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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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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Driver 177 available
    • This version is fixing a few issues we had with 170 but add no functionality other than support for the new ClubSport rim which will be available soon.

      Please find more info and download the driver on our website.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Black Friday Special

    • Due to the
      strong demand on our ClubSport products and the low inventory level we are not
      able to make you a special offer on those but we have an irresistible offer for
      you if you are looking for an easy and sturdy solution how to mount your
      wheels.


      The price
      of the new CSL Wheel Stand is reduced to these low prices:


      USD 69,95
      (excl. Sales tax)


      EUR 69,95
      (incl VAT)


      AUD 99,95
      (incl GST)


      http://eu.fanatec.com/Stand?product_id=725

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Driver 170 Beta available UPDATE
    • After a long time without updates we would like to introduce a new driver version for all Porsche, CSR and ClubSport wheels.

      The driver is a Beta version for Windows 7 and 8 (32 and 64bit). Please test it and let us know all problems you find.

      You can also let us know how you like the new features!

      • CSW: Analog joystick of CSW works as mouse
      • Control panel update for  CSS
      • Improved compatibility to external programs like Fanaleds
      • CSW: Map sequential shifter to shifter paddles

      Please find more info and download the driver on our website.

      Due to some serious installation issues on some PCs, we have decided to take the driver offline and release a new version soon.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    First CSS to be delivered to customers today

    • I am happy to announce that the first shipment of the ClubSport Shifter has arrived and will be delivered to customers today. This includes both versions and the shifter table clamp.


      At the moment we only got enough units to fullfil just a part of the European pre-orders but production continues and the rest of all open orders will be fullfilled within the next weeks.


      Let us know when you received your shifter and how you like it!

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Fanatec on next gen consoles
    • A few people are wondering why we are so quiet.

      We will not make the mistake again to mention new things too early. We
      will announce something new if production is about to start. We are
      working on several products for several platforms and every one of our
      new products will set a new benchmark as they did in the past.

      We
      are also trying hard to protect the investment of our existing customers
      by making our current products upwards compatible. But we cannot
      confirm that before the final consoles are released.



      Thomas

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    New affiliate program now available
    • We just launched our new affiliate program and this enables you to earn money with us!

      • Put a banner to your racing team website and motivate your team mates to buy from us
      • Use our affiliate banner in your forum signature in whatever forum you are active. 
      • Use your connections in your social network and earn money if your friends purchase Fanatec products
      • Are you a modder or cockpit manufacturer? Promote our products together with yours and earn money without having to keep inventory or bother with logistics.

      Almost anybody can do that! You don't have to be a dealer or reseller and we want to promote our products together with the community just like we work together on development.

      We offer a commission of up to 15% for certain products and our affiliate program might work better because you can only get the products at Fanatec.com so the risk that you promote something but the purchase is being made on a different website with lower price does not exist.

      Please note that the system we used on the old website was just an extension and had many technical problems. This time we we are using Post Affiliate Pro which is an independent service provider which makes sure that all clicks are tracked and everything will run smooth and reliable.

      If you are interested then please go to our website and check out the terms or register right away.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Introducing the ClubSport USB Adapter
    • After getting a lot of inquiries from non-Fanatec customers showing interest in the ClubSport Shifter, we decided to make it compatible to all PC racing games supporting multiple input devices.

      Most of the current sims do support multiple devices so you have broad compatibility. As Fanatec wheel owners don't need that, it would have just increased the unit price of the shifter so this adapter solution is the best for both.

      But the adapter firmware is upgradeable and with a different firmware you can also operate the following devices through USB:

      • ClubSport Handbrake
      • ClubSport Shifter knob (this is a shifter knob with buttons)
      • CSL Elite Pedals

      Future controllers might be supported as well.

       

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Xbox One versus PlayStation 4

    • I am currently here at E3 and a lot of things are going on. It is exciting to see a new console generation coming up.


      At the moment we still did not get a final confirmation whether our Xbox 360 wheels will work on Xbox One natively (USB) or with an adaper or upgrade kit or not at all. Therefore we cannot promise you anything other than that we are trying to find a solution and if MS allows it then we would certainly support any solution which increases the compatibility of your XBox 360 wheels.


      You can be sure that we are working to make our wheels compatible with the next gen consoles or develop solutions which will provide compatibility but at this point it is too early to discuss it.


      In any case our wheels will work with GT6 and after playing it, I am quite excited about the improvements of the physics.


      So what is your opinion?


      Xbox One or PS4?


      Forza Motorsport 5 or GT6?

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    CSW review by ISR

    • So after doing some intensive testing, Team ISR published the review of the ClubSport Wheel and both ClubSport rims.


      I have to admit that as much as they have tried to break the wheel, I have tried to find something negative on this review but i couldn't (ok ok the fact that we sell the pedals separatly is mostly rather seen as a pro and not a con for many of our customers).


      This is an extremely detailed and informative review about all aspects of this product and all features are well covered. The critisizm on the manuals is well taken and we will try to improve. In fact we are already working on a video for the Tuning functions.


       


      Well done, Darin and Shaun!


       

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Back online!

    • Fanatec has been hit by the flood as our offices are just a few hundred meters away from the river Isar.


      Both basements of our two buildings have been flooded and our servers have been watercooled for a while.


      I am happy to tell you that now we are back online and can process your e-mails again.


      We just need some some sun now...

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Admins and moderators wanted
    • Our new commnity software is ready to be implemented so we can finally merge the blog and a proper forum to our fanatec.com website.

      I am now looking for members to  help us with the following:

      • Create content
      • Help members
      • Test the functionality of the forum or new features
      • Organize community events
      • Create rules and enforce them in a positive way
      • Make our community a informative and friendly place

      To qualify, please list everything which helps us to make a positive decision:

      • Moderator roles in other forums
      • Activities in other communities
      • English skills
      • website progamming skills (optional)

      Most of all, I would like to have friendly and professional people in my team. I am not a fan of banning people or locking threads. There must be some rules but a vivid community should be managed by reasonable people with skills to manage escalated situations and bring everybody back together.

      Please leave a comment if you are interested.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    ClubSport Button Box?
    • As all current projects come to an end and production is about to start (which includes handbrake) we are now ready to work on new projects.

      We are working on some rims but there is another item I would like to get your input on.

      What should the ultimate button box look like?

      1. How many buttons?
      2. What type?
      3. Special functions?
      4. Programmability
      5. Connection of other peripherals
      6. Compatibility
      7. Size and dimensions
      8. Materials
      9. Price

       It would be great to get your input on the points above and we can discuss it. We have some initial ideas but you can still influence the design with your input so please use this chance. 

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    ClubSport Shifter is now online
    • We added the ClubSport Shifter(s) and the ClubSport Shifter table clamp to  our webshop and you can enter your email adress if you want to be notified as soon as pre-order will start.

      The pre-orders will start as soon as production is running and this will happen very soon. We still need to make some final tests but the raw materials are ordered for the first batch.

      We offer the shifter in two flavours:

      The regular ClubSport Shifter is H-pattern only and comes with one round knob. It sells for 149,95 €/USD

      The ClubSport Shifter  SQ also comes with sequential mode and an additional aluminum knob and costs just 199,95 €/USD.

      You can easily mount it to a cockpit or wheel stand but if you mount it on a table you can get the optional ClubSport Shifter table clamp for 29,95 €/USD. 

      There will be adapters for the ClubSport table clamp and the RennSport Wheel stand at a later point.

      The 7th gear is only compatible to the ClubSport wheel at thios point as it requires a firmware change but personally I think the 7th gear is rather a gimmick anyway. A Porsche 911 uses it for fuel saving and other cars with 7 speed gearbox don't have h-pattern shifting so it is unrealistic.

      Perhaps somebody comes up with a standalone adapter for the shifters and then you could use all gears with any wheel. Hmmm...maybe not a bad idea...

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    CSS Video
    • Porsche Supercup Champion 2010, 2011 and 2012, René Rast, was trying out the ClubSport Shifter and he honestly liked it. In fact he was here to make a video about the RennSport Cockpit and some other product. The "interview" he gave was somehow taken by coincidence as the camera was still running. ;)

      The video also shows the inside of the shifter and you probably get an idea about the complexity of this product. It is all metal of course.

      Next week we plan to unveil pricing and put both versions in the shop. The last big issues we found were all sorted out and the shifter now lasts 7 digit shift cycles. We still need to run several tests with external beta testers but we are almost there!

      Greetings from China!

      Thomas

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    CSS feature preview #5
    • This feature of the ClubSport shifter is probably the most anticipated one. We have implemented a proper sequential mode.

      It is not a cheap compromise which was requested by the marketing department to fill up the feature list but an authentic sequential mode with strong haptic feedback and the correct movements. The technical effort to do this was huge and it is one of the reasons for the long development time.

      It is also not very useful to have such a mode and force the user to use tools and disassemble half of the shifter so we made it easy and added a switch on both sides so you can quickly change between the modes.

      I know that you still miss price and an availability date but come on. If a new car appears, the first thing you see are prototype pictures "leak" accidentially. Then the car is shown on official pictures or a car show and what is the very last thing they tell you? ;)

      The next teaser will be a video with some shifting action.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Assetto Corsa Preview code for Fanatec customers
    • Fanatec partners with Kunos Simulazioni for the launch of Assetto Corsa Technology Preview.

      Celebrate with us and receive your personal activation code to play AC Tech Preview and netKar-Pro!



      You are eligible to get the code if you order any of your favorite products on www.fanatec.com during the month of April and “Like” Fanatec and Assetto Corsa’s Facebook pages.

      https://www.facebook.com/Fanatec

      https://www.facebook.com/Assetto.Corsa?fref=ts



      The code will then be automatically sent to your inbox at the beginning of May, 2013.

      Aren’t you just dying to try our ClubSport Series together with Assetto Corsa?

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    CSS Feature preview #4
    • What would a ClubSport product without customizing options? Exactly, it would not be worth the ClubSport brand.

       

      Therefore you can easily exchange the shifter knobs and use the style you like. A longer one for sequential fun or a round one which fits well into your hands. carbon, öeather, metal and whatever colour you want.

      There will be a few options directly from us but the CSS is compatible to most automotive shifter knobs so the options are almost endless.

      What is your favourite style? (Count the left shifter without knob as #1)

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    CSS Feature Preview #3
    • So here is the third unique and innovative feature of our new ClubSport shifter.

      Not only has it 7 gears plus a reverse gear, the gears are also arranged just like in the car which has a 7 Speed H-pAttern shifter: The new Porsche 911.

      And just like Porsche, we were also concerned about about the shifting performance between 1st and 6th gear because the 7th gear is just for fuel saving and the reverse gear is normally not used on the track unless you end up like Kimi in front of a closed gate.

      So the default position is between the 3rd and 4th  gear and in order to change to reverse or 7th you need to push down the stick.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    CSS Feature preview #2
    • The second feature we will show is the table clamp.

      There are almost unlimitless ways to mount the shifter to this clamp from all sides and in any height.

      The clamp is made of solid metal and is mounted with two screws. This makes sure it will fit to almost any table out there.

      The clamp will also be compatible to your Porsche or CSR shifters. As the ClubSportShifter is too heavyfor the two steel rods it it not recommended to mount it directly to the wheel. We will have an adapter to mount it on the current ClubSport Table Clamp as well.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Introducing the new RennSport Cockpit V2

    • Our RennSport Cockpit has undergone a major revision and we made several changes to improve this state of the art cockpit.


      • Cockpit is now sold separatly from the seat.

      • 2 new seat options: Besides the bucket seat we have two more seats from Sparco

      • New mounting system for the wheel with more options to adjust and more sturdy

      • New monitor holder design

      • New shifter holder

      • The angle of the pedals can now be adjusted


      We have also changed the supplier and improved the overall quality of the aluminum welding.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Racedepartment compares the CSW with a modded T500RS

    • Racedepartment has posted a great review about the ClubSort wheel.


      Anthony Levene compares our products with the modded T500RS he used up to now.


      His final sentence:


      "More power than you could need but refined, classy, less plastic, more brushed metal. "

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    CSS Feature preview #1
    • The testing of our ClubSport shifter is going well so it is time to announce the features.

      The first function we want to show is the mounting on cockpits.

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      All four sides have t-slots which allow the insert of t-slot nuts at any position.

      You can mount the shifters on all sides but also on the bottom.  

      This makes mounting extremely flexible.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Australia: All products are available for immediate shipment

    • We are now able to ship all products in Australia with immediate delivery.


      Besides the products which were already listed on the website we are now offer some special bundles:


      Forza Motorsport CSR Wheel Value Pack


      Porsche 911 GT3 RS V2 Value Pack


      They both come with the CSR pedals and sell for 299,95 AUD each (incl. Sales tax)


      And in order to avoid the discussion before it even starts. Yes we are aware of the fact that the prices are higher than in the US. Reason for that is, that we have to include sales tax and we have much higher administration and logistic costs in Australia.


       


       

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    New driver 152 available UPDATE

    • Here we go with a new driver version for your Windows PC.


      The main thing we adressed are some random rumble effects which kept playing after you already left the curbs. This happened in rfactror and Simbin simulations.


      Please let me know if this has been fixed with this beta version.




      Download


      UPDATE


      Fixed broken link

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    CSL Seat reviews

    • The first reviews for the CSL seat are out.


      Amar has made a fantastic review of the CSL seat as well as the ClubSport Wheel on GTplanet.


      Another great review was done by Joe and posted on the VVV website. He was not satisfied with the manual so let me tell you that we are working on an improved version as well as a video manual.


      Thanks to Amar and Joe for these great reviews!


      There will be more reviews coming up soon.


      UPDATE


      Konsolenracer.de Video (German) Danke Michael!

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    We are now taking pre-orders for Formula rim for CSR ELite wheel

    • After several delays we are now happy to start taking orders for the Formula rim for CSR Elite wheel.


      We will start production right after Chinese New Year and will bring in the products by airfreight.


      The wheel is similar to the Formula rim for the ClubSport base but it is not compatible and has different features.


      • Different colur scheme

      • Different electonics

      • Mounted with 2 screws instead of a QR

      • No rev meter LEDs 

      • 2x 4-way joysticks

      • Artificial leather on the grips. Very comfortable and easy to clean


      This will be the only optional rim we make for the CSR Elite and the production number is limited. 

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Fanatec profiler

    • We are working on a profiler  extension for our PC driver.


      All kind of settings should be adjustable and launched automatically when a game starts.


      We already have a lot of ideas of what features we want to implement but it would be great if you let me know know of what you want.


      So please tell me what are the settings you want to have adjusted. 


      How shhould the user interface look like? What special features or functions do you suggest for the profiler?


      We will try to implement all constructive suggestions. Thanks a lot in advance.


       


       

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Pre-orders are now starting in Australia

    • From today we are finally able to take pre-orders in Australia.


      Our system is not fully ready yet so that shipment will probably take until middle of February for all products except CSP V2 and CSR P which will be shipped in April.


      Please let me know if you have any issues with your orders so we can fix that.


      I am happy that we are finally getting started. It took way too long and I appreciate the patience of all our loyal fans in down under. Thank you.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    New Services offered for ClubSport Wheel

    • The ClubSport Series is our state-of-the-art product line and our customers can expect to get outstanding service for it.


      On top of the great service we already provide we will even offer an enhanced service for all simracers which depend on their product and want to be sure that they always have perfectly working equipment in order to participate in the competitions.


      Therefore we will offer the ClubSport base and both wheel rims in version with included Premium Service Pack.


      The premium service pack gives you high priority access to our support channels and we guarantee you that we will repair your product within 48 hours on working days. If it takes longer you will get a free replacement unit as loaner until you have your product back. You will get this service throughout the full warranty period.


      The PSP is not available as a stand alone product so you have to decide during your purchase if you want to get it or not. You already have a CSW?


      All existing customers of the CSW and the rims will get the PSP for free!


      The second service we offer is the Maintenance pack. Basically you can send in the ClubSport base and we will make sure it works properly again. We will exchange all parts which can wear out and it makes sure that you have a working wheel long time after the warranty period is over.


      Just like a real car, a mechanical unit needs some attention from time to time and we will make sure that you get all spare parts you need to keep the wheel running.


      The ClubSport wheel is a long term investment and not a plastic toy which will be thrown away after a few years.


      Both services are only available in Europe so far but we will extend it soon to other territories and products.


       


       


       

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Firmware 756 now available for PWGT3RS V2

    • After the CSR Elite wheel users are happy it is time to release the wheel for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS V2 wheel.


      This firmware is only compatible to the V2 version of the GT3 wheel!


      Please note that you must follow the the instructions carefully. Installation on Windows 8 will work.


      Make sure that you calibrate the shifter and center position after the firmware update.


      Please make sure you use driver version 144 or higher with this firmware.


      Download firmware 756 for 911 GT3 RS V2



      Download driver 144 64


      Download driver 144 32

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Firmware 757 now available for CSR Elite wheel
    • We have fixed the fan issue on FW 756 and released 757 for the CSR Elite wheel. There is no other change than that.


      There are comments that this version works with that game better and the other fw version with the other game.



      Force feedback is to a high degree a matter of taste and also highly depends on what the game developers do with it. It is almsot impossible to make a version which is perfect for everybody and every game. We give you a choice so you can decide if you want to keep an older version or go with the latest one.



      "Latest" does not automatically mean better for some people and if you are happy with your wheel then I would recommend not to change anything.


      Please note that you must follow the the instructions carefully. Installation on Windows 8 will work.


      Make sure that you bind your wheel and calibrate the shifter and center position after the firmware update.


       


       


      Please make sure you use driver version 144 or higher with this firmware.


      Download firmware 757 for CSR E



      Download driver 144 64


      Download driver 144 32

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Firmware 756 now available for CSR Elite Wheel - EDIT- PLEASE READ

    • First of all I wish you a Happy new year! We will start the year with a new firmware release but we will release many other new goodies as well this year.


      It turned out that all issues with 756 on the other wheels were not firmware related so it is time to release this version for the next wheel: The Forza Motorsport CSR Elite Wheel.


      This version is again a release candidate and if there will be no bugs reported we will release it as final firmware.


      Please note that you must follow the the instructions carefully. Installation on Windows 8 will work.


      Make sure that you bind your wheel and calibrate the shifter and center position after the firmware update.


       


      We will release 756 for PWGT3RS within the next days.


      Please make sure you use driver version 144 or higher with this firmware.




      EDIT:


      IMPORTANT

      We found a serious bug in the fan control. Please do not use this firmware version. We will release a new version asap.


      Download firmware 756 for CSR E



      Download driver 144 64


      Download driver 144 32


       

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Merry Christmas from Fanatec

    • Let me wish all of our community members a merry Christmas. I hope you have a great time with your families with a lot of good food, presents and most of all: happiness.


      Have a great time and do what you love to do!


      Here is a little greeting from us:

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Firmware 756 now available for CSR Wheel

    • After the succesful release of Firmware 756 for the PWGT2 and PWTS with no issues, we can now release this version for the Forza Motorsport CSR wheel.


      This version is again a release candidate and if there will be no bugs reported we will release it as final firmware.


      Please note that you must follow the the instructions carefully. Installation on Windows 8 will work.


      Make sure that you bind your wheel and calibrate the shifter and center position after the firmware update.


       


      We will release 756 for  CSR E and PWGT3RS within the next days.


      Please make sure you use driver version 144 or higher with this firmware.


      Download firmware 756 for CSR


      Download driver 144 64


      Download driver 144 32

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Unbeatable CSL bundles are now available

    • We have just launched new bundles with our new CSL seat.


      In Europe we bundle it with our CSR wheel and CSR pedals and in the USA we have it available with our 911 GT3 RS wheel and CSR pedals.


      For just 399,95 USD (CSL Porsche edition) or 499,95 € (CSL Forza Motorsport edition) you receive:


      • High quality, full spec cockpit with seat and shifter adapter

      • Belt driven Force feedback wheel with all the Fanatec goodies like Tuning display and alcantara rim

      • Multi platform compatibility with PC and full PS3 compatibility (all racing games) and in case of the CSR wheel even Xbox 360

      • High quality pedals


      And where can you get such a bundle from one manufacturer which makes sure that everything fits perfectly together?


      We will make community reviews for the CSL seat very soon.


       


       


       

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Firmware 756 now available for PWGT2 and PWTS

    • We have a new firmware version for all Porsche 911 GT2 and Turbo S wheels (Xbox versions)


      This version is a release candidate and if there will be no bugs reported we will release it as final firmware.


      Please note that you must follow the the instructions carefully. Installation on Windows 8 might work but is not tested.


      Make sure that you bind your wheel and calibrate the shifter and center position after the firmware update.


      IMPORTANT: If you upgrade to this version then the RF dongle does not work any longer. If you want to use a wireless connection on PC and PlayStation 3 then you must use the original 681 version.


      We will release 756 for CSR, CSR E and PWGT3RS within the next weeks.


      Please make sure you use driver version 144 or higher with this firmware.


      Download firmware 756 for PWGT2 and PWTS



      Download driver 144 64


      Download driver 144 32

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    CSL Seat is now available for Pre-order

    • The CSL Seat is now avilable for pre-order and the first shipments will arrive before Christas in North America and Europe.


      Please check out the Fanatec.com website for full features of this product and have a look at the intro video.


      (You might notice another product there as well)

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Firmware 037 for CSW available

    • We have a new firmware available for the ClubSport Base with the following changes:


      • LED rev lights supported in PS3 games

      • Alternative button combination to switch to PS3 mode (select + the button in the middle between select and start)

      • Improved initialisiation routine

      • More steady FF characteristics

      • Better linearity of FF signals

      • New updater

      • New fan control




      Please use this firmware only with driver 144 which is included in this package as well.


      Changes:


      • Fixed an issue with RBR

      • Combined pedal mode added (for compatibility with WRC 3)


      Please use this driver only with CSW or with PWX and CSR wheels with firmware of 750 or higher.


      More firmware updates for other models to follow soon.


       


      Download

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    New website is up and running

    • Yesterday we finally launched the new website. It took a little bit but we wanted to be sure that all bugs are eliminated.


      Check out the new configurator! We also added more payment options and of course we added the new territories Australia and Japan.


      We are still not finished and the most important things which is missing is a proper community section.


      Please let me  know how you like it and what kind of suggestions you have for the new website.


       

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Australia: The first products are on the way!

    • We finally were able to send the first products to Australia last week and they will arrive in December.


      The only thing missing is the GST number for Endor Australia as it takes ages to get this number from the authorities. We now sent the goods on our risk and hope that we get the GST number in time before the containers arrive.


      We plan to offer the full product range but it will take some weeks until everything is there.


      Although many of you did not believe it anymore it is a fact that we highly appreciate this market and I personally LOVE Australia and the Australians although I have only been there one time. It used to be one of our biggest markets in the past and my target is to make it as strong as it was and more.


      I will let you know once we are able to start shipping the products or start taking orders.

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  • Thomas Jackermeier
    Black Friday: Get a FREE Formula rim

    • So here we go with the Black Friday offer of Fanatec.


      This year we decided to give you a free Formula rim if you purchase a ClubSport Base with a BMW rim.


      The total price for the base with two wheel rims is just 699,95 (USD w/o Tax and € incl. VAT)


      We have limited supply so this offer only lasts until we are sold out and have no more inventory. It is valid in the USA, Canada and Europe and will only be available for one day.

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