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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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    • 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)

                 image

         

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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.

        image

         

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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.

        image

        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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