ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5

ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 Review

Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 is the perfect steering wheel for Sim Racing and Formula One enthusiasts

If you’re a fan of sim racing, then you would know that a great racing experience is all about having the right tools. And if you’re looking to take your sim racing experience to the next level, then you need to get your hands on the ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 from Fanatec! The ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 is the latest in a long line of high quality, severely robust and competition-level ready wheels produced by industry leader Fanatec.

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In this review, we’ll take a look at all the features of this amazing steering wheel and why it’s one of the best options out there for serious sim racers. So if you’re ready to take your racing skills to the next step, keep reading for our full review of the ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5.

ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5
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Pricing

Developed by Fanatec and tested by several racing drivers (including real-life F1 racer and world champion Nico Rosberg), the newest installment in the industry leading Formula series of steering wheels is now available to buy!

The cost of the ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 is $349.95 USD. Considering everything the wheel has to offer, this wheel is very fairly priced for consumers. There are many alternatives which you can look at, including the CSL Elite Steering Wheel McLaren GT3 V2. However, if you are looking at a rim, featuring carbon fiber material and endless customization, there are very few wheels that offer the same quality at this price point. Below are some of the links of the products which I have mentioned in this article.

ProductCompatabilityLink
ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 (Leather Grips)PC, XboxBuy Now
ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 X (Alcantara Grips)PC, PSBuy Now
Podium Advanced Paddle ModulePC, Xbox, PSBuy Now
Button Caps and Sticker SetPC, Xbox, PSBuy Now
ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5

ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5

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Features

If you’re in the market for a new steering wheel, and you’re looking for something that’s well supported (Fanatec is constantly updating and improving their peripherals), incredibly high quality, reliable and durable and massively customizable, then be sure to fork out your week’s paycheck.

Unrivaled Design

When you take the wheel out of the included drawstring bag, be prepared to have a jaw-dropping reaction. The Fanatec design principles are clearly evident on this wheel as it is constructed using durable metal and thick carbon fiber, making it sturdy enough to last through all your racing adventures. The grippy leather material on the wheel will keep you in control while the perforated design also aids in improved breathability. Additionally, the unit comes pre-installed with the ClubSport Paddle Module, which provides you with an extra dose of realism. The paddle operation uses strong magnets rather than springs, which replicates most track cars. The automotive-grade switches combined with the magnetic mechanism results in longer durability. It’s a fantastic pre-installed paddle module as it usually sets consumers back $99.95.

Innovative RevLED and OLED Display

The ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 features the highly functional, RevLED. The RevLEDs display motor RPM and optimal shifting, which is particularly useful when driving in Assetto Corsa and F1 2021. So far, I haven’t noticed any latency at all, as it syncs in parallel with what is displayed on the screen.

Furthermore, the ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5, includes an OLED display. The OLED display, by default displays telemetry data like sped or gear. This is programmable through the Fanatec SDK. Additionally, the OLED display, allows you to adjust settings independent from the game and during gameplay, giving you an edge on the competition as you can change settings on the fly.

Endless Customization

Featuring 11 buttons, 12-way multi-position switches, thumb encoders, toggle switches, etc. this wheel offers up to 67 in game functions that can be customized to the way you want it. Imagine having all your toggles in F1 2021 laid out on your wheel, from adjusting fuel mix, differential, toggling between ERS and DRS, etc. this wheel offers endless possibilities at your fingertips. Personally, I’ve found the convenience of adjusting my car at my finger tips to be a huge game changer in the way I approach the game as I can stay focused while driving, without having to go through my multifunction display menu in game.

Futureproof Upgrades

If you thought the robust construction of the wheel and paddles were not enough, you can even opt to upgrade the shifters to the Podium Advanced Paddle Module. The Podium Advanced Paddle Module provides you with a sensational feeling to the up/down shifts. The magnetic ‘click’ generates a satisfying feel and enables you to shift across gears much quicker than traditional shifters that you would find on lower grade products. This paddle operation adds to the realism of what a real race car would feel like. This is a product that I would recommend upgrading to, if you are looking to have the state of the art racing wheel coupled with your wheel base.

Currently included in the purchase is also an exchangeable QR1 Wheel-Slide (ClubSport Quick Release Adapter). This adapter features a smooth release mechanism which enables quick exchange between different wheels and reliable connection to the wheelbase. Additionally, Fanatec has also stated that the ClubSport Steering Formula Wheel V2.5 is futureproofed as the QR2 system will be compatible as well.

If the minimalistic designs of the wheel is too plain for you, out of the box there is also an included set of 25 button caps that you can use to overlay your wheel with. I found the button caps to be particularly helpful when I first started using the Formula style wheel. If the included button caps does not suit your taste, Fanatec also offers a colored button caps and sticker set on their website which can be purchased for $49.95 USD.

Compatibility

This product has full compatibility with Windows PC and the settings can be changed through Fanatec’s proprietary software, FANALAB. Also ensure that you have Fanatec Control Panel installed prior. Additionally, the wheel also supports the PS4/PS5, but the capabilities are subject to the firmware/OS changes and developer support. Full details regarding compatibility can be found on Fanatec’s compatibility page.

The Fanatec ecosystem is highly modular, meaning you’ll need to purchase a wheel base in order to have the wheel to be function. For my setup, I am pairing the ClubSport Steering Formula Wheel V2.5 with CSL DD on PC.

ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5

Verdict

The ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2.5 is the pinnacle of steering wheel design, construction and customization in racing simulation gear. it features unrivaled craftsmanship with a modern take of ergonomic form which offers unparalleled comfort for long gaming sessions. This product boasts an unmatched level of tech including the RevLEDs and OLEDs to help you stay one step of your opponents. The endless opportunities to use the wheel the way you want to, is something that just isn’t offered by many other products. If this sounds like the perfect option to take your sim racing experience up a notch or two, be sure not to miss out on this!

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