Get a Grip: New Forza Wheels Debuting at E3

Brian Ekberg
Friday, June 10, 2011

One of the most exciting things about Forza Motorsport 4 is its variety. Whether you’re racing your favorite tuner around the high-speed corners of the Bernese Alps, or experiencing a brand new supercar in the Kinect-powered Autovista feature, there’s always something new waiting for you in Forza 4.

Variety in Forza Motorsport 4 can be found not just in the huge number of cars, tracks, and features, but also in the different ways to control the game. Naturally you’ll be able to play with the standard Xbox controller, and you’ve heard a lot about how Forza 4 will harness the power of Kinect to deliver entirely new ways of experiencing cars. But we haven’t forgotten about those of you who like to put your hands on the wheel when turning laps on the track, so here’s a look at just a few of the upcoming wheel options that will be compatible with Forza 4.

 

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Debuting today at E3 2011 in the Forza Motorsport 4 section of the Xbox booth are two new Forza Motorsport-branded wheel coming from Fanatec: the “Forza Motorsport CSR” and the “Forza Motorsport CSR Elite.” Both wheels are designed to offer an incredible driving experience for Forza Motorsport 4 fans. Here are a few highlights of both wheels:

CSR: 

  • Improved force feedback electronics and mechanics make the wheel stronger and faster
  • Metal CSR shifter set and large metal paddle shifters make shifting gears easier than ever
  • Lightweight aluminum wheel rim with Alcantara inserts allow faster, more responsive turns

 
CSR-Elite: 

  • Wheel base fully made of metal with carbon fiber and Alcantara wheel rim
  • DirectSensor™ technology with sensor mounted directly on the steering axis. This avoids all the interference and performance loss you get from the belt/gear drive found on traditional motor-mounted sensor systems
  • Dual force feedback motors with 120Watt (silent big fan cooling) and very low cogging force to avoid “notchy” feeling


Pricing, availability, and additional details for both the Forza Motorsport CSR and the CSR Elite will be announced later this year.

While the CSR line of Fanatec wheels are meant for the serious racers in the Forza universe, we’ve got the more casual fans covered as well. Also arriving later this year is the upcoming “Wireless Speed Wheel” for Xbox 360. As the name implies, the Speed Wheel is a completely wireless controller designed for intuitive control and precise steering. The U-shaped design features standard controller buttons and haptic feedback with rumble. You don’t need Kinect to play with the Speed Wheel—it uses the same wireless signal as a standard Xbox wireless controller and is a good option for casual racers who value pure fun over setting lap records. The Wireless Speed Wheel will be available for $59.99 (U.S. ERP) and will ship to retailers worldwide beginning September 26, 2011.

Finally you can also expect new wheels from Madcatz that will also be compatible with Forza 4, including a force-feedback model that will cost $230 and a less expensive option as well.

Expect more details on all of these wheels in the coming weeks but for now you can checkout more images of all these wheels on the Forza Mortorsport Facebook page.