Max Verstappen has lost to an amateur in a sim racing competition run by Heineken proving that there is hope for us all, at least online. This week you will also learn how to not be swayed by the F1 graphics you see on TV, a guide to assembling a budget sim racing rig and more tech and general sim racing news and reviews.
All this and more in this week’s edition of the Sim Racing Roundup on Motorsport Prospects. Its sim racing news for racers not gamers.
Competitive Sim Racing News
An amateur sim racer makes headlines by achieving the unthinkable: defeating the three-time F1® World Champion Max Verstappen in an exhilarating twist at the Heineken® Player 0.0 finale. This global showdown, amidst the historic walls of Heineken®’s first brewery in Amsterdam, marks a new era for sim racing.
The Heineken Player 0.0 campaign, is an exciting gaming initiative that Heineken® and Verstappen developed, to create a new virtual racing experience for fans culminated in winning gamers getting to race against Max himself.
The global showdown featured fierce competitors; being the local winners from tournaments held in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and the Netherlands, all culminating in a tense finale against Verstappen. Yet, in a stunning display of tenacity, it was Floris Wijers, an amateur racer from The Netherlands who seized the spotlight, proving that determination and skill know no bounds.
Rob van Griensven, Director Global Digital Heineken® – “The win for the amateur racer today at the Player 0.0 final is more than just a victory; it’s a perfect showcase of our campaign’s spirit. It blends global racing talent with our message of responsible consumption which has made this campaign a global success. We’re excited about how this sets the stage for next season, promising even more thrilling experiences for fans and a continued emphasis on enjoying responsibly”
Box This Lap has the details of Max Verstappen’s sim racing rig here.
Here are more headlines from the world of competitive sim racing
- After Listening to the Dutch National Anthem 19 Times This Year, Max Verstappen Lashes Out During Hilarious Sim Racing Moment (The Sports Rush)
- Oracle Red Bull Sim Racing unveils new lineup for F1 Esports Pro Championship (Esports.net)
- Williams Esports, Apex Racing Team take IMSA Esports Global Championship Class Wins at Virtual Sebring (IMSA)
Sim Racing Tips & Techniques
In the video above, Driver61 explains why you should not be using the graphics in an F1 race as any sort of guide to racecraft. “Formula One has been lying to you. Well, more of a white lie, BUT their halo graphic does give completely wrong information – it’s nothing like what the drivers are actually doing. And if you copy this if you use that in your own gaming, karting or racing, it’s going to be costing you a tonne of lap time. So, these graphics have been around for a good few years now, and to be honest I think they’re mostly great. You’ve got the turn numbers, the throttle and brake position, the speed, gears and RPM – all cool information for us viewers to look at – AND it helps us to understand the drivers better.”
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But we didn’t stop there. Starting early next year, there will be weekly lectures held by real-world drivers and our very own academy coaches. You will also get group coaching sessions for free as part of Never Lift, and you will get extra discounts on 1-to-1 coaching sessions. The Never Lift Course is the perfect fit if you want to advance your driving skills and take your craft to the next level, regardless of whether you’re just starting out or already have some experience under your belt.
Sim Racing Tech Roundup
Here is a roundup of the latest sim racing tech news, reviews, and recommendations from around the world.
- Best Budget Racing Setup 2023: Everything you need for sim racing (Racing Games)
- Moza R12 base, steering wheel, pedals and handbrake combine for an amazing sim racing experience (TechAU)
- Moza R12 review: “Delivers punchy yet refined force feedback” (Games Radar)
- Fanatec and M-Sport Add New Sim Racing Module (Hardcore Gamer)
- Williams Esports partner with RECARO Automotive and Playseat (Williams F1)
- My Daily-Use Thrustmaster Sim Racing Wheel Is Finally on Sale (The Drive)
General Sim Racing News
- EA SPORTS WRC: Central European Rally Arrives This Week Alongside New Patch (Race Department)
- iRacing Unveils Full 2024 Special Events Calendar (Race Department)
- FIA and IESF announce partnership in coalition against online abuse in sport (FIA)
- Why Sim Racing Is More Than a Game (Box This Lap)
- Sim Racers Love the Nurburgring in the Winter (Auto Evolution)
- Why Week 13 of iRacing Might Not Be Your Ideal Racing Week (Box This Lap)
- Need a Break from Studying? Unleash the Thrills of Sim Racing! (Guelph Today)
- RaceRoom DTM 2023 Pack To Launch Alongside Tire Update (Race Department)
- iRacing: Is Mugello Worth the Purchase? (Box This Lap)
- Best Sim Racing Deals In December 2023 (Racing Games)
- Forza wins Best Racing Game