FANATEC CSL ELITE
Fanatec is a specialist in this field and that dedication is clear in the quality of its products. The CSL Elite is the more basic of the two servo bases the company offers, but it beats out most of the other wheels here.
Its 6Nm of torque is second only to the Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer and nearly double that of the others. It also offers 1080 degrees of rotation, and its optical sensor offers the standard 16-bit rotation resolution, making for an incredibly accurate and engaging driving experience.
The servo base can be bought on its own or with one of several wheels. Overall, build quality is very good, with plenty of metal used throughout, though if premium build materials are what you’re after, you’ll want to spend less on the ClubSport base and one of the premium wheel options.
Included in the $580 CSL Elite bundle is Fanatec’s basic pedal set. They’re all-metal, but there’s only two pedals. Upgrade it with the loadcell kit, and it not only adds a third pedal, but one that’s pressure sensitive (rather than position sensitive) and offers graduated response, making it feel far more like a real brake pedal.
Overall, this is a great starting point for a premium racing setup.