Updates on Mclaren, Podium Base and GTS

edited February 2018 in Blog
I would like to give you a short update on some important topics.

CSL Elite Steering Wheel McLaren GT3
We had some last minute electrostatic issues on this product and we had to make some small design changes. This means that the shipping date will be postponed to late April.
All customers who pre-ordered the steering wheel will get an e-mail and they can also expect a nice compensation for this delay. All affected customers will get a free ClubSport quick release adapter or a coupon code if they already purchased one. Of course they can also cancel the pre-order at any time.

Podium Wheel Base
Talking about delays... 
We are all waiting for this product to be released but we had to fight a lot of small issues. The pre-production is done and we are still making internal tests to verify the design and sort out some obvious issues.
Currently we select the beta testers and will get in contact with them shortly. The beta tests will start in late february and it is still planned to held a community event in our HQ where we will invite interested potential customers and direct drive specialists to help us fine tuning the wheel base.
At the moment we are aiming to start selling the DD wheel bases in summer.
Some good news as well. We managed to crank up the torque on both versions. We also successfully eliminated all torque ripple so you can expect the same smoothness as on your ClubSport Wheel bases which is on par with the very best DDs out there or even better.

Full Implementation of the CSL ELite Racing Wheel in GTS (blue mode)
I have received an update from Polyphony and got the confirmation that the wheel is already implemented in the code and that they are fine tuning it. Unfortunately I did not get any confirmation when this change will be patched to the game.
But it looks that this this should not stop you from going fast. 

 
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Comments

  • Wow, so many good news! Many thanks Thomas. I just wanted to add the QR to my pre-order but obviously this is not necessary anymore. And now we have an update on GTS as well. Great, omce again many thanks.
  • While it's disappointing to hear that we have to wait two more months for the GT3 wheel I appreciate that these things happen and would rather wait and have a perfect wheel. And the offer of a free QR is very nice. Thank you very much for that I really appreciate it.
  • Thanks for this update. As written also on GT Planet. Good clarification and quick responses. Keep up the good work. 

    And we/I know that delays are (a possible) part of new products/solutions and you guys don't like that either. I can absolutely live with it and still looking forward to this magnificent McLaren GT3 wheel in near future. Cancelling pre order? NO WAY! 
  • Thanks Thomas for sharing this informations! Please keep us up to date! 
  • Even if it makes me a little bit sad, that i can't have the McLaren GT3 wheel in my hands next week, but it's a very nice move with the free Clubsport quick release adapter. Thanks.

    And i'm really looking forward to the DD wheelbase. I hope the aimed release date in Summer can be met.
  • Thanks for the QR, I almost ordered it.
  • I am not an enthusiastic fanboy from fanatec, so i see this delay not so positiv.

    The Problem is, that you have received the Money from all the Pre-Orders. In the End for more than 6 Months before you deliever. Money with which all of us cant plan anymore. How many Preorders you have? 5000 ? This is nearly 900000 Euros!!!! You should overthink your Policy of taking Money without immediate compensation.

    And why i have allready in December the Feeling that the announced Release-Date will not be fullfilled.  

  • This suits for me. Haven't preordered but have planned to buy this with CSL Elite wheelrim at same time. But just bought 32" 1440p/144hz pc-monitor(not for sim use, I use other 21:9 monitor for that) so money situation isn't exactly best one just. So it's good if I have to wait few months. 
  • I am not an enthusiastic fanboy from fanatec, so i see this delay not so positiv.

    The Problem is, that you have received the Money from all the Pre-Orders. In the End for more than 6 Months before you deliever. Money with which all of us cant plan anymore. How many Preorders you have? 5000 ? This is nearly 900000 Euros!!!! You should overthink your Policy of taking Money without immediate compensation.

    And why i have allready in December the Feeling that the announced Release-Date will not be fullfilled.  

    If you don't like putting money up front, you could have also ordered via money transfer. This way you place an order but you can pay whenever you want, but the wheel won't get dispatched, even if in stock, until you paid.
  • Hey Ralf, look at the bright side of life, you're getting a part that retails for $100 absolutely free.  Life's too short to be angry.
  • edited February 2018

    But it looks that this this should not stop you from going fast. Here are some WORLD RECORDS driven by our Team Redline drivers with a CSL Elite Racing Wheel in compatibility mode.


    Thomas if you look at the description of the video it says:Wheel-Thrustmaster T300.;)



     

  • awesome driving... all 3 videos using T300..
  • edited February 2018

    But it looks that this this should not stop you from going fast. Here are some WORLD RECORDS driven by our Team Redline drivers with a CSL Elite Racing Wheel in compatibility mode.


    Thomas if you look at the description of the video it says:Wheel-Thrustmaster T300.;)



     

    Hi,

    Olli Pahkala here from Team Redline / Fanatec. I provided Thomas the world record videos. This was done in understanding that our Redline guys were using our racing wheels at that time but they weren't. Now they are, so it was a misunderstanding from my side. =)

    You can check our Redline World Records from their newly created Facebook channel as well, which are done with the CSL E RW PS4: https://www.facebook.com/TRLGranTurismo/

    Sorry for the inconvenience, race hard and go pro! =)
  • edited February 2018

    But it looks that this this should not stop you from going fast. Here are some WORLD RECORDS driven by our Team Redline drivers with a CSL Elite Racing Wheel in compatibility mode.


    Thomas if you look at the description of the video it says:Wheel-Thrustmaster T300.;)



     

    Hi,

    Olli Pahkala here from Team Redline / Fanatec. I provided Thomas the world record videos. This was done in understanding that our Redline guys were using our racing wheels at that time but they weren't. Now they are, so it was a misunderstanding from my side. =)

    You can check our Redline World Records from their newly created Facebook channel as well, which are done with the CSL E RW PS4: https://www.facebook.com/TRLGranTurismo/

    Sorry for the inconvenience, race hard and go pro! =)
    No problem.:-bd
  • edited February 2018
    Thank you, Sir Thomas for this important communication. As always, you are of an incomparable correction towards your customer. Few companies can boast of such transparency and respect that you give to your customers. Congratulations for that.

    Each one's opinion, but before criticizing the other side, for some it might be better to look in the face. The pre order did not impose an immediate payment. There was the opportunity to pre order and pay for the product only when product availability.

    Obviously a little disappointed, the delay, for the reception of the McLaren GT3 steering wheel. But so happy to know that you care about the quality of your products and by the same action, the pleasure of your customers. All this with a very nice commercial compensation, spontaneously proposed. Which is very rare not to be highlighted.

    Congratulations to the whole Fanatec team.

     
    PS: If you could get back to work, instead of reading my messages, it would arrange me. I do not want to lose another day or two more. My patience still has limits. Lollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
  • Hey Thomas, when we will receive the email for the McL-Wheel-Delay?
  • ah well **** happens.. sigh..
  • That is very sad. I spent about 1K EUR on your black Friday sale and bought everything except for a wheel base.

    You promised to release 2017 Q4 so that's why I waited. But now all of my gear will be collecting dust for half a year. Extremely disappointed.
  • Hey Thomas, when we will receive the email for the McL-Wheel-Delay?
    You can expect to receive the Email within the next 1-2 days.
  • edited February 2018
    That is very sad. I spent about 1K EUR on your black Friday sale and bought everything except for a wheel base.

    You promised to release 2017 Q4 so that's why I waited. But now all of my gear will be collecting dust for half a year. Extremely disappointed.
    Thomas NEVER promised a Q4 2017 release date.

    This is the original statement regarding the Podium DD:

    Dates are always a very sensitive subject. In principle you need to understand that the DD technology is not only new to us, our DD wheels are completely designed from scratch and a breakthrough for the whole industry. This involves some completely new technology which had to be invented and everything is customized. A lot of unknown factors are not good to give any solid time projections. 
    We simply cannot give you any guaranteed dates at this point. But at least you get some indication of our target dates.

    So the Q4 release date was only a target date and not a promised date at all...
  • Hi Thomas thanks for the news is always good receive info from you! So for me waiting more for the gt3 rim will be long but just order my load cell with the bonus coupon nice detail hope this keep me busy, good luck with all the opens projects, and please make a review ASAP of the rim. Regards,
  • Hi. Is it still possible to pre order the McLaren wheel ?
  • Hi. Is it still possible to pre order the McLaren wheel ?
    no, pre-order was black friday weekend exclusive.
  • Thank You! We pre-paid in good faith and you responded with an honest update and great compensation for the delay. Fanatec will generate a lot of future business from more loyal customers like me. This is how a business secures its future and makes people happy at the same time. Well done.
  • Thank you very much for all that great news, Thomas
  • Love to do some beta testing ;)
  • Thanks a lot for the information and also the compensation for people like me who did the pre-order.
    Appriciate that a lot. My next order is already in the shopping Card, so that coupon is a nice plus :)




  • Thankyou for the update Fanatec AND Thankyou for the free ClubSport quick release adapter offer, which I am happy to accept once email arrives ;)
  • As a current OSW owner, I'd love to beta the new podium and give comparison impressions. :)
  • Any chance for GTS implementation on tomorrows patch?
  • edited February 2018
    Any chance for GTS implementation on tomorrows patch?
    "Unfortunately I did not get any confirmation when this change will be patched to the game."
  • edited February 2018
    As a current OSW owner, I'd love to beta the new podium and give comparison impressions. :)
    Another osw mige owner here. Would love to beta podium to compare it because if its better the osw would be getting sold.
  • Hello I Have a Accuforce Direct Drive Wheel Plug and Play it will be a good comparison for system and wheel power if you need more Beta Tester i'm ok.
    Thanks
  • Hey Olli,

    How can one apply to be a part of the team?  Do you train people or simply find talented and polished people and "hire" them?
    The TRL guys are extremely fast. I always see them on the records and top times in the daily races. They put some really sick times... always make me wonder how %$#"%%" I am going to cut 3 seconds!!???  :D
    Good job!



    But it looks that this this should not stop you from going fast. Here are some WORLD RECORDS driven by our Team Redline drivers with a CSL Elite Racing Wheel in compatibility mode.


    Thomas if you look at the description of the video it says:Wheel-Thrustmaster T300.;)



     

    Hi,

    Olli Pahkala here from Team Redline / Fanatec. I provided Thomas the world record videos. This was done in understanding that our Redline guys were using our racing wheels at that time but they weren't. Now they are, so it was a misunderstanding from my side. =)

    You can check our Redline World Records from their newly created Facebook channel as well, which are done with the CSL E RW PS4: https://www.facebook.com/TRLGranTurismo/

    Sorry for the inconvenience, race hard and go pro! =)

  • Dying to see first reviews on Podium Wheel Base ! Hope You will meet the timelines or even sooner ^-^
  • Hopefully these coupons would be valid long enough to put towards the new base?
  • When can we preorder the dd wheel I want it all and i want it now
  • When can we preorder the dd wheel I want it all and i want it now
    I would really love to sell you this wheel right away but we will start taking orders when we clearly see that all major issues are solved and the specs are final. 

    You will probably hear more about it over the next months as we are more and more in control of these little monsters.
  • Hi guys,


    anyone in front of PS4 ? any news about this morning patch ?


    Thx

  • For waiting, why not showing us a little more about this Mclaren GT3 wheel ?
    I mean, am I wrong if I say that all photos we saw were just 3D images ?
    I would like to see how the wheel looks on a real photo. Or why not to make a real video of the wheel in action ? :)
  • That would be nice too.

    Also, even when this McL GT3-wheelrim is step to right direction, I would like to see them make ie. MB GT3/dtm etc style wheelrim, maybe as an addon for universal hub.
  • edited February 2018
    Hey Olli,

    How can one apply to be a part of the team?  Do you train people or simply find talented and polished people and "hire" them?
    The TRL guys are extremely fast. I always see them on the records and top times in the daily races. They put some really sick times... always make me wonder how %$#"%%" I am going to cut 3 seconds!!???  :D
    Good job!

    Hi Rafael,

    Thank you for the compliment! The guys are fast in GTS alright! I tried to catch up with the pace the other night, and couple of hours will not do the trick to be on the top.. :D

    We are more of talent scouting team regarding recruitment of new drivers. We do collaborate inside the team a lot, most of it is pushing eachother over the limit.The raw pace of all of our drivers is the key, and we expect the talent from the drivers we want to recruit. We develop our drivers yes in many ways, but the raw pace is required and we take then the drivers to the next level together with the team. =)

    You can drop us a message of course to put your name for us to follow-up, then it will be easier for us to come back to you once you have the performance. This is the way I got in as well! =)
  • Is it possible that the CSL Elite will not longer supportet in purple mode in GT Sport? Really?
  • was the pre-order on invite only for the mclaren wheel, would have liked to pre-order it. I'm on the email list though but recently spent a fortune on a new wheel and accessories.
  • Is it possible that the CSL Elite will not longer supportet in purple mode in GT Sport? Really?
    Is that true? You mean it's possibly no longer working in the compatibility mode? Anyone who can confirm that...?
  • Now it works - suddenly... strange thing. Dont panic - it working. Sry!
  • edited February 2018
    What's the difference between "all costumers" and "all affected costumers"?
  • Well i have the V2.5 Base, porsche Rim, V3 Pedals and Handbreak ... until new stuff regarding podium series would stir my interest the Mclaren wheel was the only thing i wanted, pre order it and then added the quick release and payed... coupon for the quick release is pretty much something i will not use, since you are now offering the quick release any chance i can get only the quick release money back or do i have to cancel everything ? :/ , cause im still interested in the wheel....

    Thanks
    Lino
  • edited February 2018
    Well i have the V2.5 Base, porsche Rim, V3 Pedals and Handbreak ... until new stuff regarding podium series would stir my interest the Mclaren wheel was the only thing i wanted, pre order it and then added the quick release and payed... coupon for the quick release is pretty much something i will not use, since you are now offering the quick release any chance i can get only the quick release money back or do i have to cancel everything ? :/ , cause im still interested in the wheel....

    Thanks
    Lino
    I think you misunderstood the statement.
    You will get the McLaren wheel with a Quick Release.
    You will also get a coupon with a value of the Quick Release when you originally ordered the Quick Release, which would be 99,95 €. With this coupon you can buy something else in the webshop like another rim or a shifter.
  • edited February 2018
    Is the new McLaren rim gonna be compatible with the new Podium series? 
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