Fanatec and Gran Turismo Partner to Develop New Racing Peripherals
LANDSHUT, Bavaria (July 13, 2021) - Gran Turismo has partnered with Fanatec, a leading brand in sim racing hardware, to develop new racing peripherals that will use advanced force-feedback technology, the companies announced today. A representative from Fanatec added that the collaboration will help "aim to reduce the distinction between sim racing and real-world racing."
Founded in 1997, Fanatec introduced several significant innovations to sim racing over the years such as the incorporation of belt-drive technology in consumer-grade wheel bases, load cell brake technology and contactless sensors to mass-market pedal sets, and the launch of the first-ever direct-drive system for PlayStation®4. Its partnerships with leading automotive manufacturers and world-famous racing series have helped to increase awareness of sim racing, making it an integral part of modern motorsport.
Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo Series Producer
“Fanatec has been on the leading edge of simulation hardware technology for many years. While the quality and performance of their products are impressive, it's their desire to innovate in motorsports that resonates with us the most. Polyphony Digital and Fanatec share this same spirit and long-term ambition, and I'm very excited about what we can create together.”
Thomas Jackermeier, CEO of Endor AG
“For many years, Kazunori Yamauchi has pushed the limits on the software side and played a massive role in making sim racing popular. Now we have joined forces with the shared goal to continue to merge virtual and real-world racing together. We have several exciting projects in the pipeline and I can’t wait to see how they perform in Gran Turismo.”