At its inception, Formula E promised to deliver the future of motor racing. Yesterday, it came one step closer to delivering the future of watching motor racing, at least, with the launch of an all-new VR racing game that will allow players to compete with real FE drivers, in real time, from inside a digital “ghost car”.
There’s a lot to unpack there, so let’s go over it again. Imagine there’s a race on at 1:00PM. At 12:55, you strap into your VR rig, and you’re there. You’re on the track, lined up against the Formula E grid. They roll off the line in real life, and you’re watching it in VR, from your car. You get a unique on-track perspective and, maybe, get to test your skills against some of the best drivers in the world.
Once you wrap your head around how a digital track map, cars’ transponders, 360 cameras, and other technologies have to come together to make this happen? Well– it’s just. Wow.
“It is impressive how much detail has gone in to the finer aspects of the game such as recreation of the environment and signage to ensure the fan experience replicates what is happening on track,” Oliver Weingarten, an executive at Virtually Live and one of the creators of the game, told CNN Sport. “Someone can be sitting at home or even in the stands with their device, with the race taking place in front of them and they can effectively be participating and racing alongside Formula E drivers on the actual track during the live race.”
The new game is expected to launch alongside the all-new 2018/19 Formula E “Batmobile” race car later this year. You can let us know what you think of this new way to
watch participate in a Grand Prix weekend in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Source | Images: Formula E, via CNN.