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Ever wondered if you could use Thrustmaster and Fanatec sim racing products together? I'll show you how to combine these two brands to create your perfect sim racing setup.
Fanatec and Thrustmaster are two of the biggest players in the world of sim racing. Both companies are renowned for creating some of the best sim racing wheels, pedals and peripherals available to buy today.
Both Fanatec and Thrustmaster have spent years building their own product ecosystem. With both companies having a wide range of wheel bases, steering wheels, pedals and more which all work within their own ecosystem.
What if you want to customise your sim racing rig and combine products from both companies together? We answer all of the questions regarding compatibility between the two companies and find out which products work with which.
One of the most common questions we get is – do Fanatec pedals work with Thrustmaster wheel? This is due to Fanatec producing some of the best sim racing pedal peripherals on the market. The Fanatec CSL Elite LC pedals are one of the best entry level pedals available, the LC standing for load cell.
The load cell which is directly integrated into the brake pedal produces one of the most realistic braking simulations you can get from a racing sim pedal. You can apply realistic brake pressure just like in a real car, with the pressure depending on how hard you press the pedal.
The second Fanatec pedal set which many would want to use with a Thrustmaster wheel, is the ClubSport Pedals V3. These pedals are one of the most premium sim racing pedal kits you can purchase and house the most advanced technology in any Fanatec pedal.
So with that covered, lets answer the question of using Fanatec pedals with Thrustmaster wheels.
Superb load cell pedals
The original Fanatec CSL Elite pedals don’t come with a separate USB connection, therefor wont work directly with any other wheel base except Fanatec. However, since the introduction of the load cell pedals, these are now supplied with their own dedicated USB cable.
This means that all Fanatec CSL Elite Pedals with a load cell will work with all Thrustmaster wheel bases.
This is only the case on PC, and only on racing games which support multiple inputs. This generally shouldn’t be an issue as all main stream race sims do support multiple inputs. iRacing, Assetto Corsa, Project Cars, Automobilista, Race Room and F1 2019 onwards all support multiple inputs so will work fine.
Outstanding build quality
Fanatec ClubSport pedals V3 (and V1 + V2) are supplied with their own USB. This means that you can connect them directly to your PC, and will work with any wheel base. Again, this is only the case on PC and with games which support multiple inputs which are listed above.
The main issue with trying to use Fanatec pedals with a Thrustmaster wheel Xbox or Fanatec pedals with a Thrustmaster wheel PS5, is that these consoles only support 1 USB input device. This means that both Xbox and PS5 can only have 1 input device plugged in at once. Connecting Fanatec pedals and a Thrustmaster wheel in to separate USB ports counts as 2 inputs, and therefore wouldn’t work on Xbox or PS5 out of the box. You will require an adapter.
There is a solution however, and that is using an adaptor such as a DriveHub or Basherboards CPX Adapter V2. These adapters allow you to connect Fanatec pedals to Thrustmaster wheel bases, allowing you to use products from different eco systems together on either Xbox or PS5. We talk about these two adapters later in this article. Click here to skip to the adapter details.
So we have covered how to use Fanatec pedals with a Thrustmaster wheel. But what if you fancy doing things the other way around. What if you want to use Thrustmaster pedals with a Fanatec wheel.
If you have the Thrustmaster TP3A Pro pedals, you can use them in combination with the Fanatec CSL Elite or ClubSport wheel bases. This is done in exactly the same way as we detailed above. On PC, as long as you are playing a multi-input compatible game, you can simply connect both the Thrustmaster pedals and the Fanatec wheel base to your PC in seperate USB ports. Your game will then pick up both inputs and away you go.
If you want to use Thrustmaster pedals with a Fanatec wheel on Xbox or PS5, you will require the DriveHub adapter.
Recommended Fanatec Handbrake
If you are racing on a PC, you can simply connect your Fanatec CS handbrake V1.5 to your Fanatec pedals and your handbrake will then work with all games. If you are using Thrustmaster pedals, you can simply connect your Fanatec handbrake to a Fanatec ClubSport USB Adapter, and you will be able to use your handbrake like normal.
If you are racing on either Xbox or PS5, you will have to use a Fanatec ClubSport USB Adapter, and then connect that to the DriveHub adapter.
Recommended Fanatec Shifter
The same applies with the Fanatec shifter, as with the handbrake. Simply use the compatibility method detailed above to utilise a Fanatec shifter with a Thrustmaster wheel. Again, this method works across PC, Xbox and PS5.
If you are really looking for a way of combining both Fanatec and Thrustmaster products together on a console, you will require some form of adaptor. As we mentioned above, both Xbox and PS5 only support 1 input device, meaning you can’t connect your peripherals seperately like you can on PC.
Luckily, there are a couple of options if you definitely want to use a Fanatec to Thrustmaster adapter on Xbox or PS5.
The only viable option for connecting Fanatec pedals and Thrustmaster wheels together on console, is the fantastic little DriveHub adapter. This adapter is still widely supported and allows you to connect your different peripherals to once centralised hub. This hub then connects to your console, and allows all sets of products to work together on the same console.
The great thing about the DriveHub is its huge compatibility with all sim racing products. It includes all main wheel bases, pedals, shifters and handbrakes from Fanatec, Thrustmaster and Logitech. This means you can create almost any combination of sim racing products, creating your ultimate sim rig for console.
The current peripheral compatibility for DriveHub is;
*ClubSport USB Adapter required
**Thrustmaster DB9 PEDALS T.RJ12 ADAPTER required
***Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless PC adapter required
Our original method of connecting Fanatec to Thrustmaster devices on consoles was the Basherboards CPX Adapter V2. This product worked very well on consoles, allowing you to connect your Fanatec pedals to your Thrustmaster wheel. However, unfortunately the CPX Adapter is no longer available to purchase. The only way to get your hands on this adapter is second hand.
The Basherboards CPX Adapter V2 is compatible with the following sim racing devices, allowing you to combine any of the following;
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You can use Fanatec handbrake with a Thrustmaster wheel. You will however need to purchase a Fanatec ClubSport USB adapter.
On PC, using Fanatec pedals with a Thrustmaster wheel is as simple as connecting both via USB. On Xbox or PS4, you can still use both together, however will require a DriveHub adapter.
Most race sims are compatible with multiple inputs including; iRacing, Assetto Corsa, Project Cars, Automobilista, F1 2019 and more.
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