Fanatec Reveals CSL Pedals, Starting at $80

Hardware 30 May 10, 2021 by

Hot on the heels of the new CSL DD direct drive wheel, racing peripheral manufacturer has revealed another new product aimed squarely at bringing its technologies to a lower price point than ever before.

This time it’s for your feet, with the new CSL Pedal set. According to Fanatec CEO Thomas Jackermeier, the goal was to create a load cell pedal set that customers could pick up for under $200, without sacrificing the precision or durability of the brand’s higher-priced kit.

The CSL Pedals actually come in at under half that, though only in their base configuration. Starting at $79.95, you get a pair of stainless steel pedals — for brakes and throttle — with 12-bit Hall effect sensors, and the base plate. As you’d expect from Fanatec, you can adjust the pedal spacing on the base, as well as the faceplate positioning.

However, there’s multiple upgrades available too. Naturally, you can add a clutch pedal to the set, but the headline feature is that load cell brake. Load cells add an extra dose of realism, by changing how the pedal behaves — the braking force is no longer proportional to pedal travel, but to pedal pressure, more like a real car’s braking system.

You can also improve the look of your pedal set with an optional face plate upgrade, featuring anodized aluminum pedal faces.

Although it’s not clear right now how much all this upgrading will cost, it’s pretty likely that the two-pedal set with load cell brake will be just under $200 to meet the aforementioned target price. Pre-orders will open soon, and the CSL Pedals will be available alongside the CSL DD when it launches — which is anticipated as the third quarter of this year.

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