The 2022 ADAC SimRacing Expo kicks off next week, and in this week’s Sim Racing and Esports News Roundup I bring you everything you need to know.
I also look at how sim racing can help you with getting a leg up in real world racing, some sim racing tech news, Gran Turismo 7 developments and more. All this in this week’s edition of the Sim Racing and Esports News Roundup.
From Sim Racing to the Real Thing
Enzo Mucci always has great advice for race drivers and those who want to become one. In the video above, he gives more rock solid advice with 4 tips for aspiring race drivers. If you are looking to become a race driver, watch the video, read the comments accompanying the video and take notes! If you are wondering why you should read the comments accompanying his videos, here is one that I posed related to sim racing:
Motorsport Prospects Comment: This is great advice Enzo. How would a young driver incorporate sim racing into their plans? For example, using esports championship prize money towards your racing budget.
Enzo Mucci Reply: In short, do as much eSports as possible. As you say it can possibly contribute to their budget but also their profile if they become a well known sim racer. Manufacturers and F1 teams evaluate drivers on the sim before letting them loose on their cars so it’s becoming even more important to be good on the sim. I believe and hope that sim racing will go to a higher level than it is now and give drivers another genuine route in to racing in the real world.
Competitive Sim Racing News
On Episode 13 of Season 5 on the Traxion Podcast, Seb Hawkins – Team Manager, Williams Esports, Steven English – Director of Esports, Williams Racing and Ewan Lury – Esports Press Officer, Williams Esports explain how Williams Esports is about more than just competition. You can listen here. “Now under Dorilton Capital stewardship, its esports squad is pushing the limits of what’s achievable in sim racing – both in terms of the sheer quantity of events participated, but also driver training, education and media assistance.”
Sim Racing Tips & Techniques
Competitive sim racer Jiri Toman explains on the World eX website why he likes racing in the series. “The eX ZERO is a fun car”
Driver61 has announced that their next Sim Racing Pure Pace MasterClass will begin on January 22, 2023, and early bird registration will open to waitlist members this THURSDAY, November 24th @ 1pm GMT/8am EST. Join the waitlist to receive a 24-hour head start to purchase as well as Black Friday pricing. This offer is available to waitlist members only.
What Does the MasterClass Include?
- 20+ hours of exclusive detailed online instruction
- Live seminars and training sessions
- 4 hours of live coaching
You get a step-by-step course on the core fundamentals of racecraft. Learn, practice, and receive feedback on vision, steering, braking, and grip generation.
For more details, visit the Pure Pace MasterClass page.
Sim Racing Tech Roundup
Traxion gives six reasons why Logitech and Thrustmaster going direct drive is huge news. “With two of the largest volume players in racing game steering wheels now jumping on the direct drive bandwagon – after Fanatec pioneered a more affordable and console-friendly route to market – the time is right for the technology to go mainstream.”
Assetek SimSports had a number of recent product launches and you can see them all in their YouTube videos here. The videos cover:
- Meet La Prima™ – Our New Product Line
- Introducing Direct Drive Wheelbases
- Say Hello To Our Forte® Formula Steering Wheel
- The S Series: Fully Adjustable Sim Racing Pedals
- A Closer Look at the Invicta Sim Racing Pedals with Asetek CEO André Sloth Eriksen
- An Introduction to the Forte® Load Cell Pedals from Asetek SimSports
General Sim Racing News
Traxion brings you everything you need to know about the upcoming ADAC SimRacing Expo 2022. “The 2022 ADAC SimRacing Expo runs from 1st-4th December and celebrates the best of sim racing, with exhibitors including Fanatec, Heusinkveld and Simucube. The yearly trade show is set to be held at the NürnbergMesse in Nuremberg, Germany, with a series of talks and esports races scheduled to take place on the venue’s show stage throughout the event.”
Race Department reviews WRC Generations. “KT Racing has been working on the WRC franchise for years. However, since the impending switch of the rights to the WRC name to Electronic Arts and Codemasters is imminent, this is the last Nacon and KT Racing WRC Game. How did they do? Did they manage to create the magnum opus they wanted?“
A special update is expected later this month, November, for Gran Turismo 7, celebrating 25 years since the original launched in Japan. “The details at present are lacking, because as ever, all that’s public is the tweet copy and a darkened image of three car silhouettes.”
Speaking of Gran Turismo 7, it looks like Road Atlanta is coming to the game. “Regardless, if Road Atlanta does find its way to the PlayStation exclusive, it will be another fantastic addition for sure. Editorially speaking, it’s one of the top venues for racing over here in the United States, and it’s one of the best looking courses as well.”
Formula One has announced plans to open its second sim racing and entertainment venue in the UK city of Birmingham. The Birmingham venue will be hosted at an 11,000-square foot facility in the Two Chamberlain Square building on the Paradise Birmingham development. Target locations outside of the UK include Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US.
Motorsport Games has posted a Q3 net loss of US$8.5 million amid news that four of its board of directors have stepped down from the company. “Former directors Neil Anderson, Peter Moore and Francesco Piovanetti all resigned due to a dispute over funding issues, and James Allen followed suit to allow the company to appoint a new board.”