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Fanatec QR2

Fanatec QR2

, 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.


 

What to Look for in a QR System?

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:

  • Construction: The construction quality directly impacts the rigidity and accuracy of the force feedback. A solid QR system minimizes flex, ensuring you get the truest feel of the sim-racing experience. The design should also consider the long-term durability, ensuring that it won't wear out quickly.
  • Ease of Use: A QR system should be user-friendly, allowing for quick wheel changes and secure attachment. The installation process should be straightforward, without requiring specialized tools or expertise.
  • Compatibility: A versatile QR system can adapt to various wheelbases and steering wheels within its brand. The more universal, the better, especially if it has cross-brand compatibility. If a new QR system is released, like in this case, then backwards compatibility is also of concern.

 

Why did Fanatec Make the QR2?

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.

Wheel-side QR2 on Fanatec’s steering wheels for better SEO
The wheel-side QR2 on a few of Fanatec’s steering wheels.

 

Have They Delivered?

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
FIA-Approved Yes No No
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

 

Compatibility

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.

Base-side QR2 on Fanatec’s direct drives for better SEO
The base-side QR2 on a few of Fanatec’s direct drives.

 

Table: The QR2 base-side options

Product Name Material Compatibility Price
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

 

Transition Period

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.

 

Upgradeable Steering Wheels: QR2 Backwards Compatibility

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 Wheel Bases: QR2 Backwards Compatibility

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

 

Products and Bundles Currently on Fanatec

Product Name Price Status
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

Click here to visit the Fanatec store for QR2 products.


Update Log
20 October 2023: First published
13 November 2023: Updated availability dates and added torque limit for QR-Lite

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