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.

Fanatec CSL DD 2.jpg


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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And let's not forget that for DD bases you need a very stong wheel stand, which are expensive too.
Definitely, sim racing is a very expensive hobby.
 
I wonder if the WRC rims license expired, cause its been delisted on the US site? A round rim would be a better choice as a starter wheel, but that is just my opinion.

Yeah, I was also desperately looking for a round rim from Fanatec at around the $200 mark, as they don't sell the Elite rim on its own. Looks like the closest option is the WRC and its... niche aesthetics. Next up would be the CSL Universal Hub and a wheel of one's choice for a total of $280.
 
will this be available to preorder I hope so as starting to get sick & tired of being sat there on release date only for it to sell out in seconds then scalpers are selling a ton for double RRP :rolleyes:
 
And let's not forget that for DD bases you need a very stong wheel stand, which are expensive too.
Definitely, sim racing is a very expensive hobby.
It depends on how much it weighs. If the stand would be a decent choice for a CSW v2.5, then it should be decent enough for the CSL DD. Provided its not too heavy for the stand. The torque the CSL DD is not much of an issue for the majority if wheelstands out there.

If you are referring to loss if detail due to the stand absorbing forces? Then that can be said about any FFB wheel. Even a Microsoft WRW should feel crisper on a rigid stand/desk/rig.
 
Yeah, I was also desperately looking for a round rim from Fanatec at around the $200 mark, as they don't sell the Elite rim on its own. Looks like the closest option is the WRC and its... niche aesthetics. Next up would be the CSL Universal Hub and a wheel of one's choice for a total of $280.
I was about to go the CSL Hub route with an Ebay rim for a little over $200, but I just went with the McLaren wheel instead. I run a lot of cars with a formula like rim, so the McLaren wheel would be a nice starter.
 
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I was about to go the CSL Hub route with an Ebay rim for a little over $200, but I just went with the McLaren wheel instead. I run a lot of cars with a formula like rim, so the McLaren wheel would be a nice starter.

Yeah, I understand. I come from a similar place, I'd probably use the Formula V2 about 80-90% of the time, but I'd still like a round wheel for Mudrunner/rally/vintage cars.
 
Yeah, I understand. I come from a similar place, I'd probably use the Formula V2 about 80-90% of the time, but I'd still like a round wheel for Mudrunner/rally/vintage cars.
I've got the BMW GT3 wheel. Looking for a Formula wheel.
 
Good point, With this price point for a DD wheel, it should be used to get the console community in the Fanatec ecosystem. I have both console and PC but will keep my CSL elite if the new DD does not support console :)
I will admit a great sense of disappointment seeing at this time there is no support for Playstation, at this time. It's a shame Sony has some sort of licensing fee which makes it so that Fanatec will have to charge more if they do come out with a DD for PS5. I'm still using a PS4 PRO so going forward already know I probably won't be able to use it with any new DD.
 
There was one another small dd motor like this a while ago but I think that came and went really quickly and hasn't been seen since. I wonder what were the main issues with that and if those issues are something that could apply to the csl elite as well.

The csl elite does look very interesting. I wonder if the high Nm version is just a more powerful power supply. If that is priced high I wonder if there is an option to hack your own. Edit: so the wheel I thought about was simplicity sw7c+. There are reviews online and it seems heat was an issue with that at least.
 
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There was one another small dd motor like this a while ago but I think that came and went really quickly and hasn't been seen since. I wonder what were the main issues with that and if those issues are something that could apply to the csl elite as well.

That's the first I hear of it, thanks!

That being said, I'm ready to give Fanatec the benefit of the doubt on this one. They aren't a little mom and pop hobby shop, they're the company that have the most technologically diverse and comprehensive lineup of sim racing equipment. They have experience with DD wheels, they're a big brand, and have a lot at stake. I might be wrong, of course :)
 
There was one another small dd motor like this a while ago but I think that came and went really quickly and hasn't been seen since. I wonder what were the main issues with that and if those issues are something that could apply to the csl elite as well.

The csl elite does look very interesting. I wonder if the high Nm version is just a more powerful power supply. If that is priced high I wonder if there is an option to hack your own. Edit: so the wheel I thought about was simplicity sw7c+. There are reviews online and it seems heat was an issue with that at least.

I doubt the CSL DD will be as hot as the SW7C wheels. The motor housing has a lot more surface area than the 7c+. Another plus for the CSL DD is you don't have an external control box to mount or place every time you want to run the wheel. That instead falls on to the power brick. Both wheels would require some initial setup with firmware, but the Fanatec should be a much easier affair. AFAIK Sim-Plicity still requires an hour long session with someone from Sim-Plicity or you can get instructions and do it yourself. It's probably more of a QA thing than letting the public set the wheel up, but that is just speculation on my part.

After that, you can simply screw a steering wheel on to the SW10 (or higher) and be on your way. Just bind your controls to your Keyboard and you can get a USB wheel button box a little further down the lane.
Fanatec requires you to have a steering wheel or steering hub of some sort. The least expensive option depends on if you have a wheel and want to deal with something of questionable dependability. I am sorry, but I am not sold on the CSL Hub. That thing just looks like it's waiting to break. Personally I'd go with the McLaren GT3 rim as a starter wheel. But that is me. If the Podium hub wasn't overpriced by $100, I'd go that route, and get the paddles and what not later. But...
 
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