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Fanatec – Universal Wheel Hub Now Available

The Fanatec Universal Wheel Hub is now available for purchase!

Two weeks ago, Fanatec unveiled the Universal Wheel Hub, a product that might single-handedly revolutionize the steering wheel market.

The Wheel Hub allows any kind of third-party steering wheel to be used with Fanatec’s CSW base without hardware-builders having to worry about electronics or software compatibility.

Sim racers can pick up any wheel they like (such as those found in auto parts or racing stores) and use them on their CSW while still retaining the full functionality needed for sim racing.

Features

  • 16 integrated buttons on top of the hub
  • 4 button boxes with 3 buttons each
  • FunkySwitch(tm) with 4-way direction pad, 2-way turning function and push button. Comes with a metal knob
  • ​Small or big shifter paddles for different rim diameters.
  • The big shifter paddles are fully adjustable in distance, width and angle
  • Shifter paddle units can be taken off to save weight.
  • LED display for Tuning or telemetry functions. It can be installed in two positions: Standing or flat
  • USB port to charge a smartphone. No data
  • An additional 5th button box unit can be attached (not included)
  • Data port for future feature upgrades

An additional 16 buttons are placed on top of the unit for users who prefer to use buttonless third-party rims, still giving players the controls needed to sim race.

The Universal Wheel Hub is now available and in stock, selling for 249,95 Euros/Dollars respectively. For more info, please visit the Fanatec website.

  • Jos

    Ahhh, 250 euros, you know that you can buy a full g27 set for that, but thats a terrible wheel offcourse….

    • kuko61

      But 250 euros for Universal Hub is only one third of the price of complete Wheel with Base and Rim 😉

  • Chris Wright

    Having just taken delivery of a brand new G27 as a warranty replacement, it’s going to be quite a while, I hope, until I need to consider wheel renewal. However, it’s so nice to see this innovation and move towards a truly modular wheel system from Fanatec. I’m impressed and will most definitely be monitoring these pages to read early adopters’ reactions.

  • Brandon Lee Moore

    Just clicked to see how ridiculous the price is. Wish I had more money than brains…

    • Birddogg66

      I must be the most stupid individual on the planet because I bought 2.
      I also believe you get out of your hobby what you put into it and the way I see it this hobby has saved me many thousands of dollars so for me it’s not ridiculous.

      • Brandon Lee Moore

        As someone who had two of their wheels, the first of which was broke when I opened the box, the second lasted around two months. And also having multiple friends who had similar experience with Fanatec products, I will never buy anything else they make. My T500 works just fine.

      • Birddogg66

        I have heard of different people having problems with any of the wheels on the market. Even T500 I have heard individuals have numerous problems. When putting it into a percentage of issue occurrence poll who knows?

      • Brandon Lee Moore

        Don’t get me wrong. If yours works, then that’s awesome. I would never wish any kind of hardware failure on anyone. I’m just going by mine and my friends experience.

      • Hoi Hman

        You’re not. I bought 2 Universal Hubs and the Clubsport Handbrake.

  • Roger Wallentin

    This is an amazing innovation! Be able to fit any wheel and still have all the buttons at perfect positions (or none if you want it clean) and LED display etc!

    Sounds like its about time to switch from CSR-E to CSW…

  • Petros Dialektakis

    I must apologize. I was very sceptical and worried at first about the vague prices. But this looks very very interesting and for a customizable wheel hub like this one, I am willing to pay this price. With this bunch of mountable buttons and levers, this will take the gaming wheels to a new level. I guess,I won’t need a extra button box in the future and with so many buttons in close reach this would be excellent with the Oculus Rift or any other VR headset.

  • Glen Orpheus

    you can’t buy the rims yet though ….. i don’t get it

    • BackMarker

      The item was just added today to the Fanatec site so i assume the optional rims will be added in the next few days.
      Have you visited the Fanatec webpage? It states that Fanatec will offer a wide range of rims and many aftermarket rims. maybe some buyers already have rims and do not even need to buy the optional Fanatec rims.
      Use real Race Car Steering Wheels
      The Universal Hub is compatible with many car rims of famous brands like MOMO, SPARCO or OMP.

      • Glen Orpheus

        yeah i did visit the page, and it does show a small picture of them but when you go to order you don’t get any options for rims yet 🙁 hurry up already

      • Birddogg66

        you may lose some shipping cost but I have learned when Fanatec posts new first batch items it’s good to get your order in quickly because they tend to sell out fast and you end up waiting a couple more months till they are restocked.

      • Birddogg66

        I have an Aftermarket rim that I am doing a simple mod on to brand it Alfa Romeo and for it to mimic one of their classic wood rims. Then with my other hub I intend to get one of the Fanatec rims as I believe they are probably as high quality of your Momo, Sparco, and OMP’s at less of a cost

  • Marcel

    I have ordered one and use it with an aftermarket wheel that i have bought a couple of weeks ago for only 33€

  • Marcel

    Anyone else problems with the Universial Hub? I have contacted the support already, because my wheel restarts the starting procedure every time it has centered and a blue led flashes shortly. Have installed the new driver and firmware before. When i plugin the universal hub the wheel isn´t recognized by the pc anymore till i plug the hub out.

    • Marcel

      It works since they released the new drivers

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