Stories tagged with "Porsche 911 GT2"

GT2 Wheel Clubsport Edition available again

Thomas from Fanatec announced on his blog, that they finally have enough inventory of Porsche 911 GT2 wheels, so they can offer Clubsport Edition again. It includes a Porsche 911 GT2 wheel, Clubsport pedals, Porsche wheel shifter set and carbon fibre paddle shifters, costing you 19,5 €/$ less than if you bought everything separately. Not as good deal as in December, 2011, when Porsche wheel shifter set still cost 49.95 €/$ instead of 29.95 €/$, but worth considering.

Xbox World Australia reviews the GT2 wheel and Clubsport pedals

Shane Kinloch, who is also a member at our forums, has written a very good and thorough review of Fanatec Porsche 911 GT2 wheel, Fanatec Clubsport pedals and Wheelstand Pro. He very precisely described all the features and explained how the wheel behaves in three important racing games for consoles (Forza Motorsport 3, Gran Turismo 5 and Dirt 3). He had some bad luck when he first received his wheel, because he experienced the notorious "888" error. He contacted Australian distributor Pagnian Imports and they offered to repair the wheel for him or to send him a new sensor to replace by himself. He chose the latter, replacement procedure went well and he was kind enough to write a step by step guide to replacing a faulty sensor, which you can read here. Very useful!

If you check out the review, you will find out he also posted his settings for the three games the tested in the "Settings" section here on Fanatec wheel fansite under user name "original skin". In his settings he goes into great detail, explaining exactly what each parameter will do, so I recommend you check them out.

About Clubsport Wheel compatibility and more

While answering to GeForce's comment on 911wheel.de, Thomas gave us some new information and cleared a few things up:

  • The pricetag of 320$ that was floating around as the entry price for CSR line of wheels will get you a CSR wheel and CSR pedals. The trick is that what we though were CSR pedals, are actually CSR elite pedals. Regular CSR pedals were not revealed yet, so we will have to wait and see what they look like.
  • Fanatec will continue to sell Porsche 911 GT2 wheel along side with the new CSR wheel and they will be priced at the same level, so Xbox racers will have an option to buy either Porsche or Forza branded wheel, each with its own set of features.
  • Clubsport Wheel and CSR Elite wheels will be priced at the same level. Both will use a very similar wheel base, but will have different features. Clubsport wheel will have the expensive quick wheel release system, while CSR Elite's specialty will be Xbox 360 compatibility. This may come as a surprise if you were expecting Clubsport wheel to also work with Xbox 360. Of course both will be compatible with PC and Playstation 3. Thomas specifically pointed out that Playstation 3 compatibility means full compatibility and not just 1 or 2 games, clearly pointing the finger at Thrustmaster's T500 RS.
  • Audi wheel that was spotted in Austria was using a Clubsport Wheel base and rim was connected with a quick release mechanism.

Besides that he also responded to a few people on GTP forums, who complained about the plastic part of CSR wheel rims. He said it will not feel bad, because it is painted plastic that feels similar to carbon fiber wheels, which are the most expensive option in some of real sports cars. He also wrote that Porsche uses painted  rims in cars.

How to open the base of Fanatec GT2 or GT3 RS

I recorded a video that shows how to open up the base of Fanatec wheels in case you want to mod, fix or replace something. It got a bit long, but it is probably worth watching before you do it on your own. Towards the end I also show what is inside and point out a few components.

Inspired by Roy Visser's GT3 RS V1 to V2 tutorial which I recommend reading.

Please note that unless Fanatec gives you permission to do it, you are voiding your warranty.

New information about GT2 wheel shipping dates

If you have ordered or are planning to order a Fanatec GT2 wheel, you probably noticed that shipping date for US was pushed from late May to early June. If you want some more information, here is what Thomas wrote on GTP forums:

The ship will arrive on May 24th in the USA. It depends on how fast the customs are to get it into the warehouse but there is a good chance that we can ship it in may.

The ship to Europe arrives on the 4th of June

So both US and European customers can expect to receive their wheels in early June.

Now let's all hope they can increase production enough to have more constant stock from now on. With Forza 4 coming out later this year, that is probably a tough goal to achieve.

UPDATE on 13.5.2011: Fanatec posted that reason for delays in shipping dates are "many improvements on the quality of the wheels". Link

Two new reviews of the GT2 wheel

Guys and Jessica from InsideSimRacing have made a very good and very detailed video review of Fanatec Porsche 911 GT2 wheel. They liked it a lot and concluded that it is not just a hybrid of Turbo S and GT3 RS wheels they tested a while ago, but actually has slightly  improved force feedback over its predecessors and they think this is due to many slight improvements Fanatec has made over time. Their final score is 89.75/100, which is the highest score they ever gave to any wheel.

That is not the only review of this Xbox 360 compatible wheel that has been published lately. On 21st January another one appeared on Engadget in which Tim Stevens also looked at the Clubsport pedals.

Youtube review of the GT2 wheel

I made a video review of Fanatec's newest wheel and uploaded it to Youtube for everyone to see. I hope you find it informative. It has been up for one week and has been viewed 1300 times until now. Thanks everyone. I recommend switching to HD.

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