Esportsim user manual

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 esportsim assistance.
  • 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 3 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.

The steering wheel has some native telemetry dashboard already installed, furthermore it is able to show all the SIMHUB and Z1 dashboards.

The steering wheel receives the software update via 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)
  • 1 digital joystick (7 way)
  • 1 analog joystick with 2 axes
  • 1 buzzer
  • 2 gearbox paddles
  • 2 clutches with bite point feature
FSW Series 3 buttons and encoders

(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.

CONNECT THE FANATEC PODIUM HUB FOR PS COMPATIBILITY

If your steering wheel for Fanatec PC (with podium hub) has the PlayStation compatibility you need to connect the cables coming from the steering wheel to the hub as shown in the following picture.
If your wheel lacks any cables extending from the inside, it means that your wheel is not compatible with the PlayStation.

This connection is meant to enable the use of the PS button and to switch the base mode in an FSW Fanatec PC version.

To change the fanatec base mode you should navigate to the Diagnostic Dashboard and then press the buttons 3 and 12 at the same time.

This is a feature to add PS compatibility to a wheel designed for use with Fanatec bases on a PC. The wheel works on PS through the USB Console plugin, which allows it to emulate a keyboard. Therefore, the wheel on PS will be compatible with all games that recognize a keyboard input. Currently, all F1 games recognize this functionality.

Fanatec hub connection

POWER ON-OFF

To turn on the steering wheel, first plug in the power supply into an electrical outlet. Next, connect the USB plug of the spiral cable to the USB port located on the small box. 
If you are using it with a PC, connect the USB plug that comes out of the small box to your computer. Finally, use the switch located in the small box to turn on the steering wheel.
Do not connect the steering wheel USB plug, at the end of the spiral cable, directly to the computer or console.
Follow this connection scheme:

Esportsim connection scheme.png

Wait until you can see the first dashboard on the steering wheel’s screen. You will hear a beep when the wheel is ready.

Start dashboard

(this dashboard could be different)

To turn off the steering wheel simply use the switch located in the small box.

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.
By utilizing buttons 10 and 11 in conjunction with the encoder’s position, you can control specific settings of the steering wheel or the car.

FSW Series 3 multifunctional encoder

Position CV (1)

Change View. Used to change the view inside the dashboard

Position LG (2)

Change the green LEDs brightness

Position LR (3)

Change the red LEDs brightness

Position LB (4)

Change the blu LEDs brightness

Position LY (5)

Change the yellow LEDs brightness

Position BBP (6)

BBP (Brake Balance Preset) enabling

Position AJSW (7)

Analog Joystick Steering Wheel mode. Not yet implemented.

Position AJPC (8)

Analog Joystick PC mode. When SL1 is in this position you can use the analog joystick as mouse on PC.

Position BPC (9)

Change Bite Point Clutch offset. When SL1 is in this position use SL8 to change the clutch bite point offset

Position DD (10)

Delete Dashboard. Used to delete a custom dashboard designed with the dashboard designer

Position EB (11)

Extra Button. Enable the button 10, 11 and 13 to be used as normal buttons (only on PC with USB communication)

Position CD (12)

Change Dashboard. Used to change the wheel’s 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

In this video you can see the wheel moving between the dashboards: VIDEO

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 if you want.
To do that set the SL1 to position DD (position 10) 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, set 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 11.

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 steering wheel if you change the platform or the base.

FSW Series 3 settings dashboard

DIAGNOSTIC DASHBOARDS

Another management dashboard is the Diagnostic dashboard.
This dashboard allows you to perform hardware tests on the steering wheel. You can test the encoders, buttons, and all the LEDs. Additionally, within this dashboard, you can view all the ID Data and check if a software update is available for your steering wheel.

Finally you can find the IP addresses associated with the wheel. The FSW Series 3 is equipped with two network interfaces: one for WiFi and the other for a USB cable connection. If desired, you can solely utilize the USB cable to receive telemetry data from the PC and enable the wheel to establish an internet connection.
To do this on Windows, you need to create a bridge between your main internet connection and the network card of the steering wheel.

FSW Series 3 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 Series 3 diagnostic update dashboard

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 Series 3 diagnostic remote dashboard

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 Series 3 diagnostic identification data dashboard

CONNECT THE WHEEL TO THE WIFI

To connect the steering wheel to your WiFi network, simply go to the diagnostic dashboard and use the analog joystick to click on the icon located at the bottom center of the display.
Click on your WiFi network and enter the password.
To enter the password, navigate to the end of the dashboard using the digital joystick and click on the “Open Keyboard” button to access the virtual keyboard.
Once the WiFi connection procedure is complete, you can close the virtual keyboard by clicking on the “Close Keyboard” button.
Now press “Save Wifi Settings” to save the wifi password.
The keyboard will also automatically close as soon as you access a telemetry dashboard.

FSW Series 3 diagnostic update dashboard

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

To configure the steering wheel we have developed a software called “Esportsim Wheel Manager”
See this video to see how to download and install it: LINK
You can download it from this LINK

Sometimes an external software called SimHub (version before 8.2.1) 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.
This conflict was fixed from Simhub version > 8.2.1

If the wheel is not recognized by your PC and you receive a “Device Descriptor Request Failed” error from Windows, it means that there are some electromagnetic interferences in your driving setup. Try changing the USB port. Alternatively, disconnect all other USB devices from your PC and connect only the wheel. If the issue persists, you can solve this problem by using a USB hub. Connect the wheel to the USB hub and the USB hub to the PC.
Every time you change the usb port turn off and on the wheel again.

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.
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 DOES THE 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 DOES THE SL3 WORK?

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.

INSTALL PC DRIVER TO RECEIVE THE TELEMETRY AND DASHBOARDS VIA THE USB CABLE

The FSW Series 3 can receive telemetry data and the dashboards via the usb cable at high speed (480 Mbps)
To do that a driver needs to be installed on your gaming PC.
The driver is called “USB/Ethernet Driver”.
When you attach the FSW Series 3 usb cable to your PC, the PC detect two serial ports. One is used to manage the all joystick features like buttons and encoders. The second one instead is used to receive the telemetry data and the dashboards from Simhub or Z1 Dashboard.

To install the driver follow this VIDEO or these steps:

  • Download the USB/Ethernet driver from the esportsim website. You can find it on the main menu under Resources -> USB/Ethernet Driver
  • Attach the wheel’s usb to your PC
  • Open the “Device Manager”
  • Expads the “Ports (COM & LPT)” to identify the right wheel’s COM port where to install the driver
  • Click on the Serial device USB (COMx) with the mouse right button and click properties
  • Go to the Details tab and select the Property called “Bus reported device description”. The right COM port will show you the Value: “RNDIS/Ethernet Gadget”
  • Now that you have found the right wheel com port click on the Driver tab and then click on “Update Driver”
  • Now select “Browse my computer for drivers” and choose the driver folder you downloaded
  • To check that the procedure was successful, open the “Network Connection” on your PC and check that a new ethernet connection is detected
  • At this time we suggest to set a static IP address to this new network. To do this:
    • double click on the new ethernet connection
    • open the Properties
    • now select on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (RCP/IPv4)” and click Properties
    • now select “Use the following IP address” and set IP address: 169.254.1.1
    • the subnet mask  will be filled automatically
    • finally click OK button

HOW TO RECEIVE THE TELEMETRY DATA FROM PC

The FSW Series 3 can receive the telemetry data in 3 ways:

  • Recommended way => From Simhub with the usb custom serial device feature (through usb cable). For the details see the section below
  • From the Esportsim Telemetry Gateway (through usb cable or wifi)
  • Directly from F1 games (through usb cable or wifi)

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

HOW TO RECEIVE THE TELEMETRY FROM F1 GAMES (PC and Console)

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 60Hz.

  • UDP Telemetry: On
  • UDP Broadcast Mode: Off
  • UDP IP Address: you can find it on the diagnostic dashboard
  • UDP port: 20777
  • UDP Send Rate: 60Hz
  • UDP format: 2021 o superiore

HOW TO RECEIVE THE TELEMETRY FROM ESPORTSIM TELEMETRY GATEWAY (PC)

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

FSW Series 3 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

FSW Series 3 gear advanced mode

The Gear Advanced Mode is a function to prevent to insert the Neutral gear with the left gear paddle. So when it is enabled to insert the Neutral 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.

CLUTCH IN DIGITAL MODE

To use the left clutch with games that do not recognize an analog clutch (for example F1 games), you can configure it in digital mode. To achieve this, navigate to the Settings dashboard and locate the section named “Analog Paddle Mode”.
In digital mode, the clutch functions act as the left gear paddle without causing any conflicts in the game. Once the left clutch surpasses 80%, it transmits the function to the game, and when it falls below 70%, it ceases to transmit the function to the game.

SIMHUB AND Z1 DASHBOARDS

The FSW Series 3 is able to show you the SimHub dashboard.
You have to set your PC IP address in the wheel settings dashboard as you can see in the following image.

I remember that to move between the dashboard you have to set the SL1 encoder to the position CD and press button 9 or button 10.
Read the section called “DASHBOARD LOGIC” to better understand it.

Then just go to the last dashboard you can find in the wheel to see the SimHub dashboard list.  When you see the Simhub dashboard list, turn, clockwise or anticlockwise, the digital joystick to scroll up and down. Use the analog joystick as a mouse to select the dashboard.

You can use also Z1 Dashboard to send the dashboards to the wheel. When you use Z1 Dashboard don’t set his window dimension too big, otherwise the amount of data could be stuck the communication between your PC and the wheel.
Both Simhub and Z1 must be set to be reachable to the port 8888.

Enable Simhub remote rendering mode only if the dashboard is not showed correctly (for example some missing fonts). When this feature is enabled the wheel shows the dashboards with a resolution of 800×480 px.

FSW Series 3 Simhub

FSW SERIES 3 ARCHITECTURE

Sim racing wheel architecture

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.
dashboard designer manual