While Fanatec has a lot of hype behind its efforts for a Direct Drive offering, they are showing they are still paying attention to their other star wheel. The Fanatec Clubsport Wheel Base, one of the top wheel bases on the market, has received a minor upgrade, bringing it to version 2.5.
While Fanatec has remained fairly tight lipped about the upgrade, it does appear that they have put a new Force Feedback motor into the wheel. The new motor is touted to improve the feeling, functionality, and durability. In addition, the new motor can also take firmware upgrades, to add functionality and improve longevity.
The refresh rate of the wheel has doubled, going from 500 Hz to 1,000 Hz, which should improve response and quickness. An improved “Drift Mode” will allow you to further tweak the dampening of the wheel to either reduce oscillations or speed up wheel turning.
Externally, the wheel is nearly identical to the V2, but the Fanatec logo has been engraved onto the front plate. I think it looks pretty cool, and gives it a bit of a race-y feel to it.
The new wheel is now available, for the same price as the Clubsport Wheel V2, $499 USD. If you pre-ordered the CSW V2, you will automatically be upgraded to the CSW V2.5.In addition, there are new bundles that you can find on the Fanatec webpage, to get a wheel rim included with the base. For other prices, you can see the press release below. What are your thoughts on the new wheel? Let us know or discuss it in our forums!
Fanatec releases features, prices and pictures
of their new product:
ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5
Fanatec today introduced a new product of the rock-solid ClubSport Series, a facelift for their signature product.
The ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5 is a careful and precise evolution of the highly successful V2. While utilizing most of the proven technology of it’s predecessor, the V2.5 also comes with more advanced electronics and a new motor for improved feeling, functionality and even higher durability.
Due to the strong demand and high volumes we also managed to significantly lower the price of this wheel base.
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. The front plate of the CS WB V2.5 comes in a new finish, displaying the Fanatec logo.
All ClubSport Wheel Base V2 pre-orders will be delivered as V2.5 automatically.
Link to the full product description: https://www.fanatec.com/goto/
Pricing and Availability
- The products will be available exclusively for online purchase in the Fanatec Webshop, available for order immediately.
|Product||Euros incl. VAT||USD excl. Sales tax||AUD incl. GST||JPY incl. VAT|
|ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5||549,95||499.95||829.90||64.900|