Virtual Le Mans 24H Flashback
Back in June, Audi joined together 5 cities to race in a virtual 24 heures Du Mans coinciding with the real thing. Here's how it all went down...
With five cities - Beijing, Moscow, Paris, Istanbul, and Berlin - linked together by the magic of the internet, when the lights went green at the Circuit de la Sarthe, so too did they in the virtual world as test pilots, automotive professionals, and the public all got to put in some laps in a virtual recreation of the world's most iconic endurance race.
Participants got to compete alongside the real-world Le Mans race in the virtual world using a combination of Project CARS' authentic simulation, motion rigs supplied by CXC Simulations, and virtual reality headsets supplied by Oculus Rift
With drivers strapped into both a motion rig that recreated perfectly the bumps & handling of the WEC-winning Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, and a VR headset to provide total 360° immersion, they were as close to competing alongside the real drivers as possible.
And of course, some drivers had more of an advantage than others ;-) With Nico Mueller (winner of the 24H Nurburgring), and DTM drivers Mike Rockenfeller, Edoardo Mortara, and Adrien Tambay all spurred on by the crowds in their respective cities, it was ultimately Team Berlin that took home the victory. In fact the competitiveness was so heated that the drivers challenged each other to a drag race thereafter ;-)
The crowd at Audi City Beijing
Below are just a few photos of this momentous event...