Fanatec Universal Hub revealed
The last few weeks it became clear that Fanatec was up to something. Their latest announcement reveals wat all the marketing hype was about. We already expected that a modular kind of hub design was in the making. While the pricing did not make sense, it now becomes clear that we might just have been tricked, and that the price is rather fair after all.
So today Fanatec has revealed its Universal Hub Rim for ClubSport Wheel. With this hub it will be possible to mount just about any aftermarket steering wheel rim such as a Momo, Sparco, or OMP model to your ClubSport wheel.
Once you have selected a wheel, you can choose the buttons you want to use with them, and mount them to the hub. All buttons are adjustable to create that comfortable fit. The base unit will also include a pair of large and fully adjustable shifter paddles.
All in all, this could be the ultimate solution to satisfy the need of the most demanding sim racer. They only downside at this time is the rather futuristic looking style of the buttons and add-ons.The design may not fit all real world wheel selections.
Fanatec offers 6 different automotive grade wheel rims for the universal hub and each is selling for just 99,95.
As stated the Fanatec Universal hub will be able to receive any aftermarket wheel such as the popular Momo, Sparco, or OMP racing rims. from If this does not meet your requirement you can select a rim of a 3rd party manufacturer like MOMO, SPARCO or OMP. The 6-hole-pattern is compatible to these brands and with adapters (from the rim makers) to many other rims. Therefore you can choose between hundreds of rims and you still have the full functionality you need for sim racing.
The following components are included in the Universal Hub:
- 4 x small button boxes with 3 buttons each
- 2 x small levers and 2 x long levers
- 1 x pair of small shifter paddles
- 1 x pair of large and fully adjustable shifter paddles
- 1 x Encoder with 7 functions: turn left, turn right, up, down, left, right, push
- LED display to show Tuning and telemetry info. Can we used in two positions
- USB charging port (no data)
- There is also a 5th connector for another button box and the data port for further expansion of functionality. An analog joystick or vibration function is not supported at this point.
Fanatec placed 16 buttons on top of the hub so you always have the full functionality even if you prefer a clean look without the button boxes. The button boxes are mapped with those 16 buttons so you are not loosing any functionality in case you cannot reach them.
The Fanatec Universal Hub Rim will be available this summer for 249,95 Euro / USD (incl. tax / excl. tax) The weight and exact delivery dates will be announced later.
|Official Webpage – http://www.fanatec.com/