My Fanatec Clubsport SQ Shifter (not the v1.5) started breaking about two months ago. I first noticed having the occasional difficulty getting into 4th gear, then 4th and 6th, then 2nd, 4th, and 6th. Eventually it stopped selecting those gears altogether.
As an Australian and with hardware out of warranty (purchased late 2013) I was not keen on the idea of shipping back to Germany for repairs, considering both the expense and the time to fix, so I pulled it apart and had a look.
Australan sim racing hardware company Next Level Racing have announced the immenent release of the 2nd generation of their ground breaking motion platform bolt on to their GTUltimate rig. Hardware debuts November 30 but what can we expect and for how much?
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An integral part of making any sim racing or driving experience complete is a good cockpit. We’ve likely all done the bolt-on jobs where we’ve screwed our wheels to our desks and sat on our office chairs and while it’s fun, it just doesn’t feel real. The chair moves, the gear stick is in an awkward position, and it’s hard to feel like you’re in a real racing car when every time you stomp on the brakes your ‘car’ seat slides back. Enter the GTUltimate sim rig.
Buttkicker + SimVibe, it's the poor mans motion platform. But yet, it's so cool it may even be enough to not want motion at all. Buttkicker is a tactile bass tranducer that when placed under your seat does as it's name suggests, kicks you in the butt! Gaming greatness.
I've reviewed the Fanatec Clubsport Wheel Base and two rims, especially comparing to the Logitech G27 which is what most people will be upgrading from.
If you've never seen a custom hardware dash in action, you really should start investigating them. They're an essential piece of kit for any serious sim racer. Not just for the fast, but for those who want a more immerseive experience. Phone apps having nothing on these things. We review the offering from siminstruments.com
The latest iteration of the "Enthusiasts entry level" pedals by Fanatec is the Clubsport Pedals V2. It may not surprise you that version 2 of these pedals are rather like version 1. If you don't have a load cell set or any set at all then the Fanatec ClubSport Pedals V2 are a great set of pedals. If you want to know the full whats what, read the review.
The Next Level Racing Monitor stand is decent but not fantastic. It doesn't live up to the quality I was expecting based on my experience with the Wheel Stand. I had to break out the handyman skills to get it all setup.
When it comes to controllers for racing games/sims, many people forget about the importance of the pedal set. Much attention is given to the quality of the wheel, whether or not it has force feedback and if it does, how good it is. A good pedal set however can not only add to the realistic feel of the game but can also decrease lap times.
After an alternative to a full racing cockpit for your sim games? Next Level have a wheel and pedal stand that would fit your needs. Particularly if you have the popular Logitech G27.
Any noob can buy an el-cheapo racing wheel like a Driving Force GT but it takes a serious(ly crazy) racer to splash out on the following rig. I'm a pretty fanatic simracer and my rig is nothing like this.