Fanatec Reveals New Official CSL Elite WRC Wheel, Just in Time for WRC 9

Hardware 22 September 4, 2020 by

To coincide with the release of WRC 9, Fanatec has revealed a new, officially licensed wheel. Going by the name of the CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC, the controller will be the official WRC Esports wheel when the tournament gets underway.

The CSL Elite WRC is available to order today, and you can pick it up from the Fanatec store via the links below:

Naturally, as a CSL Elite product, the overall look is somewhat familiar. However, there’s a number of little touches to make the wheel unique, along with some under-the-skin changes.

The wheel center feature brushed aluminum spokes, while the 11.8-inch (300mm) rim itself is Alcantara with contrast orange stitching. That orange theme continues onto the new shift paddles. These are removable, and Fanatec notes that players may find the Static Shifter Paddles more comfortable for rally action. The WRC logo and tire tread graphic complete the look.

In addition, the WRC wheel sports Fanatec’s new Simplified Quick Release Adapter. This allows you to mount a wheel to a base without any tools, it simply slips into place and is held securely. You can also swap this out, for the ClubSport Quick Release Adapter.

The wheel is compatible with PC, PlayStation (4 and 5), and Xbox consoles, with the wheel’s electronics allowing any connected base and attached peripherals to function on Xbox. A white LED on the wheel lights up in Xbox mode, which Fanatec interestingly notes will grant compatibility with Xbox One and “New Generation Xbox” — perhaps another hint that the Xbox Series X will not be alone come November.

You’ll also be able to play in Xbox mode on Windows 10 with Xbox Play Anywhere titles, and the Xbox button caps can be swapped for the included alternative items.

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