Fanatec Wheel Choices. Lets take a look

So I get these questions or like it all the time on my YouTube channel. “Don’t know if i should get the Xbox One Hub or the BMW wheel....
So I get these questions or like it all the time on my YouTube channel. “Don’t know if i should get the Xbox One Hub or the BMW wheel. leaning to XB1 Hub because of its ability to be used on different consoles”.
That’s a good question. I actually sold my BMW wheel and now just use this XBOX One Hub with Forza rim and my Formula 1 wheel hub for F1 driving. The things to consider. It you have an XBOX One or getting an XBOX One X then you need this Fanatec Xbox One hub. If your PC only then it doesn’t matter, besides the cost. The BMW wheel is less expensive at $250 compared to the XB Hub with any choice of rim for $400. Keep this in mind also. The XB hub doesn’t have motors in the rim itself like the BMW wheel does. With the BMW wheel you feel engine vibes in most racing games that have Fanatec as a wheel choice. The BMW rim is a tad heavier. The BMW wheel has a bigger display which I like much more. The XB Hub is a tad lighter and has choice of almost any rim you want to attach to it. It has a USB connect on it to charge a cell phone you may use for a display. Sure the XB1 hub cost more, but your paying a premium for more versatility between, PC and Xbox One or Xbox One X. Also keep in mind that the microsoft licenses is for the XB1 Hub itself so if your sticking with Fanatec then you are future proofing your self when Fanatec has new releases of wheel bases like the new Clubsport V2.5 and the upcoming Direct Drive wheel base.
tion. I actually sold my BMW wheel and now just use this XBOX One Hub with Forza rim and my Formula 1 wheel hub. The things to consider. It you have an XBOX One or getting an XBOX One X then you need this Fanatec Xbox One hub. If your PC only then it doesn't matter, besides the cost. The BMW wheel is less expensive at $250 compared to the XB Hub with any choice of rim for $400. Keep this in mind also. The XB hub doesn't have motors in the rim itself like the BMW wheel does. With the BMW wheel you feel engine vibes in most racing games that have Fanatec as a wheel choice. The BMW rim is a tad heavier. The BMW wheel has a bigger display which I like much more. The XB Hub is lighter, has choice of almost any rim you want to attach to it. Has a USB connect on it to charge a cell phone you may use for a display. Cost more, but more versatile. Has XBOX compatibility. Hope this helps. Here is a link to Fanatec that helps out the channel, but cost you nothing more. https://goo.gl/pS29fP" data-image-src="" data-video-id="">With that said above I want to dive into what wheel base is write for you. Lets take a look.

Fanatec Clubsport V2.5

This is the pinnacle of belt driven wheel bases. It beats out every other manufacture in terms of quality of build, Force Feedback, deadzone, latency, speed of wheel and craftsmanship. I’m not the only one that says it check around for reviews with Inside Sim Racing and The Simpit.
Where it shines
  • Best utilized for PC and Console racing does not require the strength of Forces this wheel brings at 8 nm
  • Can be used for Xbox One and Xbox One X when combined with a Xbox One P1 rim or Xbox One hub.
  • Works with all existing Fanatec accessories like Clubsport pedals, shifters, hand break and various rims.
  • 900 deg rotation
  • Duel belt drive for more torque
  • Brushless servo motor
  • Fast 1000 Hz USB update rate
  • 8 N.m of torque
  • Mount for ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and other optional accessories
  • All metal construction.

Fanatec Clubsport Direct Drive

This is due out late 2017 and has to many unknowns at this time. You should consider this rim if you want the very best sim racing experience with direct 1:1 feedback with much greater forces above 8 N.m while racing on PC. It will be compatible with Xbox One & Xbox One X with the appropriate rim choice. PS4 compatible later in second iteration as it’s said from Fanatec.
Where it shines
  • Best utilized for PC and complete overkill for console racing. If fact the wheel base forces will be lowered according to the console rim being attached so not to damage your existing Xbox wheel rim (P1 or XB1 Hub) from the increased forces.
  • Can be used for Xbox One and Xbox One X when combined with a Xbox One P1 rim or Xbox One hub, but again complete overkill.
  • Works with all existing Fanatec accessories like Clubsport pedals, shifters, hand break and various rims.
  • Limitless wheel rotation
  • Extreme torque and fidelity.
  • Greater than 8 N.m of torque, but not known yet.

Fanatec CSL Elite Wheel base

 

This wheel base is a great choice for people that mainly sim race on Xbox One and Xbox One X along with being PC capably. The torque is lower as 6 nm compared to the Clubsport V2.5’s 8 nm of torque, but offers up a little more speed.

Where it shines
  • Best utilized for Xbox with a P1 or XB1 Hub. Also works with PC with any rim choice.
  • Works with all existing Fanatec accessories like Clubsport pedals, shifters, hand break and various rims.
  • 1080 deg rotation
  • single belt drive for less torque, but more speed.
  • Ideal for Drifting
  • Brushless servo motor
  • Fast 500 Hz USB update rate
  • 6 N.m of torque
  • Analogue handbrake support

Fanatec CSL Elite PS4 Wheel base

This wheel is a great wheel base choice for people that mainly sim race on PS4. It can also be used for Xbox One, Xbox One X and PC. You will need the P1 or Xbox Hub for Xbox compatibility. The torque is lower as 6 nm compared to the Clubsport V2.5’s 8 nm of torque, but offers up a little more speed like the Xbox CSL Elite does. It actually has upgraded electronics over the Xbox CSL Elite at 1000 hz from 500 hz now.

I would expect this wheel base to phase out the Xbox CSL Elite version in the near future as there is really no need to have the CSL Elite Xbox edition since the license for Microsoft is in the wheel not the base. Sony requires the wheel base to be licensed hence a new improved CSL Elite wheel base for PS4 with being Xbox ready.

Where it shines
  • One Stop Shop that works for PS4, Xbox and PC. Best utilized for PS4 sim racing and can be used on PC and Xbox One or Xbox One X with the P1 or XB1 Hub.
  • Works with all existing Fanatec accessories like Clubsport pedals, shifters, hand break and various rims.
  • 1080 deg rotation.
  • single belt drive for less torque, but more speed.
  • Ideal for Drifting.
  • Brushless servo motor.
  • Fast 1000 Hz USB update rate.
  • 6 N.m of torque.
  • Exchangeable button caps to customize your wheel.
  • Analogue handbrake support built into the wheel

Peripherals

As for the extra’s like clubsport shifters and handbrakes all the above wheel bases are compatible. If you are wanting say static shifter padles that is only compatible with the V2.5 wheel base. If you want to use custom wheel rims that cost $99 you will need to have the Xbox One Hub to mount them to. Now with that said all the special wheel rims like the Porsche Rim, BMW Rim, Carbon F1 and Black F1 style rims work with all the Fanatec bases above, however these special rims are only PC compatible.
If you would like me to expand on the different Peripherals leave a comment below so me or the community can answer.
I’m hoping this blog will help you make the right choice for 2017 in choosing your Fanatec wheel base.
Leave comments below and thanks for reading.

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