Fanatec CSL DD Ready2Race Bundle Review

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Fanatec are offering their new Ready To Race bundles, which save you money and give you everything you need to go sim racing. Here, I review the CSL DD Ready2Race 8Nm bundle to see if its the best value in sim racing right now.

Fanatec CSL DD Ready To Race 8Nm Bundle

Our Verdict

9.1 / 10

Product Design




Value For Money




  • Great force feedback from the CSL DD
  • Exceptional value for money
  • Xbox compatibility is easy to attain
  • All-in-one racing bundle


  • The P1 V2 steering wheel is a little basic
  • The CSL pedals aren’t great without optional load cell

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What is the CSL DD Ready2Race Bundle?

Fanatec offers a range of small direct drive wheel bases, which are much more affordable than many high-powered direct-drive wheels. To make these racing wheels even more affordable, Fanatec has released its Ready To Race bundles.

There are various Ready To Race bundles, each offering a different steering wheel, pedal, and wheel base combination. But all of Fanatec’s Ready To Race bundles significantly reduce the cost of buying each of these products.

Here, I’m going to review the 8Nm CSL DD Ready2Race Bundle. This specific bundle includes the CSL DD 8Nm wheel base, the P1 V2 steering wheel and the CSL pedals.


I’m going to kick things off by looking at the price of this Fanatec bundle, as choosing a pre-built bundle can offer many savings.

This 8Nm CSL DD Ready2Race Bundle costs $/€499.80.

To put that price into perspective, the full cost of each of these products individually adds up to $/€649.85. That means this bundle would save you $/€150 compared to buying each product individually.

Fanatec CSL DD Ready To Race Bundle

There are a few other Ready To Race bundles that Fanatec sell which offer some different product combinations. Below are a few of the more popular highlighted bundle deals.

These bundles include a wheel base, a steering wheel and a set of pedals. The main difference between each bundle is firstly the strength of the wheel base.

Some include the 8Nm CSL DD/GT DD Pro and others only include the 5Nm wheel base. However, every bundle can be upgraded to 8Nm. The other main difference is the steering wheel they come with, which dictates the console compatibility.

The wheel base

The wheel base that is included in this Fanatec Ready To Race bundle is one of the very best small direct drive wheels around. All Ready To Race bundles come with either the CSL DD or the GT DD Pro.

This bundle features the CSL DD wheel base which is the PC and Xbox compatible version. The bundle I am reviewing here also includes the additional boost kit that bumps the force feedback strength up to 8Nm of peak torque.

This addition is well worth it and really transforms the whole sim racing experience. The boost kit’s additional strength makes this wheel much more well-rounded.

You can save $/€100 by opting for the 5Nm wheel base without the boost kit. And while the CSL DD still performs very well at just 5Nm, it does feel a little limited. At 8Nm is where it truly shines.

All areas of the force feedback become more pronounced. Small details become noticeable such as minor track surface changes and little bumps in the track. Also, the peak torque output when cornering at speed makes the wheel feel much heavier and more realistic.

At 8Nm, the CSL DD is easily one of the very best mid-range racing wheels.

The steering wheel

The included steering wheel in this Fanatec Ready2Race bundle is the P1 V2. This circular steering wheel features relatively basic functionality and is actually the cheapest steering wheel Fanatec sells.

This makes it great value, as it performs well while racing. The size of the wheel is great, making it feel much more realistic than some smaller sim racing steering wheels.

There are a series of push buttons on the face of the wheel. However, personally, I would prefer to have a few more inputs. When racing games such as Assetto Corsa Competizione, you often require inputs for your engine, your wipers as well as inputs to control your traction control, brake bias etc.

With the P1 V2 wheel, there simply aren’t enough inputs to control all of these functions. Instead, this is much more focused on more casual sim racing, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Considering this use case, the P1 is a great steering wheel.

Across the top is a display which can show live speed and telemetry data. And the whole wheel is finished nicely in a rubber material which includes perforation on either side.

If you do fancy something more premium, there are Ready To Race bundles that include more premium steering wheels. The McLaren bundle includes a formula-style, McLaren-branded steering wheel. And there are Nascar and WRC steering wheels available as well.

The pedals

With this particular Ready To Race bundle, you get the 2-pedal version of the CSL pedals. This is Fanatec’s current entry-level pedal set, featuring a throttle and a brake pedal.

Both pedals use contactless hall-effect sensors to measure the pedal’s travel distance. This is then translated in-game to how much braking or throttle pressure is applied.

The throttle is much easier to press than the brake, with the brake pedal featuring a stiffer spring with a foam damper to try to simulate a real-world brake pedal.

This approach works fine and allows you to have a relatively consistent feel under braking, and at this price point, these pedals are excellent.

I would, however, recommend you consider the optional load cell pedal upgrade. This can be applied to this bundle, or you can opt for a premium bundle which includes the load cell pedal.

The load cell brake pedal transforms these pedals into a full 3-pedal set. The load cell becomes your new brake pedal, and the old brake can be moved to become your clutch pedal.

The load cell upgrade makes the brake pedal feel much more realistic. Rather than measuring pedal distance, it measures the force applied to the brake pedal. This gives allows you to build muscle memory while braking, making it easier to be much more consistent on the brake pedal.


After considering all the parts of this bundle, it’s time to move on to compatibility. Out of the box, this bundle is only compatible with PCs, despite the bundle’s claim to be Xbox-ready.

Xbox-ready means that the wheelbase will become Xbox-compatible when an Xbox-compatible steering wheel is attached. Unfortunately, the P1 V2 is not an Xbox-compatible steering wheel.

To use this bundle with an Xbox, you could add a steering wheel such as the McLaren GT3 V2. This steering wheel actually comes as standard with the Fanatec CSL DD Ready2Race McLaren bundle.

If you are after a PlayStation-compatible racing wheel, you’ll need to look at a GT DD Pro Ready2Race bundle. These come with a Gran Turismo-licensed steering wheel and are PS5-compatible right out of the box.

Should you buy the Fanatec CSL DD Ready To Race Bundle?

This bundle offers incredible value, no matter how you look at it. As I mentioned above during our pricing segment, you’re saving around $/€150 compared to buying all elements separately.

This additional savings could allow you to upgrade the pedals to include the load cell brake pedal, which I highly recommend considering as it instantly transforms this bundle into a great mid-range sim racing setup.

Technical Specifications

  • Platform – PC, Xbox Ready
  • Torque – 8 Nm peak torque
  • Quick-release – Exchangeable Quick Release
  • Sensor – High-resolution (contactless) Hall-position-sensor
  • Wheel base – Fanatec CSL DD 8Nm
  • Steering wheel – Fanatec P1 V2
  • Pedals – Fanatec CSL pedals

Review written by Felix König

About Felix König

Felix König is a professional Esports sim racer from Seattle, WA, and is the founder and editor of Sim Race Reviews. In addition to over 10 years of professional sim racing and competing in both iRacing and Assetto Corsa Competizione competitions, Felix has been sharing his sim racing knowledge and expertise with other sim racers. His passion lies in sim racing, and in particular in the plethora of sim racing hardware from racing wheels to pedals and more.