Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro


When Fanatec announced the CSL DD, the CSL Elite 1.1 Wheelbase became ‘end of life’. Since Fanatec’s Playstation compatibility sits in a chip inside the wheelbase, this left a big gap for the Playstation owners in the Fanatec line-up. For a long time, only the more expensive Podium Racing Wheel F1 was left. It was of course expected that Fanatec would come up with a CSL DD with the Playstation compatibility chip on board. Fortunately, this expectation was correct and here is the Fanatec GT DD Pro. With this wheelbase Fanatec again meets the need [a good and relatively affordable wheelbase] of most Playstation owners. Of course, this wheelbase is also suitable for Xbox and PC, but the bundles will probably be sold the most to the Playstation owners because of the extra cost that the Playstation chip brings.

Bundles

In addition to the partnership that Fanatec has with Gran Turismo, it is Sony that prefers the availability of complete bundle(s) which can be sold to their console gamers. Fanatec has fulfilled this wish with the various Gran Turismo DD Pro bundles. The bundles are available in 3 different trims.

The Gran Turismo DD Pro bundle is available for €699.95 and includes CSL Pedals (2-pedal set), the DD Pro wheelbase, the table clamp and the steering wheel specially designed for Gran Turismo.

You can purchase the Gran Turismo DD Pro 8Nm bundle for € 849.90. This is the same bundle as the Gran Turismo DD Pro bundle but with the Boost Kit 180 8Nm power supply in the box.

If you dig a little deeper into your pocket, you will receive the Gran Turismo DD Pro Premium bundle for € 969.85. In addition to the Boost Kit 180 8Nm power supply, you also get the separately available CSL Pedals Load Cell Kit.

We received the Gran Turismo DD Pro bundle from Fanatec. To complete the review, we also provided ourselves with the Boost Kit 180 so that we can make a nice comparison between the standard 90W 5Nm and 180W 8Nm power supply. We also have the optional CSL Pedals Load Cell Kit and the CSL Pedals Tuning Kit, but these will be discussed in a separate review.

Packaging & Content

As always, the Fanatec shipment is delivered neatly and on time by UPS in the characteristic brown outer cartons. When we open it, we immediately see the sleek blue/white box with the Fanatec, Playstation and Gran Turismo logo on it. When opening the box we find the Gran Tursimo steering wheel, a box with the necessary connection cables and t-slot nuts, the DD Pro wheelbase with 90W 5Nm power supply, the table clamp and at the very bottom we find the pre-assembled CSL Pedals. All this is well protected and packed in the recognizable black polystyrene foam, which is completely cut out on the inside in the form of the abovementioned content.

Compatibility

As mentioned earlier, this set is suitable for Playstation, Xbox and PC. We have tested the set on both the Playstation 4 and the PC. Since the compatibility for Playstation is in the wheelbase, and not in the steering wheel, it was quite easy to use another steering wheel such as the ClubSport Steering Wheel F1 2021 on the GT DD Pro Wheel Base. For use on PC there are no dependencies and for use on Xbox you will also need a compatible steering wheel, but in both cases you can also use the CSL DD instead of the GT DD Pro.

Technique & Quality

DD Pro Wheelbase

The Fanatec DD Pro is similar to the CSL DD wheelbase but with the Playstation compatibility chip on board. The DD Pro is also in a slightly different housing for a bit more of a ‘Playstation look’. The housing consists largely of CNC-machined aluminum combined with plastic parts. The wheelbase can be mounted on a desk/table with the supplied table clamp or on your rig using the supplied t-slot nuts. The DD Pro has the standard aluminum Fanatec Quick Release so that you can easily change the steering wheel. This Quick Release can be later upgraded to the Fanatec QR2 Quick Release which has yet to be released. The following inputs and outputs can be found on the back of the DD Pro; USB-C, power supply, shifter, shifter 2 (sequential), pedals and handbrake. The Fanatec DataPort-C as present on the CSL DD is missing on the DD Pro.

Gran Turismo Steering wheel

The Gran Tursimo steering wheel is specially designed for the new Gran Turismo game and has a diameter of 280mm. The steering wheel is common for a variety of vehicles in Gran Turismo, but can of course also be used in other racing games. On the steering wheel you will find an OLED display and a RevLED strip. There are also 4 pieces of 5-way sticks and the well-known Playstation buttons. At the back you will find the shifters and the simplified QR1 Quick Release system.

CSL Pedals

The Fanatec CSL Pedals consist of an all-steel construction and come fully assembled in the box. Basically the pedals are quite light, but still feel very solid and sturdy. The front plates are made of plastic and you can adjust the height in three steps to make the pedals slightly longer or shorter according to your preference.

Mounting

We mount the DD Pro Wheelbase and CSL pedals on our TREQ One cockpit. With our TREQ One we also have the side-mount suitable for CSL DD/GT DD Pro, together with the T-slot nuts and the handy T-slot rails in the housing of the GT DD Pro, mounting is a piece of cake. We first secured the side mount to the wheelbase and then mounted it between the upright profiles of the TREQ One. When hard-mounting on the TREQ One, the CSL Pedals are a bit more of a challenge, we also encountered this in our previous CSL Pedals review. After a lot of brainstorming, we came to a good and sturdy assembly. At the back you can put a T-slot nut in the profile and then secure it with an M8 bolt. At the front you can use 2 corner brackets to fix them from below with an M6 bolt. The whole thing is so firmly attached that we can press the pedals with confidence.

After this you can slide the Gran Turismo steering wheel on the wheelbase and it is a matter of adjusting everything, tighten everything properly, connect it and start it up for the first time! To start with, as usual, we first checked the Fanatec drivers and firmware for updates and updated them where necessary. With Fanatec’s new driver tool, this is now very easy to do. Unfortunately, you cannot update the firmware via a Playstation or Xbox, but nowadays everyone has a laptop or desktop to do this job. We are ready to put the set to the test.

Usage

The first days we used the Fanatec Gran Turismo DD Pro with the standard 90W power supply which provides a peak of 5Nm of torque. We tested the wheelbase in F1 2021 and Assetto Corsa Competizione as both games are available on all platforms. In both games we have used the recommended settings as can be found on the Fanatec forum, our experience is that this usually provides a good basis with a balanced experience where the Force Feedback comes through well across the board and with heavier forces will not clip.

We are of course already familiar with the CSL DD and have almost the same experience with the DD Pro. The wheelbase feels very smooth with the standard 90W power supply and immediately provides a pleasant driving experience. However, we quickly conclude that the power of the wheelbase still feels somewhat disappointing. As we experienced the same in our CSL DD review, this was a reason to switch to the Boost Kit 180. After connecting, the DD Pro feels like a completely different wheelbase and we immediately feel the real feeling of Direct Drive coming through the steering wheel. During our test laps in F1 2021 and Assetto Corsa Competizione, we feel more consistent forces making the overall driving experience feel a lot heavier and more immersive. We get more information and therefore feel the smaller details better, but also with more strenuous actions we have to work harder to get the car around and we also feel the wheelbase doing its work on our arm muscles. We soon notice that, compared to the standard 90W power supply, we get a much better idea of ​​what the car is doing on the track and that finding the limit is a lot easier. While with the 5Nm/90W adapter we mainly had to work with the cautious information we received, which made anticipating more difficult, with the Boost Kit 180 we can feel a lot easier when we start to get oversteer before it actually happens. This makes catching the car a lot easier and immediately provides more immersion. With this step we can conclude that the Boost Kit 180 is a must have.

When you hold the Gran Turismo steering wheel in your hand, it actually feels small, plastic and cheap by Fanatec standards. But, while you are getting to use the steering wheel, you will find that it actually is quite a comfortable steering wheel. The steering wheel is fitted with black rubber on the top part and therefore offers excellent comfort and grip. The positioning of your hands is good and the buttons are easily accessible with your fingers so you don’t have to let go of the steering wheel. The shifters work fine and have an audible click, but we find them quite numb when shifting. Above the Gran Turismo logo is the recognizable OLED screen which is easy to read and can provide you with RPM and speed while driving. The steering wheel also has a RevLED strip for visual cues about engine speed and to know when to change gears, we think this also makes the steering wheel a bit more lively.

As we wrote in our previous CSL pedal review, the pedals feel very precise and manageable. The durability of the entire pedal base is fantastic and feels very solid. The set also features a large platform to support your feet and completes the set. The brake and accelerator pedals can be moved to different slots via screws to suit your own preference. The stock front plates are plastic and can be slippery if you race with socks. For the look and feel, we have therefore additionally equipped the pedals with the CSL Pedals Tuning Kit. The CSL pedals are linear and responsive, but we would have preferred more braking pressure or braking resistance. Fanatec has added a stiffer spring to the brake pedal, along with a foam damper that improves braking progression, so brake pressure feel may be more of a personal preference. An optional CSL Pedals Load Cell Kit is available for this, we have already mounted this in the photos and will be discussed in a separate review.

Conclusion

With the arrival of the Gran Turismo DD Pro bundle, Fanatec is filling a long-awaited gap for Playstation owners, but you can also put it to use on other platforms. With a base price of € 699.95 you get a lot of value for your money and you can also make some significant upgrades to get more out of this set. In our opinion, the DD Pro wheelbase with Boost Kit 180 is a must to get the most out of the wheelbase. The Gran Turismo steering wheel initially feels quite plastic and cheap for Fanatec standards, but turns out to be a good and comfortable all-rounder. The CSL Pedals are very solidly built and can be dosed accurately. We do miss the brake pressure feeling at the brake pedal, although that is mainly due to our personal preference. All in all, The Gran Turismo DD Pro bundle offers everything you need ‘out of the box’ and should be perfect for Gran Turismo 7 and many other racing games and platforms.

Are you as excited as we are after reading our review? The different bundles are available via the Fanatec webshop. The Gran Turismo DD Pro bundle is available for €699.95 and includes CSL Pedals (2-pedal set), the DD Pro wheelbase, the table clamp and the steering wheel specially designed for Gran Turismo. For € 849.90 you can purchase the Gran Turismo DD Pro 8Nm bundle, this is the same bundle as the Gran Turismo DD Pro bundle but with the Boost Kit 180 8Nm power supply in the box. If you dig a little deeper into your pocket, you will receive the Gran Turismo DD Pro Premium bundle for € 969.85, in addition to the Boost Kit 180 8Nm power supply you also get the separately available CSL Pedals Load Cell Kit.

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