, Von Alex Myastan, 11 min Lesezeit
, Von Alex Myastan, 11 min Lesezeit
Learn how this updated QR system addresses previous challenges, its FIA-approval, and what it means for your current setup. Whether you're considering an upgrade or just staying informed, this is your comprehensive guide to QR2.
A Quick Release (QR) system is an integral component in sim racing that ensures the seamless connection between the steering wheel and the base. Here's what one should consider:
Fanatec's design for the QR2 was prompted by the growing need for a more robust and reliable quick release system, especially with the increasing strength of wheelbases in the market. The original QR1 system, released in 2011, has had issues of flex and even broken pins. In designing the QR2, Fanatec aimed to address these concerns while ensuring backward compatibility with the plethora of products they have already released. This new original mechanism, which saw its debut in the 2022 BMW M4 GT3, was further refined for sim racing and future motorsport applications.
Yup, they have. They’ve addressed the core issue of flex, which is now on par with the leaders of the market. Them having the QR system FIA-Approved is as clear a sign as you can get that this system is robust, but note that is for the QR2 Pro only. There are two other options, the QR2 (Standard), with similar quality to the Pro, and the QR2 Lite, which is made from a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic composite. The latter is probably best suited for low torque wheelbases.
The QR system is also very easy to use once installed. It’s quick and easy to add and remove wheels with the system, and the Pro and Standard options have a noticeably smooth feel when connecting.
Table: The three QR2 wheel-side options.
|Aspect||QR2 Pro||QR2 Standard||QR2 Lite|
|Price||€199.95 / $199.95||€99.95 / $99.95||€59.95 / $59.95|
|Materials||CNC-machined aluminium||Diecast aluminium||Carbon fibre-reinforced plastic composite|
|Standard Equipment On||Podium Steering Wheels||ClubSport Steering Wheels||CSL Steering Wheels|
|Quality of Build||High-quality and precision||High-quality and precision||Rigid plastic construction|
|Compatibility||All CSL, ClubSport, and Podium Steering Wheels with an exchangeable QR||All CSL, ClubSport, and Podium Steering Wheels with an exchangeable QR||All CSL Steering Wheels with an exchangeable QR and ClubSport Steering Wheel F1® Esports V2|
|Torque Limit||Unspecified||Unspecified||8 N·m|
The QR2 is NOT compatible with the QR1, but they have made many of the older products upgradeable, both steering wheels and wheelbases. Many of the steering wheels can be upgraded (see compatibility table below), but for the bases, only the CSL DD, GT DD, DD1 and DD2 are compatible.
One concern with the backwards compatibility is that the base-side QR comes with a torque specification, i.e. how tight the bolts need to be screwed in, but they don’t provide a torque gauge. (Note this is different from the wheelbase’s torque, that is unrelated.) Also note that there are two types of base-side QR systems (see table below).
For those people that use Fanatec with other brands, the Podium Hub can also be upgraded to the QR2 system.
Table: The QR2 base-side options
|QR2 Base-Side (Type-C)||Diecast aluminium||CSL DD, GT DD||€69.95|
|QR2 Base-Side (Type-M)||CNC-machined billet aluminium||DD1, DD2||€149.95|
Fanatec will transition from the QR1 to the QR2 quick-release system over the next 1-2 years, spanning its entire range, including the CSL, ClubSport, and Podium series. In the meantime you can upgrade your system, although it will cost over €100 for the QR2 Lite Bundle.
|Lite, Standard or Pro||Standard or Pro Only||Not Upgradeable|
|CSL Universal Hub||ClubSport Steering Wheel F1® 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021||CSL Steering Wheel P1|
|CSL Universal Hub V2||ClubSport Steering Wheel F1® PS4 (from Podium Racing Wheel F1®)||CSL Elite Steering Wheel P1|
|CSL Elite Steering Wheel McLaren GT3||ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2 / V2.5 / V2.5 X||Steering Wheel P1 from CSL Elite Racing Wheel PS4|
|CSL Elite Steering Wheel McLaren GT3 V2||ClubSport Steering Wheel BMW GT2 V2||ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula Black|
|CSL Elite Steering Wheel WRC||ClubSport Steering Wheel RS||ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula Carbon|
|CSL Steering Wheel BMW||ClubSport Universal Hub V2||ClubSport Steering Wheel F1® Esports|
|CSL Steering Wheel P1 V2||ClubSport Universal Hub V2 for Xbox||ClubSport Steering Wheel BMW GT2|
|ClubSport Steering Wheel F1® Esports V2||Podium Hub||ClubSport Steering Wheel Porsche 918 RSR|
|Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3||ClubSport Universal Hub|
|ClubSport Universal Hub for Xbox One|
|Upgradeable Wheelbases||Not Upgradeable|
|Podium Wheel Base DD1||CSL Elite Wheel Base|
|Podium Wheel Base DD2||CSL Elite Wheel Base V1.1|
|Podium Racing Wheel F1®||CSL Elite Wheel Base +|
|CSL DD||ClubSport Wheel Base|
|Gran Turismo DD Pro||ClubSport Wheel Base V2|
|ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5|
|QR2 Lite Wheel-Side||€59.95||Ships within 4-7 days|
|QR2 Base-Side (Type-C)||€69.95||Ships within 4-7 days|
|QR2 Wheel-Side||€99.95||Open for Pre-Orders (Availability Date: 24 November)|
|QR2 Lite Bundle (Type-C)||€109.95||Ships within 4-7 days|
|QR2 Base-Side (Type-M)||€149.95||Ships within 4-7 days|
|QR2 Bundle (Type-C)||€159.95||Open for Pre-Orders (Availability Date: 24 November)|
|QR2 Lite WS x2 + BS Bundle (Type-C)||€169.95||Ships within 4-7 days|
|QR2 Bundle (Type-M)||€199.95||Open for Pre-Orders (Availability Date: 24 November)|
|QR2 Pro Wheel-Side||€199.95||Ships within 4-7 days|
|QR2 WS x2 + BS Bundle (Type-C)||€249.95||Open for Pre-Orders (Availability Date: 24 November)|
|QR2 Wheel-Side Triple Pack||€269.95||Open for Pre-Orders (Availability Date: 24 November)|
|QR2 Pro Bundle (Type-M)||€299.95||Ships within 4-7 days|
|QR2 Pro WS x2 + BS Bundle (Type-M)||€499.95||Ships within 4-7 days|
|QR2 Pro Wheel-Side Triple Pack||€499.95||Ships within 4-7 days|
We aim to create a comprehensive repository to help you make your sim racing gear decisions. Check out some of our other detailed articles:
> A Beginner's Guide to a Sim Racing Setup: This article provides an overview of your entire setup.
> Best Sim Racing Cockpits:
This article recommends the top ten cockpits for all budgets and
compares ~70% of all the cockpits on the market in a simple table.
> The Wheel Base Guide:
A comparison of every single wheel base on the market. We show the torque, platform compatibility, price and other relevant information in tables. We also have an article that analyses the value of entry-level direct drives, and one that recommends Xbox wheel bases.
> The Wheel Compatibility Guide: See the bolt patterns and QR Hubs of all the major wheel and wheel base brands.
> The Rig and Seat Guide: See the two types of rigs and the other considerations when buying one.
> The Shifter and Handbrake Guide: A comparison of every sim racing stick shifter and handbrake on the market.
> The Pedal Guide:
A comparison of all the budget and entry-level pedal sets, and the most
popular mid-range and high-end pedal sets on the market.
> How to Earn Money in Sim Racing: An overview of the various ways in which you can get income from your favourite hobby.
We also publish sim related news, like analysing the value of the Fanatec ClubSport DD, reviewing the Fanatec QR2 or looking at the latest WRC updates. You can also find articles about us, like this article about our visit to the recent ADAC Sim Racing Expo.