Fanatec Launch New Direct Drive Wheel Base – CSL DD – Price, Release Date

Fanatec have officially launched a brand new direct drive wheel base, the Fanatec CSL DD. Priced at just €349.95 / $349.95, Here is everything we know.

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Fanatec New CSL DD Wheel Base

Fanatec have officially launched a new low cost direct drive wheel base, the Fanatec CSL DD.

After teasing us for the past week, Fanatec have officially shown us the first glimpse at the Fanatec CSL DD. Fanatec are hailing this as the new standardd in direct drive wheel bases.

What is the Fanatec CSL DD

The Fanatec CSL DD is the German sim racing manufacturer’s newest wheel base. It houses a direct drive force feedback system, which means the steering wheel is connected directly to the motor.

Fanatec CSL DD Wheel Base
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When connected directly like this, it allows for much stronger and more precise force feedback compared to gear driven, or belt driven FFB. If you are serious about sim racing, then direct drive is the best experience you can get.

This new direct drive wheel base is Fanatec’s smallest and cheapest direct drive wheel base. It houses a brand new custom built motor which is capable of creating up to 8Nm of torque. As standard it will be able to create 5Nm of torque. However if you add the optional Boost Kit 180, you will be able to safely increase that to 8Nm.

It features Fanatec’s current quick-release system which means it is completely compatible with all modern Fanatec wheels. This quick-release system is interchangeable, which is important, as Fanatec plan to release a new quick-release later this year. When that does get released, you will be able to fit it to this wheel base.

Fanatec CSL DD Compatibility
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How much does the Fanatec CSL DD cost

The new Fanatec CSL DD wheel base costs just €349.95 / $349.95.

This is very cheap for a true direct-drive wheel base. To put that in context, the much more powerful DD1 comes in at €1,199.95. This new wheel base is much less powerful, however under €350 for a direct drive wheel base is still extremely good value.

View the CSL DD on Fanatec’s official website.

Fanatec CSL DD compatibility

As mentioned above, the Fanatec CSL DD comes with Fanatec’s tried and tested quick-release system. This allows it to be compatible out of the box with all current Fanatec wheels.

Moving forward, you will be able to change out the quick-release for the new QR2 quick-release which Fanatec are launching later this year.

Currently there is no confirmation of platform compatibility. This means we currently don’t know whether this new direct drive wheel base will work on either PlayStation or Xbox consoles.

Update – Fanatec CEO Thomas Jackermeier has confirmed that this iteration of the Fanatec CSL DD will be compatible with PC and Xbox only, and wont be compatible with PlayStation consoles. However, there will be future versions of the new CSL DD product which will be PS4 and PS5 compatible.

Watch the official Fanatec CSL DD launch video

Fanatec CSL DD release date

Fanatec haven’t confirmed a release date yet for the Fanatec CSL DD. Over on the Fanatec official forum, CEO Thomas Jackermeier has mentioned that it will be release in Q3 2021. Pre-orders will be available, and will launch once Fanatec have a reliable release date.

Update – Pre-orders of the new Fanatec CSL DD wheel base are beginning now. Read this full article on when and how you can pre-order the Fanatec CSL DD.

Official Fanatec CSL DD Features

  • Direct-Drive system delivers instant, detailed force feedback
  • Linear, consistent performance (5 Nm peak torque with standard power supply)
  • Patented, exclusive FluxBarrier™ technology optimises motor efficiency and smoothness
  • Full Fanatec SDK support ensures game compatibility out of the box for all major racing games
  • Standard Tuning Menu allows beginners to get started quickly without having to worry about settings
  • Advanced Tuning Menu allows enthusiasts to fine-tune the force feedback characteristics to suit their driving preferences
  • High-resolution (contactless) Hall-position-sensor, same as Podium Series
  • Steering axis made from carbon fibre-enhanced composite
  • Fanless – wheel base housing is made from aluminium (passive heat sink, core structural component) with composite end caps
  • Wireless-QR technology (slip ring system, life-tested 24/7 for thousands of hours) means no mechanical rotation limiter, provides cable-free delivery of power and data to steering wheels
  • Automotive-grade quick release, exchangeable
  • T-nut rail system on sides and bottom for easily adjustable hard-mounting

View the CSL DD on Fanatec’s official website.

Fanatec CSL DD FAQs

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