It has been a popular and cost-effective choice for a sim racing wheel since it was originally released in 2018. And with some improvements and refinements, it’s not surprising the launch of the Fanatec CSL Elite Steering Wheel McLaren GT3 V2 has been greeted with excitement.
The replica of the wheel used in the McLaren GT3 racing cars replaced the real world one-inch OLED with a rotary switch, but aside from that change was pretty much identical to the real example. And at under €200, it was a solid performer at a reasonable price.
For the Fanatec CSL Elite Steering Wheel McLaren GT3 V2, the overall look stays the same, using original CAD data from the manufacturer to create a full-size replica wheel. But there’s an important change from the original, as the V2 uses a new magnetic shifter and dual-clutch paddle system.
Built from a single piece of orange anodised aluminium, the rocker paddle offers tighter and more realistic shifting, which was a weakness of the original. Plus you also get a longer throw, and it means you can shift up and down with either hand.
The multi-function analogue pedals also allow you to instantly change from handbrake or brake and throttle modes via the centre switch, which means you can race without needing pedals.
Another improvement for the Fanatec CSL Elite Steering Wheel McLaren GT3 V2 is the new Simplified Quick Release Adapter which means you swap wheels without needing any tools, and it supports high torque mode on Podium wheel bases.
Officially licensed for the Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X|S, the new wheel also benefits from redesigned electronics for improved performance and durability, with the resistance apparently modelled on the real McLaren racing wheel. Literally the only difference should be the fact that you get a 1″ 128 x 46 white OLED display in place of the fourth rotary switch in a McLaren 650S GT3, and a centre rotary when the display would be mounted in the car.
Along with the OLED, you get two 2-way toggle switches, two 12-position switched which can also be configured as endless rotary encoders, a 7-way FunkySwitch, two high-bezel snap-dome buttons marked P and N (for the pit speed limiter and neutral), seven standard buttons, and rubber grips.
The Fanatec CSL Elite Steering Wheel McLaren GT3 V2 weighs 1090g with the Simplifed QRA, and 1280g with the ClubSport QRA, and is 300mm in diameter. It will work with the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation consoles with a compatible wheel base, and is now open for pre-orders at €199.95, with availability starting from January 18th, 2021.
It follows the launch of the Fanatec Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3 if you want a wheel which is exactly the same as in the racing car – to the point you can swap it between them.