RaceDepartment Review: Fanatec CSL Elite Loadcell Pedals

RaceDepartment take the Fanatec CSL Elite Loadcell pedal set on a long term review.


Over the next few weeks and months you can expect quite a few more hardware reviews here at RaceDepartment, where we will be trying a wide variety of different sim racing equipment and giving you our honest opinion on how they stack up from a sim racer perspective.

If you are looking for us to take them apart and review the quality and materials of the individual parts, then you are probably going to be disappointed. The aim of our reviews will be to try and give you a clear, honest and fair opinion of the products in question, from quality, feel and performance right down to value for money.

I can clearly remember when I started out in sim racing and found the whole hardware scene somewhat overwhelming - with plenty of contradictory information available (or none at all in some cases), and this is what has inspired us to pick up the baton and hopefully give you a bit of entertainment, whilst at the same time shining a light on the good, and bad, features of a wide variety of different products - from entry level to high end, we've got quite a bit to get through already!

First of our new series will be the Fanatec CSL Elite Loadcell Pedals. We've got the three pedal set strapped to the rig for these tests, with a loadcell brake, and we've been running them for quite a long time in various different sims to give a solid overall picture on how they perform in competitive racing environments.

I sincerely hope you find the review both enjoyable and informative, and I'm looking forward to bringing you plenty more of this type of thing into 2019 and beyond!

Like what we do here at RaceDepartment? Follow us on Social Media!


 
 
RaceDepartment Editor-in-Chief, occasional YouTuber, commentator and broadcaster, with a passion for motorsport on both the real and virtual racetrack.

M D Gourley

1000RPM
Premium
Sep 17, 2015
1,656
4,219
57
I sincerely hope you find the review both enjoyable and informative, and I'm looking forward to bringing you plenty more of this type of thing into 2019 and beyond!
Nice review, and although I am more than happy with my ECCI Trackstar 6000 pedals for the last 8 years I do like to keep up with the latest Sim racing hardware, just in case there's something that appeals.
...nice foot work on the pedals Mr Jeffery:)
 
  • Like
Reactions: Paul Jeffrey

Paul Jeffrey

RaceDepartment Editor-in-Chief
Original poster
Staff
Premium
Jun 5, 2009
11,736
35,533
Word to the wise for those watching...

For some strange reason I keep calling them the "Clubsport Elite Loadcell Pedals". No idea why, because they are called CSL Elite.. damn me and my stupid mouth! :D
 

BrainsBush

500RPM
Jun 16, 2017
802
698
50
Despite your above mentioned minor 'brush your mouth' little mistake this review was fun to watch and above all an informative review. Worth watching and looking forward to your next hardware review.

As also mentioned in the YT comments --> This pedals set with LC brake has a 16 bit resolution. It is best to connect directly to a PC USB port (if available). Oherwise via a Fanatec wheelbase and if you connect to a console it is mandatoryto connect via wheelbase.
 
Last edited:

Davide Nativo

Columnist for RaceDepartment
Staff
Premium
Apr 4, 2014
1,012
1,574
30
The Sofa matching RD colors is the best thing ever :cool:

Very cool pedals, if I manage to make the jump to wheel&pedals, I might very well consider them!
 

belevezero

50RPM
Apr 11, 2015
69
30
42
I'm on my second year with these, and had to replace two potentiometers, since it's plastic gears grind against the metal gears of the pedals. It's also awkward to heal-toe with these, I wish there was a full-height throttle pedal option. Still a good price for a load-cell.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Paul Jeffrey

Warren Dawes

10000RPM
Premium
Mar 1, 2007
12,950
1,932
71
Good review Paul, nice and clear, informative, and well balanced.
Thanks mate. :thumbsup:
Warren
 

Case_

6000RPM
Premium
Jun 30, 2011
6,602
6,927
44
This pedals set with LC brake has a 16 bit resolution. It is best to connect directly to a PC USB port (if available). Oherwise via a Fanatec wheelbase and if you connect to a console it is mandatoryto connect via wheelbase.
Not that you will ever be able to tell the difference between a 16bit and a 12bit pedal resolution.
 

Leonardo Ratafiá

2000RPM
Premium
Aug 25, 2009
2,489
1,263
43
they suck for heel and toe, pedals faces are flat on the same plane, they should've added a possibility to move the brake pedal or gas pedal back or front and then they would've been the best pedals for its price.
Personally I love them but if I'd buy them I would mount them separately from that base which only allows one axis movement.
 

whip

250RPM
Feb 1, 2017
411
157
36
i havfe these, i hope fanatec fired the guy who designed the mounting, theya re awful to mount with them front holes, all it would have taken was a hole that went all the way through the top, and a small cap to cover it after
 

hodge like

100RPM
Mar 29, 2015
149
81
46
Very good review for sure! Been thinking of getting these pedals for some time to replace my G27 GTEYE modded pedals. Also have CSP V1's however they have never really worked so well on the throttle & brake "spiking" Assuming the CSL pedals are potentiometer except for the load cell?

Also looking forward to the CSL wheel review you mentioned.
 

Boby Kim

1000RPM
Aug 28, 2010
1,757
704
Nicely done Paul:thumbsup:
Besides Paul's great review, i wonder about the business model behind these reviews...
 

GPNeville

10RPM
Oct 18, 2011
14
8
I've been considering to replace my T300 twin pedals for the T3PA pedals, but I might just get these CSL Elite pedals instead. Will probably just get the twin pedals first and then update to the load cell at a later date.
From the video it looks like the twin pedals will be a good upgrade from the Thrustmaster pedals. My main problem with the Thrustmasters is the springs are just not stiff enough.
 

JonnyCombat

75RPM
Feb 22, 2018
78
121
I bought these a couple of months ago when I upgraded to Fanatec from my ropey old G920.

The difference is huge. Nothing awkward to set up, excellent feel, and I’m so much more consistent with braking now. Wholly recommended.

The load cell brake is just so much more precise.
 
  • Like
Reactions: mgh24

alexSchmurtz

SpeedyMite Racing
Staff
Premium
Sep 26, 2009
4,186
2,462
I've been considering to replace my T300 twin pedals for the T3PA pedals, but I might just get these CSL Elite pedals instead. Will probably just get the twin pedals first and then update to the load cell at a later date.
From the video it looks like the twin pedals will be a good upgrade from the Thrustmaster pedals. My main problem with the Thrustmasters is the springs are just not stiff enough.
That would be a smart move imho: I made directly the jump from the T300 twin pedals to the CSL Elite 3 pedals set with LC, and like Paul the first thing I noticed was the much better accelerator pedal! That was already giving me a much better control: the TM pedals felt a lot more on or off, with the Fanatec you can modulate much better (both accelerating or lifting off).
I didn't try myself but I would think the non-LC brake pedal would already be an improvement also. (But ultimately the LC is really an another level! ;))
 
  • Like
Reactions: GPNeville