The 2023 ADAC SimRacing Expo witnessed an exciting unveiling from Fanatec as they introduced two groundbreaking wheelbases.
While the release date for the 12 Nm version was already public knowledge, Fanatec ClubSport DD+ preorders are now accessible, offering an impressive 15 Nm PlayStation-compatible base for an ideal Christmas gift.
Filling the Gap in Fanatec’s Wheelbase Lineup
Fanatec’s portfolio had a noticeable gap in their Direct Drive wheelbase lineup since the introduction of the CSL DD and CSL DD Pro.
The CSL DD variants, delivering torque ranging from 5 to 8 Nm (with the latter requiring a boost kit), comprised the lower end of the spectrum.
On the higher end, the Podium DD1 (20 Nm) and DD2 (25 Nm) represented the pinnacle of performance. However, there was a void in between these offerings.
Competitors like MOZA Racing and Asetek Simsports had successfully covered this middle ground in their ecosystems.
However, Asetek Simsports primarily focused on higher-end wheelbases, with torque ratings ranging from 12 to 27 Nm, leaving a noticeable absence at the lower end of the torque spectrum.
PlayStation Users Finally Get Their Turn
While the order process for the ClubSport DD had already commenced during the ADAC SimRacing Expo weekend, PlayStation users had to bide their time.
The PC and Xbox-compatible version, scheduled to ship on November 7th, was the first to become available.
PlayStation enthusiasts looking forward to the Fanatec ClubSport DD+ can now rejoice as preorders are open, with an estimated shipping date of December 19th – making it a prime candidate for holiday gifting.
Fanatec ClubSport DD+ Preorders Include QR2 Quick Release
The ClubSport DD+ follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the ClubSport DD, by including Fanatec’s innovative QR2 quick release system as the default attachment.
What sets the DD+ apart is its impressive 15 Nm of sustained force, surpassing the notion of peak performance.
This enhancement promises a thrilling driving experience characterized by smooth and consistent force feedback.
Notably, Fanatec has integrated an extended Force Feedback system named ‘FullForce’ into the ClubSport DD+.
FullForce is designed to add layers of detail to the feedback provided by the wheelbase. This includes delivering subtle sensations like engine vibrations and intricate road surface feedback, significantly enhancing the immersive quality of sim racing.
It’s worth noting that the effectiveness of FullForce is contingent on software-side implementation, meaning it will only be available in titles that incorporate this functionality.
Comparing the Choices
For sim racing enthusiasts considering the 15-Nm Fanatec ClubSport DD+, the preorder price on the Fanatec website is set at 999.95€.
Interestingly, at the time of this article, the more potent Podium DD1 wheelbase is also available for the same price.
PC gamers, in particular, should contemplate the DD1 as a powerful alternative, given that it includes the base-side QR2 quick release by default.
However, the DD1 lacks compatibility with PlayStation and does not feature the FullForce system, making it crucial to weigh these factors when making a decision based on your specific needs and preferences.