Fanatec Handbrake


Virtual Hill Climb Forums HARDWARE Fanatec Handbrake

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  • #3454

    myself9
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    When did they sneak these in on us?
    Anybody have one? How is it?


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    #5287

    NoOne
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    I finally got mine.
    The build on them is first rate.
    The spring is plenty heavy, the return stops are stout, and almost everything inside is made of fairly heavy gauge metal.

    My only major complaint is that it looks like I’m going to have to hack the thing, to make it work with the Logitech drivers, when the wheel’s in PS3 mode.
    I hate the Fanatec PC drivers, which are required for the computer to see the handbrake properly.

    I think I’m going to wire a swapover circuit that will toggle between the clutch and handbrake on the pedal circuit board, so the handbrake will look like the G25 clutch to the Logitech drivers.


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    #5296

    myself9
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    Being a Fanatec product, I assumed it’d be as sturdy as a battleship. Nice.

    The compatibility issue is the big thing keeping me from picking one up. You HAVE to use it with a Fanatec wheel, right?


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    #5298

    NoOne
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    No.
    You can hook it up as a standalone controller, if you buy the USB adapter.
    That will let you use Fanatec drivers for just the handbrake.

    Where the problem comes in for me is that loading the Fanatec drivers prevents the wheel from going to PS3 mode, so I can’t use the Logitech drivers for the wheel, and the Fanatec ones for just the handbrake.
    You have to pass through PC mode to get to PS3 mode, and the Fanatec drivers grab control of the wheel as soon as you activate PC mode, and won’t let you continue to PS3 mode.

    The only real problem I’ve run into so far is that WRC 4 doesn’t allow you to map inputs to more than one controller.
    DiRT 2, DiRT 3, Autosport and RBR all seem to allow it, at least with the 360 controller I was testing it with last night.


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    #5299

    NoOne
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    I figured out that there’s a small window during startup, where you can fool the Fanatec wheel into starting up in PS3 mode, so that it uses the Logitech drivers.

    I also found out that Autosport won’t let you use the handbrake separately from the wheel.
    It works fine in DiRT though.

    Now I just have to figure out a good way to mount it.


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    #5313

    NoOne
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    I got this installed, and it works great.
    I have much better control because I don’t tend to apply the handbrake fully with the analog controls, like I was forced to when using the sequential shifter as a handbrake.
    The only games I got to try it in were Dirt 2 and Dirt 3.
    I’m really interested to see how it handles in RBR.


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    #5377

    NoOne
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    I got the handbrake to work with WRC4 and Autosport.
    I rewired the handbrake into the clutch port, so the games that won’t allow you to use more than one controller see the handbrake as the clutch axis on the G25, while my wheel is in PS3 mode.

    That means I don’t actually have a working clutch anymore though.
    I’m going to keep playing with things, and see if I can get it all to work.
    I don’t see a good way to do that at the moment though because the G25 doesn’t have a handbrake port, so anything hooked to that will likely not show up when the wheel is in PS3 mode.

    It’s all working wonderfully for rally though.


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    #5382

    myself9
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    Not having a clutch for rally wouldn’t bother me too much since I tend to use paddles for those games. The handbrake would come in WAY more useful than a clutch in rally situations.


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    #5384

    NoOne
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    And that’s exactly why I have a handbrake at the moment, but no clutch.
    The only thing I really use the clutch for is clutch-kicking, while drifting.

    My current plan is to set up a switch box, that will toggle the clutch port on the pedals between the clutch and handbrake.
    That will let me turn the clutch on/off, while allowing me to choose between running the handbrake through the clutch for the games that need it, or through USB for ones that don’t.

    The handbrake worked great on RBR last night too.


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    #5385

    myself9
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    My current plan is to set up a switch box, that will toggle the clutch port on the pedals between the clutch and handbrake.

    THAT
    would be an ideal setup for me.
    Even if I’m shifting sequentially, I still use the clutch to get out of corners if I bog down. Which is usually the case.


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