FIA WEC Team Project 1 announces cyber protection partnership with Acronis

Team Project 1 today announced a new cyber protection partnership with Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection and hybrid cloud storage, in the team’s FIA WEC project.

The WEC (World Endurance Championship) is the toughest and most prestigious series in sports cars and features the globally renowned 24 Heures du Mans as well as the 1000 Miles of Sebring and 6-hour duration events at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Fuji and Shanghai.

As is the case with their other high-profile partnerships in Formula One, Formula E, NASCAR, IndyCar and more, Acronis will provide backup, storage, and disaster recovery solutions to improve data resiliency and create a more efficient and secured workflow for the team.

With drivers Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti behind the wheel in 2018, Team Project 1 secured the title with three podiums and a victory from their five races.

“The partnership with Acronis is a win-win situation. With their cloud-based system we will be able have a secured and fast data handling around the world. This will affect the engineers work as well as our performance on track,” said Axel Funke, team principal of Team Project 1 in FIA WEC.

In all forms of motorsport, data gathering is one of the most important aspects for a team looking to further their ambitions. And being able to back up and protect this information will be absolutely vital to Team Project 1.

“To know that teams like Williams and Racing Point in Formula 1 as well as NIO Formula E Team and DS TECHEETAH are working with Acronis was an important reference for us,” said Richard Selwin, Technical Director of Team Project 1. “We are looking forward to being the first, that will use Acronis in the endurance world championship and share our experience, in order to help them extend the functionality of the product even further.”

The partnership with Acronis will help the team address the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection — safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) – which ensure data is fully protected from modern cyber threats while remaining easily accessible and verifiable.

“Acronis technology fits the high-paced environment of motorsport teams,” added Dan Havens, Acronis Growth Officer. “We are pleased to join the Team Project 1 family, covering all aspects of cyber protection with the world’s most innovative technology. We are proud to be associated with a WEC team and look forward to a long, successful partnership.”

The system is already used at the 1000 miles of Sebring, which is the first race of FIA WEC in 2019 and race 6 of FIA WEC Super Season.

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