Sim racing wheel

Before using this product, read this user manual carefully.

  • Keep the steering wheel in a dry area and do not expose it to dust or sunlight.
  • Do not spill liquid on the steering wheel and connectors.
  • Never open the steering wheel. Any repairs must be carried out by esportsim assistance.
  • Use only the power supply included with the steering wheel.
  • Make sure that the power supply is correctly plugged in the electrical socket and that theconnector between the power supply and the steering wheel is well plugged in.
  • Use only accessories compatible and suggested by esportsim.
  • If the product does not work properly, for example because it emits strange smells,sounds or has a high temperature, do not use it, unplug it and contact esportsimassistance.
  • If you plan not to use the steering wheel for a long period of time, disconnect it from thepower supply.
  • While using the steering wheel, always keep your hands in the correct position withoutever letting go of it completely.
  • Always make sure that the steering wheel is securely attached to the engine base.

PREFACE

FSW Series 2 is a professional racing wheel for sim racing, compatible with PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One on Fanatec, Thrustmaster, Simucube and any other motor bases with 6x70mm holes pattern.
The steering wheel replicates many features that you find today on the real steering wheels of Formula cars, for this reason we suggest you to read this manual carefully, only in this way will you be able to make the most of the steering wheel.

The steering wheel  can receive the telemetry data through the WiFi network or through USB via Simhub software.
The steering wheel is able to get updates via the Internet. The updates will be released to fix, improve or add functionality to your steering wheel.

Keep your steering wheel Software and Firmware always up to date.

The steering wheel in the version for gaming console is compatible with the following engine bases:

Thrustmaster motor bases:

  • Thrustmaster T300
  • Thrustmaster T300RS
  • Thrustmaster TX
  • Thrustmaster T-GT
  • Thrustmaster TS-PC
  • Thrustmaster TS-XW

Fanatec motor bases:

  • PODIUM Direct Drive Wheel Base DD1
  • PODIUM Direct Drive Wheel Base DD2
  • Direct Drive Wheel Base CSL DD
  • PODIUM Racing Wheel F1® PS4™
  • CSL Elite Wheel Base V1.1
  • ClubSport Wheel Base V2
  • ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5
  • CSL Elite Wheel Base + official licensed for PS4™

The sim racing wheel on console can receive the telemetry data via WiFi connection from F1 games like F1 2021, F1 2022 and the future version of F1 games.

STEERING WHEEL HARDWARE

The formula steering wheel comes with:

  • 12 professional buttons
  • 8 absolute professional encoders (SLX)
  • 2 gearbox paddles
FSW Series 2 hardware

(if you have the advanced podium paddle you can use also button 15 and button 16)

Each encoder has 12 absolute positions.
Refer to these label-codes when commands are associated with your game and it is important to check these labels to identify each encoder to receive a proper assistance.

POWER ON-OFF

To turn on the steering wheel connect the round connector at the end of spiral cable to the round connector you can find on the power supply.
Wait until you can see the first dashboard on the steering wheel’s screen.

Start dashboard

(this dashboard could be different)

To turn off the steering wheel simply disconnect the round connector at the end of the spiral cable.

WiFi SETTINGS

The first thing to do is to connect the steering wheel to your WiFi network. To do that you have to go to the Diagnostic dashboard. To change the wheel’s dashboard put the central rotary switch SL1 in CD (Change Dashboard) position and press 2 times the button number 10.
Now turn clockwise the central multifunctional encoder called SL1 to scroll down until you see the “CLOSE APP” button and press it.

Diagnostic Dashboard

STARTER

When you have closed the telemetry application you will see another application called “STARTER”.

With the STARTER application you can connect the wheel to your wifi access point.

Starter

Now open the menu, as you can see in the following image, and open the screen Keyboard.

FSW Keyboard

 After that, click on the wifi icon to open the Wifi panel. Choose your wifi network and write your wifi password.
After the wifi icon indicate that the steering wheel is connected press the button “TELEMETRY APP” to come back to the telemetry application.

FSW keyboard

CENTRAL ENCODER (SL1)

 The central encoder, called SL1, is a multifunction encoder
Understanding its functions is essential to use the steering wheel in the best way.
According to its position with the buttons 10  e 11 you can manage a specific setting of the steering wheel or the car.

Multifunctional encoder

Position CV

Change the view inside the actual dashboard

Position LG

Change the green leds brightness on the fly

Position LR

Change the red leds brightness on the fly

Position LB

Change the blu leds brightness

Position LY

Change the yellow leds brightness

Position BBP

BBP (Brake Balance Preset) enabling

Position 1

Free, not yet implemented. Free for a user request

Position 2

Free, not yet implemented. Free for a user request

Position 3

Change Clutch Bite Point offset

Position 4

Used to delete a custom dashboard designed with the dashboard designer

Position EB

Enable the button 10 and 11 to be used as normal buttons and not only as SL1 management buttons (only USB version)

Position CD

Change dashboard

DASHBOARD LOGIC

In the steering wheel it is possible to navigate between the telemetry dashboards and the management dashboards.
Telemetry dashboards can be composed of one or more views.
The telemetry dashboards, and therefore the Views inside them, are those that receive telemetry and that are used when using the steering wheel on the track.
The management dashboards are dashboards that allow you to manage parameters and configure various features of the steering wheel.
The following image shows you what the movements you can make between the various dashboards and views can be.
The views inside the same dashboard generally have the same style.
Furthermore, the views of the same dashboard share the same behavior such as for the LEDs, encoders and special buttons.

Esportsim wheel dashboard logic

TD = Telemetry dashboard
MD = Management dashboard

 

This dashboard system was designed to be easily expandable with other views or dashboards.
To move vertically you must first set SL1 to position CD and then use the buttons button 10 and button 11 to go up or down.
To be able to move horizontally, however, you must set SL1 to position CV and then use button button 11 and button 10 to go right or left.

Moving vertically you will change dashboards, moving horizontally instead you will change View inside the same dashboard

 

TELEMETRY DASHBOARDS

There are several standard telemetry dashboards in the steering wheel.
The first one is a custom dashboard designer by Esportsim with the web tool called “Dashboard Designer”. You can delete this dashboard easily. Set the SL1 to position 4 and press and hold button 10 up to the red right led will be on.

Sim racing dashboards

MANAGEMENT DASHBOARDS

The steering wheel management dashboards are the dashboards with which you can manage parameters and monitor various aspects of the steering wheel.
To go to the management dashboards, place the central encoder in position CD and press the button 10.
Each time the button 10  is pressed you change the management dashboard. To return to the telemetry dashboards you have to go up by pressing the button 11s.

SETTINGS DASHBOARDS

The first management dashboard is the Settings Dashboard. Through the settings dashboard you can manage the brightness of the LED, you choose the platform if PC or console, you choose the type of communication if through Fanatec base – Thrustmaster base or USB and many other steering wheel’s parameters.
After changing a parameter click on Save to make the changes permanent.

Reboot the application or the steering wheel if you change the platform or the base.

Settings dashboard

DIAGNOSTIC DASHBOARDS

Another management dashboard is the Diagnostic dashboard. With this dashboard it is possible to test the hardware present in the steering wheel. It will therefore be possible to test the encoders, the buttons and all the LEDs. Within this dashboard you can also close the telemetry application, see all the ID Data and also check if a software update is available for you steering wheel.

Diagnostic Dashboard

SOFTWARE UPDATE

The steering wheel software can be updated via an Internet connection.
The updates can regards bug fixed, performance improvements or customizations.
In the Diagnostic dashboard you will find a button “UPDATE” with which you can check if there is a software update available for your steering wheel

FSW SOFTWARE UPDATE

REMOTE CONNECTION

In the Diagnostic Dashboard you will find also a button called “REMOTE CONNECTION” with which you can enable the remote connection of your steering wheel with the Esportsim server. This connection is used to diagnostic the wheel or to upload a custom software.

FSW remote connection

IDENTIFICATION DATA

In the Diagnostic Dashboard you can also find also a button called “ID DATA” with which you can know the wheel’s owner name, the wheel’s ID, the hardware version on board and the plugins active.

FSW ID data and plugins

USB CONNECTION WITH THE PC

To use the steering wheel with the PC you must connect the USB cable to your PC. The steering wheel will be automatically recognized from Windows platforms.

Sim racing wheel pc connection

The steering wheel is driver-free. So the driver is not needed.
To configure the steering wheel we have developed a software called “Esportsim Wheel Manager” 
You can download it from this LINK

Sometimes an external software called SimHub makes some conflict with the steering wheel. This conflict are caused because SimHub has a feature that looking for an Arduino board attached on the PC.
See this VIDEO.

ESPORTSIM WHEEL MANAGER

To use the steering wheel with the PC you must connect the USB cable to your PC. The steering wheel will be automatically recognized from Windows platforms.

Esportsim wheel manager

With the Wheel Manger software you can:

  • Test all buttons, encoders and clutches
  • See the identification data:
    • Wheel ID
    • Wheel firmware version
    • Wheel software version
    • Wheel hardware version
    • Esportsim Wheel Manager software version
  • See the plugin installed in the wheel:
    • USB communication: show you if the wheel is capable to communicate via USB
    • Pro version: show you if the pro version is enabled. With the pro version the 8 encoders switch from incremental to absolute mode. With the pro version you are be able to map 128 different functions with the game.
      Thrustmaster console: show you if the wheel can communicate with thrustmaster bases with console
  • Manage the encoders modes. You can choose between Incremental or Absolute mode. In incremental mode an encoder can do 2 functions when it is rotated clockwise or anticlockwise. In absolute mode an encoder has 12 different functions, so in the game you can map 12 different function. One for each encoder position.
Esportsim encoder settings

FIRMWARE UPDATE

Most of the steering wheel logic is managed by the software that you can update in the diagnostic dashboard.
Some functions is instead managed by a microcontroller chip that sometimes you have to update to use the latest functions.
To update the firmware open the “Esportsim Wheel Manager” and go the tab called “Firmware Update”.

FSW firmware update

Download the latest firmware from the Esportsim website at this LINK.
If there’s potential EMI interference in your setup caused by a direct drive motor or a dynamic cockpit, connect the wheel to a USB hub and then connect the USB hub to the PC.
Then just select the firmware file and press “WRITE FIRMWARE” button.

When the update procedure is completed, close and reopen the software to be able to continue using it.

BUTTONS AND ENCODERS MAPPING

Importante Note: on PS and Xbox if the wheel is not working in the menu, perhaps your base first requires the activation of the steering wheel via the PS/GUIDE button. This button corresponds with button 8

 

HOW REAR RIGHT BUTTON WORK:

The rear right button is a special button. It is used to change the SL2 mode from internal function to external function. The activated mode is shown in the dashboard with the label IN_F_E for the internal mode and with the label EX_F_E for external mode.
When the internal mode is enabled you can change some display information in the dashboard. When instead the external function is enabled you can map/use the encoder in the game.

HOW SL3 WORKS:

When SL3 is in absolute mode (you need the PRO plugin) in the telemetry dashboards it works in combination with button 7. This means that the function of button 7 depends on the position of the SL3.
To test the normal function of SL3 you can test it in the Diagnostic dashboard.

HOW TO RECEIVE THE TELEMETRY FROM F1 GAMES

To allow the wheel to receive telemetry data through the WiFi network, you must activate UDP Telemetry in the game settings and write the IP address of the wheel. You can read the IP address of the steering wheel in the Diagnostic dashboard. Set the sending frequency to 20Hz.

  • UDP Telemetry: On
  • UDP Broadcast Mode: Off
  • UDP IP Address: you can find it on the diagnostic dashboard
  • UDP port: 20777
  • UDP Send Rate: 20Hz
  • UDP format: 2021 o superiore

HOW TO RECEIVE THE TELEMETRY FROM ESPORTSIM TELEMETRY GATEWAY

Esportsim Telemetry Gateway

The Esportsim Telemetry Gateway is used to send the telemetry data from ACC and iRacing to the steering wheel.
Select the game that you want to use and write your steering wheel IP address.
You can download the software HERE

BRAKE BALANCE PRESET

Esportsim brake balance preset

The Brake Balance Preset is a function that allows you to decrease and increase the brake balance by X defined steps by pressing a single button.
In the Settings management dashboard you can set two parameters, one that represents the number of increase steps and one that represents the number of decrease steps.
These two parameters are associated with the buttons 10 and 11.

GEAR ADVANCED MODE

Esportsim brake balance preset

The Gear Advanced Mode is a function to prevent to insert the Neutral and the Reverse gear with the left gear paddle. So when it is enabled to insert the Neutral and the Reverse gear you have to press and hold button 3.

Important Note: when the function is enabled the left paddle doesn’t work if the telemetry doesn’t reach the wheel. In this case to map the paddle in game you can move to the diagnostic dashboard.

CLUTCHES BITE POINT

To set the clutches in Bite Point mode open the “Esportsim Wheel Manager” software and select the flag like in this image and click “SENT TO THE WHEEL” button.

Esportsim bite point clutch

At this point on the left clutch paddle you are be able to set an “offset” to decrease the value that correspond with the full scale value.
To change the offset set the multifunctional encoder SL1 in position 3 (sticker label 3) and use SL8 to increase or decrease the offset.

HOW TO RECEIVE THE TELEMETRY DATA FROM SIMHUB (PC)

Here is what you have to do to configure Simhub to send the telemetry data to the steering wheel:

See this video: https://youtu.be/O5k5dQSHchw or follow these steps:

  • Open Simhub software
  • Click on “Settings” on the left menu
  • Click on “Plugins” on the tab menu
  • Enable “Custom serial devices” plugin
  • Reboot Simhub -> now you can see Custom serial devices in the left menu
  • Go to the esportsim website
  • Click on “Resources” on the main menu
  • Open FSW firmwares page
  • Download the latest SIMHUB USB TELEMETRY PROTOCOLS file
  • Open again Simhub
  • Click on Custom serial devices on the left menu
  • Click “Import settings” in the Export and import section
  • Select the protocols file downloaded from esportsim website
  • Select the wheel’s usb serial port in the Serial settings section
  • Start the communication between simhub and the wheel with the switch you can see on the right

SIMHUB STREAMING DASHBOARD

With the Simhub dashboard engine plugin the FSW Series 2 with hardware 4000+ is capable to show the SimHub streaming dashboard.
You have to set your PC IP address in the wheel settings dashboard as you can see in the following image. Then just go to the last dashboard you find in the wheel to see the SimHub dashboard list.

Simhub streaming dashboard

CUSTOM DASHBOARD - DASHBOARD DESIGNER

The Dashboard Designer is a web tool by which you can design your personal dashboard for the Formula Steering Wheel.
At the moment the tool is not optimized for mobile so use it on a desktop computer.
You will be able to design your dashboard and send it directly to the steering wheel by entering the code of your steering wheel.
Find the code on the label attached to the lower part of the steering wheel (S.N. XXXXX) or on the diagnostic dashboard by clicking on the “ID DATA” button you will find the code under (Wheel ID: XXXXXX).

To send the dashboard to your steering wheel you need to have an active “Dashboard Designer self sending service”.
You can buy it from this LINK

With the dashboard designer you can save your dashboard file to edit it later.

If you have, on the steering wheel, 2 or more designed dashboard you can change it setting the multifunctional encoders SL1 in position 1 (sticker label CV) and pressing button 10 or button 11 (buttons sticker – and +, or 1+ and 10- on old FSW series 1).
To instead delete a designed dashboard set the multifunctional encoder SL1 in position 10 (sticker label 4) and pressing and hold button 10 (button sticker – or 10- on old FSW Series 1) until the right red led is on.
You can also buy for free some dashboards designed from other FSW owners. You can find them HERE.
After downloading one of them onto your PC, to transfer the dashboard to your wheel, simply upload it to the dashboard designer, enter your wheel’s ID, and click the send button.
dashboard designer manual