Nachdem im Laufe des letzten Jahres bereits Fotos eines vermientlichen Fanatec-Lenkrades an einem Ford Puma gesichtet wurden (Simracing-PC berichtete), wurde nun auch offiziell die Partnerschaft zwischen M-Sport und Fanatec bekanntgegeben. Die Zusammenarbeit setzt den Weg Fanatecs fort auch im realen Motorsport aktiv Fuß zu fassen nachdem mit dem BMW M4 GT3 und dem Bentley Wheel bereits zwei Produkte, die im echtem Motorsport einsetzbar sind, auf der Simracing-Expo vorgestellt wurden.
”Last year Fanatec made huge strides towards our goal of blending real and virtual racing, so we wanted to start 2022 equally strong. Working with M-Sport to include Fanatec made parts in the Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1 for the upcoming WRC season is another example where the line between motorsport and sim racing is becoming harder to define. We’re happy and proud to be part of the new hybrid era of WRC and to give our customers more motorsport-grade products to choose from. If a nine-time World Champion like Sébastien Loeb thinks our product is a vital part of the car, then we know we are on the right path.”Thomas Jackermeier, CEO, Fanatec/Endor, said:
“I remember when I got my first sim wheel over 15 years ago and I have to say the development of this area of gaming is hugely impressive. To now have the same steering wheel that is used in a real life Rally1 car also on your home gaming setup is really quite incredible. Although I am not a prolific gamer these days I do keep an eye on what is happening in the sim world because I truly feel that there are genuine benefits that can be transferred from the sim world to the real world. I am really excited to be working with Fanatec and see how we can both continue to improve our products from both real life and sim development work, which will end up in better products and better results for both companies.”Rich Millener, Team Principal, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, said:
“It’s great to be working with Fanatec in preparation for the 2022 season. It’s really interesting to see them take this leap into ‘reality’ and they have allowed us to get the most out of the Puma Hybrid Rally1 with their steering wheel control panel. I’m looking forward to working with them into the future.”Craig Breen, Driver, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, said: