Fanatec Showcases Prototype Entry-Level Sim Racing Cockpit and Seat

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Fanatec is set to expand its range of sim racing cockpits with a new, more affordable, range addition. There’s also a fresh seat design to match.

A prototype is available to test at the Gran Turismo World Series World Finals in Spain, and RaceDepartment has had a brief hands-on test.

The yet-to-be-named sim rig looks to be significantly simpler than the existing €999 RennSport Cockpit V2 (ClubSport) or the upcoming Formula 1-licenced unit currently used in the F1 Sim Racing competition.

Comprising of a straightforward tubular design that is remarkably spartan, it should make for compact packaging and a relatively simple construction process – but the final verdict will wait for a later date.

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Sturdy With ClubSport DD+​

What we did appreciate at this early stage was its ability to remain sturdy during use with the new ClubSport DD+ wheel base running at the maximum 15Nm of constant torque. It’s rare to find a so-called ‘entry-level’ device that remains this planted during vociferous feedback.

We must stress, this was a brief test of a prototype, but the ingredients are in place for this to become a pre-eminent cockpit for those looking to upgrade from a desk-mounted wheel.

The seat we used is also a premiering – black with yellow accents, it’s clearly not trying to emulate a premium faux-leather texture, but rather analogous to something you may find in an affordable road car. It would mark a return to seat manufacturing for Fanatec, following the discontinuation of the prior CSL seat.

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Name or Price Not Yet Available​

Pricing is not yet confirmed, for the seat or the cockpit, but we hope they are at the affordable end of the scale.

Release dates and even the names are also yet to be determined, but we expect them to fit within the German peripheral manufacturer’s existing nomenclature. We’ll be sure to update you when we have further details, for now, let us know in the comments below if you’d be interested in such a set-up.

What do you think about the Fanatec prototype? Let us know on Twitter @OverTake_gg or in the comments below!
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Looks really nice, and expensive !

My current Fanatec CSL Seat is working very well with it's rigid construction !
Wonder why they decided to stop producing it !
 
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I still use my good old Wheelstand Pro for my brand new CSL DD GT with the 8nm boost kit. I was afraid the wheel base would be too heavy for the plate but no, it's just fine.

This new seat looks nice but the first photo of this article makes me wonder if the design isn't a little cramped? I wonder how tall is the person in the photo? I'm not tall (5' 6''), so I guess this seat would fit me.
 
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I still use my good old Wheelstand Pro for my brand new CSL DD GT with the 8nm boost kit. I was afraid the wheel base would be too heavy for the plate but no, it's just fine.

This new seat looks nice but the first photo of this article makes me wonder if the design isn't a little cramped? I wonder how tall is the person in the photo? I'm not tall (5' 6''), so I guess this seat would fit me.
I had a similar seat with the first cheap cockpit I bought. That seat folds fwd about mid way down. That is the most uncomfortable seat I ever set in.
 
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I got to stay calm. This, like the rennsport cockpit wont be sold in the States.


Finally got a good look at the pics on PC...

Yea-No. It sits way too low, and doesn't seem to be big enough for me. IIRC the guy in the pic towered over Fanatec's CEO, Thomas Jackermeier during an interview at the sim racing expo in 2022. So I guess he is around 6' 3" (190.5cm). I could be wrong though.
 
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Looks nice for the person that wants to set it up in front of their TV now and then.
 
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you can get nice black aluminium profile rigs for around 300-400 if you know where to look and get a seat for around the same price and you'll be set up way better than with this thing.
i doubt it will cost less than 500.
 
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it looks cheap and will be expensive.
Especially if you want to buy accessories.
Good old cash cows at the gate :)
 
The weak, the cheap and the ugly. WTF Fanatec, are you serious? What happend to the back of the seat? Even for a prototype this is really poor quality. I wonder if the frame will be stiff enough for 15Nm...
 
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The weak, the cheap and the ugly. WTF Fanatec, are you serious? What happend to the back of the seat? Even for a prototype this is really poor quality. I wonder if the frame will be stiff enough for 15Nm...
It's a common seat...




Fanatec commissioned a company to dress it up for them, rather than to design it themselves. But it 100% fits the rig though.
 
Absolutely unacceptable stand legs - they will destroy your home parquet and linolium! :thumbsdown:
 
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you can get nice black aluminium profile rigs for around 300-400 if you know where to look and get a seat for around the same price and you'll be set up way better than with this thing.
i doubt it will cost less than 500.
I built my own with aluminium profile from motedis.
 

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