Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2017 - 01:48 PM | Josh Walrath
Tagged: xbox one, wheels, wheel base, rally, racing, PC, Fanatec, ClubSport V2.5, ClubSport V2
Today Fanatec announced the immediate availability of the ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5. Some months ago I reviewed the original ClubSport V2 and I was highly impressed by its overall quality, build, feedback, and accuracy. It is a monstrous unit that commanded an sizeable price. Fanatec has built evolved and improved the V2 unit and rebranded it the V2.5.
While the V2.5 is not redesigned from the ground up, it has some greatly improved features from the last gen. It has a new motor that promises better response and feedback force and feel. They next updated the USB connection so that it has an update rate of 1000 Hz for greater driving accuracy and response time.
Perhaps the most impressive news about this release is the lowering of the price for the V2.5 base. Fanatec claims that greater demand and efficiency in production has allowed them to lower the price of the new base vs. the old. The new price is $499.95 which is quite a bit lower than the old price which I believe was in the $650 range. Anyone that has pre-ordered the V2 units will be getting upgraded to the V2.5 parts. I am unsure how Fanatec is handling possible refunds in these cases, but the assumption is that end users won't be ripped off.
This is a welcome surprise in terms of improvements and a lowering of price. The V2 was a pretty spectacular part and it looks as though this one exceeds it in every way. It still retains the all metal construction and features a new faceplate with the Fanatec logo etched in. Certainly a lovely piece of gear for those that take racing seriously.