Fanatec Clubsport Wheelbase V2 Review


Shaun Cole On September 3, 2014
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This is the full review of the newly announced Fanatec Clubsport Wheelbase V2 model.  The original V1 model was one of the most loved wheel in the sim racing market.  And despite the success of the wheel Fanatec went back to the drawing board and made several large improvements to the wheel.  This new design comes at a slightly higher price, but gives you more wheel for the money.

In this review we cover all of the important details about this new wheelbase.  We look at the differences between the old model and the new one.  And we take a detailed look at the wheel both inside and out.  By the end of the review you ought to know everything there is to know about the Clubsport V2 wheelbase, including which wheel rims will work with the base.

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Tim Chitwood On 2015-04-02 14:00:25
Tim Chitwood

Not sure how this ended up at top of the latest list on SimPit, but glad I watched it. I went with the T500 partially because at the time Fanatec was not signed on PS4 officially. Anyways, this is a great looking setup. 

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Daniel Santana On 2015-03-30 14:22:04
Daniel Santana

Shaun, why do you still driving a T500rs instead of a CSW V2? Nice work as always! Congratulations.

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Lee Thornton On 2015-01-14 04:21:58
Lee Thornton

Nice review Shaun. Iv just purchased the v2, but for the life of me I can't get the Rev meter to work? Also how do you get the speed to display on the wheel also. I have the f1 and Porsche 918 wheel. 

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Lee Thornton On 2015-01-14 04:25:20
Lee Thornton

Forgot to say in iracing (Rev light option is also ticked)

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Shaun Cole On 2015-01-17 00:07:34
Shaun Cole

I am using FanaLEDS, a program that runs with the fantec wheel. WEBSITE LINK


BRUCE CORRY On 2014-12-17 09:30:33
BRUCE CORRY

THANKS FOR REVIEW SHAUN! AFTER WATCHING THIS REVIEW YOU MADE UP MY MIND AND I ORDERED CLUBSPORT V2 BASE.HAD CONSIDERED BUYING USED V1 OFF EBAY BUT THIS MADE ME REALIZE V2 WAS WORTH THE WAIT(AND EVERYONE ON EBAY WAS GETTING AS MUCH FOR USED V1 NOW AS IT IS TO SPEND THE BUCKS AND ORDER V2 AND BE WILLNG TO WAIT 4 MONTHS0. MY ONLY BURNING QUESTION IS THE PANEL TO THE RIGHT OF CLUBSPORT.IS IT FOR YOUR BUTTKICKERS? I SEE IT MARKED SEAT BUT THAT'S ALL I CAN MAKE OUT IN VIDEO.LOOKS TO ME LIKE A VOLUME CONTROL FOR YOUR BUTTKICKERS.PLEASE SCRATCH THIS ITCH IN MY BRAIN!! IF IT IS A VOLUME CONTROL...WHERE DID YOU ACQUIRE THE PANEL? AND HOW IS IT SET UP WITH THE SIMVIBE? I HAVE 5 BUTTKICKERS WITH SIMVIBE AND AM TRYING TO FIGURE WAY TO ADJUST THEM "ON THE FLY". I APPRECIATE YOUR INPUT. THANKS AGAIN.

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Frans Brink On 2014-10-29 13:09:38
Frans Brink

Hi Shaun!
Could you please share your CSW v2 settings, like in iRacing/Skippy. Any tweaking in the app.ini ?? and are you using 0% or 100% Damper in the driver settings?
BTW. Great (as always) show - "Project Sim Racer".

Regards,
Frans

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Reggie Jewett On 2014-09-16 15:36:53
Reggie Jewett

I just purchased a new CSW V1, last month and have not even opened it yet, as we have been vacationing. So I
am naturally disappointed I could not have ordered there latest product. However in fairness if I would have just purchased a new car for thousands and then discovered the new model just released a few months later seems to be greater and better. I know that the manufacture would not offer a trade up for a new one, even if I was willing to pay the difference. 
I am sure with all the reviews that have been on the CSW V1 I will be very happy.

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Rockin Gamer On 2014-09-11 04:42:59
Rockin Gamer

Ok this might sound like a pretty basic question but i will still ask.

If i have a CSR elite , Will the Rims and the pedals i have work on the v2 ( or v1 )

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Bobby Keith On 2014-09-10 02:02:54
Bobby Keith

Good review Shaun.  That jump in price surprised me but I guess their margins are pretty thin.  By the way, I have to critique the production quality of the video a bit.  The glare from what I assume is the sun is pretty distracting in some parts.  

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Shaun Cole On 2014-09-10 17:16:04
Shaun Cole

Thank you Bobby,  I am working on the lighting on the studio but you are right it need a bit of improvement still.  

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Trevor Blackburn On 2014-09-08 17:23:18
Trevor Blackburn

As Grimey Dog posted i too would like to see how this rates compared to the Thrustmaster TX  smile  i know the V2 is like 3 times the price of the TX so its bound to be quite a bit better ,, i just wonder how much by. 

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Grimey Dog On 2014-09-07 23:56:40
Grimey Dog

Very Good review of the CSW v2 wheel... I have a question How would you rate the CSW v2 against the Tx 458 wheel  as far as Acuracy and Real Road feel?  the Tx458 has Very Good Road Feel to me. I will assume that the New CSW v2 is Stronger than the Tx 458 but the Tx FFB is strong enough that i can keep it at 75% and be very comfortable... I'm more interested in the way the wheel translates Road feel. .. Is it worth spending the Extra Cash if i already own a Tx wheel and set of T500 pedals? I also own a CSR Elite and a set of CSP pedals and i maybe lucky enough to get in on the early invite list because i was in on the First pre order for the CSR Elite. 

Thnx

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Tom Blann On 2014-09-07 14:21:58
Tom Blann

Good review Shaun, but you failed to mention whether you're going to be using this on your rig? I know you had a T500 for a while, is this as big a step up from that as the cost would suggest? Also how does the Clubsport formula rim compare to the T500 F1 rim?
Right now I have a Fanatec CSR which I use exclusively with iRacing on the PC. It's fine but still feels like there's something missing. Plus I really dislike the plastic rim and massive travel on the paddles etc so I'm looking for an upgrade. The T500 is quite a lot cheaper than the Clubsport and I'm wondering whether to go for it (I already have CSR Elite pedals so the T500 pedals wouldn't be an issue).

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Dr Nys On 2014-09-05 11:37:29
Dr Nys

makes me dream...

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Bob Bates On 2014-09-04 16:07:29
Bob Bates

Shaun: Thanks for the review. I mostly race on the PS3 and wonder if ou had an opportunity to test the wheel on that system.

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Jon Seswick On 2014-09-04 11:59:57
Jon Seswick

hi shaun,

great reveiw as always i have a question that im hoping you can answer or anyone else for that matter! in the iracing video segment of this review i noticed you had a rev counter with shift light,is this an app i can use or is  it something you made for yourself? if it is something avaible to all what is the name so i can d/l it myself.

thanks

jon

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John Burgess On 2014-09-04 00:27:37
John Burgess

Thanks for the review Shaun.

I've been a longtime user of Logitech stuff. But I've also felt for a long time that an 'upgrade' to a better set of equipment is something I need to do. The cost of the G27, about $300 or so, made it a relatively simple and painless choice. (And for those who can't afford those, I'm not trying to say they are cheap). The V1 looked like a decent buy. I know the V2 is an upgrade on that, its $100 more, but as you state, by the time you add a wheel and pedals, you are looking at $1000. And that is serious coin. I know many people will happily spend that on a hobby, say, golf clubs or guitars, but its an awful lot. If you are going that far, you might as well go the whole hog. They've almost lifted this into a dangerous price point, that is too far above the G27 or T500, and not as 'special' as the really top end equipment.

Also, as a suggestion for future reviews, be aware that probably 90% of your audience do not have a rig, and are not likely to hard mount their wheel. For most of us, it's attached to a computer desk or similar via the basic mount/clamp options. It's often not optimally positioned especially for height. So I'm particularly concerned for the unit which looks much larger than the base of a G27, and the mounting plate seems to want to be at 20 deg, which is a lot, then you've got to somehow clamp it to the desk. This one factor is probably critical to most buyers and it deserves more coverage/detail. BTW, this is also especially true of most of the shifters being released, that look as if they might mount well to a rig but would be completely impractical attached to a desk, since they are too high. And no, most of us don't do DIY.

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Mark M On 2014-09-03 17:06:44
Mark M

Thanks for the initial review.

As Rick said above, I would appreciate a thorough review comparing the V1 and V2.  Specifically when it comes to force feedback strength or FFB loss, as the motors heat up.  

My V1 was great for about 10-20 minutes, depending on the sim and then it would die off pretty quickly, to where I think it was delivering less than half of it's original strength.  

Can the V2 sustain a strong and effective FFB experience for an hour long race?  Does the strength tail off or weaken, as time passes?

Like you, I mostly race open wheel.  F1 games primarily and would be really interested in how the V2 handles a full F1 practice, qualifying and half (1/2) race in F1 2013.  That typically takes a few hours, with some breaks inbetween.  I found that with the V1, by the time I was in Qualifying, the wheel was weak.   Needed to shut it down for a few hours before actually doing the race or finishing Q1.  

Anyways, any real life examples of the previous V1 limitations and how the V2 handles those limitations would be helpful.  Maybe, duplicating the scenario above.  smile

Thanks again and congratulations on your new venture.  I've been following you for a few years and definitely think you made the right move.  Best of luck! 

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Rick Lay On 2014-09-03 16:19:45
Rick Lay

Great work, Shuan!  I truly respect your "get to the point" style in reviews.

That said, as a Clubsport V1 owner, is it worth the upgrade to go to V2?   Did V2 make your lap times faster or just make the experience more emmersive?   I often find myself dialing back the force feedback in order to archieve better performance, so added strength isn't necessarily an advantage.   That said, I have a 13 year old son into sim racing, and I can "hand down" my v1 base to him (he currently uses my old Fanatec CSR with CSR pedals) and pick up that sweet Porsche rim as well.

 

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Shaun Cole On 2015-01-17 00:09:12
Shaun Cole

Hi Bruce,

That is the volume control for my audio system that I am not always using.  I usually run the audio in headphones, but when I switch to 5.1 sound that is the controller.  I have not foudn a way to change on the fly like that..
 

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