Choosing the ideal wheel for you from Fanatec’s incredibly comprehensive selection of options can be a challenge when it comes to making your purchase. Fortunately, we’ve had the luxury of spending ample time testing an array of Fanatec wheels and rims. Now we’d like to pass on our expertise to assist you in making an informed decision.
In this article we’ll share our insights on several wheel models, helping you decide whether any of them are appropriate for your individual needs.
1: McLaren GT3 v2
The McLaren GT3 V2 by Fanatec has been an eagerly anticipated addition to their sim racing range, with valuable improvements made over its popular predecessor.
Featuring two rotary encoders, users now have more control over key parameters such as brake bias, engine mapping, and more, meaning more freedom in their driving. With its magnetic shifter, this wheel feels very responsive and well-defined to the touch, adding a nice detail to the racing experience. Some users have noted the plastic design means a bit of flex throughout the rim, but considering the features and cost, this is a small downside and an incredibly good value.
Furthermore, an upgrade of the included quick release with a ClubSport model allows users to unlock full torque on their DD1 and DD2 wheel bases. The McLaren GT3 V2 is a great choice for anyone looking for a versatile, ergonomic, and cost-effective sim racing wheel.
2: CSL Elite WRC
The CSL Elite WRC is an affordable and multifunctional choice for the Fanatec Wheels. Even with certain cost-reducing components like the plastic LED display on the rim, it still offers a superior quality finish in essential areas. The updated quick-release system does away with the pliability issues in previous iterations, and you get a stylish Alcantara wrap with neat stitching as well as tactile buttons. Moreover, the metal shifters provide a steady, solid feeling.
Weight-wise, it is rather lightweight, though that may affect the solid sensation when you hold it. Nevertheless, the slim size (300mm) is perfect for pairing with the CSL Elite Wheel Base as well as driving different types of cars. It’s large enough to feel realistic when tackling GT3 and rally yet small enough to avoid putting too much pressure on the base.
With such excellent versatility, the CSL Elite WRC is the right pick for the enthusiast who wants to access multiple driving titles without the expense of purchasing multiple wheels.
3: CSL Universal Hub
If you’ve already invested in Fanatec rims but are looking for an economical gateway to their Wheel Base options, then the CSL Universal Hub could be the right choice for you.
Cleverly designed to fit various rim diameters and 50mm or 70mm mounting stud patterns, it boasts ergonomics and build quality that surpasses its low price point. One issue some people may have with the CSL Universal Hub is the unique feel of the shifters, as well as some notable flexing present in the hub. Although pairing this hub with a Fanatec rim, like the Round 1 or Flat 2, is a sensible solution, you’ll receive even better value if you invest in a complete wheel, like the McLaren GT3 or BMW GT2.
4: Clubsport BMW GT2 V2
If you had the option of getting one Fanatec Wheels, then the Clubsport BMW GT2 V2 is an excellent option. Its 320 mm diameter makes it an optimal size that allows it to fit perfectly with any of the Fanatec DD1, DD2, or CSL DD wheelbases. The replica of a real BMW GT2 vehicle, adds an amazing ergonomic experience along with a quality material build.
The V2 of this wheel consists of the Clubsport magnetic shifters, offering a tactile and swift shifting experience. With a weight heavier than the CSL Elite wheelbase, the Clubsport BMW GT2 V2 makes for a sturdy and robust drive. As for the difference in the V1 and V2, the latter excludes the two vibration motors in the rim, though we can safely say it’s an add-on feature and is not a necessity.
Overall, this has been one of our preferred wheels, mainly because of its strong build, and adjustable and suitable design, which accommodates any kind of car like Formula and Rally. The QR2 system upgrades further increase the ability and overall experience of the Clubsport BMW GT2 V2.
5: The Porsche 911 GT3 R
The Porsche 911 GT3 R Fanatec Wheels comes equipped with the Podium Button Module Endurance. With 2 rotary encoders configurable as 12 position switches or as endless rotary encoders, plus a big 2.7 inch OLED display, and 9 high-intensity RGB RevLEDs, plus 6 RGB FlagLEDs, this wheel will make sure that all the information you need is right in front of you – no more distractions as you drive! It is certainly not cheap, but with all its features, you’re sure to be getting the bang for your buck.
Plus, there’s the Podium Advanced Paddle Module – with dual-clutch analog paddles and 4 magnetic shifters, you’re sure to make all the standing starts that you need.
6: Podium R300 rim
The Podium R300 is the perfect fit for anyone looking for the highest performance, best style, and most versatility from a single rim. When bought as part of a wheelset that includes the Podium Hub, Advanced Paddle Module, and Clubsport Button Cluster Pack, the minimalist look of the R300 rim creates an elegant design. For optimal performance, however, the Podium Button Module Endurance should also be taken into consideration.
With the R300 rim being better suited to many different activities than the 320mm Porsche 911 GT3 R rim, this choice might be just the right fit.
From the comprehensive range of options available at Fanatec, it can be a challenge to choose the best Fanatec Wheels. With this guide, we’ve gone over several of their best models to make an informed decision. Whether you’re after an economical solution or one that allows you full control over key parameters, Fanatec has a wheel for you.
Their McLaren GT3 V2 and CSL Elite WRC offer cost-effective, versatile performance, and for more advanced users, their Clubsport BMW GT2 V2 and Podium R300 rims make for a perfect pairing with their advanced Paddle Modules. Whatever your individual needs are, you’re sure to find the perfect wheel with Fanatec.
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