Fanatec – CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC Review By GamerMuscle
In his very own entertaining, yet informative style, GamerMuscle reviews the CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC by Fanatec.
Back in April 2020, Fanatec announced their official multi-year partnership with WRC eSports. The agreement will also lead to the development of WRC dedicated products for sim rally driving.
Exactly a week ago, Fanatec launched it’s first officially licensed WRC product in the form of the CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC which is now also the steering wheel of choice in the official World Rally Championship Esports competitions.
While at a first glance, the WRC CSL Elite Steering Wheel might look allot like the CSL Elite Steering Wheel P1, Fanatec assures us that this product is a completely new development. Only the top display section and the shape of the buttons are the same as the P1 wheel.
The new WRC wheel features a thicker grip, removable shifter paddles, a new 5-way joystick, the new simplified QR quick release, a new front plate, and backplate design, and changed button positions.
Interestingly, the CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC called a very versatile product, as it will make your PC or PlayStation Fanatec wheel base compatible with the Xbox and the upcoming Xbox Series X consoles.
The CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC is available via the Fanatec Web Store for €199.95 VAT incl. + shipping.
- Perfect for rally racing and officially licensed by WRC
- A connected Fanatec wheelbase will become compatible with the Xbox One and New Generation Xbox due to integration of the Xbox One-specific electronics into the wheel
- Plug & Play: Ready to use right away without any assembly required
- Realistic size (300 mm diameter)
- New tool-free Simplified Quick Release Adapter design: Improved ease of use (no clamping bolt required) and durability
- Exchangeable, supports ClubSport Quick Release Adapter*
- Avoids any play in the QR system
- Very low steering wheel weight of only 1092 g (with Simplified QRA) for fast acceleration and fidelity (1280 g with ClubSport QRA).
- Integrated RevStripe™, which is a combined center stripe and a ‘Rev’ meter, using a multi-color LED
- Three-digit LED display smoothly integrated into the wheel rim below the RevStripe™, featuring telemetry data speed or gears to be displayed by compatible games or third-party software
- Wheel rim covered with genuine Alcantara® and an eye-catching orange cross-stitched seam
- Orange shifter paddles: Durable metal construction
- Well-defined, Snapdome™-activated “click” feeling
- Removable paddles for using the wheel in combination with ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles
- Brushed aluminum spokes with the fiber-reinforced back cover
- Xbox One button layout, interchangeable with the included Racing Style buttons
- 4-way direction pad with push button
- Tuning functions with LED display to adjust settings independent from the game and during gameplay (see description of compatible wheel base/racing wheel for details)
Conquer the toughest conditions
- Officially licensed by the World Rally Championship (WRC), the CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC is perfect for mastering the most demanding rally stages. This wheel will be used in official WRC Esports competitions.
Features & Quality
- Brushed aluminum spokes, genuine Alcantara® grip, and orange stitching. The detachable paddles feature Snapdome™ activation for a satisfying ‘click’ response. The RevStripe™ and integrated three-digit LED screen show useful data in compatible games. Also provides Tuning Menu access, allowing tweaks to your settings during gameplay.
- Sporting a revised internal and external design, the CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC makes a bold visual statement with its tyre tread graphic and bright orange accents on the paddles and stitching. The 300 mm rim diameter is suitable for many vehicle types, and the lightweight construction is ideal for the quick inputs required in rally driving.
- The wheel features exchangeable components, namely the New Simplified Quick Release Adapter and the shifter paddles. The pre-installed Xbox button caps can also be replaced with the included Racing Style caps.
Tool-Free Simplified Quick Release
- No clamping bolt required! The improved Simplified QRA clamps easily to the steering shaft by hand, without the need for tools. The new design is also removable, and can be replaced with the ClubSport Quick Release Adapter*.
- The bright orange paddles can be removed, allowing clearance for the optional ClubSport Static Shifter Paddles, which can be more comfortable to use while rally driving.
Xbox One and New Generation Xbox compatible.
- As soon as you connect this steering wheel to your compatible wheelbase, the whole system (including attached peripherals such as shifters, pedals, or handbrake) will become Xbox One and New Generation Xbox compatible.
The Xbox One / Windows 10 (XBOX Play Anywhere) Mode.
- All compatible FANATEC® wheelbases will switch to Xbox One mode as soon as you connect this steering wheel. A white LED placed above the Xbox logo of the steering wheel shows the active communication to the console.
Supports the new Xbox
- By integrating the Xbox One specific electronics into this steering wheel, your wheel system will remain compatible with the new generation of Xbox consoles (including Xbox Series X).
- PODIUM Wheel Base DD1 (Low Torque Mode only*)
- PODIUM Wheel Base DD2 (Low Torque Mode only*)
- PODIUM Wheel Base DD1 PS4™ (Low Torque Mode only*)
- ClubSport Wheel Base V2
- ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5
- CSL Elite Wheel Base V1
- CSL Elite Wheel Base V1.1
- CSL Elite Wheel Base + – officially licensed for PS4™
- Xbox One® and New Generation Xbox: if connected with this steering wheel, the above-mentioned wheelbases will be compatible with Xbox One and New Generation Xbox consoles (including Xbox Series X).
- PC and other Platforms: The specifications of the compatible wheel bases will remain unchanged.
- The functionality of this product on Xbox One or PS4/PS5 can be limited by the capabilities of the console (subject to firmware/OS changes and developer support). The full functionality can only be guaranteed on the PC; this is also game-dependent.
- CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC
- Removable Simplified Quick Release Adapter (preinstalled)
- Racing Style button caps
- Quick Guide
Official Webpage – www.fanatec.com