Late very last yr, the BMW M4 GT3 racing motor vehicle designed its debut on the iRacing sim racing platform as a prototype forward of its initial serious race outing. For the to start with time also, the steering wheel for the new race motor vehicle created in cooperation with Fanatec will perform in each a race automobile and a race simulator. BMW says that totally no modifications are demanded for it to be applied in the race motor vehicle. The carbon steering wheel is a motorsport design and style, with illuminated buttons and magnetic, dual-motion change paddles also produced of carbon.
To study much more about the steering wheel and the company’s iRacing initiatives, we sat down with Rudolf Dittrich, head of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing, and CEO of Fanatec Thomas Jackermeier. “We’re nonetheless in the early period of iRacing,” claims Dittrich. “SIM racing has in fact nevertheless loads of probable in eSports. This is the only sport where if you’re superior in simulation you can advantage in the genuine globe.”
The challenging 2020 yr sent some options for the BMW Motorsport division. Dittrich says that the SIM Racing advancement BMW noticed in the course of the lockdown ongoing even after. Furthermore, the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing director suggests, that in the future, the racing sequence will co-exist with the electronic racing collection and it will not be unusual to see “hybrid” motorists racing in each.
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Naturally, SIM racing also expanded the computer software and hardware prospects for quite a few organizations in the area. Thomas Jackermeier, Fanatec CEO, states there is massive demand from customers now for their platform with a a lot broader viewers. He also expects this demand from customers to very last and even increase in 2021.
Fanatec’s collaboration with BMW Motorsport goes as much back as 2010. At that time, Fanatec developed a steering wheel to be employed in their racing system, but it wasn’t useful in a regular race auto. “The technological innovation is nevertheless a move forward of what we had just before,” says Jackermeier. ” We worked with molded carbon fiber, we experienced to discover about canvas and weatherproof. Lots of challenges we’ve never ever skilled prior to.”
The new steering wheel was designed with operation in mind, specially considering that the race drivers had been requesting that the steering wheel will be “as true as doable.” The steering wheel weighs only 1400 grams and we may see it in 2021 in monitor racing as nicely. Prototype steering wheels are now becoming utilised in the screening of the M4 GT3.
Pricing is of issue, of class. But according to BMW and Fanatec, the new steering wheel will be competitively priced with an expectation to have an MSRP of down below 5,000 euros. The steering wheel is probably to turn into readily available in the 2nd quarter of 2021.