InsideSimRacing hosts had an opportunity at this years E3 to see all the products from Fanatec's new CSR line and tried everything besides the CSR pedals. You probably already watched their special E3 Fanatec show, but I would just like to sum up what they and Thomas had to say about CSR pedals and wheels. Not all the information is fresh, but here we go.
CSR pedals (UPDATE on 2. July 2011: these are CSR Elite pedals) are similar to Clubsport pedals, but have some heavy duty plastic components instead of being fully made out of metal. Brake pedal uses an adjustable load cell just like on Clubsports, but they went for regular potentiometers for the clutch and gas pedals. These two pedals use a very interesting mechanism, where a plastic "toothed tongue" is being pushed as you press the pedal, rotating the potentiometer inside the small plastic case. In the video we can see that pedals use metal springs and can be adjusted for stiffness by turning two metal nuts.
CSR wheel uses the same base as Fanatec Porsche 911 GT2 with some modifications, but it has a completely new, radically changed and Forza branded wheel rim with 8 buttons and a joystick on the front. After using it, ISR guys are saying it has much improved paddle shifters that remind them of G25/G27 shifters. The new wheel rim is made of plastic with patches of Alcantara where you would grip it and they said it is much lighter, which makes it more nimble. It has all the buttons necessary to control Xbox 360.
CSR Elite wheel uses a very similar rim and paddle shifters as the "regular" CSR wheel, but has a carbon fiber front plate. The base is metal only and all the mechanics are CNC machined. The sensor is positioned directly onto the steering axis (current wheels have it on the FFB motor), which completely eliminates any slack or interference from the belt drives. ISR told us that most noticeable improvement Fanatec achieved with the new design is elimination of "cogging", the notchiness introduced because of belt mechanism. They said this is one of the smoothest steering mechanisms and mentioned that the wheel is closer to Frex or ECCI products than to existing Fanatec, Logitech and Thrustmaster wheels.
CSR wheels will be compatible with all 3 gaming platforms (X360, PC, PS3) and in the second half of the show Thomas said they are very confident that they will be available by the end of this year. He again mentioned the pricing between 320$ for just a wheel and 700$ for the whole kit (wheel, pedals, shifter), but did not talk about prices for separate components. He did tell us the price for the CSR Elite wheel though: *caugh* 500$ *caugh* :)
UPDATE: We later got some information about the CSR shifter. LINK