There is a lot of great stuff in this week’s issue of Sim Racing and Esports News. I look at sim racer James Baldwin’s transition to real world motorsport, highlight a wonderful charity sim racing event that you can take part in, highlight some reviews of F122 and more.
- I have written on numerous occasions on how sim racing can be a passport to the real thing, and have highlighted numerous sim racers like Jimmy Broadbent who have made the transition. Now comes news that sim racer James Baldwin will be racing in the Spa 24H next month. Baldwin is the World’s Fastest Gamer 2 winner, and was 2021 British GT Esports champion, 2021 GT World Challenge Europe Esports Sprint Series champion and 2019 eRace of Champions champion. To top off that impressive resume, he has just won the 2nd edition of the Alpine Esports Series Championship. As Simon Baggus mentioned in a recent Coach Dave Academy newsletter, “this man is breaking down so many barriers and closing that distance between virtual and real-world racing.” Check out the video above on how Alpine uses sim racing to shape its future featuring James Baldwin.
- Driver 61 has announced that their Sim Racing MasterClass will be open for Early Bird Purchase on FRIDAY, July 1st @ 7pm British Standard Time (that’s 2pm Eastern Standard Time and 11am Pacific Standard Time). To sign-up for early notice, join the waitlist on their course page. Everyone on their waitlist receives a 24-hour head start to purchase the course as well as a discount on the course. Seats are limited, so please keep an eye out for that email. They will open the course up to the general public on Saturday.
- The World Ex Sim Racing Series has created their very own digital all-electric hypercar called the eX ZERO. “Zero” stands for zero emission. The eX ZERO has two electric motors generating a 1,000 hp from a 85 kWh battery which currently is good for 15 minutes of flat-out, electrifying racing. Right now, the eX ZERO is exclusively available on rFactor 2, but we are open to other platforms and manufacturers designing their own eX prototypes.”
- Check out this one-of-a-kind Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV racing simulator in the video above that was developed in partnership with digital motorsport retailer Advanced SimRacing. It brings the racetrack experience home using three 65” screens boasting 8K resolution, which is approximately four times that of a standard simulator.
- The iRacing Peachtree Three will partner with the National MS Society to put on a unique special event to raise money for charity for the second consecutive year on Thursday, July 14, 2022. This year’s event, the Peachtree Three Benefitting the National MS Society, will send teams to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for three hours of racing in the Chevrolet Corvette C8R GTE, Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car, and iRacing’s fleet of GT4 vehicles. You can also Donate to help beat last year’s total of $57,000.
- The Coach Dave Academy has an excellent tutorial on How to Set Up Direct Drive wheels in iRacing. “The three main types of steering wheel systems are gear driven, belt driven and direct drive (DD). A DD system represents the pinnacle of steering wheelbases in sim racing mainly because it can give you feedback that’s closer to reality than other systems, so, where do you start with a DD wheel on iRacing?“
- The reviews are in for the new F122 set to be released on July 1 and here are just a few: