An evolving announcement of the release of a new Fanatec DD wheelbase. We had seen snippets and hints but now fully confirmed.
Yet more things for the sim racing community to purchase in 2021 (maybe), Fanatec are teasing a new DD Wheelbase.
Latest info from Fanatec
YES it costs only 349,95 € (incl. VAT) / 349,95$ (excl. VAT).
YES, it comes with a carbon fibre composite axis. This increases responsiveness and acceleration a lot.
YES, it comes with the patented FluxBarrier™ technology allowing exceptional efficiency.
YES, it is built by robots and this increases the quality and lowers the cost.
Yes, it’s real. We had some fun for April Fools, but we have indeed developed an all-new direct-drive wheelbase for €349.95. Bringing this advanced technology to the CSL Series took a little more effort than cutting a Podium base in half, that’s for sure.
This is nothing other than a complete game changer. There is little doubt that Direct Drive wheels are far superior to any belt or gear-driven wheels out there. We wanted to make this new technology available for the mass market without taking any shortcuts in quality or performance.
A key factor is the brand-new, 100% custom motor. It was developed in Germany specifically for sim racing, with patented FluxBarrier™ technology achieving remarkable efficiency for its size. The force feedback detail and performance is unlike anything else close to this price point.
Up to 8 Nm peak torque.
With the standard power supply, peak torque is 5 Nm, this is almost the level of a CSL Elite Wheel Base. But there is also the Boost Kit 180, an optional larger power supply unlocking the full 8 Nm.
The CSL DD uses an improved, automotive-grade, all-aluminium quick release. This component is user-exchangeable, ready for the transition to the all-new QR2 system (coming soon). And of course, we are working on more DDs, including PS5 licensed DDs, as well.
DD is the way to go in all our product lines.
We will ship it in Q3 this year and pre-orders will open as soon as we have a reliable shipping date.
Fanatec stated on April 1st:
“Millions of you asked for this product and we listened! A direct-drive wheelbase with near-Podium performance at the price of an entry level wheelbase!
We gave this almost impossible task to our brilliant engineers and their solution was ingenious: cut our DD1 in half! Everything will be smaller, even the gift box and the driver software.
And while we were at it, we even integrated the super-innovative FluxBarrier™ technology. I can’t really explain what it does but it is sensationally good… as if it came straight from the future.
Of course, we needed to save weight to reduce the shipping costs so we made the internals from carbon fibre, another innovation for sim racing and indeed electric motors in general.
The result is our brand new DD 0.5, available for €/$ 349.95!
This product combines the latest technology at a low cost, something we could only achieve by producing it completely with robots and selling it with chatbots. Even this text was generated by our new blogbot.
Watch out for more details soon”.
With more details coming soon we then see this released on Twitter April 21st
The New StandarDD. pic.twitter.com/eQeI5Fgl2g
— Fanatec (@fanatec) April 21, 2021