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.


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