Fanatec Releases CSL Elite V2 Pedals


Fanatec's popular CSL Elite pedals have received an update and feature improvements to the budget sim racing pedal set.

Fanatec has unveiled their CSL Elite Pedals V2. The all-metal pedals feature load cell technology for the brake, and hall sensors for the accelerator and clutch pedal.

Buy now from Fanatec.com for EUR 299,95

The Elite pedals can be configured as a two pedal set, but ship as a three pedal set. The brake pedal uses an elastomer spacing stack to create a preload feel, and the feel can be customized using the included, optional elastomers which vary in resistance.

The pedals were announced via a video on the official Fanatec YouTube channel. The cinematic reveal highlighted many features of the pedal set, which carries an initial price of $299/€299.

Fanatec may be among their biggest competitors in this budget load cell space, as their CSL LC Pedal set is similar in functionality and compatibility, but priced $100 less.

The CSL Elite Pedals are listed for sale now, so be sure to visit the Fanatec section of the RaceDepartment Store to learn more. We were not sent a unit for review, but be sure to check out the RaceDepartment reviews page for many other sim racing hardware reviews, and possibly a CSL Elite V2 review in the future.

Let us know in the comments below if this is a set of pedals that interests you.
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I quite liked the previous LC V1 version of this. My 1st sim hardware upgrade, starting out with the TM T3PA's. Was a world of difference.

My current V3's with BPK & damper are nicer, but I'd could do with something better, if I ever have the room for a complete (alu) rig in stead of the sturdy wheel stand I attach a seat to (on it's own small jerry rigged frame).
 
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V1's were a disaster. The loadcell was in the wrong place and was subject to secondary flexing forces from the brake lever. If you pressed the lower section of the brake pedal face you would get no reading what so ever, regardless of the amount of force applied. Consequently the top of the face was ultra sensitive.

These look great, and that previous issue has been designed out.
 
Two questions:

How are you supposed to heel-and-toe with that tiny accelerator pedal that doesn't go down to your heel?

Are they any better than the Thurstmaster TLCM pedals that I can buy today from Amazon for $230?
 
Two questions:

How are you supposed to heel-and-toe with that tiny accelerator pedal that doesn't go down to your heel?

Are they any better than the Thurstmaster TLCM pedals that I can buy today from Amazon for $230?
i wonder the same. On the normal CSL pedals you can change the pedal plates and change the eight of each plate. And they cost 100€ less.
 
I Just ordered 2x sets from Down Under in Australia as I have had the original CSL Elite Pedals with the Load Cell Brake Upgrade since back in 2018 which they have done me well, looking forward to the updated version. Thank You Fanatec
 
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Heel and toe is not a problem on the Elites. The only drawback on the original V1s is the placement of the LC sensor in the arm rather than the base of the pedal as in the new V2. Also, the pots are inferior to the new hall sensors. Otherwise, the CSL Elites are great pedals and really robust. I'l be looking to get that LC pedal as a standalone to replace the original LC in mine.
 
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Two questions:

How are you supposed to heel-and-toe with that tiny accelerator pedal that doesn't go down to your heel?

Are they any better than the Thurstmaster TLCM pedals that I can buy today from Amazon for $230?
An option would be to heel-toe in more of a racecar style. They don't actually use their heel and toe, they use the left side of their foot for the brakes and the right side for throttle. This method, though, is easier done when the two pedals are very close to each other like in a Formula car. For shoe-wearers, this means wearing narrow shoes (eg. racing shoes).

See 2:08
 
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This method, though, needs the two pedals very close to each other

According to YouTube reviews the new CSL pedals' pads (plates? whatever you call them) can't be adjusted. Even my G920 let me move the brake and accelerators' foot pads closer to each other by moving the brake to the right and the accelerator to the left. Same with the TLCM pedals I use now, which have a nice wide brake and long accelerator. It's quite comfortable to heel-and-toe in socks with the TLCM pedals.
 
Pads, plates, faces, faceplates, I'm not sure myself, lol.

The pedal faces on the CSL Elite V2 are removable. On a set of T500RS / T3PA-Pro pedals I used to own, I just bought a cheap set of metal pedal faces online for like $10 or $15. They felt so much better than the stock Thrustmasters (especially with shoes), and they came with the longer, half-widened throttle pedal you desire.

But, ya, sim racing pedals should always come with the bigger throttle as default. There are so many different types of people with different driving styles (even different styles of "heel-toeing"), different feet sizes, different pedal layout & spacing setups, different cars & games. I feel the taller, bottom-widened brake should be the default as it's probably the safest bet if you had to choose 1 type.
 
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The official Fanatec video says "removable face plates".

Are they just talking about the rubber face plate cover? If so, they should reword that because there's big difference between a face plate cover and the actual face plate itself.
 
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