Fanatec’s CSL DD is a low-cost direct drive wheel base - Motor Informed

Fanatec’s CSL DD is a low-cost direct drive wheel base

Fanatec has launched a brand-new steering wheel base, the CSL DD.

The German sim racing gear producer is famend for its high-end direct drive expertise that delivers enhanced suggestions to the driving force. Its earlier ‘CSL’ providing was the CSL Elite, which supplied a more cost effective method of leaping into the Fanatec ecosystem.

In contrast to the CSL Elite, nevertheless, the CSL DD doesn’t utilise belt-drive single drive pressure suggestions, however slightly clearly, direct drive.

Direct drive wheels are mounted straight to the motor shaft, decreasing drivetrain loss. This has traditionally been reserved for the Fanatec Podium vary of wheel bases. At current, the Podium Wheel Base DD1 is €1,199.95 and the DD2 €1,499.95 with out a wheel.

Fanatec’s CSL DD is a low-cost direct drive wheel base - Motor Informed


The CSL DD is priced at a way more cheap $349.95 / €349.95, a gargantuan saving. Nevertheless, the forces it outputs are, as anticipated, considerably decrease. Commonplace peak torque is 5 Nm, with the Optionally available Enhance Package 180 growing that to eight Nm. 5 Nm is definitely decrease than some belt-driven rivals, however in principle direct drive ought to provide a definite feeling.

As a comparability, the Podium DD1 manages 20 Nm of pressure, the DD2 25 Nm. Nevertheless, the CSL DD is accessible to be used with an elective desk clamp, one thing that may improve accessibility and isn’t one thing attainable with the high-force direct drive wheels.

The system is considerably smaller than current direct drive gadgets, due to an all-new motor design that makes use of a carbon fibre composite motor shaft. It additionally options an upgradable fast launch system and USB-C port, prepared for the upcoming QR2 system.

Fanatec CSL DD table clamp

Fanatec CSL DD desk clamp

Whereas the system is suitable with PC, Xbox One and Xbox Collection, it doesn’t work with PlayStation gadgets and “and can’t be upgraded to realize compatibility.” Nevertheless, previously, Fanatec has made Sony-specific variations of its merchandise and whereas not confirmed, the corporate did say to us it expects a future product to fill this hole.

The CSL DD is suitable with the next Fanatec merchandise:

• Fanatec Podium Steering Wheels
• Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheels
• Fanatec CSL Steering Wheels
• All Fanatec Pedals (adapter cables is perhaps required on pedals with out RJ12 connection)
• Fanatec ClubSport Shifters (together with ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles)
• Fanatec ClubSport Handbrake V1 and V1.5
• Fanatec RennSport Cockpits
• ClubSport Desk Clamp V2
• CSL DD Desk Clamp
• Enhance Package 180
• Podium Mounting Brackets (the CSL DD contains M6 T-nuts for side-mounting; the Podium Mounting Brackets require the usage of M6 bolts and washers)

There is no such thing as a launch date but and pricing for the elective Enhance Package 180 and desk clamp is but to be confirmed.



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