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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Comments

  • Wow love this!!!!
  • Really cool Thomas, I'm first in line. Well done.
  • Well the Playstation buttons will only hurt your eyes if you use them on Xbox, are you going to make this stuff compatible with the Xbox One wheel ?
  • Outstanding..can I be first :D

    (well, maybe behind Richard Pittam)
  • edited May 2014
    I want one!!! I'm third in line. More info please, I've been F5'ing this page for 3 weeks now. I know your answer: Please be patient we will give you all info in due time. I just can't wait anymore. I will personally drive to Germany next week and steel one from your warehouse and send you the money via paypal ^:)^ You Rock Fanatec
  • Looks great, and those rim prices are reasonable.

    Will future QR hubs contain electronics to support other consoles?  For example, this appears to be a PC/PS3 hub.  Could one expect there to be a hub that supports Xbox One or PS4 in the future?  It looks like you guys could go that way with this design...and that would pretty darn smart!
  • First, some compliments. I think the sign of an innovative company is when they produce a product that 'nobody' specifically asked for yet everybody wants. The pricing model is also smart. $250 for the "hub" is a lot but "just $100 for each rim" is perfect because it makes Fanatec rims far cheaper than 3rd party alternatives. Once you have the hubs, you are likely to drop $1-200 on some new Fanatec's rims instead of spending $200+ on one 3rd party rim. I cannot wait to go to scrap yards and picking up some production car rims and retrofitting them.

    Couple questions:

    1. What is the weight of the wheel hub and the additional accessories?
    2. Given the PS buttons present on the hub, can you comment PS4 compatibility? I assume you will need this new hub (which is fine)?
    3. Would it be possible to insert the required security chip for the Xbox One in a wheel hub with Xbox buttons to make the CSW base XB1 compatible?
    4. Could the data port support a "rumble" add on?
    5. Does this new hub still have a "logitech mode"?
    6. Has the tuning menu changed?
    7. Is hot swapping buttons possible?
    8. Can we insert our own paddle shifters a la 'old' CSW rims?
  • Fantastic move by Fanatec and this should temp in a lot of racers who want to customise their rig with a nice wheel rim and not have to resort to drills, dremels, welding torches and a first aid kit. I hope to upgrade to a CSW some time this year even though my 5 year old PWTS is still working fine.
  • Absolutey awesome. So in two or three weeks I've gone from despair at WTF are Fanatec doing!? To just 'Wow!'

    Great concept.

    Just one thing please to make the day complete. A complete eternal ban on anyone asking anything about xBone compatibility...
  • Just one thing please to make the day complete. A complete eternal ban on anyone asking anything about xBone compatibility...
    Have you used a Fanatec product with a Forza title?  It's great and worth asking for, whether you want to hear it or not.
  • I second that dont they read, its not up to Fanatec to decide if they can support Xbone compatability If you wanna play Xbone with a wheel talk to Madcatz and Mircrosoft. So please no more questions about XBoX1 compatability thank you.
  • Alexander,

    Thanks for the Kudos. :-)

    1. the weight will be announced later
    2. Compatibility depends on the base unit
    3. Technically possible
    4. yes
    5. Depends on the base
    6. Depends on the base (no)
    7. Depends on the base (yes)
    8. Yes. You can even mount the adjustable paddles of the universal hub to your BMW rim
  • Without pinning you down Thomas, can we assume the pre-order period wont be as long as things like CSW and CSS?
    I'm soo excited :D

  • Alexander,

    Thanks for the Kudos. :-)

    1. the weight will be announced later
    2. Compatibility depends on the base unit
    3. Technically possible
    4. yes
    5. Depends on the base
    6. Depends on the base (no)
    7. Depends on the base (yes)
    8. Yes. You can even mount the adjustable paddles of the universal hub to your BMW rim
    About number 2.... But there's no base unit that supports PS4 right now...
  • Without pinning you down Thomas, can we assume the pre-order period wont be as long as things like CSW and CSS?
    I'm soo excited :D

    The production of the first batch is already finished so it will not bee too long.
  • Alexander,

    Thanks for the Kudos. :-)

    1. the weight will be announced later
    2. Compatibility depends on the base unit
    3. Technically possible
    4. yes
    5. Depends on the base
    6. Depends on the base (no)
    7. Depends on the base (yes)
    8. Yes. You can even mount the adjustable paddles of the universal hub to your BMW rim
    Awesome.Thank you for the responses. Especially #8. That is awesome and should be listed as a feature when the product page goes up.

    In terms of PS4 compatibility, I understand it is a tricky situation. Lets just hope Logitech works with SCE. I should say though, as a console (and PC owner), it is hard to invest in (any, not just Fanatec) sim racing equipment without knowing how that whole situation will play out.
  • I knew that's where you were going with this. Excellent Thomas, absolutely excellent! Now I'll finally be able to use the Sparco wheel from my G25.
  • Hat's off again Thomas - absolutely amazing  ^:)^
  • Without pinning you down Thomas, can we assume the pre-order period wont be as long as things like CSW and CSS?
    I'm soo excited :D



    The production of the first batch is already finished so it will not bee too long.


    So was the jabs by the communities worth the press releases for these items in the order in which they were? People beat you up pretty good in the forums due to the fact they had no idea of what all they will get for their money. Anyway I will have fun with this and look forward to possibly getting in on the first batch
  • Awwwe yeah! Brilliant!
  • One last set of questions:

    IF new base units are developed (not asking if they are
    currently) is it safe to assume the following:

    1. Future base units on (PC/PS4/XB1) will use the current quick
    release system?

    2. Old CSW rims will work with new base units on (PC/PS4/XB1)?

    3. The new hub will be compatible with new base units on (PC/PS4/XB1)?


  • Wow, great stuff. No wonder you guys were silent for so long. You're becoming the Lego of sim racing equipment. Now, the only thing holding me back from (pre)ordering, is confirmation of Xbox One compatibility.
  • Very cool idea. Even after market rims can be mounted.

    I will grab one for sure.


    B-)
  •  

    @Thomas this hub will be compatible for csr elite??

  • To all the guys that keep on speaking of XB1 compatibility, please read this thread:

    http://eu.fanatec.com/forum/discussion/85/xbox-one-compatibility-faq-and-poll/p1
  •  

    @Thomas this hub will be compatible for csr elite??




    Obviously and unfortunately NO, because this hub is based on the quick release design of the Clubsport base.
  • To all the guys that keep on speaking of XB1 compatibility, please read this thread:

    http://eu.fanatec.com/forum/discussion/85/xbox-one-compatibility-faq-and-poll/p1
    Exactly, that involves legacy hardware (from the perspective of Sony and MS). Thomas said:

    "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."

    And now this:
    "
    2. Given the PS buttons present on the hub, can you comment PS4
    compatibility? I assume you will need this new hub (which is fine)?" 2. Compatibility depends on the base unit

    So if you read between the lines, one could be lead to assume that the QR hub is not restricted to one platform or another. In fact, it needs only be compatible with future bases, and through those future bases there may be support for XB1 and PS4.
  • I already said this in an other thread, but I will say it again...this is a brilliant and well thought out design.

    Also it's more than nice, to let the customer decide weather to put a third party wheel on the hub, or a Fanatec one (on a really competetive price point, I should add). This shouldn't be taken for granted. Wait for e.g. Thrustmaster to do something like this...no it won't happen.

    Congratulations Thomas and Fanatec on this product!


    I'm in for the GT wheel, the static shifter with carbon paddles and maybe the handbrake, if I can figure out if and how I can mount it on my cheap Playseat :)
  • edited May 2014
    This is tempting me to get a CSW even though I have a CSR Elite.
  •  I'm in for the GT wheel, the static shifter with carbon paddles and maybe the handbrake, if I can figure out if and how I can mount it on my cheap Playseat :)
    Hi Attila.

    You can easily do what I have done and bolt a small wooden board to the flat wheel plate/deck and then bolt the CSW base to that. This will give you a bit more flexibility to position it too.
  • It will be interesting how much weight the quick release unit will have.

    I would love to get a full on custom LMP1 or F1 wheels with rotaries display the lot, but the original Formula is only 1,2 kg and I checked and some comparable Momo wheels (MOD.27c) weight around 0,65kg. If you than add a display, a lot of button switches and so on you could end up already at 1,2kg and then you have the quick release system.
    If it weights around 500g or less I will be 100% impressed. For the moment it's 95% ;)


  • Hi Attila.

    You can easily do what I have done and bolt a small wooden board to the flat wheel plate/deck and then bolt the CSW base to that. This will give you a bit more flexibility to position it too.



    Hello Ian,

    Actually I didn't refer to the CSW base (I have installed it on my Playseat evolution, without a problem), but rather to the Clubsport handbrake...Thanks for your tip anyway.
  • And there I am so happy that I waited so long!
    =D>


  • Hi Attila.

    You can easily do what I have done and bolt a small wooden board to the flat wheel plate/deck and then bolt the CSW base to that. This will give you a bit more flexibility to position it too.



    Hello Ian,

    Actually I didn't refer to the CSW base (I have installed it on my Playseat evolution, without a problem), but rather to the Clubsport handbrake...Thanks for your tip anyway.
    Ah, sorry about the misunderstanding.
  • If you want to mount the handbrake or anything else to your rig regardless of maker, try to find a metal fab shop. I have found that they charge little to nothing to weld a small plate or tube (whatever u need) to your rig.They find it interesting. Might turn a few of them into sim racers also. 
  • Hi Thomas! Awsome stuff u have announced! I will be purchasing as soon as there released. Will they be available in Australia at the same time as eu and us.
  • Hi Thomas. First of all congratulations for your products. I have the old CSW series products...excellent gear.
    Anyway I have 3 questions:

    1. Why didn't you do an F1 rim for this hub?
    2. Is there a possibility to have 4 paddles: 2 for gearshift, 2 for the clutch?
    3. Is there a possibility to have a data display and to mount it on this hub or on a generic f1 rim?

    thanks a lot....best wishes
  • Hello,

    Will you be introducing a stronger motor package upgrade to handle the additional weight of aftermarket rims? The stock motors can barely handle the weight of the BMW rim now.

    Thank you.
  • Hi Thomas,

    It'd be good if there were different configuration options for this.

    For example all I need is the adapter so I can just connect an aftermarket rim. I don't need paddles, buttons or anything extra. They could all be additional options?

    Best,
    Matt
  • Man I so can't wait to find out the weight and release date, I've even already gone and brought a super light-weight omp wheel for it and will get the flat1 depending on weight.
  • Hi Thomas,

    Congratulations on these great products. Very much looking forward to these. Shall be placing my order as soon as possible! The better half won't be happy when I fill the house with different rims!

  • Hi Thomas,

    Congratulations on these great products. Very much looking forward to these. Shall be placing my order as soon as possible! The better half won't be happy when I fill the house with different rims!

    James there are far worse addictions. :-)
  • edited June 2014
    I just played around a little with the various possibilities of mounting the satellites to the USB-Hub fitting one of my custom-wheels.

    image

    For this reason I build some kind of a construction-kit at a Photoshop graphic - a PSD-file with various layers, which contains the plate of the hub on a background, where the custom-wheel will be fixed at - and each part that is necessary to mount a satellite to the hub - every part in a different layer. You can easily copy the parts from their templates, mirror and turn them if possible and put them at the position you want them to appear! If you have mounted one side, it could be helpful just to copy and simply mirror the whole side and put the copy to the other one.

    You can put a graphic of your custom-wheel (make sure, that it is exempted from all surrounding stuff - even at the mounting-holes) at the top of the layers to control, how the satellites fit together with the wheel - you just have to size the wheel correctly (you can resize it with correct ratio in both spaces by selecting it overall, chose "transform>scaling" and hold the "STRG"-Key, while changing the size with dragging. It should be perfect, if the green (or blue) markers of the mounting-holes can be seen exactly center-positioned through the holes of the resized steering-wheel.

    Now you can start to put the parts "behind" the wheel and position them once to fit one of the mounting-holes and not covering one of the mounting holes for the wheel.

    If all parts are properly positioned, you can put copies of the knob with the correct lighting over each knob at the satellite-units. This is helpful for getting a credible view of the complete installation, as the lights at the knobs of the satellite-unit vary with their mounting-position and disturb the overall picture quite heavy then.

    You can remark the holes to be used for mounting with copies of the red ring additionally, if you want. But you mustn´t! ;)

    I have left some of the variations for my Moto-Lita at the folder "completely mounted sets" - to see a shade of this wheel in interaction to them, you can make the layer: "PERPETRATED BY CITYTEA - JUNE 2014" visible. Maybe somebody can already use one of these or they will fit with minor corrections. Or you get some new ideas of what is able...

    Grab the PSD-File from my webspace:

    http://www.citytea.de/Images/Satellite-Construction-Kit_for_Fanatec_CSW-USB-Hub.psd


    And now happy constructing! I´m sure you can post your results here at the blog!
  • edited June 2014
    Hi Klaus.

    Thanks for your psd file, I shall have a play with it. Nice to see some more positivity! :)


  • Now we just need a release date :)
  • edited June 2014

    Updated version of the construction-kit. Transformed to the correct sizes, so now you can at least print the center out on a DIN A4 sheet directly from Photoshop in real size, using non-scaled, centered and horizontal layout of the sheet (Landscape?) 

    Added rulers and upped to 18 complete satellite-set-variations (but all of them mainly fitting the 9-screw connection-ring of Moto-Lita and with often just minor differences to some earlier ones). Feel free to delete all sets, you don´t like/need from the kit. 

    Double the size around 80 mb now, cause resolution is higher to fit correct print-size. (The original, I´m using has a space of 180 mb, though)

    Grab the new PSD-File from my webspace:

    http://www.citytea.de/Images/Satellite-Construction-Kit_for_Fanatec_CSW-Universal-Hub_V21.psd

    Some of the sets:

    image

  • 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.


    Fanatec, I don't know who the visionary is in your organization maybe it's just your team. But your products and the quality of your products plus the innovation makes you the Apple of Internet racing hardware. This last product the “Universal Steering Hub” that goes on your Club Sport Steering is an absolute stroke of genius. The idea is so simple but so innovative. It is companies like yours and IRacing that has taken Internet racing to a much higher level. All I can say is make lots of money stay business healthy and keep those products coming.  “Customer” & “Fan” Note: I'm hoping to order some of these new products to take back with me to Mexico when we come back in October.So hopefully you'll start shipping before that.
  • hear hear!
  • When it will be available for pre-order in US store?
    When does it ship?
  • Third and final version of the Satellite-construction-kit. The PSD-File is packed as a RAR of ~ 80Gb now. Same as before it has the correct sizes, so you can print out at least the center at a DIN A 4-paper. Just the resolution of pixels is reduced down to 156ppi, which is still pretty higher than the usual 72ppi. But it is easier to place the parts exactly to their position in this larger size with 2070² pixel if you use just the visible sector of it in a 100 or even 200%-view... (I´m using it with a genuine size of 3370² pixel and 256ppi with a size of 430Gb - even lower as my working-sheets for car-painting, but I found, that those sizes can not be read in again at most of the other computers.

    If you try to use this sheet with a different painting-program as Photoshop, it may be, that the layer-groups will be messed up and are gone after opening, so you may find an awful size of unsorted heavy-to-overview single layers - as well, I have no idea, what happens to the color-marks of the layers and groups, which usually help a lot to sort the whole mass of data... Anyway - try it and see, what happens.

    http://www.citytea.de/Images/Satellite-Construction-Kit_for_Fanatec_CSW-Universal-Hub_V4.rar

    I now have added a Morgan-Park Threewheeler steering-wheel with a diameter of 28/27cm in six different variations and 11 complete satellite-sets, where I used the new markers for mounting-points. (the old "rings" got to mark the mounting-points of the actual steeringwheel overall at the group now) This wheel as well was constructed completely in Photoshop after the specs of their website. I think about to built the whole thing at all by myself, maybe...

    The Moto-Lita-wheel has got 31 different satellite-sets now - I have let them all in "stock", even the ones, where I used the old markers for the mounting-holes (which were difficult to remove after once combining the complete set to one layer, but then editing it later) though there are just minor variations between some of them, that finally lead to about six variations that came to the shortlist. As this one has a very big center-plate, most of them will not be useful for other wheels, but I think it may be from interest, to see, what is possible at all.

    Pretty same with the Morgan-Park-centerplate. It is at least also quite big with this original Morgan-mounting-plate. But I already found it difficult, to mount all four satellites to this one yet, with a smaller center-ring it could be even worse without cutting something away from the arms. A quite interesting solution was the mount of the arms as a "spiral", but the variations are quite low to fit different mounting-holes without covering the holes for the steering-wheel itself. So the whole thing is quite tricky and for me it was a huge simplification to find out, what is possible at all with the help of this sheet. I hope, it can be as helpful for you!

    Again - feel free to delete every layer or group of the sheet, that are not interesting for you and the special needs at your own wheel - they are just suggestions and the result of my own playing around with this sheet.

    Finally some pics of what you may recieve:

    image

    image

    image

    Now have fun with playing around!

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