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18.01.2021

FIA Rally Star welcomes Thrustmaster as official Digital Motor Sport partner

The FIA Rally Star programme, spearheaded by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), will begin seeking out the most promising rally talents this year. This international talent detection initiative aims to discover rallying’s “stars of tomorrow” and will be partnered by Thrustmaster in helping young sim-racing talents turn their virtual dreams into reality.

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The FIA Rally Star programme is based on three core principles: detection, training and support. These values are also found at the heart of Thrustmaster’s ethos, having motivated the video game accessories company in racing since 1993.

With the growing convergence between the virtual and real worlds, the realism of sim-racing and the immersion provided by Thrustmaster’s products, FIA Rally Star is a truly global racing experience that will be accessible to as many people as possible.

As part of the partnership, Thrustmaster will provide the various national motor sport federations with a setup composed of products from Thrustmaster’s extensive racing ecosystem, specially designed for a totally immersive and realistic experience.

Drivers will get the chance to use this specific setup built around the TS-XW Servo Base, with its incredibly responsive and precise servomotor providing powerful Force Feedback. The base will be accompanied by Thrustmaster’s T-LCM Pedals pedal set, its magnetic sensors ensuring perfect mirroring of movements made by the driver’s feet on the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals, and cutting-edge Load Cell force sensor adaptable braking technology.

With their feet well looked after, drivers will be itching to get their hands on the Rally Wheel Add-On Sparco® R383 Mod — an add-on wheel measuring 13 inches/33 cm in diameter, covered with comfortable black suede. Competitors will also enjoy the feel of the TSS HANDBRAKE Sparco Mod +, Thrustmaster’s progressive handbrake and sequential shifter for ultra-realistic racing.

The FIA Rally Star Digital Selections will begin in the coming weeks. Drivers can either take part in events organised by their national federation or try to win one of the twelve online competitions organised with the WRC 9 game and the forthcoming FIA Rally Star DLC. The best Candidates will qualify for the Continental Finals, which will take place in the second half of 2021.