Fanatec McLaren GT3 wheel

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  1. Flouncy

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    This:
    https://www.fanatec.com/au-en/steering-wheels/csl-elite-steering-wheel-mclaren-gt3-aus.html

    Is incredible.


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    Ordered this bad boy in Nov last year when they were taking pre-orders for just one weekend. Delivery due March, then April, then after emotionally painful delays was finally delivered yesterday. And it's so fantastic.

    Replica of the McLaren 650 GT3 wheel using McLaren CAD files. One big win there is the ergonomics of the grips is superb, moulded with funky shapes and incredible to hold.

    A bit bigger than the Clubsport - the perfect wheel size IMO. Can't see myself using anything else for a long time.

    Doesn't have motors in it like the other wheels but that's a good thing I've discovered, lets you really feel the wheel force and you just dial up the effects if you want strong ripple strips.

    The P and N buttons are REALLY stiff to push, apparently authentic. So not so useful for stuff you tap quickly like DRS/KERS. Still useful.
    Weight is light, lighter than Clubsport on paper but feels much lighter - so FFB feels better than ever. It made me really discover how good the 2.5 base is - it's better than the Clubsport for FFB. And pretty much everything else.

    It's compatible with all Clubsport bases though I hear V1 may have issues.

    It's cheaper than others a bit because the default adaptor is the CSL version but you can (and I did) buy the quick release. The fake carbon fibre looks cool enough and build qualit and materials are flawless. Of course. Fanatec.

    Comes with a bunch of button caps too with various icons etc on them as well as a useful sticker sheet of labels. Mine as in the pics below has just the base buttons, no caps on it, I think it looks amazing just like that.

    OLED display looks great.

    Rotary dials unique - each switch position registers as a separate button so nothing really supports it at the moment, not worried.

    And, it has dual analogue paddles under the shifters than can be used as an F1 style launch control, you pre-set bite points for your cars and store them in memory. Pull them both back just before the start and put it in first and floor it, on go release the right one quickly and the car is rolling, then let the second one out fairly quickly to get it going with minimal slip and spin. Still need to get your movements and bite point right so it's not an exploit :)

    If you're considering moving to a Fanatec ecosystem, this is the wheel to get, it can conceivably be the only wheel you need. It's incredibly beautiful to look at, to hold, and to race with. It's also remarkably good value. Sim racing's new best buy wheel for sure.

    Some pics on my rig and compared in size to Clubsport: https://imgur.com/a/e2JKZsz
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  2. PaulCox

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    :):):):) yer....ordering this and the f1 carbon rim in the next few weeks for the mrs birthday
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  3. Flouncy

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    She will not be disappointed, you're spoiling her thoroughly. Outstanding husbandmanship.

    Forgot to add that the grips are REALLY grippy. Proper rubber stuff so you NEED gloves cos they make instant hand sweat and you'll get friction burns on the inside of your thumbs. To anyone that thought I was drunk with my typos in every single text post on Thursday night racing, wasn't, was just wearing mountain bike gloves so was pressing three keys at once :) Need to buy perfect gloves.
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  4. Hatfield

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    try fingerless, like cycling fingerless so they are thin but padded
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    Yeah that's what I used for years until I got this. Specialized-brand sexy mountain bike fingerless gloves that are all thin material but give great hand-feel (science word). There's just enough inside thumb exposed with my fingerless gloves so the rubber still friction burns. I have big lumpy callouses right now from just the first hour I used this wheel the night it arrived before changing to full gloves. The wheel grip material is like, super-friction (bonus science word). So, no go with that. I'll probably take scissors to my regular full-finger gloves soon and cut them to a usable length.
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  6. PaulCox

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    i find for while racing my bike gloves are fine for buttons like drs and pit limiter..but when i hit the menus one of them has to comes off
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    @Flouncy Can I ask you why you bought the Mclaren GT3 rim over the Fanatec F1 rim?
  8. Flouncy

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    Hey Spidey. I have both. Bought the Formula wheel (it's actually not F1 but based more on the lower formulas) several years ago when it was first released at the same time as the V1 base), and it's been the wheel I've been using ever since. Also have the BMW but hardly use it.

    But it's not quite right for some cars. It's quite small. I actually dragged out the BMW wheel for the start of the V8 season here. The new McLaren wheel is wider than the Formula rim (you can see a comparison in the link at the bottom of my first post). But still much smaller than the BMW.

    It's a perfect size. For anything. Except possibly Monaco. It's small enough to be able to rotate really luckily but big enough to have really good gentle movevement and precision. Ergonomics are much better, feels better to hold too. And looks sexy AF.

    Formula wheel is still fantastic and I'm glad I have it, but if I was starting from scratch the McLaren is the one to get.

    Plus I've got a bunch of F1 driver autographs on my Formula wheel so starting to worry they will wear if I keep using it (haven't yet), so the Formula wheel is mainly a trophy cabinet piece now :)
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    Flouncy you're right about the size difference. Even the picture shows the big difference.
    Another question:
    Where or how did you get those side mounts for the Fanatec base? The ones that hold your buttons.
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  11. PaulCox

    PaulCox Team Driver Gold Member

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    what are all the buttons used for....as of now on project cars 2..i need..pit limiter..break bias..maybe lights.and wipers.and drs if im in a f1 car... seems what ever wheel i have has more than enough..is anyone acutally using 50 odd buttons during a race?
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    If a car has adjustable TC/ABS, those. Headlights for day/night transition races. Wipers if variable weather. I have F/R roll bars on two dials so I can quickly set those with a big spin up or down. Energy systems if any kind of hybrid like new-era F1 and LMP cars - you need a few buttons/dials for that. Display driver names on/off. OSD/HUD on/off. MOTEC display cycling... etc.

    Basically things you want access to but don't frequently use during a race. I easily fill most on-wheel buttons with stuff I need for a race, but yeah it all depends on the car. For current AC Supercars there's not much you need on wheel or off.

    And it looks hell cool. And I can rest my watch on the toggle switches so I know what time it is :)
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    sweet, i think it will make a great addition when i upgrade to a some pc racing...and 100% agree they look cool as :):):):)...thanks for taking the time to reply mate..helps alot
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    Couldn't find a handy reference for the default PS4 button layout so I made my own.
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    Had any problems with shifters not registering or pins on your rim Bob? I was really tempted to buy one but heard so many bad stories about the latest batches of these wheels that I decided to get the Formula Black rim instead.
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    I was aware of those issues, but hopefully they would've found and fixed them at the manufacturing stage by now. Haven't really used it much but no issues so far.
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    I think it's just pot luck Bob, sounds like yours is fine but on Reddit there are 2-3 people a day on there sometimes saying that their new wheel broke within days.
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