Formula E, simulator race in Las Vegas

On Saturday January 7 in Las Vegas (USA, Nevada), the 20 Formula E drivers and the 10 best simulator drivers in the the world are going to compete in a virtual challenge. The winner will be awarded 200,000 dollars. The Visa Vegas E-Race, organized by Formula E, totals 1 million dollars in prizes.

Alejandro Agag, Formula-E CEO said “I’ve been following the progress of the sim racers throughout the qualification process, and I can’t wait to see them on the same track as the rest of the Formula E grid. Accessibility and fan engagement are two of the key cornerstones of Formula E, and what better way to promote this than getting the world’s best sim racers to compete in the same colours as their Formula E counterparts – it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top!”

“The software rFactor2 has been chosen for the Visa Vegas E-Race principally for the quality of its physics engine, which means the Formula E mod is as close to driving the all-electric car as it’s possible to get.” says the organizer.

The Road to Las Vegas, a world wide simulator competition lasting four rounds, resulted in the selection of the 10 best drivers to compete in the championship alongside the Formula-E drivers. Following a lottery draw, each of the 10 drivers has been paired with a team.

Aleksi Elomaa from Finland will team up with VenturiGP drivers Stephane Sarrazin and Maro Engel. He said

« Really, it’s a dream come true… » after receiving his Venturi racing suit from Venturi’s Maro Engel « …I am 24 years old, driving in simulators since I was three. Now I am involved with these great professional drivers and the best simulator drivers, that’s awesome. I am used to competing in great simulator series, but this is really something.»

So who’s going to win ?  “This is a very good question… «  says Maro Engel. “The level of the simulator racing specialists is very high.  We have spent years on the track, they have spent years in the simulators. With the simulator you drive primarily with your sight. For us track drivers, we use all our senses: feeling the speed, hearing the noise, feeling the movement and vibrations. In a simulator we lose some references, so it’s harder to find the limit with the car. It seems like just details, but in an event like here in Las vegas it can make a difference with the advantage going to the simulator drivers. On our side, we have to make up for the lack of experience. I believe in us, but if I had to bet my money on the final winner – I would bet on a simulator driver. »

The simulator race in Las Vegas, already considered the largest sim racing event ever, takes place during the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association. For the past four years the CES is one of the most important places to showcase new products linked to the electric car industry.

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