Fanatec Explains – No ClubSport Pedals Invert Kit Coming
Thomas Jackermeier who is the CEO of Fanatec explained that the inverted pedal set was originally developed for use in their in-house driving school simulator, but will now become a part of the official Fanatec product catalog. The ClubSport Pedals V3i unit is designed as two hanging pedals and one floor mounted pedal, as opposed to the more common pedals systems which invert all three pedals.
The ClubSport Pedal V3i (inverted) will be available for 599.95€ Incl. 19% VAT. That is €240 more than the original ClubSport Pedals V3 which retail for 359.95€ Incl. 19% VAT. Therefore, a lot of Fanatec customers were asking if Fanatec would provide a conversion kit to upgrade their existing CSP V2 or V3 sets. To some community members dislike, the answer was no. The good news is that Fanatec is thinking about providing an upgrade kit for the CSL Elite pedals in future, as this would proof much easier to accomplish.
In his defense, Thomas made clear that the CSP V3i set is not just an inverted CSP V3 set, but a heavily re-designed product using some parts of the original V3 unit. As you can see on the included drawing, the new V3i set includes a vast amount of new parts.
In order to invert the Clutch and brake pedals on the Club Sport V3i, Fanatec had to design and manufacture quite a few brand new chassis parts. They also had to use different mechanics to increase the distance between the individual pedals and to increase the travel on the Clutch pedal. The CSP V3i also needed a longer heel rest. Last but not least, the V3i features a pre-installed damper kit on the brake pedal. All this has added to the cost.
When you take the advanced features and the price of other inverted pedals on the market into account, the ClubSport Pedal V3i set comes at a very reasonable price.
The only available cheaper solution is the Thrustmaster T3PA-PRO pedal which is available for as little as €150. But to be fair, the Thrustmaster set can hardly be compared to the ClubSport Pedal V3i as it does not come with the same quality mechanics, full adjustability, magnetic and contactless sensors on the throttle and clutch, resistance-adjustable ClubSport Damper Kit, Vibration motor on throttle and brake pedal, and a pressure sensitive brake with custom made 90 kg load cell sensor.
Thomas Jackermeier said: This picture shows all the parts we have changed or are new in comparison to the regular CSP V3. That means an upgrade kit would have to include all the red parts.
As you can see you would have to exchange almost the complete pedal and this is only if you have a V3. In case of a V2 or even V1 you would have to change almost everything.
This kit would not be cheap either and it will be very difficult to assemble. This increases the risk of potential damage a lot and if your V3 pedal is still under warranty and you buy such a kit then you would expect a proper warranty as well, right?
We might make an upgrade kit for the CSL Elite pedals in future if demand is high enough as this would be much easier but for the CSP there is absolutely no way to make it work properly and easy enough.
The CSP V3i are still the most affordable inverted pedals with loadcell and hydraulics on the market and I hope you like the addition in our portfolio.
Price and availability:
The ClubSport Pedal V3i (inverted) are on sale for 599.95€ Incl. 19% VAT. Orders are ready to ship in the EU and USA/Canada. Customers from Australia and Japan will have to wait a little longer. We will keep you posted when we receive more info or a shipping date.
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