Fanatec Reveal New 'CSL DD' Wheelbase

German sim racing hardware giants, Fanatec, have revealed a new Direct Drive wheelbase - the CSL DD.
  • Available for just £349.95 euros.
  • New Fanatec Direct Drive wheelbase.
  • New, smoother technology.
Supporting the full Fanatec ecosystem of devices, the new CLS DD has been described by Fanatec as 'a giant leap forward', and comes with a new 100% custom motor that has been designed and developed at the Fanatec HQ specifically for use within sim racing. According to the manufacturer, the new motor is set to deliver what has been called "sensational" performance using the new FluxBarrier™ technology, which has been designed to communicate the nuances of force feedback detail with enhanced clarity over current offerings.

Capable of delivering up to 8 Nm of torque and featuring a first for Direct Drive wheels carbon composite motor shaft, it is immediately noticeable that the new unit is somewhat more compact in size that the previous generation of Fanatec Direct Drive wheels - as well as featuring an upgraded Quick Release system over existing products with the Fanatec portfolio.

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Key Features:
  • Direct-Drive system delivers instant, detailed force feedback
  • Linear, consistent performance (5 Nm peak torque with standard power supply)
  • Patented, exclusive FluxBarrier™ technology optimises motor efficiency and smoothness
  • Full Fanatec SDK support ensures game compatibility out of the box for all major racing games
  • Standard Tuning Menu allows beginners to get started quickly without having to worry about settings
  • Advanced Tuning Menu allows enthusiasts to fine-tune the force feedback characteristics to suit their driving preferences
  • High-resolution (contactless) Hall-position-sensor, same as Podium Series
  • Steering axis made from carbon fibre-enhanced composite
  • Fanless – wheel base housing is made from aluminium (passive heat sink, core structural component) with composite end caps
  • Wireless-QR technology (slip ring system, life-tested 24/7 for thousands of hours) means no mechanical rotation limiter, provides cable-free delivery of power and data to steering wheels
  • Automotive-grade quick release, exchangeable
  • T-nut rail system on sides and bottom for easily adjustable hard-mounting
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Finally. Hope it won't be like the latest graphics cards though, that exist only in theory. About the price: if you add one of their wheels it's around 800 euros for the whole thing, which to me keeps being not cheap at all. The Simagic M10 (base + wheel) in China costs around 700 euros and to me there is still margin for more human prices. But certainly it is a surprise to hear that Fanatec decided to be quicker than the competitors. Thrustmaster, where are you?
 
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Honestly 5nm peak torque (8nm with the bigger power brick) is pretty weak for a DD base in my opinion.
But it's hard to beat price-wise and you do get to tell people that you have a direct drive wheel on your rig :whistling:
Edit: Also did I miss something or have Fanatec already stopped selling both the CSW 2.5 and CSL wheelbases?
Can't find them on their website now...
 
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Finally. Hope it won't be like the latest graphics cards though, that exist only in theory. About the price: if you add one of their wheels it's around 800 euros for the whole thing, which to me keeps being not cheap at all. The Simagic M10 (base + wheel) in China costs around 700 euros and to me there is still margin for more human prices. But certainly it is a surprise to hear that Fanatec decided to be quicker than the competitors. Thrustmaster, where are you?
350 for the base 199 for the Mclaren GT3 wheel = 550. That has the potential to be a decent combo and at just 550 it becomes affordable for a lot more people.
 
If there isn't any catch hidden, then fanatec has anihilated the competence and made all the belt driven base wheel obsolete. They won't be able to manufacture enough to keep with the demand they will have.

This will force Thrusmaster's hand, they will need to lower their prices and push their engineers to work in a alternative to this dd wheel or they risk to go out of the simracing business as the bottom of the barrel of simracing has been dominated by the several G25 facelifts that are always going to be cheaper than the thrustmaster counterparts, and on the other side of the spectrum, the niche of market that thrustmaster had dominated has become fanatec's propiety overnight.

That's good for all of us. For the first time DD has entered the midrange battle and now is kinda affordable, what before was midrange now is going to be forced to lower prices as no longer is a competitive product in the midrange, and the bottom of the barrel logitech wheel is going to be forced to lower their prices or to unveil a new design product that can compete with the now not so far prices of the cheaper belt driven thrustmater wheels.

What a time to be alive.
 
How about mounting solution? I assume you won’t be able to clamp it to a desk.
There is a clamp to mount on a desk available for that base as an accessory.
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This announcement is music to my ears, as a long term and satisfied Fanatec customer, pedals, wheel and shifter, I have not made the move to DD yet, my Buhler motor modified CSR Elite is still going strong but at this price, I will not be able to resist the siren song any longer.
One aspect I was never attracted to for DD, beside the price, was that my wheel is already plenty strong for me, so most DD are just too much for no reason to me. This one is just right.
I was disappointed that after I felt for the April fool, this was too good to be true, but Fanatec fixed it.
Looking forward to order this as soon as it is available.
 
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Bye bye competition! We have to admit that the strategy is amazingly good.
I see two feasible scenarios:

1- They sweep away the competitors as Logitech and Thrustmaster.
2- These two decide two push down the prices of the current wheels and they develope DD's to keep the low-mid range customer target. In the best case aiming for high end simracing gear as well.

The first option will lead to a very limited market output, making that with time Fanatec raises its prices. The second one will lead to more competence which will be translated in lower prices to gain that bit of market, leaving us with more options to choose.

Fingers crossed for the second one
 
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Well, if it works, reliably, it'll certainly kill off both Logitech and Thrustmaster. In that pricepoint, this thing will be a complete no brainer. 5 years ago it was time for TM and Logi to bring something to the DD table, now its now-or-never or be left behind for good.
Barry's review will probably be his most anticipated review ever.
 
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Received this email earlier and couldn't help saying "What?!" out loud. A genius move on their part and I applaud them for it...but personally I've been knee deep in their ecosystem for 3 years (CSW v2.5, CS v3 inverted + several CS and CSL wheels + Shifter + Handbrake) and, although I'm sure it'll be good value for the money:

1) I wonder how great it'll feel considering how many have said the DD1 and DD2 don't feel as great as their price suggests, especially compared to the VRS DirectForce Pro that's several hundred cheaper (I know of course feel is subjective, but many have said they are very notchy feeling compared to Simucube and the VRS).
2) I wonder how long they'll last...too many Fanatec products I've bought directly from them arrived with faults or developed faults very early; most within the first couple months (mostly steering wheel issues and the infamous H-shifter issue, plus a broken load cell after 1.5 years of use). I will say the CSW wheel base and handbrake have worked flawlessly though.

Speaking of which, I better go sell my CSW v2.5 quickly before word gets out about all this :confused:
 
I literally just saw this email in my inbox and "Raced" over (eh, ehh ;) ) to see if there was a forum on this yet. I'm curious to see how this stacks up to the existing CSL Elite and CSW. The price point is half of what I was expecting. But so is the Nm rating. Still, if the feedback is accurate and highly tunable, I can see this being successful.
 
Received this email earlier and couldn't help saying "What?!" out loud. A genius move on their part and I applaud them for it...but personally I've been knee deep in their ecosystem for 3 years (CSW v2.5, CS v3 inverted + several CS and CSL wheels + Shifter + Handbrake) and, although I'm sure it'll be good value for the money:

1) I wonder how great it'll feel considering how many have said the DD1 and DD2 don't feel as great as their price suggests, especially compared to the VRS DirectForce Pro that's several hundred cheaper (I know of course feel is subjective, but many have said they are very notchy feeling compared to Simucube and the VRS).
2) I wonder how long they'll last...too many Fanatec products I've bought directly from them arrived with faults or developed faults very early; most within the first couple months (mostly steering wheel issues and the infamous H-shifter issue, plus a broken load cell after 1.5 years of use). I will say the CSW wheel base and handbrake have worked flawlessly though.

Speaking of which, I better go sell my CSW v2.5 quickly before word gets out about all this :confused:
I have a DD1, a CSW V2, clubsport pedals V1, clubsport pedals V3, a clubsport shifter SQ V1.5, three clubsport universal hubs, a McLaren wheel V1, a clubsport formula steering wheel V1, a clubsport F1 2019 wheel, and 2 Fanatec steering wheel rims, and I have never had a problem with any of them. Most of what I have I have had for years, and have used extensively. I don't feel any notchy feeling in my DD1, which I have had for almost 2 years. When I read comments about the lack of quality in Fanatec products, I always wonder if it is just a vocal minority. Maybe I got lucky, but I doubt it. I suspect that you only hear complaints from the small amount of people who have problems, and the vast majority don't say anything because they are too busy having fun with their Fanatec gear. If I was in the market for an entry level DD wheel, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this one, given my experience with Fanatec.
 
email says $349US equates to $449AU ..not $599.00AU they quote
CSW base is $300 dearer ($899AU ) so no brainer any way you look at it
 

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