The third generation of the popular ClubSport pedals combine a proven design with new technology and numerous customization options. Can Fanatec hold its own in the competitive environment? You can find out in our hardware review. The pedals have been in our five-year endurance test.
With an ever more authentic and realistic implementation of driving physics in racing simulations, there is hardly any way for racing game enthusiasts to avoid their own simracing setup at home with steering wheel and pedal unit. Fanatec promises high-quality simracing hardware with advanced technology and robust materials as well as a long service life. But can the Landshut-based hardware manufacturer keep its promises? We had the Fantec ClubSport Pedals V3 * in endurance testing for more than four years.
With the ClubSport product series for more experienced Sim racers, the brand has made a name for itself in the racing game community and is now firmly established. Already in 2015 Fanatec heralded the third generation of the product series with the ClubSport pedals V3. The pedal set costs 359.95 € and is compatible with all Fanatec steering wheels for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Proven design, new technologies
The ClubSport V3 pedals are based on the simple and well-known design of the previous models and resemble a pedal construction from the real vehicle. The individual components are milled from high-quality aluminum and are based on stable steel axles. The pedal plate consists of anodized aluminum. During the development and construction of the accelerator pedal, great importance was attached to the fact that the spring can be easily replaced. Alternative spring strengths for gas pedal and clutch pedal are also included.
Additional development work has been done especially in the inner workings of the pedals. A new vibration motor on the accelerator pedal has the effect of making rear wheels spinning at the exit of a curve, for example, and thus oversteering noticeable. The racing simulations can also make use of the second vibration motor on the brake pedal to simulate ABS interventions and locking wheels. This gives you even more feedback via the pedals from the respective racing simulation than comparable pedals without these motors. Contactless magnetic sensors on the gas and clutch ensure a long service life, which we can confirm in our endurance test. Even after several years we did not have to change any component.
Brake like the pros
The same also applies to the new, so-called Load Cell Sensor, which is a custom-made product and designed for longer durability. The Load Cell of the previous model still had to be replaced regularly after intensive use. The new Load Cell can withstand up to 90 kilograms of brake pressure and is equivalent to a sports car. What effect does this technological innovation have on driving in a racing simulator? Whereas in a real racing car, more than 100 kilograms of brake pressure suddenly have to be applied at the braking point in some cases in order to build up the strongest possible braking effect, this is associated with considerably less pressure when using cheaper pedals.
Nevertheless, I would recommend every owner of the ClubSport V3 pedals to upgrade with the inexpensive 29.95 € Brake Performance Kit. This Brake Performance Kit reduces the pedal travel by spring inserts in the preload screw of the brake unit. This reduces the feel at the pressure point of the brake and allows a higher brake pressure absorption. Formula or GT racing cars now have hardly any pedal travel at all, but rather pressure sensors at the brake, because the human body remembers the muscle tension rather than the foot position.
The pure braking or so-called trailbraking into the curve up to the apex is simply fun with the ClubSport pedals with and without Brake Performance Kit and through more constant braking points and braking processes you will become sustainably faster. The accelerator and clutch pedals are equipped with contactless Hall sensors with 12-bit resolution, and now offer four times the resolution of the previous model. This results in a smoother and more sensitive modeling of the accelerator pedal and makes it easier for you to handle bitchy mid-engine or rear-wheel drive cars.
Numerous setting and individualization options
The redesigned brake construction allows the adjustment of stiffness and pedal travel without tools. It's a pity, however, that the pedals cannot be inverted directly ex factory, but the inverted version is available for a not inconsiderable additional charge of 599.95 €.
So, while a noticeable development step has been made with the gas and brake pedal unit, the clutch still feels comparatively light and little changed compared to the previous model. Despite a stronger replacement spring, the clutch could offer a little more resistance and a longer pedal travel in the area after the grinding point. An optional damper kit is also available for the gas and brake pedals, which makes it easy to adjust the hydraulic damping continuously via a rotary wheel.
With matching color kits in black and gray, you can further customize the look of your pedal set. The pedal plates are not painted, but colored anodized. Personally, however, I find the black aluminum with red contrast color ex works the best. The set also includes D-shaped pedal plates as well as pedal extensions that allow you to adjust the angle of the pedal plates and the pedal arm.
With the Fanatec ClubSport V3 pedals, the Landshut-based simracing hardware manufacturer has an inexpensive pedal set with a precise gas and brake pedal as well as numerous adjustment options in its product range. In this price and quality class there are hardly any competing products. The high-quality construction and the solid load cell sensor have proven themselves even after several years of use and no parts have had to be replaced. So, if you are thinking about upgrading to the ClubSport V3 pedals, you can do so with a clear conscience. Even if you are completely new to Simracing and want to invest in an appropriate hardware setup, the pedals in combination with the Brake Performance Kit will give you lasting pleasure.
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