Fanatec keeps announcing new steering wheel add-on’s for their Club Sport Wheel base. Today’s announcement is called the “Fanatec Flat1″ The wheel appears to use the same control Base as the Round 1 model.
Just like the Round1 steering wheel, it is a small rim measuring 270 mm, but this one is covered with suede leather. The Fanatec Flat1 also features additional buttons, and what Fanatec calls a tuning display. The wheel looks to be a copy of a MOMO Endurance wheel.
When looking at the preview screen of the Flat1, it almost looks as if this wheel picture is a mock-up. The brackets holding the button boxes do not line up and the Tuning display seemes to cover the Fanatec logo on top. That said, it could be a prototype… or is there another more important reason?
Our best guess is that Fanatec is building the steering wheels as a “Modular Design” where you can add buttons and features to your own liking. ( Keep in mind that this is just speculation on our part) If so, we have to admit this would be a rather cool feature that might please a big part of the Sim Racing community.
Fanatec also hinted that this is not the last wheel on offer. There will be another reveal soon.The next to be released Steering wheel will bring the number of newly announced wheels to six.
The Fanatec Flat1 wheel will be available this summer for 349,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax)
Fanatec’s Clubsport Shifter SQ is currently making the rounds on the sim racing hardware Youtube channels.
With SimRacingReview and Shaun Cole’s new The SimPit channel already having reviewed the shifter, InsideSimRacing can’t off course be much further behind as Darin Gangi has now released his review of Fanatec’s popular shifter as well.
Back in April Doug Meyer of Sim Racing introduced the Fanatec ClubSport Shifter. In this episode he takes a closer look at the shifter and mounts it on his Sim Racing rig. This time Doug talks about the sequential shifter, and will later on do a follow up on the H-Pattern version.
The Fanatec ClubSport Shifter is available in two different versions. A 7-speed traditional H-Pattern, or the same unit with added sequential support, in which the shifter can be switched from H-pattern to sequential mode by means of a slider on the side of the base unit.
The regular H Pattern shifter is sold for €149, while the SQ edition will retail for €199. Fanatec provides an optional table clamp for €29.
Sim racers can look forward to a cool new gadget from Fanatec as a brand new product from German hardware maker is on the horizon.
Following the introduction of the Clubsport shifter, Fanatec has gone a bit silent in terms of new products but it seems like the Fanatec engineers have been working on a brand new product in silence.
Sources close to Fanatec describe the new product as a ” insanely cool new addition to the CSW”. As Fanatec’s CSW base famously supports changeable steering wheel rims, a third wheel rim to add to the Formula & BMW GT2 options would be a likely choice to be the new product.
Thinking a bit outside the box, there is another possibility though: The CSW base does have a “data” port for accessories such as data displays. Up until now, no Fanatec hardware has yet made use of this port – Could the new product be some sort of display addition to the CSW?
Fanatec will reveal the new product “soon”, until then we all can enjoy the guessing games.