I start things off in this week’s Sim Racing and Esports News roundup with the announcement of WEC driver Ferdinand Habsburg’s exciting new motorsport project called Rebel Team. It will be a team that fans will be allowed to own shares in and contribute to some of the team decision making. Interestingly, beyond just being a sportscar race team, it will work to develop young drivers and have a significant esport component. I also bring you news of a new electric touring car series that will allow sim racers to compete for a fully funded drive and more.
- With the news that Ferdinand Habsburg setting up the first fan-owned and run sportscar team for next year’s World Endurance Championship, what are the plans related to esports? According to the Rebel Team website, “we are building a bridge between the physical and virtual racing world. You will be able to compete in virtual racing events with the Pro-Drivers as well as join us at real life races and Rebel community gatherings – you will see your decisions come to life on track and at the highest level of endurance motorsport.”
- The brand new NXT Gen Cup, the world’s first electric junior touring car cup, will launch a sim racing series this winter where the winner will get a fully paid drive in the 2023 season.
- Race Department looks at whether the WEC will receive their promised sim racing game. “Are we going to see a WEC title? Or is rFactor 2 going to feature WEC? Or have they just completely forgotten about it?“
- Revolution, Motorsport UK’s excellent online racing magazine has a great article on Pro Simulators. “Spending time in a simulator is now almost a must for any competitive racer, from the club scene to the cutting edge. Revolution spoke to the experts to discover how they work and how they can help.”
- The Coach Dave Academy explains everything you need to know about the new cars in iRacing.
- Finally, here is a Coach Dave Academy iRacing lap guide featuring the Dallara F3 at Suzuka.