Fanatec Clubsport Shifter SQ Review by The Simpit

Shaun Cole On May 6, 2014
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Fanatec has long been known for their sim racing products.  In recent years they have really stepped things up with the addition of the Clubsport level of products.  The latest component to enter this family is the Clubsport Shifter SQ.  This is an all metal 7 speed plus reverse shifter that also features a sequential mode at the flip of the switch.  In this review we examine the shifter from every angle inside and out.  We hammer on it lap after lap and let you know how well it performed.

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Paul Tucker On 2014-08-08 17:10:40
Paul Tucker

just ordered mine yesterday, now the long wait until october begins.


Paul Tucker On 2014-05-22 03:49:09
Paul Tucker

im would love to add this shifter to myt set up, but i get put off with the pre-order.  if i buy it now i dont get my shifter until october...that sucks a little.

Jack Roussy On 2014-05-23 15:04:44
Jack Roussy

That seems to be the Fanatec way, it was the same a few years ago when I ordered my ClubSport edition GT2 wheel, took months to get it. It pay now and get much later with Fanatec it seems! :(


Paul Ring On 2014-05-11 15:28:42
Paul Ring

Considering the initial cost of this shifter i find it disgusting that you have to spend an extra $20-$30 to buy an adaptor just to be able to use the 7th gear which is already included. Just Fanatec being greedy.

Michael Heikes On 2014-05-12 02:29:13
Michael Heikes

Do you have the clubsport base? If you do you can hook the shifter right up to the wheel and use the extra gear. If you hook it up to the older wheels then you won't get the 7th gear and then that adapter comes into play.


Alan Stokes On 2014-05-10 14:31:25
Alan Stokes

Great to see you back Shaun!  Always loved watching your hardware projects. I think via this website Fanatec and other manufacturers will get a better chance at reviews where as in the past sponsors such as cough cough Thrustmaster took all the glory smile

Hopefully you will be getting some forums up and running soon, good luck Shaun and keep the reviews and hardware projects coming.



Mark Crooks On 2014-05-08 20:13:52
Mark Crooks

I like the look of this shifter and from owners I've read just how much they like it.  What I like less about it is the failure rate, I've seen quite a few go wrong or that have calibration issues which is slightly off putting.

Tobbe Bergman On 2014-05-10 15:08:15
Tobbe Bergman

Here is another iRacing racer who also had "calibration issues;)" until he found out that he pushed the wrong button ;(

Tobbe Bergman On 2014-05-10 15:11:19
Tobbe Bergman On 2014-05-10 14:05:58
Tobbe Bergman

I guess it says more about the iRacing crowd than the shifter itself !

That's a members only site and since Assetto Corsa arrived I am not a iRacing member anymore !

I have had zero problems with calibration issues and it have never skiped a gear.

Totally love it and it increase the immersion factor immensely.

I recomend it to all my Sim racing friends !

Tobbe Bergman On 2014-05-10 09:18:32
Tobbe Bergman

And with "quite a few" you mean how many ? 5 -6 ?


Mark Crooks On 2014-05-10 13:12:44
Mark Crooks

Just head over to the Shifter thread on iRacing and see for yourself, calibration issues seems to the main woes.

Kevin McDonald On 2014-05-08 16:22:18
Kevin McDonald

Nice review. I'd say relax a little. I always feel like your shouting at the camera smile

Shaun Cole On 2014-05-16 15:32:55
Shaun Cole

Agreed  smile


Ben Deverall On 2014-05-06 11:27:29
Ben Deverall

Good review very in depth, will you be filming a long term follow up after a few months?

I am interested if that slop mentioned in the shaft in the "not so good" is going to get worse or increase with use.

Shaun Cole On 2014-05-16 15:31:58
Shaun Cole

I dont think the slop will change at all over time.


Pascal Ammerdorfer On 2014-05-06 08:42:12
Pascal Ammerdorfer

I used this shifter and it's indeed a brilliant piece of engineering and for that price you can't go wrong with this one, now using the DSD pro and TH8rs but i will replace that with this one asap smile

Great review Shaun!


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