Fanatec driver 442 & Fanalab 1.64.5 gereleased

Geplaatst op: 2022-06-09T00:00:00 in nieuws

Het heeft even geduurd, bijna 3 jaar om precies te zijn, de dag dat Fanatec eindelijk met een fatsoenlijke oplossing op de proppen kwam voor het jolts probleem bij hun Podium wheelbases. Voor wie onbekend is met het fenomeen jolts, jolts zijn abrubte stuurbewegingen die door de wheelbase gegenereerd worden. Heel irritant als je net in een snelle bocht naar rechts zit en je stuurgeeft ineens vanuit het niets een tik naar links.

De "houwtje touwtje" oplossing waar Fanatec vervolgens mee kwam door vooral de ITM (intelligent telemetry mode) niet te gebruiken op de wheelbases was natuurlijk geen echte oplossing en maakte het oled display op DD1 en DD2 wheelbases compleet onbruikbaar.

Nu heb ik zelf afgelopen maanden actief mee getest in de gesloten beta met mijn DD2 en zijn de jolts op mijn wheelbase in ieder geval verleden tijd!

Maar er is meer, de damper welke altijd een 4bit resilutie had op de direct drive wheelbases is naar 8 bit gegaan wat resulteert in een veel "smoother" gevoel bij met name de wat krachtigere direct drive wheelbases als de DD1 en DD2. Nu zal Fanatec nooit op het niveau van Simucube qua smoothness op sommige vlakken vanwege de keuze voor een outrunner motor (Fanatec) vs een inrunner (Simucube) maar met de release van de 442 driver + bijbehorende firmwares komt men bij Fanatec wel akelig dicht in de buurt, althans dat was hier de conclusie toen we de wheelbases direct naast elkaar hadden staan en ook naast elkaar konden testen.

Fanatec driver 442 changelog (link)

Control Panel

  • Adapted Firmware Manager update process to new P DD firmware. Because of the extensive firmware changes in regard to the internal communication.
  • Fixed UI crash when using P1 steering wheel.
  • Fixed and updated UI and hint texts.
  • Fixed BLI Tuning Menu setting also shown if no accessory is attached which supports it.
  • Fixed UI not minimizing when clicking on the task bar field of the Control Panel window.
  • Implemented Advanced Clutch Bite point adjustment for CSL E 1.0/1.1 and CSW V1/V2.
  • Added High/Low Torque mode to titles for the Podium DD on the wheel base and tuning menu page to indicate the current mode.
  • Changed shown steering angle of CSL E WB 1.0/1.1 and CSW V1/V2 be shown in %. Range is now "-100%" to "0%" to "100%"
  • Fixed ACP mode wrong after changing Advanced Mode / Standard Mode on wheel rims with
  • APM multi position switch
  • Fixed Formula V2 APM visibility on Tuning Menu Page
  • Fixed BME APM visibility on Tuning Menu Page
  • Fixed CBP Slider visibility on Tuning Page

All Bases

  • Fixed BRF getting reset after base restart.
  • Fixed Advanced Clutch Bite Point getting set to 0 in Setup 5.
  • Fixed Auto Setup (A_S) getting shown as active in the wheel display when switching to it. Now only gets shown as active if currently used by a game.
  • Fixed Auto Setup (A_S) not getting shown as inactive in some cases after the game closed.
  • Fixed some cosmetic issues in the Tuning Menu.
  • Fixed BLI Tuning Menu setting also shown if no accessory is attached which supports it.
  • Fixed that only one MPS input could get send at a time when two MPS get turned at the same time.
  • Fixed Clutch Bite Point value getting shown while Tuning Menu is open.
  • Tuning Menu now gets closed when wheel gets detached.
  • Changed Tuning Menu setting "FF" to "FFB" on 1” OLEDs and 7-seg displays.
  • Changing Tuning Menu mode via the driver now also shows an info on the wheel display.
  • Improved mode change text.
  • Removed preceding 0 on TM values.

Podium DD

  • New version number system for base firmware and motor firmware which follows the formatting used on the CSL DD and GT DD PRO. (e.g.
  • Fixed FFB jolts which mainly happened when analysis screens were shown on the P DD display.
  • Fixed rare and brief jump of steering wheel position. Most noticeable in iRacing by a rapid steering angle change only visible for ~1 frame. Could be felt as a jolt like sensation.
  • Fixed input freezes on PlayStation.
  • Fixed FFB effect not getting stopped when entering a game menu while driving.
  • Fixed weird feeling caused by NFR setting.
  • Fixed vibration caused by higher NFR settings.
  • Fixed "Maximum rotations exceeded" message getting shown without reason.
  • Fixed INT not working correctly if FFB is set higher than 50% and FEI set to 100.
  • Fixed damper effect getting activated unintentionally when having a crash in iRacing.
  • Fixed DPR behaving differently in ACC when new in-game damper is used.
  • Fixed text cut off on ITM page 1
  • Potential fix of a very rare issue where an unintended base update would get started while a vibration effect gets activated by iRacing.
  • FFS setting is now inactive and hidden in low torque mode, because it had no useful influence in low torque mode.
  • Fixed Clutch Bite Point value getting shown differently on base and wheel display.
  • Fixed sometimes CAL still shown even though center calibration was already done after a firmware update.
  • General improvements of timing, stability and latency.
  • Increased resolution of analysis screen graphs again. (resolution got reduced in a past update to improve the jolt issue)
  • Torque message can now also be cleared with shifter paddles of UH(X) V2.
  • Adjusted strength of damper effect which is controlled by the "DPR" setting of the advanced Tuning Menu.


  • Fixed rare and brief jump of steering wheel position. Most noticeable in iRacing by a rapid steering angle change only visible for ~1 frame. Could be felt as a jolt like sensation. 

CSL E 1.0/1.1 and CSW V1/V2

  • Fixed GT Steering Wheel (From GT DD PRO) not working.
  • Fixed communication of Advanced Clutch Bite Point value.

Button Module Endurance

  • Improved the message indicating the Tuning Menu mode change.
  • Cosmetic improvements of tuning menu.


  • Fixed wrong button shown in shifter calibration screen.

RS Steering Wheel

  • Fixed glimming revLEDs while Tuning Menu is open.

Load Cell Pedals
Pedals can only get updated via USB
Caution: Never plug in RJ12 and USB at the same time. Unplug RJ12 before using USB to update and unplug USB again before using RJ12 again to connect pedals to base.

  • Fixed brake input flickering of CSP V3.
  • Improved lower end dead zones to prevent ghost input.
  • Improved upper dead-zones in auto calibration to prevent saving a too high value if pressed hard against the end stop.
  • Improved standard values in automatic calibration so the first slight input is not directly at 100%.
  • Improved automatic calibration so short peaks at max against the end stops don't set a calibration which can't be reached anymore afterwards. Max input now needs to stay for ~2sec to get auto calibrated again.

Known Issues
When entering a game menu while driving it can happen in some games that the FFB effect doesn't get canceled which results in the wheel turning to one side. (this got now fixed for the Podium DD but can still happen on the CSL DD. We will now apply the fix for the CSL DD as well)

Natural friction can start to feel weird after some time of driving. In case you experience issues with NFR, we suggest to turn it OFF for now. (this got now fixed for the Podium DD but can still happen on the CSL DD. We will now apply the fix for the CSL DD as well)

FanaLab 1.64.5 (link)

  • Fixed: Crash on device power off.
  • Fixed: Crash on FanaLab start.
  • Fixed: Crash when deleting custom game image.
  • Fixed: Crash in F1 2021.
  • Fixed: Display and LED flicker when shifting or pressing a button in F1 2021.
  • Fixed: Default profile loading issue and profile preview on start.
  • Fixed: Several issues with ITM and analysis page selection.
  • Fixed: Engine vibration not working.
  • Fixed: MPS setting missing on the Tuning Menu page on BMW M4 GT3.
  • Fixed: Not reverting to Normal color when switching through Tabs and changing the LED on BMW M4 GT3.
  • Fixed: Button LED colors get re-set on FanaLab start on BMW M4 GT3.
  • Fixed: missing recommended profiles.
  • Fixed: Issues with rFactor 2 telemetry.
  • Fixed: rFactor 2 telemetry plugin copy issue.
  • Fixed: iRacing brake balance rounding issue.
  • Fixed: Vibration checkbox not enabled on Save/Load panel even when USB Pedal is connected.
  • Fixed: TelemetryDataExtra.xml not created.
  • Improved: WheelSpin and WheelLock for ACC.
  • Improved: Custom game image selection.
  • Improved: Profile preview behavior.
  • Updated: Hide BLI unless CSP V3 pedals are used.
  • Updated: FFS setting on P DD. Locked when WB is in Low Torque mode.
  • Updated: Strings and hints.
  • Updated: Pitlane warning on the 3-digit-Display now looks like this: ]P[ - Pit Limiter engaged still looks like this: [P]
  • Added: Automobilista 2 Telemetry Data: DRS, ERS, ABS Setting, TC Setting, Pit Limiter

Known issues/limitations:

  • iR tyre temps sometimes differ from black box.
  • rF2 brake bias can differ very slightly.
  • R3E tyre temps slightly differ from HUD.
  • F1 2020 and 2021 tyre temp differs from dash to HUD.