Hot on the heels of the new CSL DD wheel base, which will offer a new entry point to direct drive technology, Fanatec has announced the new CSL Pedals.
The aim is to deliver a lower barrier to entry into the Fanatec ecosystem. Priced at a low $79.95/€79.95, you get an accelerator and a brake pedal made from metal, 12-bit high-resolution contactless Hall Sensors and the ability to adjust the pedal placement vertically and sideways for the optimum driving position.
As with many Fanatec products, there are upgradable options. Chief of which is the ability to enhance the experience through an optional Load Cell Kit. For those new to load cell pedals, it gives the real feeling of pressing down on a brake pedal with different amounts of pressure and tension, yielding different results in race conditions.
You can also add an optional clutch pedal and purchase an optional Tuning Kit that includes aluminium pedal plates. In the images, you can see the base configuration (top featured image) and the full maxed-out version with the extras (below).
It looks set to be the cheapest set of load cell pedals on the market if, as Fanatec says, “the mission was to create the ultimate Sub-200 €/$ Load Cell Pedals.” We’ll have to see how the options stack up price wise closer to release.
At present, Fanatec has four pedals on the market ranging from $99.95 all the way up to $599.95, depending on how fancy you want to get with your pedal game. The Clubsport V3 pedals, whether they’re inverted or not, will give that load cell braking for a more nominal price point, while the CSL elites can still provide accurate feeling if you opt to get the LC model with load cell included for $229.96.
In terms of a release date, we aren’t clear on that yet, but the CSL Pedals will ship at the same time as the upcoming CSL DD wheel base. Fanatec also hints at more announcements coming soon, could it be an affordable wheel rim to make this a combined package at a new lower-cost entry point? We’ll find out soon enough.