This is brilliant for sim gaming.
As electric vehicles like the BMW iX gain more prominence, it's easy to imagine that those companies whose veins used to run thick with gasoline have forgotten about their true calling: motorsport. However, although BMW is just one example of a manufacturer that has pulled from a form of racing (albeit Formula E), it is still investing in making traditional motorsport better. One way that it has done this is by developing a new steering wheel for the GT3 version of its M4 sports car. While this isn't really important to the average Joe, BMW has collaborated with Fanatec to create a wheel that can be taken out of its race car and connected directly to your gaming system at home. It seems BMW does care about its fans after all.
Okay, we know what you're thinking: this must cost a fortune, and although we don't know the exact figure, we wouldn't be surprised if this new racing wheel/sim controller cost several thousands of dollars. So it's not for everyone, but it's still seriously cool and is compatible with Sony PlayStation and PC, and obviously the 2022 BMW race car.
It's got a name that's likely only just a little smaller than its cost: Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3, and it's been constructed to meet motorsport regulations with eight-layer forged carbon construction, backlit buttons for nighttime racing or gaming in dark rooms, and dual-action magnetic shift paddles
So how does it work on a console or gaming rig if there are no arrow buttons, you ask? Well, the directional pad is cleverly hidden beneath the BMW badge. As a racing wheel, it has a quick-release system, which Fanatec has revised to work on your home system, but the real motivation behind developing such a niche product is surely not for public consumption. Sure, it'll probably be available to the average gaming enthusiast, but the real benefit to this is that real-life racing drivers can practice at home or when conditions do not permit driving on an actual road without these drivers needing to readjust to a new wheel.
An exact copy of what these people handle in the M4 GT3 means that practice becomes even more accessible for the perfectionist. This will surely enhance the benefits of practicing behind a screen. Ingeniously simple; we love it.