look better (at least not in my view).

        Price is high, but considering how premium it looks (much more solid than the TH8 which is partially plastic) id gladly pay it if it performs the way it looks!

      • Anonymous

        TH8RS is $120 and this will be minimum $230, according to their fan site. That’s extremely close to twice as expensive…

      • http://twitter.com/TheRoggan Roger

        Here in Sweden TH8RS is $180 and up…

        If the Clubsport shifter is $230 that’s not a big diff in my view. Especially if you concider plastics and less sturdy materials which can be seen by looking at the pics.

        I havent tried the TH8RS but I am using other Thurstmaster premium controllers (A10 HOTAS joystick and throttle, all metal) and they are great. I’m sure its a great shifter but the CSS looks a lot chunkier and as a result appears to provide a more solid and mechanical feel.

        Which one is the best buy we will tell once we have some reviews done. I’d be surprised though if the CSS is not the best H-gate shifter on the market at anywhere near this price point (and it works on PC + PS3 and X-Box with an Elite, CSR or GT2 wheel!)

      • Anonymous

        Not to be confrontational but if the TH8RS costs a further $50 in Sweden then the Fanatec one should probably cost a further $50, yes?

      • not a trendy

        You clearly don´t know what you talking about..

        Don´t you know that Fanatec gear not being sold in Sweden they have no retailers or sellers they sell only from their own site, EU or US that´s it so how did you come to that lousy conclusion in the first place?

        That tell me you should not comment cause you don´t understand how it work!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Cooper/100001266321716 Jason Cooper

        that looks like plastic on the shifter that i can see so looks like they both got plastic. so your point ?

      • Anonymous

        Lots of conjecture there 😉
        I only see aluminium there… I believe it weighs over 2kg, too.
        Knowing Fanatec, their price is always right… So if it’s 230€, then it’s worth it. If you don’t think so, you don’t have a problem then why complain ?

      • http://twitter.com/TheRoggan Roger

        I agree, Fanatec might not have the best reliability (so far at least) but design, innovation and realistic feel is always several steps above what you pay for in my experience.

      • http://www.facebook.com/juha.mikkola.98 Juha Mikkola

        Well actually. I went to see my friends CSW wheels since they were rattling and snapping. He even got a new one because the previous kept making noise.
        The reason for the noise was the belt tension. The new one felt sluggish and was slow and kept making noise.
        Both problems due to incorrectly tensioned belts.
        We retensioned the belts and the belt tension system is totally amateur design. There is only locking bolts but no tension screw at all, you have to tension the belts by feel with you fingers and the just tension and do it again until it feels and sounds to be ok. If it was professional product there would be lowlift screw for adjusting the tension and the locking bolts to secure it.

        So what I have to say about the CSW lineup is that the main design is ok feels sturdy etc. but technical aspect it’s done by an amateur. Also the materials they use on the f1 steering wheel are excessively heavy in weight and in size (the paddles for example)
        The belt tension is a quality assurance problem and that alone is worth something (if they have to send a new base because just wrongly tensioned belts..)
        So in my opinion the base is overpriced and actually not so cleverly designed considering the materials they have used and the professional looks of it.

        But i’m a techie and to me function comes always before looks and CSW doesn’t cut it with that price.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Fanatec Thomas Jackermeier

        Plastic? Please…

      • http://twitter.com/TheRoggan Roger

        🙂

  • Richard Hessels

    Knowing Fanatec’s reputation on new hardware, I would wait for version 1.1.
    Looking forward to see some reviews.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SaFalken Tom Coombs

    There’s also the fact that the TH8RS isn’t very realistic. It’s essentially a joystick. I’ve never driven a car that pulls the stick towards selector points…

    I guess I’m biased. I bought a FREX Shift+ and modified the wiring to work directly to my Fanatec for Xbox use.

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