The new CLASSIC Wheel Rim for your ClubSport Wheel

edited May 2014 in Blog
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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  • What a beautiful rim! Well done.
  • Great rim
  • 35 cm !??? :( I was hoping for an oldschool F1 rim.
  • Looks like a call back to the old Act Lab Force RS wheel!
  • Do not like it at all. Would prefer classic Ferrari F40 rim or 2014 F1 rim from Mercedes or Redbull with big LED display on the center.
    And way too expensive for my taste...350€ just for this rim?? Just metal and leather.

    Really do not understand this politics from you, Thomas.


  • Great looking rim. Well done!

    Mike
  • Whoa! $349! Waaaay too much! No go.
  • edited May 2014
    I was hoping fore a lighter GT rim or even a DTM style rim. This does not make me happy. It looks nice though, be it "a bit" overpriced.
  • Why it's 100 euros more than the BMW rim :s
    No buttons, no official branding/licensing so like many others, I'm struggling to understand the high price.
    I'd prefer a DTM style rim personally but guess I'll stick with my BMW and Formula rims for now
  • Looks great, seems a little expensive. Please make a hub only package that we can put or own wheels on.
  • Please explain why it cost almost as yours BMW and F1 rims together?
  • I get it! This is just a joke people, Fanatec is preparing to release proper F1 wheel :-)
  • edited May 2014
    Wow, fail.  I can almost buy 2 GT3RS wheels for the price of this...  I hope you did your market research and this sells for you.  I think the 'lot of effort' was put in the wrong product.
  • Really disappointed with the price. Just makes no sense asking that much for such a simple wheel. 100% wont be purchasing this one.
  • Its not to everyone's taste but a nice alternative wheel type
  • one for xbox and ps4 anything??
  • Does it come with blinker and headlight switches or will that be optional?
  • I was impatient with the release of the new product and was sure I would buy it, but € 350 for a wheel with less parts and components... no way.
    Put this wheel at affordable price and you will sell as many as CSW bases you sold.
    For that price I buy another F1 wheel, I dismount and use the quick release and electronics to mount any wheel I want and your business are over.
    I hope the marketing department think about it.
  • Historics are my favorites, but I won't buy this. I just don't understand the pricetag at all.
    Less for more? I would give 200€ for something like this. It's not like it's a piece of art...

    What we need is just a univerval hub, so we can bolt on the wheel we really want. A real big retro wheel with thin wooden rim. Or a Nascar wheel, karting, whatever. Let us choose, and make us a hub/adapter with quickrelease. It'll sell like mad! (If you won't charge 200€ for it that is...)
  • edited May 2014
    Historics are my favorites, but I won't buy this. I just don't understand the pricetag at all.
    Less for more? I would give 200€ for something like this. It's not like it's a piece of art...

    What we need is just a univerval hub, so we can bolt on the wheel we really want. A real big retro wheel with thin wooden rim. Or a Nascar wheel, karting, whatever. Let us choose, and make us a hub/adapter with quickrelease. It'll sell like mad! (If you won't charge 200€ for it that is...)
    I would also like to see a QR hub sold separately, but I guess all hell would break lose, when all these DIY projects fails. BTW. When I asked for an oldschool F1 rim I meant something like Graham Hills Lotus 49 1968 version, wich also could apply to most Formula One 60-70-80 ties.
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  • Nice looking wheel.

    Shocking price that can only alienate your fan base from your products.


    Good luck shifting the wheels at that price, you'll need it..
  • ...at the moment $350 is approx £210 GBP and 350 euros is approx £300 GBP

  • Wow - that's incredible expensive...

    IF and only if it's available with RED leather - this will be a cool homage to the Lotus 49 steering wheel. It's still not that cool at that price though... does thomas need more $$$ for that crack he's smoking? Sheesh!
  • I like the look. I'd prefer it a little large so I can use it on Euro Truck Simulator 2 as more realistic truck wheel. The price is too high though, so rather than get divorced, I'll just make do with the BMW Z4 GT3 and Formula Wheels.
  • This is obviously a joke as with no buttons how are you suppose to change the settings of the base or at least that's my opinion.
  • Like I mentioned to other fellow Simracers... I just feel insulted. It's ok to have diversity, but overprice a product like that?!?! With a little more I could buy another wheel base from other manufacturer... Come one!!
  • edited May 2014
    Like I mentioned to other fellow Simracers... I just feel insulted. It's ok to have diversity, but overprice a product like that?!?! With a little more I could buy another wheel base from other manufacturer... Come one!!

  • I would have rather seen a QR wheel plate where a 3rd party rim could be used. DSD has these for the G27-G25 and I think it's a great concept. I don't see myself buying this rim sorry I have always tried to be supportive but I just can't do it. A while back I did some research on Aftermarket Steering Wheels and all that is offered and while your rim does have some electronics you lose a lot of functionality and would basically need a button box as well to make up for it so then your easily over 500 dollars. For this price I would have expected a Wood wheel rim!
  • Like I mentioned to other fellow Simracers... I just feel insulted. It's ok to have diversity, but overprice a product like that?!?! With a little more I could buy another wheel base from other manufacturer... Come one!!



    Insulted? Really? just because a company makes a product that you are not interested in and think its costs too much? there are many companies that make expensive products I'm not interested in but it doesn't make me feel insulted, I just don't buy them
  • Personally, I do not like this wheel and would never buy it.  

    I just hope that there are more wheels coming shortly and Fanatec hasn't spent the last 2 years developing this thing.

    Where's the Porsche rim shown in the CSS video?  I'm sure that would be received much better than this wheel, but it still can't be $400.  That's just nuts. 
  • I agree, I LOVE Fanatec products, but this pricing is beyond me. I understand it must be high quality, but why on earth would anyone pay more than the BMW Rim, which is licensed and has a ton more technology and must cost more to produce, for this basic (though elegant) wheel? I don't get it myself. Have to pass on this one, and I have bought about everything else they make. Hope more choices from Fanatec in the $75-200 range become available in the near future. Also agree a universal adapter for the QR that included the necessary circuit board/tuning menu, which could mate to a matching adapter to put on standard available 3rd party (real car) wheels is a winner. This would sell well to CSW owners like me and open up your market to new potential customers. 
  • Looks beautiful!
  • edited May 2014
    Nice looking wheel but very expensive. Please concentrate on mechanical/electrical improvements like a drop-in motor upgrade/replacement package with ball bearings and tighter windings (like the Bühler 1.13.046.401/404.which is actually made in Germany and has a stall torque of 290mNm). The weight of this rim would completely overwhelm the stock motors (about 5.2 Nm of torque) which already has difficulty with the weight of the BMW rim. Two  Bühlers would provide 8.8 Nm of torque which would considerably enhance the feel of the ffb when using the larger, heavier rims. Currently only the Formula rim provides adequate ffb strength without clipping.

    This is not meant as a criticism of the existing CSW design, which is ground breaking in many respects. However, the bushed Mabuchi motors used fade as they heat up and the bushings obscure the fine detail of the ffb that the electronics resolve from the sim software.
  • Like I mentioned to other fellow Simracers... I just feel insulted. It's ok to have diversity, but overprice a product like that?!?! With a little more I could buy another wheel base from other manufacturer... Come one!!



    Insulted? Really? just because a company makes a product that you are not interested in and think its costs too much? there are many companies that make expensive products I'm not interested in but it doesn't make me feel insulted, I just don't buy them
    Cmon Kevin, we Csw owners are waiting 2 years for promised new rims and we get this!? - for price biger than licenced Bmw GT wheel - this must be a joke :-( 
  • Nice looking wheel but very expensive. Please concentrate on mechanical/electrical improvements like a drop-in motor upgrade/replacement package with ball bearings and tighter windings (like the Bühler 1.13.046.401/404.which is actually made in Germany and has a stall torque of 290mNm). The weight of this rim would completely overwhelm the stock motors (about 5.2 Nm of torque) which already has difficulty with the weight of the BMW rim. Two  Bühlers would provide 8.8 Nm of torque which would considerably enhance the feel of the ffb when using the larger, heavier rims. Currently only the Formula rim provides adequate ffb strength without clipping.

    This is not meant as a criticism of the existing CSW design, which is ground breaking in many respects. However, the bushed Mabuchi motors used fade as they heat up and the bushings obscure the fine detail of the ffb that the electronics resolve from the sim software.
    Hit the nail on the head.  This should be top priority. 
  • awful looking ,not exiting wheel by far to expensive absolutely No GO
  • I agree with the sentiments towards red leather, or at least another color that compliments the rest of the Fanatec gear. As for the rim style, it certainly is something different from the F1 and GT2, and it's unique when compared to competing products.

    Personally, I just don't drive the cars that would best suit the rim.

    As far as iRacing goes (stat sheet), only 94 of the 12,973 drivers that competed in road racing events last week used the Lotus 49.  Even if you consider MX-5 and oval drivers as potential purchasers of this rim, the value proposition is weak.
  • the only way i would buy this wheel (if i had the CSW, i have the csr elite) is if the rim actually unbolts from the Q/R and you actually can adapt to whatever aftermarket steering wheel you wanted. on my csr-e i need to press a button on the wheel in order to connect to the pc, is this the same with the CSW?
  • First of all I'm very happy to see this wheel rim as a life sign from Fanatec. The old blog has been very quiet lately and I started to get worried. But since this came out, all seems to be OK. :)

    From my point of view, the wheel rim itself is nothing special or fancy, but it's at least decent-looking. I think there's not much more you can expect from a classic wheel rim in terms of looks. A wooden rim like on the "OMP Monza" would have looked good too, but in my eyes the leather is ok (and will most likely provide good grip).

    The price tag is really heavy on this for just a bit of aluminum and leather, so I assume the rim itself is only the half of the story!

    At least on the consoles, you can't live without a set of buttons! On the PC, it would be quite annoying to re-map all the buttons (that formerly were on your GT or Formula rim) to the keyboard just to compensate the lack of the buttons on the rim. I assume not much customers would be ok with that extra work.

    So here's a wild guess, and I hope no one feels offended or sad when I'm completely wrong: 
    There MIGHT be a separate Fanatec button box on the way that provides all buttons and pots like the rims do, and it COULD probably be plugged into the separate interface port in the wheel base.
    Then it would make sense to include this button box in the set price of the rim and that would surely justify the high price tag.

    Let me just make a short calculation:
    You get an awesome Derek Speare button box for around 130 bucks.
    A quality classic style wheel rim with leather would go for about 150 bucks (check out the MOMO Prototipo, looks pretty similar, don't you think?)
    The prices above are retail prices, so Fanatec should be able to obtain or produce these somewhat cheaper. So rough-guessing with that prices should leave Fanatec with a fair margin.
    To sum this up there would be at least 70 bucks leftover for the quick release system, which sounds realistic to me when peeking at the formula rim price. So in theory, an all in one package with rim and button box sounds possible to me.

    So I can only hope I'm on the right track with my wild speculations. If I'm wrong then please excuse the waste of time reading this...

    Best regards,

    Timo



  • For people who like classic cars looks nice but is not my case and $350 for this rim is too much, how many classic cars we have in pc sim ? Just games like GT and Forza offer a wide variety of classic cars to enjoy this rim, but, without any buttons is no possible to connect on Playstation and the CSW is not compatible to the xbox 360 or xb one. I'm waiting for more lighter GT rim and DTM or F1 real size rim, and i hope in the near future you made something like a CSW v2 compatible to PS4, XB1 and PC because i can't back to use Logitech's and Thrustmaster's.
  • edited May 2014
    Well I´m a Fanatec admirer, fan and adict, so I´m buying.
    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?



  • Thanks Frans! We have one customer!!!
    <:-P
  • Is this a joke, or some kind of bizarr psychological experiment?
  • A wheel completely devoid of any buttons is great for events! Yay!.. But I agree with the lot on the price tag.. it should retail for around €200.. Nevertheless, I guess I'll have to buy 6 of'em.....
  • What? You want to have 6 (SIX) units? :O

    Damn, we need to produce more right away.

  • edited May 2014
    Well, consider the fact that you just sent me 7 csw, bmw rims and sq shifters, its only reasonable :) For my 301's you know....
    One is finished btw.. and two more should be finished tonight...



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  • Fantastic!
  • edited May 2014
    A bit pricy looks good I prob. wil get one too :)

    It looks a little like this:


  • Well, consider the fact that you just sent me 7 csw, bmw rims and sq shifters, its only reasonable :) For my 301's you know....
    One is finished btw.. and two more should be finished tonight...






    WOW!!! What are you doing with all those wheel and pedal sets? I'm very curious. Please share. :)
  • I am rebuilding 6x Force Dynamics 301 motion simulators...

    I am aiming for this:

    Should be ready by the end of may. (Note the animation video has 8, I only have 6)

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