Fanatec Releases New CSL Universal Hub

Hardware 11 January 21, 2021 by

Fanatec has revealed its new CSL Universal Hub, allowing players to bolt a multitude of steering wheel rims — including items from real-world vehicles — to virtually any Fanatec wheelbase.

The CSL Universal Hub follows on from the ClubSport Universal Hub, though at a markedly lower price point and without Xbox compatibility. By way of the Simplified Quick Release Adapter, the hub will mount to ClubSport, CSL Elite, and Podium wheel bases. You can also swap this out for the ClubSport Quick Release Adapter, unlocking the high torque function on those Podium bases.

Around the front, the hub has pre-threaded holes that support any wheel rim with either a 3x50mm pattern or a 6x70mm pattern. That includes every current Fanatec rim, and many from other manufacturers too; Fanatec cites Momo, Sparco, and OMP, but anything with the same hub pattern will mount to the CSL Universal Hub.

In order to accommodate different wheel diameters, the CSL hub can expand by as much as 2.4 inches (60mm). The mechanism unlocks with bolts on the rear face and slides apart, without increments, up to a 10.8-inch (274mm) external diameter, from a minimum of 8.4 inches (214mm).

There’s plenty of button option too, on the two integrated button islands. You’ll find eight standard buttons, using metal snap domes, a two-way rocker switch, two two-way toggle switches, and the Fanatec FunkySwitch, a seven-way button that features rotary encoder functionality.

The honeycomb structure paddles also employ snap dome switches, and adjust alongside the button islands. There’s also a three-digit LED display which shows appropriate data or tuning menu functions.

You can pick up the CSL Universal Hub right now, for just under half the price of the Clubsport item, at $149.95.

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