Fanatec are generally seen as the default name for high end, high quality sim racing hardware. Forging forward with various products over the past decade that bring both automotive manufacturers into the world of sim racing while getting ever closer to the real racing experience. However, the price of entry to that experience has always been significantly more than some of their market competitors. Today that changes as Fanatec drop the bombshell that is the CSL DD.
The CSL DD is a remarkable piece of hardware, a direct drive wheel at just €/$349.95, mind-blown! Now onto the official details provided by Fanatec,
Now I’ve left a lot of this info direct from Fanatec, it clearly explains the core aspects of the wheel which sounds pretty phenomenal on paper.
The 100% custom motor was developed in Germany specifically for sim racing. It delivers sensational performance thanks to patented FluxBarrier™ technology, communicating the nuances of force feedback detail to your hands with remarkable clarity. When the steering wheel is directly mounted to the motor shaft, there’s no belt or gear drive to dilute the force feedback effects. The clear choice of all professional drivers and enthusiast sim racers is now available to a broader audience. Our strong relationship with game developers means the CSL DD has broad compatibility and consistent behaviour across many popular titles. The Standard Tuning Menu has been simplified, allowing beginners to start quickly without having to worry about settings. The Advanced Tuning Menu remains for enthusiasts. The efficiency of the CSL DD motor technology means dynamic force-feedback performance is contained in a small footprint. This is also the first industrial motor to feature a carbon fibre composite motor shaft, which increases responsiveness and acceleration significantly due to low rotational masses.
Up to 8 Nm of torque. Standard peak torque is 5 Nm, with the Boost Kit 180 (optional) unlocking the full 8 Nm. This high level of torque can be sustained without the need for active cooling, with the extruded and CNC-machined aluminium casing acting as the structural chassis as well as the heatsink.
Upgradable quick release. The CSL DD uses an automotive-grade, all-aluminium quick release. This component is user-exchangeable, ready for the transition to the all-new QR2 system (coming soon).
Automotive-grade quick release system. The all-aluminium construction and anodised surface ensures strength and durability, providing a robust connection to Fanatec Steering Wheels.
Ready for the future. Connected internally to the wheel base via USB-C, the quick release can be upgraded easily to the next-generation QR2 system (coming soon). Existing Fanatec wheels with an exchangeable Quick Release can also be upgraded to QR2.
Direct-Drive system delivers instant, detailed force feedback
Linear, consistent performance (5 Nm peak torque)
Optional Boost Kit 180 unlocks maximum strength (8 Nm peak torque)
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
Temporary mounting possible with optional table clamp (not included), supports 5 to 60 mm table thickness
USB-C to PC / console
Shifter 2 (Sequential only)
Front-mounted threaded inserts for Fanatec accessories (e.g. ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles, available separately). Not intended for front-mounting the wheel base to a sim racing chassis/cockpit.
PC: This wheel base is compatible with PC when combined with a Fanatec Steering Wheel. Check the individual Steering Wheel product pages for Wheel Base compatibility.
Xbox®: This wheel base becomes compatible with Xbox One® and Xbox Series X|S when used with any Fanatec Xbox-licensed steering wheel.
PlayStation®: This product is not compatible with any PlayStation® console and cannot be upgraded to achieve compatibility.
The CSL DD is compatible with:
Fanatec Podium Steering Wheels
Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheels
Fanatec CSL Steering Wheels
All Fanatec Pedals (adapter cables might be required on pedals without RJ12 connection)
Fanatec ClubSport Shifters (including ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles)
Fanatec ClubSport Handbrake V1 and V1.5
Fanatec RennSport Cockpits
ClubSport Table Clamp V2
CSL DD Table Clamp
Boost Kit 180
Podium Mounting Brackets (the CSL DD includes M6 T-nuts for side-mounting; the Podium Mounting Brackets require the use of M6 bolts and washers)
CSL DD wheel base
90W power supply (regional)
4x T-nuts for rail mount system
USB cable (Type-C to Type-A)