BMW to expand sim racing activities

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Hot on the heels of the announcement of its withdrawal from Formula E, BMW Motorsport is expanding its sim racing activities through 2021.

As well as various BMW SIM Cup formats, the marque’s motorsport operation says it will focus on new partnerships with four top teams and establish the BMW Motorsport SIM Academy. A sim racing world tour is also planned, which is scheduled to start with a roadshow in Austria in 2021.

The company will also increase the variety of BMW cars available on the most important sim racing platforms, while further developing sim racing hardware, stating its goal is to incorporate the sim racing community as an equal partner in all programs.

“In recent months, we have experienced an incredible dynamic in sim racing,” said Rudolf Dittrich, head of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing. “At BMW Motorsport, we have learned a lot this year and are determined to put what we have learned into practice, with regard to our 2021 program. The area of hardware development will also focus on technological innovations and new developments next year. Our BMW SIM Cups will once again play an important role, but in an adapted form.

“Our cooperations with four of the best sim racing teams in the world, and our new academy, see us continue our approach of promoting sim racing as part of the community through mutual dialog. Together, we will continue to fuel the growth in this exciting e-sports sector. The BMW Motorsport sim racing program provides the ideal basis for this.”

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