Expect some rally-themed sim racing hardware in the near future, as Fanatec partners with WRC and teases new products.
Fanatec already had a significant presence at live events, including the WRC eSports Invitational earlier in 2020. And they’ve now anounced a multi-year agreement which will see all WRC eSports activities use Fanatec hardware.
The company is also backing the #RaceAtHome WRC Weekly Challenge in WRC 8, which runs until April 30th, 2020. And most exciting is the news that there will be dedicated products developed for sim rally driving.
Not much information has been released, beyond the news of an all-new WRC-branded steering wheel, which will be released later in 2020.
Thomas Jackermeier, CEO of German-based Endor AG, which owns Fanatec, said the company was honoured to join the WRC family and would play its part in allowing sim rally drivers to get as close as possible to the real thing.
“Rally driving is one of the most intense forms of motorsport and one which is extremely difficult to practise.
“Fanatec is developing a range of rally products in close co-operation with WRC, which will be perfectly suited to simulate this exciting sport and to compete in official WRC sim racing competitions,”
We’ll have to see if the fact that Fanatec partners with WRC and teases new products will mean other sim rally hardware such as shifters, pedals and handbrakes. Especially as we already know WRC 9, WRC 10 and WRC 11 are already confirmed for release, with the ninth game arriving in September 2020.
As always, you can keep up with the latest WRC 8 news and eSports for the current entry in the franchise. If you fancy trying the game yourself, then you can download it for the PC via the Epic Games Store, the Xbox One via the Microsoft Store, the Switch via the Nintendo eShop, and the PS4 via the PlayStation Store. Or order a physical copy from Game or Amazon.