Fanatec has released the first in a series of videos showcasing the technology behind their popular CSL DD wheelbase.
Every year there are steps forward in sim racing hardware. As sim racing becomes more popular and its economy grows, the quality of gear generally increases while the price of the gear trends toward being affordable for more sim racers. Perhaps nothing in memory has demonstrated this quite as well as Fanatec’s CSL DD wheelbase.
The CSL DD aims to bring direct drive sim racing wheel technology into the affordable realm. And while there is discussion to be had about the definition of “affordable”, there’s little doubt that bringing a €349 (plus an optional €149 boost kit) direct drive wheelbase to the market is impressive. For those who already own compatible Fanatec gear and a belt driven wheelbase, the inclusion of the CSL DD into their rig should be a cost-effective upgrade, but even those who buy a lower end set of pedals and steering wheel from Fanatec will still likely see a final tally lower than most other direct drive solutions on sale today.
We’ve seen several content creators already get their hands on the unit, including Damian’s YouTube review of the CSL DD for RaceDepartment, but the big wave of having more of the public get their own CSL DD is still to come. In fact, that wave is imminent. With that timing in mind, Fanatec have shared a video on their own YouTube channel showcasing their market-rattling product.
The video begins with a breakdown on what makes direct drive superior to other sim racing wheel technologies like gear or belt drive. Clever demonstrations are used to showcase the various force feedback systems, helping the viewing visualize what's happening beneath the shroud of their wheelbase while sim racing.
Fanatec also used this introductory video to provide an overview of upcoming videos that will break down the features that they feel sets their wheelbase apart from others on the market. The marketing focus seems to be the compatibility with other products in the Fanatec ecosystem, along with the CSL DD sharing many of its features with the higher end DD1 and DD2 wheelbases.
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