CSL Elite Steering Wheel McLaren GT3


We already put it on pre-order and here is a short video aboutr the main features. We have put a lot of attention to details in this steering wheel.

Please participate in the survey and let me know what you like on it. 

I will fly to to the factory next week in order to supervise the start of production. Can't wait :)
CSL Elite Steering McLaren features
  1. What is your most favourite feature of this steering wheel?92 votes
    1. Pricing
      39.13%
    2. Analog clutch paddles
      32.61%
    3. 4 modes for the analog paddles
        7.61%
    4. upgradeable QR system
        8.70%
    5. OLED Display
      10.87%
    6. Integrated Allen key tool and screw storage
        1.09%
  2. What is your second favourite feature?92 votes
    1. Pricing
      21.74%
    2. Analog Clutch paddles
      22.83%
    3. 4 modes for the analog paddles
      17.39%
    4. upgradeable QR system
      17.39%
    5. OLED Display
      18.48%
    6. Integrated Allen key tool and screw storage
        2.17%
  3. What is your third most favourite feature?92 votes
    1. Pricing
      11.96%
    2. Analog clutch paddles
      11.96%
    3. 4 modes for analog paddles
      23.91%
    4. Upgradeable QR system
      22.83%
    5. OLED display
      22.83%
    6. Integrated Allen key tool and screw storage
        6.52%

Comments

  • Nice promo, please put your autograph on my wheel :-)
  • A great video. Just as usual.
  • edited November 30
    Can't wait to get this! Tell them they need to send out an early batch LOL
  • Like any other product from FANATEC, Superb!!!!!!
  • edited November 30
    I ordered as well. As a one-monitor guy I'm looking forward to use secondary paddles as my look left/look right buttons. It would be great if racing games implemented something like analog-kinda looking left and right, so if I press analog paddle a little, I only look to the side a little, not "full time" like it is right now. Something like a level, horisontal trackIR, but with paddles :) 
    Now waiting for some news on podium direct drive wheelbases :)
  • Awesome steering, can’t wait to get in my hands, just hope it can map the clutch paddle to clutch pedal in the driver to not have to map in the game every time you switch to H pattern cars.
  • The rubber grip does not look or feel as nice as Alcantara (those used on the formula rims).
    BUT while Alcantara may feel nice (when new), it does not work well with my sweaty hands. 

    Among the limited materials I know, I prefer leather, but that looks out of place on a formula-style rim. So I actually have no better answer to this myself. 

    I actually don't mind the rubber grip if there are no other better options, I just hope it's not the kind that degrades to sticky stuff in a few years. 

  • Awesome steering, can’t wait to get in my hands, just hope it can map the clutch paddle to clutch pedal in the driver to not have to map in the game every time you switch to H pattern cars.
    The clutch paddles work in parallel to the clutch pedal for your foot. No need to remap anything.
  • The rubber grip does not look or feel as nice as Alcantara (those used on the formula rims).
    BUT while Alcantara may feel nice (when new), it does not work well with my sweaty hands. 

    Among the limited materials I know, I prefer leather, but that looks out of place on a formula-style rim. So I actually have no better answer to this myself. 

    I actually don't mind the rubber grip if there are no other better options, I just hope it's not the kind that degrades to sticky stuff in a few years. 

    I'm also a big fan of Alcantara... but... please note:

    "This is an exact reproduction of the steering wheel used in McLaren GT3 race cars"

    You won't find any Alcantara in the original McLaren GT3. Then why should Fanatec deviate from it?
    I think we will be supplied with a high-quality steering wheel. That's why I trust Fanatec and have pre-ordered it as well.
  • edited December 1
    I just wanna know why CSW V1 is not supported?
  • Any news on when it will be shipped? Do we really have to wait until February? :/ You're missing some options in the poll: Rotary switches!
  • edited December 1
    The rubber grip does not look or feel as nice as Alcantara (those used on the formula rims).
    BUT while Alcantara may feel nice (when new), it does not work well with my sweaty hands. 

    Among the limited materials I know, I prefer leather, but that looks out of place on a formula-style rim. So I actually have no better answer to this myself. 

    I actually don't mind the rubber grip if there are no other better options, I just hope it's not the kind that degrades to sticky stuff in a few years. 

    I'm also a big fan of Alcantara... but... please note:

    "This is an exact reproduction of the steering wheel used in McLaren GT3 race cars"

    You won't find any Alcantara in the original McLaren GT3. Then why should Fanatec deviate from it?
    I think we will be supplied with a high-quality steering wheel. That's why I trust Fanatec and have pre-ordered it as well.
    I pre-ordered it too. And knew the "exact reproduction" claim. 

    Maybe I should reverse all my paragraphs so you'll read my last sentence first about my hint to Thomas: "I just hope it's not the kind that degrades to sticky stuff in a few years.", and you'll read in it that I am not really an Alcantara fan. (I had a 911GT3RS wheel that is still working, but requires frequent cleaning to keep Alcantara remain soft).

    Appreciate your response, though. At least, to bring more of Thomas' attention, I hope. :-)
  •  I ordered aswell  so I can use ps4 elite wheel for xbox  X, plus the McLaren wheel is a good weight and dual clutch system. and at a good price.

    Plz Thomas  the leather needs to be soft and comfy , my only negative thing on the the ps4 elite standard rim is it is very uncomfortable and hard and driving for long periods  have caused blisters  on the thumbs, 

    Thomas what car do u drive real life?



  • Will the display be able to show km/h and/or gear number?
  • Pre-ordered ;) Quick question guys, Is this Real or Fake carbon ? Sure I read or heard on video someone stating it was plastic with carbon affect using a special process, then again it could of just been one my weird dreams involving Fanatec products and sexy busty women(lol) 

    Let me know which one is is please Fanatec ;)
  • Pre-ordered ;) Quick question guys, Is this Real or Fake carbon ? Sure I read or heard on video someone stating it was plastic with carbon affect using a special process, then again it could of just been one my weird dreams involving Fanatec products and sexy busty women(lol) 

    Let me know which one is is please Fanatec ;)
    High quality plastic.
  • Pre-ordered ;) Quick question guys, Is this Real or Fake carbon ? Sure I read or heard on video someone stating it was plastic with carbon affect using a special process, then again it could of just been one my weird dreams involving Fanatec products and sexy busty women(lol) 

    Let me know which one is is please Fanatec ;)
    High quality plastic.
    Thanks. Its Been driving me mad all today and lastnight after a guy said was all Carbon wheel and I said was sure was plastic with Carbon affect.

    Now I am wondering where I read or heard this to begin with.  Can you help Maurice ?
  • Too bad there is no real alternative for the formula rim for use on an Xbox. I decided to pre order this but for my taste the diameter is a little bit too large and the lack of alcantara is a bit of a let down. It looks great though and can't wait to get my hands on it next April. :neutral:
  •  I ordered aswell  so I can use ps4 elite wheel for xbox  X, plus the McLaren wheel is a good weight and dual clutch system. and at a good price.

    Plz Thomas  the leather needs to be soft and comfy , my only negative thing on the the ps4 elite standard rim is it is very uncomfortable and hard and driving for long periods  have caused blisters  on the thumbs, 

    Thomas what car do u drive real life?



    Your blisters on your thumbs. This has nothing to do with the quality of the product. To take a very common example, new shoes, very often cause this problem. It's your skin, which must adapt to new areas of friction, which it is not used to. It is a natural process that depends on the quick adaptation or not, of one person over another.
    Why do you want to push the blame elsewhere than at its obvious origin?

    X_X X_X
  • Is the current price of $170 the MRSP or is it going to go up? will there be another pre-order window before march release?
  • edited December 4
    Is the current price of $170 the MRSP or is it going to go up? will there be another pre-order window before march release?

     



    Whoa, whoa, whoa...whoa.

    Wasn't it releasing February 15th?!

    I'm going to have to end up building an F1 rim out of 80/20 tubing, pvc, and an electrical wiring set-up taken from an old lamp that...

    ...OK, I'll wait.

    EDIT:  Just as an anecdote, the price.  I had it third, but it wasn't that important to me.  Don't get me wrong, with the QR adapter it comes in at about $270 which seemed just right.  I don't think I would have paid too much more, but i do know that I really didn't stop and give it too much thought at the $270 level that I was getting it at.  

    The functionality and appearance were much more important to me and I am very excited about my pre-order.
  • ...will I need the QR adapter. I dont plan on changing out this wheel. im a big face of the mclaren gt3 car.
  • ...will I need the QR adapter. I dont plan on changing out this wheel. im a big face of the mclaren gt3 car.
    The wheel works out of the box however if you want a stronger longer life then the Clubsport QR would be a good option. Especially if you are planning on keeping it long term. 
  • Perfect :) Just what I wanted :)
  • Thomas said the Clubsport Adapter is only needed for the new podium series Wheel. CSL and CSW also work with the normal "quick" release.
  • Thomas said the Clubsport Adapter is only needed for the new podium series Wheel. CSL and CSW also work with the normal "quick" release.
    Depends on what you do.
    I frequently change wheels on my CSW base, so I prefer including the adapter, thus no need for the "safety bolt" either.
  • Marcel Loots said: 
    Will the display be able to show km/h and/or gear number?
    Maybe someone of Fanatec can answer this question?
  • ...will I need the QR adapter. I dont plan on changing out this wheel. im a big face of the mclaren gt3 car.
    The wheel works out of the box however if you want a stronger longer life then the Clubsport QR would be a good option. Especially if you are planning on keeping it long term. 
    Please explain that to me. Is Fanatec selling wheels made of crappy materials?
  • ...will I need the QR adapter. I dont plan on changing out this wheel. im a big face of the mclaren gt3 car.
    The wheel works out of the box however if you want a stronger longer life then the Clubsport QR would be a good option. Especially if you are planning on keeping it long term. 
    Please explain that to me. Is Fanatec selling wheels made of crappy materials?
    No, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the CSW QR is stronger and will keep a better connection on the long run. For the CSL you better use the safety bolt, not needed for the CSW QR.
    Hence the price difference.
  • ...will I need the QR adapter. I dont plan on changing out this wheel. im a big face of the mclaren gt3 car.
    The wheel works out of the box however if you want a stronger longer life then the Clubsport QR would be a good option. Especially if you are planning on keeping it long term. 
    There is zero reason to think the simple QR won't last for a very long time with zero issues. It holds the wheel on the base just as securely as the Clubsport QR, just takes more time to swap a wheel.
  • $100 USD for the CSW quick release option seems really high. Add that to a $170 McLaren wheel (which is a good price point I think, maybe a little high for a plastic rim but there is the branding and XBox compatibility to consider) and it comes out to $20 MORE than the Formula Carbon which is all carbon fiber and metal, has adjustable shifter paddles, a nice big display, rumble motors, rev lights, and includes the nicer quick release.

  • $100 USD for the CSW quick release option seems really high. Add that to a $170 McLaren wheel (which is a good price point I think, maybe a little high for a plastic rim but there is the branding and XBox compatibility to consider) and it comes out to $20 MORE than the Formula Carbon which is all carbon fiber and metal, has adjustable shifter paddles, a nice big display, rumble motors, rev lights, and includes the nicer quick release.

    I do agree the QR is a little more expensive than I'd like, however based on your price comparison you didn't list the benefits of the mclaren over the formula: clutch pedals that can change modes on the fly, lighter than the formula, 2 rotary switches and the OLED screen which, although smaller, I'm wondering if it's customizable in color, contrast and information...I keep wondering "why OLED?" but now I'm wondering if it could be a tachometer as well...
  • $100 USD for the CSW quick release option seems really high. Add that to a $170 McLaren wheel (which is a good price point I think, maybe a little high for a plastic rim but there is the branding and XBox compatibility to consider) and it comes out to $20 MORE than the Formula Carbon which is all carbon fiber and metal, has adjustable shifter paddles, a nice big display, rumble motors, rev lights, and includes the nicer quick release.

    I do agree the QR is a little more expensive than I'd like, however based on your price comparison you didn't list the benefits of the mclaren over the formula: clutch pedals that can change modes on the fly, lighter than the formula, 2 rotary switches and the OLED screen which, although smaller, I'm wondering if it's customizable in color, contrast and information...I keep wondering "why OLED?" but now I'm wondering if it could be a tachometer as well...
    Fair enough, I probably should have prefaced with the fact that I'm on PS4 so the extra rotary switches won't do anything (unless they can now be mapped to a keyboard press). The clutch paddles are cool, but I think for me would just get ignored after the novelty wore off as it just gives my fingers something to worry about other than timing my upshifts at the start. The OLED screen is...small...and kinda funny looking stuck in the middle of the wheel face. Adding the CSW quick release is going to bring the weight up of the McLaren wheel, and to me the weight really isn't a selling point...it's larger diameter compared to the Formula Carbon/Black probably negates much of the weight advantage anyway. I realize these are all subjective things, so for me personally the additional features of the McLaren rim don't add enough value to compete with the Formula wheels, especially considering the Carbon version's premium materials.

    But yeah, the CSW quick release would make more sense value-wise if it was priced in the $50-$75 range if ordered by itself, and with a discount for purchasing with a compatible rim. I'm looking forward to see what other rims the Fanatec team are going to surprise us with, and hoping that something in the Podium line with premium materials and construction will catch my eye. I'm eager to replace the stock rim on my CSL PS4 and right now the Formula Carbon is head and shoulders above the rest. But that's just for me, different strokes for different folks and all :)
  • Is the current price of $170 the MRSP or is it going to go up? will there be another pre-order window before march release?

     



    Whoa, whoa, whoa...whoa.

    Wasn't it releasing February 15th?!

    I'm going to have to end up building an F1 rim out of 80/20 tubing, pvc, and an electrical wiring set-up taken from an old lamp that...

    ...OK, I'll wait.

    EDIT:  Just as an anecdote, the price.  I had it third, but it wasn't that important to me.  Don't get me wrong, with the QR adapter it comes in at about $270 which seemed just right.  I don't think I would have paid too much more, but i do know that I really didn't stop and give it too much thought at the $270 level that I was getting it at.  

    The functionality and appearance were much more important to me and I am very excited about my pre-order.

    I also noticed the date change a day or so after pre-ordering mine; it happened halfway through the Black Friday weekend sale. My guess is more orders than anticipated came in so they created a 2nd batch to be shipped in March. I assume if it said February when you ordered it then you're in the 1st batch. Hopefully Thomas will confirm or deny this assumption.
  • I ordered one right away since I use Xbox, PS4 and soon PC as well (switrching back from Mac after a long time).
    I hope Fanatec makes some more "Xbox" wheels since those are compatible with all systems.
    A luxury wheel like the Porsche 918 and a classic car wheel (wood maybe) would be really neat!

    About the Quick Release Adapter:  I ordered it as well but I guess when I use it with the MacLaren and want to switch to my P1 Elite or PS4 wheel (on my CSL Elite PS4 base) I will have to take it off again?
    That's a bit annoying so I hope Fanatec comes up with an adapter to make those wheels QR compatible or like I said a new high-end Xbox/PS4/PC wheel that works with the QR so I can ditch my two basic wheels.

    In any case, I think I'll be collecting a few Xbox/QR compatible wheels! :)
  • The GT3 wheel looks fantastic, and I cant wait to get it. It will be good to have a formula style wheel that works on xbox too.
    I cant wait for the next formula wheel you guys produce, I hope its either Redbull, Mercedes or Ferrari wheel with display.
    Keep up the good work team Fanatec.
  • i tried to order one of these along with the CSL Xbox bundle with the Black Friday deal, managed to order the CSL bundle, but the website kept crashing so never managed to order the GT3 wheel, and now i can't pre-order it. Ive sent Fanatec emails regarding the issue, and they are yet to reply to them, its been over 2 weeks now! Not good at all! 
  • i tried to order one of these along with the CSL Xbox bundle with the Black Friday deal, managed to order the CSL bundle, but the website kept crashing so never managed to order the GT3 wheel, and now i can't pre-order it. Ive sent Fanatec emails regarding the issue, and they are yet to reply to them, its been over 2 weeks now! Not good at all! 
    Robert The site had issues on Friday but did you try again later? The wheel was available until Tuesday (!) 18.00
  • Will it come back for sale? Was waiting for the advent calendar to finish. Hope I'm not to late
  • Thomas, 

    Please send a demo of the rim to some youtubers like SIMRACING GIRL, so they make a review and all of us clear ours doubts.


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