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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Black Friday: Save 200,- on a CSW V2 Bundle with two rims
    • We created a special bundle for all new owners of a ClubSport Wheel base. Get the Formula and the BMW steering wheel for just 299,95 and get an invite code to buy the CSW V2 at the discounted price of 524,95.

      The price of the CSW V2 will be increased soon and current availability (March 2015) might be postponed again as well so secure your ClubSport Bundle right away at that great price.


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      And if you also need a sturdy and fully adjustable cockpit at an unbeatable price, you can grab the CSL Seat for just 199,95 over the weekend.

      The Black Friday sale will last until next Monday or until we run out of stock.



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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Let us know what you think about your new tool!
    • Matt Malone made this very funny unboxing video live on Twitch and then posted it on Youtube.

      If you just received your CSW B V2 then please go ahead and let us know in the comments to this post what you think about it!

      Enjoy
      :))




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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    The wait is over! Clubsport Wheel Base V2 and Shifter are on the way to customers
    • All obstacles were removed and all tests succesful so we can start the delivery of the ClubSport Wheel Base V2 from today.

      All customers who pre-ordered the V1 and have been upgraded will get their wheel next week and the week after, depending on where they are located.

      Production is now running on full speed and more inventory is on the way. But as the pre-orders are rising fast, we will have to postpone the shipping date for new orders very soon.

      We have also started to ship all open orders of the ClubSport Shifter and production is also running well here.
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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    CSW B V2 discount reduction
    • All owners of the ClubSport Wheel Base V1 and the CSR Elite base should now have received their codes. If not, please contact our sales team.

      Therefore we will now gradually reduce the pre-order discount by tomorrow.

      We are wondering if we should reduce the discount in total and ship more units by air. We made the below poll to get your opinion about it.

      The first units of the new wheel base should be shipped to customers within October but we cannot give more details at the moment.

      So if you place an order now, the delivery would be early December. This delivery time could be reduced.
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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Fanatec products on Xbox One UPDATE
    • Landshut, Germany – 3.10.2014 – This is the announcement many people have been waiting for and we are happy to announce that Endor AG (the company behind the brand Fanatec) and Microsoft Corp. have closed a license agreement to make racing peripherals for the Xbox One.
      Fanatec plans to release a broad line up of racing wheels which will fit all kind of racing styles and different budgets.
      Xbox One brings the latest in innovation and power to the development of racing peripherals giving fans of Fanatec products the opportunity to play the newest Xbox One titles with full support and integration.
      Available soon, fans will be able to enable Xbox One compatibility on their Fanatec wheel bases by simply attaching an Xbox One steering wheel to an Xbox One enabled Fanatec wheel base (like the ClubSport Wheel Base V2), making their whole system compatible to Xbox One. Additional details and features will be announced soon.
      Additional Fanatec peripherals like pedals, shifters or handbrakes that were purchased with an Xbox 360 will also be compatible with  Xbox One. The modular configuration system in the Fanatec webshop allows you to purchase only the components you need.

      Thomas Jackermeier, CEO of Endor/Fanatec: “I am very excited to announce this partnership as we have been working with Microsoft behind the scenes on new and exciting products. Xbox One and “Forza Motorsport” will continue to be a landmark of ultra-realistic racing simulations on any gaming console and we look forward to bringing this realism to a whole new level for our fans.”  



      http://www.Fanatec.com
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      @fanatec

      UPDATE
      Reworded to make compatibility more clear
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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Introducing the ClubSport Shifter V1.5
    • Earlier this year we had a flood in our factory in China which caused a long delay as all inventory and the machines were destroyed (and not insured).

      We knew this will take quite some time so we used this time to make several improvements on the product to make it more reliable. The new V1.5 of the ClubSport Shifter and ClubSport Shifter SQ has a complete new electronics with new hall sensors in order to avoid any calibration issues and improve durability. The looks of the shifter and other functionality remains the same.

      All customers who pre-ordered a CSS or CSS SQ will get a free upgrade to this version.

      But there is also good news for the owners of the V1 version which we sold. All CSS and CSS SQ will get a warranty extension of an additional year so you do not need to be concerned. If your shifter is among the few which caused trouble then we will fix it. Of course we will only fix shifters with actual problems and will not exchange all V1 against V1.5 now.

      The production of V1.5 has already started and the first products are on the way but unfortunately we cannot deliver all shifters as promised by the end of September. The shifters will be delivered according to the purchase date per region within October and the last pre-orders will be fulfilled by the end of October.

      New orders now have a delivery date of end of November. The new factory has bigger capacity so we hope that we can start selling directly off the warehouses soon.


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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    First waves of invites is out
    • All customers who bought a CSR Elite or a ClubSport Wheel Base V1 in our webshop should have received an invite code by now.

      Before we send out the codes for the next category we want to make sure that all those customers actually had the chance to purchase the new ClubSport Wheel Base V2.

      So if you fall into that category and have not received your code yet, please leave a short comment with your problem below this post.

      I would like to ask all others not to comment so it is easier for us to identify the ones which need attention.

      Some advise:
      • You do not need to enter the code somewhere. Only if you own a valid code you will be able to purchase the new wheel base
      • If you can order the CSW B V2 then you have a valid code!
      • Make sure you log in with the account (e-mail) to what we have sent the notification e-mail
      • Let us know if you ordered more than one wheel before so we can send you more codes. Every customer just gets one code by default.

      We had to hold back the first shipment to make final compatibility tests with the new gaming console as we want to be 100% sure that everything works well. Therefore the first shipment is a little bit delayed. Our new target is end of October. If you place a new order you are now in the batch of early December.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    ClubSport Wheel Base V2 now available for pre-order
    • We have started production of the ClubSport Wheel Base V2 last week and the first shipments will leave the factory next week. Therefore it is time to make the product available for PRE-ORDER.

      The first customers to receive the product will be the ones who pre-ordered the old V1 version and enjoyed a free upgrade. We will also fly in those units to deliver them as fast as possible.

      As mentioned before, you will need an invite code to place the order. More info on the invite codes can be found hereClubSport Wheel Base V2 Invite Code FAQs

      If you have a code to share or need a new one you can leave a comment there.

      As long as we do not have enough products in stock, we will keep the pre-order discount so it is likely that not only CSW and CSR E owners will be able to enjoy this discount.

      The first invite codes have been sent out! You will be notified by e-mail and then you should look into you profile page.


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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    ClubSport Wheel Base V2 - The first reviews and opinions!- UPDATE 6
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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    What will be the hottest feature of the ClubSport Wheel V2?
    • Now that you have seen the specs and details of the new Fanatec ClubSport Wheel Base V2 please tell us what features you are interested most.

      Please vote and leave a comment if you like to win an invite as we will give-away 5 additional invites among all people who voted and left a comment.

      The other invites will be sent out by end of next week and in several waves over the next months. You will be notified by e-mail and the invite will be shown in the customer profile.
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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    The ClubSport Wheel Base V2 - Servo Power and multi platform
    • The day has come and I am proud to show you the brand new ClubSport Wheel Base V2.


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      Although it looks familiar to you it has almost no part which has not been modified or replaced to make it a better base.

      Our focus was durability, durability, durability and then performance.  And while we made a radical re-design, we decided to make an offer nobody can refuse.

      The smoothness, vividness and precision of a Direct Drive wheel combined with a torque increase of about 75% and (optional) compatibility to the latest gaming consoles.  And all that with a moderate price increase.


      Here are the details:

      7 Ultra Precise

      We replaced the optical sensor with two magnetic high resolution hall sensors mounted on both the motor and the steering axis. The new sensors have double the resolution and the magnetic sensore are less vulnerable to dust or scratched code discs.

      6 Smoothastic

      The cogging of this system cannot be felt by a human anymore. It is incredible smooth and feels natural and realistic. It is on par or better with the best and most expensive wheel out there although those wheels costs a multiple of the CSW B V2.

      Every little bump can be felt and effects which were filtered by the wheel mechanics can now be felt. Your racing simulations will feel different and new to you.

      5 Rock Solid

      Our focus was to achieve high durability even for hardcore users.
      •    Improved QR release with rubber o-ring and less tolerance in production
      •    A brushless motor which can be cooled much easier as it gets hot on the outside and not on the inside so heat can be transfered better
      •    New cooling system featuring an additional fan on the backside right behind the new huge heat sink
      •    Integrated heat sensor inside the motor
      •    Motor can now even be operated at 180 C° although the FOR overclocking would be de-activated already at 120 C° and FF would shut down at 130°C. The motor has plenty of power so most people will not use max settings anyway. And during betatests it never happened that a motor was shut down or the FF was cut due to overheating.
      •    Ball bearings on the motor axis and bigger ball bearings inside the pulleys so we can increase the belt tension and avoid any belt slip. At the same time we have much less drag in the system.
      •    Magnetic sensors instead of the optical so we avoid problems with dust and scratches
      •    New main cable
      •    New electronics
      •    And many other small improvements to the overall build quality


      4 Power. A lot.

      The new motor is custom designed and exclusive to Fanatec. Although the gear ratio has been changed to increase the rotation speed, it delivers about 75% more torque than the CSW B V1. This means over 7 NM of sheer
      power and this is enough to use even heavy rims with no disadvantages. The size of the power supply has also increased in order to feed the big motor.

      3 Brushless Servo

      A brushless servo motor is currently state-of-the-art for force feedback systems and in principle this is exactly the same motor as the most expensive direct drive base units out there.
      •    Smooth performance with no cogging (in combination with our Poly-V belt drive system or direct drive)
      •    Easier to cool as the heat is on the outside of the motor and not on the motor shaft
      •    Strong axis with ball bearings
      •    Optimized for use in stall at max power
      •    Fast acceleration
      •    More efficiency -> more torque with same power

      We had to develop entire new electronics for that motor as the motor
      driver is quite complex. Now that it is done we can easily use it for smaller brushless motors or a direct drive wheel.

      2 Next Generation

      The ClubSport Wheel Base V2 is the next generation of ourwheel base but there is also a strong demand of wheels for “Next-Gen” consoles. People were asking us to make their wheels compatible to the Xbox One and Playstation 4  but if we want to make it official and legal then we need to follow the rules of the console makers and they clearly do not allow
      that. 

      So how can we make a product where there is a chance that the customer can keep at least most of the equipment he purchased? We can easily make the pedals, shifters and handbrake compatible and this is what we did but what about the base unit?

      And how can we make a product multi-platform compatible if we can only get approval for a license if the product has only the symbols of either one console on it?

      We came up with an idea which brings modularity to a whole new level and protects your investment. If you play on PC then just go ahead and purchase the wheel base as it is and you will not be bothered with symbols which might hurt your eye.

      But if you want to enjoy the painless simplicity of a console with its great exclusive racing simulations then you will get the option to buy an optional steering wheel which will
      add full console compatibility to this base.

      We want to achieve compatibility to both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and we are happy to announce that we already signed a contract with one of them. We will announce this product at the end of this year.

      There will be multiple steering wheels available in different price ranges and they will compatible to several Fanatec base units from mid-range to direct drive.

      1 By Invitation Only

      The great response we get from our beta testers lead us to the conclusion that the demand for this product will be much bigger than the supply. Production output will be lower as before as we spend even more time on quality control and testing.

      At the same time we want to honor the loyalty of our existing customers and want to offer a special pre-order discount for the owners of the current ClubSport and CSR Elite base so that they can enjoy a little upgrade advantage.

      This is how it works:
      •    We will send an e-mail to our webshop customers with an invite code. There will be several waves of e-mails in the next months. 
      •    Only after you entered the code to your profile page you will be able to purchase or pre-order this product
      •    After you purchased one V2 base you will receive a second code. You can give that to a friend or buy a second base.
      •  
       Only one code will be given with a purchase as we want to avoid that people are selling their products or invites on eBay and make money with it.
      •    We will also give away invites in giveaway events so frequent followers of the blog or Facebook will also get a chance to get an invite

      This is the priority we will use for the invites to make it as fair and transparent as possible.
      1.    Webshop customers of the CSW B V1 and CSR E (sorted by purchase date)
      2.    Webshop customers of other ClubSport products like CSP or CSS
      3.    All other Fanatec customers

      Of course we will treat all territories with the same priority.

      Not every customer will use his invite so go ahead and ask your friends if they use their invite of if they give it to you in case you are not on the list yet. It is possible and welcome to transfer invite codes.

      Please do not ask our sales team for invites. They are not authorized to give out codes anyway. If it is your turn then you will get an e-mail. We will open a thread in our forum which explains more details and where you can also ask for invites from other members.

      By the way, all lucky customers who placed a pre-order for the old V1 base just got a free upgrade to V2 and they are the first to receive the new product.



      The Price

      Pre-order price:
      EU: 499,95
      USA: 499,95
      AUS: 655
      J: 65.000

      Regular price:
      EU: 599,95
      USA: 599,95
      AUS: 785
      J: 78.000

      Prices are calculated different in the regions depending on taxes, laws, logistic costs and other local costs.

      Availability

      We started production this week and as soon as we start shipping, we will open the pre-orders for the invited guests. The first products should arrive at the end of September or early October.
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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Website is now running on a new server
    • We have moved our website to a new server. At the same time we have implemented a new SEO firendly url structure and new category system.

      The new webserver allows us to implement new features and should bring better performance.

      Please let us know if you find any bugs or if you have suggestions for further improvements.
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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    4 Stars = 40% Discount
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      We are celebrating the soccer world championship and want to share our happiness with you.



      Only for today, we offer a 40% Discount on the ClubSport Wheel Base and the Porsche 911 GT2 racing wheel.

      This offfer is worldwide but only valid if there is inventory of the product or until supply lasts.
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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    The best for last: The Porsche 918 RSR Steering Wheel
    • Please welcome the Porsche 918 RSR Steering wheel for your ClubSport Wheel Base.

      The race version of the Porsche 918 supercar is the best what Porsche has to offer at the moment and a true masterpiece of Germaneering.

      We loved the breathtaking style of the car and the interior from the first moment and the steering wheel got our attention right away.

      The combination of elegant super car and minimalistic race car style is unmatched and there is no word to describe how great it feels in your hand.

      But form follows function so it also comes with the extremely helpful shift light indicators which are placed right in front of your eyes. By the use of expensive materials like carbon fibre and high-end PU foam and leather on the rim we were also able to reduce the weight significantly. This will result in much better performance.
      BMW GT2
      2119g
      GT with all buttons (no smartphone)
      1928g
      Porsche 918 RSR
      1624g
      It is available right away and worldwide.



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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    14 new products online
    • Today we listed 14 NEW PRODUCTS  online:
      • ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles
      • ClubSport steering wheel GT
      • ClubSport steering wheel Classic
      • ClubSport steering wheel Round 1
      • ClubSport steering wheel Flat 1
      • ClubSport steering wheel Oval
      • ClubSport steering wheel Drift
      • ClubSport Rim GT
      • ClubSport Rim Classic
      • ClubSport Rim Round 1
      • ClubSport Rim Flat 1
      • ClubSport Rim Oval
      • ClubSport Rim Drift
      • ClubSport Steering Wheel Porsche 918 RSR
        With the exception of the Drift and the Classic, all products have been produced already and either are in the warehouse or on the way.
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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      New driver version 200 and CSW firmware 53 - UPDATE
      • -UPDATE-  Please connect your Fanatec devices and power on before you install the driver.


        Time to upgrade your wheel. The new DRIVER brings a lot of new features and the new firmware for the ClubSport Wheel does not only support the new Universal Hub but also brings several improvements in the force feedback.

        Driver v200 (for all Fanatec wheels):
        • Now shows the
          firmware version of our wheels (CSW, CSRE, CSR, GT3V2, GT2, PWTS) in the
          “update” tab of your device.
        • The driver can carry a
          new firmware for the CSW directly and the updater for the CSW is included as
          well. It will start automatically if you set the CSW into bootloader mode.
        • Automatic detection if the your CSW has an older firmware installed than the one which is
          included in the driver.
        • New firmware for CSW
          (V53) included!
        • The driver also
          contains both firmwares for the CS USB Adapter and asks you which mode you want
          to use (handbrake or shifter)


        • In the update tab you
          can start the FW updater to change the firmware from handbrake to shifter and
          “vice versa”
        • Handbrake bar for CSP
          added (if handbrake is connected directly to the CSP)


        New functions of firmware 053 for CSW (ClubSport Wheel Base):

        • Improved wheel centering after boot up
        • "Center bump issue" has been improved significantly. More improvements will have other negative side effects so this is the optimum.
        • New rims added
        • DPR, SPR and FOR max. settings are now set to 150 (%) to avoid overclocking

        Download Driver v200 with CSW Firmware 053

        32 Bit

        64 Bit

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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      New products now available: Universal Hub, Handbrake and Formula Carbon
      • The following products are now online and ready for immediate shipment:
        • ClubSport Steering Wheel Universal Hub
        • ClubSport Handbrake
        • ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula Carbon

        The other new rims will be available very soon as well.

        In the product description of the Universal Hub you will find a table with weight information so you can already predict the weight of the steering wheel you want to build.

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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Modders Welcome!
      • With the Universal Hub anybody can easily become a modder without any technical skills needed.

        But if you want to have something very special then it requires more passion and DIY skills.

        I bet nobody will beat these rims:


        If you want to try it, you are very welcome. And any professional modder who is selling custom made wheel rims can send me a PM with his adress and he/she will get a free Universal Hub right away. We are fully supporting the idea of custom made rims and are looking forward to see creative solutions. As the electronics are already included in the hub, the customer can be sure that he always gets a compatible product which fits perfectly to his ClubSport Wheel.



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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      A Revolution in Simracing: Universal Hub for ClubSport Wheel
      • You might have wondered why we are releasing so many new rims in such a short time but they have one component in common. And this component is available separatly as well.

        The Universal Hub Rim for ClubSport Wheel


        With the universal hub you can mount almost any wheel rim for real cars to your ClubSport wheel. Simply choose the buttons and functions you want and attach any rim to it.

        We offer 6 different automotive grade wheel rims for the universal hub and each is selling for just 99,95.
        • Classic
        • Oval
        • Round1
        • Flat1
        • GT
        • Drift

        If this does not meet your requirement you can select a rim of a 3rd party manufacturer like MOMO, SPARCO or OMP. The 6-hole-pattern is compatible to these brands and with adapters (from the rim makers) to many other rims. Therefore you can choose between hundreds of rims  and you still have the full functionality you need for simracing.

        The following components are included in the Universal Hub:

        • 4 x small button boxes with 3 buttons each
        • 2 x small levers and 2 x long levers
        • 1 x pair of small shifter paddles
        • 1 x pair of large and fully adjustable shifter paddles
        • 1 x Encoder with 7 functions: turn left, turn right, up, down, left, right, push
        • LED display to show Tuning and telemetry info. Can we used in two positions
        • USB charging port (no data)

        There is also a 5th connector for another button box and the data port for further expansion of functionality. An analog joystick or vibration function is not supported at this point.

        We placed 16 buttons on top of the hub so you always have the fully functionality even if you prefer a clean look without the button boxes. The button boxes are mapped with those 16 buttons so you are not loosing any functionality in case you cannot reach them. If the PlayStation buttons hurt your eyes or feelings, then you can simply take a black marker and paint them.

        Available this summer for 249,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)

        The weight and exact deliery dates will be announced later.


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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Drift & Rallye Part III: ClubSport Drift Rim
      • To complete our drift special we also developed the Drift Rim for ClubSport Wheel.
        It is the perfect companion for the ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles and the ClubSport Hand Brake.
        • Perfectly round
        • Smooth leather
        • Lightweight
        • Center position stripes
        • Deep dish
        • Stylish

        And just like with any other of the new rims it comes with adjustable buttons, encoder, LED display and adjustable shifter paddles so you can add more functionality (but also weight) if you like without paying anything extra.

        Available this summer for 349,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)


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        Drift action by René Rast:



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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Drift & Rallye Part II: ClubSport Hand Brake
      • So you have to scratch off flies from the side windows of your 4WD rather than the windscreen? Then this is the perfect product for you.

        The Fanatec ClubSport Hand Brake features an analog axis and is fully made of metal. The soft foam grip is very ergonomic and you can either connect it to the ClubSport USB adapter or plug it into the ClubSport pedals. If you use it with the pedals it will even be compatible to Forza Motorsport.

        The lever can be mounted in two different ways and you can attach it to both sides or at the bottom. (manual video below)

        It is available very soon for 99,95 USD / Euro (exc. tax / incl. tax)




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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Drift & Rallye Part I: ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles
      • Drifting and rallye driving demands other techniques than road track racing. The wheel spins faster and steering angles are much bigger.

        If you don't want to get confused with shifting when your wheel rim is upside down, you need the ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles. They are also a popular choice in many sport cars like Ferrari.

        But as you want to drive F1 games with the Formula rim as well, we made the Static Shifter Paddles with a quick release system so you can mount and unmount them within seconds.

        The shifter paddle position can be adjusted in many ways to fit all wheel rim sizes. It is made of fine CNC machined and anodized aluminum and matches perfectly to your wheel base.

        On the picture and video you see the optional carbon fiber version of the paddles. The default version is black metal.

        Available this summer for 79,95 USD / Euro (excl. tax / incl. tax).







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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Introducing the GT Wheel Rim for your ClubSport Wheel
      • So what about another GT style rim with neutral branding and our modular button system?

        The GT rim also shows the possibility to mount any smartphone (not included) on the (optiona) mobile phone holder. There are many free or paid apps available for Android or iPhone and they work with several important PC racing simulations like pCars, iRacing, Assetto Corsa or rFactor 2.

        Now the biggest difference to other solutions is the integrated power supply so you can charge your phone and use it in long races.

        Rene Rast shows in the video below how it works.

        Available this summer for 349,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)


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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Here comes the Flat1 Wheel Rim for your ClubSport Wheel
      • People are still screaming for more so here comes the FLAT1 wheel rim for the ClubSport Wheel.

        Just
        like the Round1 it is a small rim with just 270 mm but this one is
        covered with suede leather. We also added some more buttons and a tuning
        display. If you compare the last rims we announced you might get a clue
        what they all have in common.

        Available this summer for 349,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)

        And we are not done yet...


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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Round 1 Wheel Rim for ClubSport Wheel
      • And here is the next one: Say hello to the ROUND 1 WHEEL RIM for your ClubSport wheel.

        A
        lot of people are waiting for small, round and light GT rim and here it
        is. Fine, smooth leather, plenty of buttons and a diameter of just 270
        mm.
        Available this summer for 349,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)

        Do you already see where we are going? ;-)  We have still not shown you everything so what do you think will be next?

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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Going around in Circles with the new Oval Rim
      • So your favorite style is to always drive in the same direction and slipstream is more important to you than high-tech? Try out the NEW OVAL RIM for your ClubSport Wheel.

        It is an authentic 1:1 replica of the original steering wheels and is covered with suede leather. The soft hub cover in the middle can be exchanged against a metal hub cover just like on the Classic rim but in black colour.

        The dish is deeper than the Classic but the diameter is the same with 350 mm. That is the same diameter as they have in the NASCAR race cars.

        And in order to keep the original design we added just one button. In fact it is an encoder button so you can map 7 functions to it.

        It will be available this summer at a price of 349,95 USD / EUR (excl.tax  / incl. tax)


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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Xbox One Compatibility FAQ and Poll
      • We are continuously getting a lot of questions but also complaints
        from our customers about the COMPATIBILITY of Xbox 360 wheels to Xbox
        One so we decided to make a FAQ and poll about it.

        Did Microsoft allow steering wheels (or other input devices) of the first generation Xbox to be compatible to the Xbox 360?

        No

        Was there a legal and official way to make Xbox (first generation) wheels fully compatible to Xbox 360 ?

        No

        Will it be technically possible to make an adapter to use Xbox 360 peripherals (like steering wheels) on the Xbox One?

        Probably
        yes but the effort and complication would be significant. The new
        console uses a completely different force feedback communication
        protocol, wireless transmission protocol and a different security chip.
        The security chip needs to be purchased by the 3rd party manufacturer
        from Microsoft and it makes sure that only official licensed products
        can be connected to the console. Only if you get the official approval
        from Microsoft you will be able to purchase such a security chip for
        Xbox One. Besides that, given the high development costs and limited
        market it would not be possible to offer it at a cheap price.

        Does Microsoft allow the use of Xbox 360 devices to be used on Xbox One?

        So
        far no and there is no indication that this will change. This means it
        is impossible to make such an adapter. This is the case for any company
        and not just us. There are other expensive peripherals like music
        instruments for Xbox 360 which also cannot be used anymore.

        Did Fanatec plan to make such an adapter or do you rather prefer to sell new wheels?

        Of
        course we would have rather made a simple adapter or even just a
        firmware update and continue to sell the wheels we have. Instead we now
        have to develop something completely new. As other companies were
        faster, the chance of losing customers is very high. This is not in our
        interest at all!

        Can you make such an adapter without the confirmation of Microsoft and sell it directly or indirectly to your customers?

        Making
        a device which cracks the security chip of Microsoft is clearly not
        legal and we would immediately destroy the good relationship with
        Microsoft. Furthermore we would be sued if we would attempt to sell or
        even just support the development of such a device.
        If Microsoft would
        allow such an adapter then the whole security chip system would not make
        any sense anymore as it would suddenly be an open system and you can
        connect anything to the console.
        This system actually has positive
        effects for the consumer as well as it makes sure that all connected
        peripherals are tested and work with all games. This is not the case on
        other consoles.

        Since when do you know that such an adapter is not possible?

        Microsoft
        never confirmed that such an adapter is possible or not and we were
        waiting up to now. But given the technical complexity and also the
        philosophy of Microsoft, we do not expect any more that such an adapter
        will ever come to the market.

        Are you working on a new Xbox One wheel
        and when will it be released?

        We do work on a next generation wheel and
        the Xbox One is a key market for us. But at that point we cannot reveal
        any further information or give a timeline. If there is any announcement
        it will be made here on the blog.

        Why did you not release an Xbox One
        wheel at launch?

        We would have loved to do so but the 3rd party
        peripheral department of Microsoft which authorizes all Xbox peripherals
        has limited capacity. Therefore other companies which make much bigger
        business with Microsoft than us got this wheel business first. Our
        relationship is very good with them but we have to respect that bigger
        customers get better service. That is a standard business practice and
        there is not much we can do about it.

        The only one who can change that
        is the Xbox One customer with its’ buying behavior because Microsoft
        likes whatever the Xbox user likes and buys.


        PS: PS4 compatibility will
        be discussed separately as it is a completely different and independent
        subject
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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      The new FORMULA CARBON rim for your ClubSport Wheel
      • It seems that some of you expected a new rim with more buttons and less expensive so what about the new Formula rim with real CARBON fiber?

        The functionality is the same as in the Formula rim but the style is completely different. The 3D effect of the Carbon Fiber makes it looks different from every angle. This is pure racing style.

        It also comes with exchangeable grips and we plan to offer different colour and material options in future.

        Available very soon at a price of USD 249,95 (excl. tax) or € 249,95 (incl VAT)




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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      The new CLASSIC Wheel Rim for your ClubSport Wheel
      • We proudly present the NEW RIM for your ClubSport Wheel.

        The CLASSIC rim features fine brown leather and polished aluminum and is the most stylish way to steer any classic car. No buttons disturb the nostalgic look so it is a perfect addition to your ClubSport Shifter. Of course it also features a metal quick release system like the other wheel rims.

        The diameter is 35 cm and it looks and feels just like a real steering wheel. The metal hub cover made of polished aluminum gives a nice and elegant touch to it.

        It sells for 349,95 USD (excl. tax) or 349,95 Euro (incl. VAT) and will be available for sale this summer.

        We put a lot of effort into it and I hope you like it. What do you think?


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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Learning to drive is suddenly a lot of FUN
      • Fanatec
        and Vogel Verlag developed a new professional driving school simulator
        which will be shipped from next months to German driving schools. Later this year, the distribution wll be expanded to other countries.

        The
        software is newly developed from scratch and simulates all kind of
        realistic and challenging situations. It is not available separatly and will be sold together with the cockpit.

        The cockpit features customized pedals and steering wheel as well as seat belts, indicator and other car specific switches.




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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Moderators wanted
      • The new forum could be launched at any time now but we need MODERATORS to help us to keep to the discussions clean and organized.

        In several simracing communicties out there, there are multiple threads about Fanatec products but the threads are super long and information is very hard to find.
        There are always two type of threads:
        1. Anything related how to modify and tune your products
        2. People looking for technical help on some specific problem

        My idea is to make searate forum categories for all main products or product categories. So for each product there will be modding discussions and support discussions.

        In order to keep a good overview we should avoid that the same issues are discussed in different threads. Therefore each discussion should represent one major issue and in the opening post you should find any helpful information how to solve this issue:
        • Description of the symptoms
        • Photos and videos
        • How to repair or solve
        • Link to drivers/firmware/manual
        • What spare parts are needed
        • And any other info which is needed

        In the discussion below the opening post, people can comment if something needs to be changed or if the information was useful.

        If your wheel is covered by warranty then you just have to contact our support but when warranty is over then the community can help each other here. We will also do our best to support that because we want our customers to buy our new products because they are better and not because their old wheel cannot be fixed anymore. 

        So if you like to help us and have experience with communities or moderation, please leave a comment and let me know.


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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      Fanatec Webshop Japan is now open
      • It took quite a while to get this done but we are proud to announce that Fanatec is now available in Japan through our own Fanatec webshop.

        For this purpose we have founded Endor Japan and set-up logistics in Japan so that we can deliver fast service and communicate in Japanese language.

        Up to now the selection is still limited until everything runs smoothly but is planned to have the same product portfolio available in all territories.

        What is next? On top of our target list is a subsidary in Brazil and have to warehouse in Hong Kong to deliver to all places we are not represented yet. But considering the long time it took to get to Japan, I will not make any promises when that will happen.

        Edit: We are also still planning to have our own canadian warehouse. I did not mention it as this region is already covered. It is an important improvement we have to make.
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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      New product selection system
      • Since last week we are running a new system to simplify product selection.

        On the main page we are trying to divide into three type of customers:

        Go EASY: You will be see all available bundles for your region
        Go ADVANCED: This link sends you directly to our reworked configurator
        Go PROFESSIONAL: If you know what you want, you get a direct link to all our main products

        We also have a new product menu in the top menu but not on this Community page for now. It will give you a quick overview about all our products with pictures, pricing and compatibility.

        And finally we have revised the product pages and are now listing all bundles where the product is included along with the new "Configure" button.

        What do you think of it and what further improvements would you like to see?


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    • Thomas Jackermeier
      The NEW Blog
      • Welcome to our NEW BLOG and community page on Fanatec.com

        This blog will replace the current blog at www.911wheel.com. After the blog has been implemented succesfully we will also start a forum here and much more.

        There are plenty of reasons for this new community and here are the most important:
        • You can use your existing webshop log in info
        • More powerful forum and blog functions and tools
        • All content under our main domain

        It has been a bit silent in the past months but we were working on a lot of things and here is the place you will find all the new info.


        I hope you like it!

        Thomas


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