Will the Gran Turismo movie put sim racing in the spotlight? The trailer has been released and we will know in August, but I hope so.
In addition to the Gran Turismo trailer and my interview with Jann Mardenborough whom the film is based on, I bring you the details on how Cooper Webster is balancing sim and real-world racing, what it’s like to intern at Williams Esports, some sim racing tips and advice and the latest competitive sim racing and tech reviews.
All this in this week’s edition of the Sim Racing Roundup. Its news intended for racers not gamers.
From Sim Racing to the Real Thing
The trailer for the Gran Turismo movie has been released and to me it looks fantastic! Will this increase the visibility of sim racing in the public’s eye, especialy amongst young esport gamers? Only time will tell but it looks promising.
You can check out my recent interview with Jann Mardenborough, the driver this film is based on in the post Jann Mardenborough on Transitioning from Sim Racing to the Real Thing.
Give Me Sport looks at how Cooper Webster is balancing real and virtual racing, and how sims could help F1 find the next Max Verstappen. “So that’s what’s really amazing about sim racing – if you’re good enough, you make it. The money needed is a lot less than what it is in real motorsport, and it’s lot more feasible for the average Joe to get somewhere in sim racing if they have the determination and the skill behind them. I think some teams at the moment still don’t see the skill that is in sim racing as they should just yet.”
Fox 59 in Indianapolis looks at how local high school girls are learning what it’s like to be a driver in the Indy 500. “But the racing simulator isn’t just to have fun. it’s also teaching them about stem career opportunities in the world of motor sports- which is dominated by men. The activities are being hosted by the “Sim 4 Stem” program. For more information about this program, click here.”
Autosport looks at the real-world application of the new Isle of Man TT game. “Video game technology has come on leaps and bounds since the first home consoles of the 1970s, to the point where it can be used as a simulation tool in motorsport. For Isle of Man TT riders, a new title in the Ride on the Edge series looks like it’s as close to the real thing as you can get without being there.”
Competitive Sim Racing News
Wondering what it’s like to intern at Williams Esports? Traxion has you covered.
“Williams Esports driver Louis Nahser is mainly known for being one of the best iRacing drivers in the world, having won races like the Watkins Glen 6h and the GT500 at Simracing Expo in the last two years. Here’s what it’s like to be in Louis’s shoes in his intern position with Williams Esports, as per his own perspective.”
Here are more headlines from the world of competitive sim racing:
- Blakeley keeps feet on ground while flying high as F1 Esports champion
- 2023 Alpine Esports Series Round 1: Circuit Paul Ricard
- Jimmy Broadbent partners with MOZA Racing
- Porsche Coanda Esports trio misses the finale
- ESL R1: Rogers heads Porsche Coanda one-two at Spa
- After Suffering Asthma Attack in Near-Death Experience, Racing Driver Jimmy Broadbent Speaks for the First Time
Sim Racing Tips & Techniques
In the video above, pro GT3 driver Daniel Morad has prepared for you a realistic FOV guide for sim racing. “This is my FOV guide to help you get the most realistic settings possible. This can apply to all sims, but this guide is specifically aimed at helping with iRacing.”
The video above from Dynisma looks at choosing the right visualization technology for your driving simulator.
Sim Racing Tech Roundup
The Irish Times looks at sim racing company Digital Motorsports and their big ambitions beyond the track.
“The next step is to start reducing the gap in perception between the digital and the real world, working out how to mimic the g-forces and movements of a vehicle and further tricking the human brain into thinking that the simulation is the real thing. Such things can be done without recourse to vast hydraulic rigs and physical movement.”
Here is a roundup of the latest sim racing tech news and reviews from around the world.
- Man of Many’s Most Wanted (includes AMR-C01 Aston Martin Racing Sim and Logitech Playseat Trophy G Edition)
- Review: Thrustmaster T818 wheelbase makes direct-drive sim racing affordable — with a catch
- How Asetek’s Accessories are Revolutionizing Sim Racing
- SRP-GTR Pedals
- Thrustmaster ESWAP XR Pro Forza Horizon 5 review: A racing wheel for your controller [Video]
- The Pit Stop: Test-Driving The GT Omega APEX Steering Wheel Stand
General Sim Racing News
- Fulfilling a Sim Racing dream | The 1971 Nürburgring experience
- Development Update- Dirt Racing Refresh
- RENNSPORT: New Info Coming in June
- Remembering classic games: Grand Prix 2 (1996)
- What to look forward to in racing games and sim racing in May 2023
- “Oh My God, My F**king Hand” – Fans Left in a State of Shock as Streamer Injures Himself in Online Racing Sim
- SIM Wheel Stand Market Size and Forecast to 2031
- GRID Legends review: A return to form with caveats