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ISR – Fanatec CSW Base V2 Review

The guys over at InsideSimRacing have finally reviewed Fanatec’s new top of the line CSW V2 servo base.

The guys over at InsideSimRacing have finally reviewed Fanatec’s new top of the line CSW V2 servo base.

In the video, the guys put the base to the test with Fanatec’s Xbox One-compatible Universal Wheel Hub.

The ClubSport Wheel Base V2 Servo sells for 749€ in the Fanatec webshop.

  • Choose from a growing selection of very realistic steering wheels in many different styles
  • Quick release system to allow the easy exchange of steering wheels within seconds during gameplay
  • Wheel base made of CNC machined aluminum parts with anodized finish
  • Rock solid: Product weight 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 can hardly get more precise than this.
  • Ultra strong brushless servo motor plus two vibration motors in the steering wheel (depending on the model)
  • New cooling system with big fans (also on the backside) and a huge heat sink
  • Revised 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.
  • Belt tension has been increased to avoid any slip and bearings have been added or increased to minimize the drag
  • Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories
  • Firmware can be updated with new features
  • 900° of rotation which can be reduced in the Tuning menu of the attached ClubSport Steering Wheel
  • Fast 500 Hz USB update rate
  • Connection for two external shifters (e.g. H-pattern and sequential) in parallel​

  • Mark

    That was a very basic review, hardly any information…

    • Iwan

      i agree

    • Daan Loos

      The only purpose of the video was to promote the Thrustmaster gear in the background, like with all their videos lately.

    • Dentykaffalatta

      Normal for ISR/SRT. Very seldom do they provide any actual useful information but then again we are in fortunate times where we have other choices. BETTER choices.

  • DrIfTeR2K11

    599Dollars > 749 Euro….. pls do your math right

    • Richard Hessels

      US prices are without VAT, although VAT is much lower there.
      Take of VAT in Holland that means 619,-/ not to big a difference.
      Here in Europe we have 2 year warranty, in US only 1 year.

  • Thomas Jackermeier

    Great review. Thanks guys.
    But I would like to mention that the new CSP V3 come with 10 bit resolution if connected to the wheel.

    And 85% of our customers have two or more steering wheels for the different styles of racing so only for a few the QR makes no sense.

    And the universal hub was not designed to swap rims. On a race car you don’t savve money by changing tyres on a rim. You swap complete wheel because it is faster and more convenient. And because you can afford it 😉

    • Iwan

      yes, me and my friends are always changing from formula rim to the BMW for example, depending on which car we are driving, formula or gt

    • frapster

      100% agree. I have 3 hubs + Formula and about 15 rims. If you are clever enough, you also can quick swap rims on hubs, with a bit of DIY and plenty of custom quick connect button plates, it takes 3 minutes to swap a rim and a button plate, w/o any need to open up the hub.
      But having more than one rim/hub, which is essential for the likes of me, who find it impossible to drive a classic road car with a formula rim or vice versa, or for any type of car, for that matter 🙂
      this, to use thurstmaster’s word – “ecosystem”, completely transformed my approach for sim racing, as every car deserves its own style rim and I swap between 3-4 rims several times a day esily

    • MirceaR

      “On a race car you don’t savve money by changing tyres on a rim. You swap complete wheel because it is faster and more convenient. And because you can afford it ;-)”

      So you mean that nobody is re-using the wheels? Do they throw it away with the tire? Maybe that’s why motorsport is so expensive 🙂

      Very poor comparison and even poorer marketing move, Mr. Jackermeier. Let me help you here. The HUB was design to swap rims, because that’s in the interest of your customers and that’s why you sell it as stand-alone product. So that I, as a customer, can use any rim I want with my Fanatec base, without being forced to spend additionally 300 EUR for every different rim I have. There you go, much better 😀

      • Thomas Jackermeier

        It would make absolutely no sense to have all the Button adjustability if you would swap rims without adjusting the Buttons and shifter paddles.

        The universal hub was designed to make it work perfectly with ONE RIM instead of making a foul compromise.

        Swapping wheel rims without changing the buttons is simply a cheap shortcut with bad ergonomics. This is not our style.

      • MirceaR

        But you can have multiple mounting and adjustable positions for the button boxes, so, IF YOU WANT, you can swap rims. And that’s how it should be, you need to cover the whole customer base, some can’t spend 300 EUR for each rim, so if they want, they should be able to swap rims, which they can, which is good 🙂

        It doesn’t really concern me, since I’m exclusively driving OW and prototypes, so the Formula rim does it’s job brilliantly.

  • Patrik Marek

    man those prices in Euro, I feel so bad for you guys

    • F1Racer

      Not all of Europe is affected 😉

    • Francesco Kasta

      Tech has always been ridiculously expensive in Europe…

      Hopefully the Chinese will come up with a knock-off servo wheel that will cost less than a third and that will shake itself to pieces.

  • Brent Osterstock

    Will it still work with the logitech g27 drivers?

  • Chris

    I would like to see you guys actually compare these with other direct drive wheels. Bang for the buck, I would go with…..and your reasons why. How does it compare with what Thrustmaster offers or other Wheels in the same price range? Do you feel it’s worth the $ over the TM? Etc…

    • Leynad

      Depends on what you want. If you like strong and constant FFB for a good workout, i wouldn´t recommend Thrustmaster. My TX can be strong, but after a few laps it gets a little weaker and especially during hot summer days it can even fade away, so better tune it down. My Accuforce is in another league and now i love driving historic cars with high torque, but with GT-cars it´s not that much difference if you don´t want unrealistic high forces. The Accuforce is nearly twice as strong as the v2, which is about 50% stronger than a T300/TX in terms of torque. The Logitechs are the weakest, but maybe more durable and i know some people with G27 or even DFGT who are very fast.

      • Dentykaffalatta

        Good to know as I am currently installing my Accuforce at the moment. Thank you very much. Cheers!!

    • GamerMuscle

      The club sport base is not direct drive, The AF OSW and Bodner are on another level 🙂

      My view is that, if you have the money to spend say 650-900 on CSV2 then you might as well save up a bit more and get an OSW.

      • Race Nut

        SimXperience now also offers a more basic version of the AccuForce without the QR and button box making it a smaller leap ($) with the option for future upgrades and/or mods.

        It’s worth checking out if your in the market for a wheel around the $800 to $1200 range IMO. Of course, the advantage goes to the OSW for countries other than the US due to shipping & VAT.

    • Dentykaffalatta

      Good point but it’d be better if it were done by someone with integrity whom we can trust the results from. There are a couple of good choices out there now so possibly they will do so. Cheers!!!

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