ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5

Fanatec ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 Review

The Fanatec ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 is a high-end shifter that’s been designed specifically for sim racers who demand the very best. It offers a great range of adjustability, ultra-precise shifting, and durable construction that can handle even the most intense of races.

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There’s many aspects to cherish about the ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5. Particularly, the ability to toggle between between sequential and H-Pattern mode, the sturdy construction, ultra realistic shifting experience and very realistic sequential mode with strong haptic feedback. This flagship shifter from Fanatec is set to turn heads as it will bring the authentic feel of racing right into the comfort of your home.

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at all the features that make the ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 so special and see how it compares to other shifters on the market.

ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5

ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5

The Fanatec ClubSport Shifter V1.5 is a high performance shifter that’s designed to provide a hyper realistic experience. Interchangeable between Sequential and H-Pattern mode the flip of a switch, allowing for maximum customization.

Features

Sequential and H-Pattern mode

The Fanatec ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 offers users the ability to switch between H and sequential mode without the need of any tools. From the onset, the ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 features 7 speeds on a traditional H-Pattern, just as you would find in a Porsche 911. Pressing down the shifter in order to shift into the 7th gear or reverse keeps you from shifting incorrectly and enhances precision and speed. Alternatively, with the switchable sequential mode, this allows for more driving flexibility and comfort, particularly when shifting from second to third gear. The flexibility to change between Sequential and H-Pattern mode also means that it will enable users to have a more authentic feel when driving a car that leverages either gearbox. Out of the box, Fanatec generously provides both a Sequential knob and H-knob as well.

ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 Edited
ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 Edited

Construction

Another aspect to appreciate about the Fanatec ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 is the superior build quality that comes out of the box. Fanatec is renown for it’s ability to execute on providing its customer with high quality finished products, and this shifter is no exception to it. All components are high quality and were chosen to ensure maximum lifetime and durability. The shifter is fully constructed of metal and weighs 3.15kg. This is significantly heavier than other shifters like the Logitech Driving Force Shifter, so it’s definitely a lot more premium and rigid compared to other shifters on the market.

However, with the heavier construction of the shifter it also means that you will need to put some force to go into gear, similar to the real life counterpart. This makes it hyper realistic for shifting and it truly makes it an enjoyable experience driving around in a manual vehicle in virtual simulation. Also, the shift resistance can be adjusted using an Allen key, tailoring the feel to your liking.

Additionally, if you are looking for the ultimate premium upgrade for your ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5, you can also consider upgrading the knobs to the ClubSport Shifter Carbon Knobs Kit. These knobs are hand-crafted carbon fiber layer which has a stunning matte finish that feels incredible.

ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5
ClubSport Shifter Carbon Knobs Kit.

Compatibility

The Fanatec ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 is fully compatible on PC and will work with most games if connected to a Fanatec product with the shifter port. This includes wheel bases like Fanatec Podium Wheel Base DD2 and CSL DD. Alternatively, if you wish to use this on PC and do not have a compatible Fanatec product, then you can buy the ClubSport USB adapter which will allow you to connect it directly to your PC. The ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 can be used on gaming consoles in games that support shifters, if connected through a Fanatec Wheel Base / Racing Wheel. Please note that using the ClubSport USB adapter will not work on consoles.

The ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 is also mountable on all 4 sides, which makes it compatible with any sim racing cockpit that supports shifter mounting. If you plan on using this setup on a table, there’s also a ClubSport Shifter Table Clamp that’s available for purchase.

Verdict

If you are in the market for a high-end shifter, then the Fanatec ClubSport Shifter SQ V1.5 is an ideal option for you. The ultra realistic shifting experience paired with the reliability and construction of the shifter makes it the perfect choice for any sim racing enthusiasts.

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