CSL DD officially unveiled – starting at $349.95

CSL DD officially unveiled – starting at $349.95

Fanatec has just released full details on the new CSL DD. The announcements on the first of April have turned out to be true in retrospect. Completely surprisingly, Fanatec presents a new entry-level direct drive base for 350€ at an absolute fighting price. It remains to be seen how the new base will fare against the other market participants. One thing is certain: With a price of 350€ and 5 NM torque, it will be the recommendation par excellence in this price range. Upgrading the CSL DD can then be done with the additional Boost Kit, an optional larger power supply that unlocks the full 8 Nm of the Base.

All-new motor design.

The 100% custom motor was developed in Germany specifically for sim racing. It delivers sensational performance thanks to patented FluxBarrier™ technology, communicating the nuances of force feedback detail to your hands with remarkable clarity.

Incredible performance

The efficiency of the CSL DD motor technology means dynamic force-feedback performance is contained in a small footprint. This is also the first industrial motor to feature a carbon fibre composite motor shaft, which increases responsiveness and acceleration significantly due to low rotational masses.

Up to 8 Nm of torque

Standard peak torque is 5 Nm, with the Boost Kit 180 (optional) unlocking the full 8 Nm. This high level of torque can be sustained without the need for active cooling, with the extruded and CNC-machined aluminium casing acting as the structural chassis as well as the heatsink.

Upgradable quick release

The CSL DD uses an automotive-grade, all-aluminium quick release. This component is user-exchangeable, ready for the transition to the all-new QR2 system (coming soon).

Automotive-grade quick release system

The all-aluminium construction and anodised surface ensures strength and durability, providing a robust connection to Fanatec Steering Wheels.

Ready for the future

Connected internally to the wheel base via USB-C, the quick release can be upgraded easily to the next-generation QR2 system (coming soon). Existing Fanatec wheels with an exchangeable Quick Release can also be upgraded to QR2.

Table Clamp

Temporary mounting possible with optional table clamp (not included).

Full Fanatec® Ecosystem Compatibility

The CSL DD is compatible with:

  • Fanatec Podium Steering Wheels 
  • Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheels
  • Fanatec CSL Steering Wheels
  • All Fanatec Pedals (adapter cables might be required on pedals without RJ12 connection)
  • Fanatec ClubSport Shifters (including ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles)
  • Fanatec ClubSport Handbrake V1 and V1.5
  • Fanatec RennSport Cockpits
  • ClubSport Table Clamp V2
  • CSL DD Table Clamp
  • Boost Kit 180
  • Podium Mounting Brackets (the CSL DD includes M6 T-nuts for side-mounting; the Podium Mounting Brackets require the use of M6 bolts and washers)
     

Fanatec CSL-DD confirmed

Fanatec CSL-DD confirmed

Fanatec has just put an end to the speculations of the last weeks. With a short teaser video, the upcoming CSL DD – Base has now been officially announced.

Price and Availability

Details on price and availability are not yet known as of today. In the video itself, the 21.04.2021 is mentioned as a date. Whether this is already a pre-order date or an availability date is not explained in more detail.

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F1 2021: Announcement Trailer + system requirements

F1 2021: Announcement Trailer + system requirements

System requirements

F1 2021 follows the predecessor in terms of system requirements and remains demanding, but can also be run on mid-range hardware as long as you forgo ray tracing. If you don’t want to do that, the racing fun only starts with an RTX 2060 or an RX 6700 XT.

Minimum requirements

  • Betriebssystem: Windows 10 64-bit (Version 1709) | For Ray Tracing: Windows 10 64-bit (Version 2004)
  • Prozessor: Intel Core i3-2130 or AMD FX 4300
  • Arbeitsspeicher: 8 GB RAM
  • Grafik: NVIDIA GTX 950 or AMD R9 280 | For Ray Tracing: GeForce RTX 2060 or Radeon RX 6700 XT
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Speicherplatz: 80 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
  • Soundkarte: DirectX Compatible

Recommended

  • Betriebssystem: Windows 10 64-bit (Version 1709) | For Ray Tracing: Windows 10 64-bit (Version 2004)
  • Prozessor: Intel Core i5 9600K or AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
  • Arbeitsspeicher: 16 GB RAM
  • Grafik: NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti or AMD RX 590 | For Ray Tracing: GeForce RTX 3070 or Radeon RX 6800
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Speicherplatz: 80 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
  • Soundkarte: DirectX Compatible
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Thrustmaster Formula Wheel Add-On Ferrari SF1000 Edition release

Thrustmaster Formula Wheel Add-On Ferrari SF1000 Edition release

For the launch of the new Formula Wheel add-on Ferrari SF1000 Edition, Thrusmaster offers 1000 copies for purchase in the official online store for a price of 349€: https://shop.thrustmaster.com/

Key points:

  • 4.3-inch (109-mm) IPS LCD display showing up to 69 key items of information, with different skins for the type of game being played, for optimal racing comfort
  • 3 mm-thick carbon fiber faceplate (21 layers) combining rigidity and lightweight design, for balanced Force Feedback
  • Up to 25 action buttons (including 7 encoders) for intuitive driving and unlimited configuration possibilities
  • Native connectivity or wireless telemetry connectivity, with iconic labeling and official markings for unrivaled immersion and realism
  • 100% aluminum interchangeable magnetic paddle shifters, and two customizable analog paddle shifters
  • Compatible with PC (Windows 10), PlayStation and Xbox (list of features available on the Thrustmaster technical support website)
  • Compatible with the following Thrustmaster T-Series racing wheel bases (sold separately): TS-XW, T-GT, T300, TX and TS-PC
  • Compatible with the Thrustmaster T-Chrono Paddles paddle shifters (sold separately)
  • Replica wheel officially licensed by Ferrari

About the product:

The latest creation resulting from the decades-long collaboration between Thrustmaster and Ferrari, this product is a 1:1 scale replica of the wheel from the legendary Ferrari SF1000 single-seater race car. The Thrustmaster Formula Wheel Add-On Ferrari SF1000 Edition features the iconic labeling and official markings found on the real wheel, as well as a 4.3-inch (109-mm) IPS LCD display showing up to 69 items of racing information.

The race dash features different skins for the type of game being played or car being driven, and 21 LEDs: 15 for the engine speed, and 2 x 3 for the race marshal flags.

The 100% carbon fiber structure of the wheel’s faceplate provides balanced Force Feedback for extremely precise movements when racing, particularly in games with a focus on single-seater cars. Textured rubber grips and interchangeable Thrustmaster T-Chrono Paddles paddle shifters (sold separately) make this replica wheel a truly versatile tool for racing, which can adapt to meet the needs of every driver.

Officially licensed by Ferrari, the wheel is compatible with all Thrustmaster T-Series racing wheel bases (sold separately), and is fully functional on PC (Windows 10), PlayStation 4, 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

(Product Information by Thrustmaster)


Fanatec again spreads rumors about new DD base – DD3, DD 0.5?

Fanatec again scatters rumors of new DD base – DD3, DD 0.5?

With their latest tweet, Fanatec has once again fueled the rumor mill. While the posted GIF leaves plenty of room for speculation, one part of the comment in particular stands out: of a new standardd.

Written this way, the word really only leaves room for speculation in the direction of a new DD base.

DD-0.5, CSW-DD or DD3?

The question that now needs to be answered: Is a DD coming within the currently sold-out CSW series? Is it a DD-0.5 below the DD1, which was already teased in an April Fool’s joke? Or is it a DD3, which is to be placed above the DD2? There is once again a lot of room for speculation.


New pictures of the Thrustmaster F1 Wheel SF1000 Edition

New pictures of the Thrustmaster F1 Wheel SF1000 Edition

The new wheel addon from Thrustmaster will be officially unveiled on Tuesday, 20.04.2021. Already the first pictures of the steering wheel have surfaced on social media, presumably it was released too early on Amazon:

Thrustmaster’s most elaborate steering wheel to date.

With its screen, the additional paddles and the many function buttons, the new steering wheel is the most elaborate design from Thrustmaster so far. However, it is not yet known whether all of the simulated knobs are also assigned functions.


Racedepartment Resdesign + simracing.gp News

Racedepartment Resdesign + simracing.gp News

Racedepartment is currently one of the biggest websites about simracing. For 15 years now, you can find information about simracing events as well as downloads for the most popular titles: Skins, Mods, Tracks, Apps and more. With over 25 thousand downloadable contents and 1.6 million members, the site is a constant in the scene.

New webdesign

In the meantime, the Racedepartment team has been a bit outdated and has now given the site a new design, including a new logo. The new site is simple and clear, there are no big surprises. Users who have found their way around so far should have no problems getting used to the minor layout changes.

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