Gear Reviews

Users of Sony PS4 systems have been neglected for some time when it comes to support for Fanatec Wheelbases until now.  With the newly released Fanatec CSL Elite+ Wheelbase comparability with Sony PS4 Consoles can be achieved which will give users much more choice when it comes to choosing their sim racing peripherals with Logitech and Thrustmaster being their only choice when it comes to sim racing products.

Fanatec Bringing Direct Drive To The Masses

Fanatec after what feels like forever has released their Direct Drive wheel bases for pre-order on their website.   Fanatec have two Direct Drive wheelbases with different specs and under the names of the Podium DD1 and Podium DD2 there are a few differences which I will show you below as well as the near 1,000 dollar price difference.

Today I will be doing a review of the Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer - I have recently purchased the wheel after reading some reviews and watching a couple of videos on youtube.

I'll start by saying that I only game on Windows PC's and this wheel is PC only but I beleive that the Thrustmaster Sparco wheel is compatible with consoles and is the same wheel base ast the TS-PC Racer.

I have owned many sim steering wheels over the time from Logitech, Fanatec and Thurstmaster.  The TS-PC Racer was purchased to replace my old Fanatec CSR Forza wheel which was starting to show it's age after lots of use over the four or more years that I had it.

 

Dashmeter Pro is virtual dashboard for iRacing which displays various  gauges both in digital and analogue on your android or iOS compatible device.  The software has a server side file which runs on your PC and an app that you download for your phone or tablet.

Dashmeter Pro allows up to 3 screens of information whether you want the default screens from the app or you can create your own custom screens by dragging and dropping the gauges that you want, position them and resize them to your desired size.  Cycling through the screens is as simple as touching the screen.

I personally use Dashmeter Pro to display shift lights, gear, speed and the quantity of fuel required to finish a race.  The dash software can display much more information than the standard black boxes that iRacing uses.

You can setup up to three different phone/tablet combinations to display different information on each screen.

The software is easy to setup and does not cost an arm or a leg and runs flawlessly to allow you to get on with your racing.  This was one of the first apps I purchased when starting out with iRacing and I have not being disapointed. 

 

At face value, Virtual Racing School (VRS) is just another telemetry logging and comparison software like iAnalyze or iSpeed, but it is much more than that.  VRS is your one stop shop for setups (some of the top drivers in iRacing supply setups for each track in a season) but more than that you gain access to lap analysis and their optimal and best lap files so that you can try and follow their ghost car when testing.

Fanatec Clubsport Wheelbase V2.5 Review

The Fanatec Clubsport Wheelbase V2.5 is the third generation wheelbase from Fanatec.  Fanatec are an industry leader in design and manafacture of race sim equipment in the intermediate price range.  Like other wheelbases the CSW 2.5 allows the attachment of different wheel rims that can add to the immersion factor when sim racing.  All of the rims are backwards compatible with the clubsport wheelbase so you won't need to purchase new rims, also with the universal hub adapter you can fit many aftermarket real world race rims to the clubsport wheelbase for that extra immersion factor.

Fanatec Clubsport V3 Pedals Review

The latest set of Fanatec Clubsport pedals are the Clubsport v3 pedals which are an upgrade over the V2 pedals from Fanatec.  The pedals are an upgrade in not only the aesthetics but in the electronics of the pedals swell.  These pedals not only look the part but they perform really well.

The RS1 is a CAD designed sim-racing cockpit built from wood, but with the quality and design features of commercial rigs. The RS1 is a simplified version of our Cheetah series of racing simulators, and is designed to be easy to build with common woodworking tools. The RS1 is a “2-post” design, meaning there are no supports between the driver’s legs that can interfere with proper heel-toe driving. Also, the RS1 allows the driver to easily get in from the side like in a street car. There is no climbing necessary as with other racing simulators.

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