Munich, 16 September 2014 – In four days’ time, the SimRacingEXPO premiere kicks off at the Nürburgring alongside the Blancpain Endurance Series races iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000. “Real racing meets virtual racing” is the slogan of the trade fair, where racing simulators and computer games will be exhibited to the public.
Numerous racing simulator manufacturers including SLT, Ellip6, D-BOX, Vesaro, the Motorsport Simulator Company and MPM-Sportcars will be showcasing their latest sim racing technology at the event, proving to guests just how similar virtual racing can be to a real racing experience. And virtual racing is not just great fun for gaming fans; racing professionals also benefit from this sophisticated technology. “The simulators are often used for training purposes,” explains Norman Simon of norman², the agency organising SimRacingEXPO 2014. “Thanks to the possibility of adding various circuits and vehicles to the systems, professional racing drivers can familiarise themselves with a race track without having to physically train there. This saves a huge amount of time and money.”
Those wanting to pit their skills against others should secure a place in the ADAC SimRacing Trophy competition. For the competition, 24 racing simulators featuring RaceRoom software will be set up in the ring°boulevard. A number of participant slots have already been allocated via online qualifying rounds, but visitors to the fair will also have the chance to snap up a place. Professional racing drivers will also participate in the final of the competition, which will take place in front of Europe’s largest video wall and feature commentary from actual motor sports commentators.
But there’s also plenty on offer for other gaming fans: iRacing – the sponsor of the Blancpain Endurance Series – will be presenting its online game at the trade fair, which is currently considered to provide the most realistic racing simulation. Sony PlayStation will be there too, introducing its new game Driveclub. There will also be plenty of opportunities for visitors to compete against one another and win fantastic prizes – such as a drive around the Nürburgring in a Mercedes-AMG. As another special gaming highlight, developer Slightly Mad Studios will be debuting its latest racing game, Project CARS. The game is to be released on 21 November, and SimRacingEXPO 2014 will be giving visitors the exclusive chance to test it out.
The project was born out of a crowdfunding initiative, and the community of contributors were actively involved in the creation of the new racing experience. Project CARS allows gamers to construct their own driver and then test their driving skills on a large selection of racing circuits in competitive racing weekends or constantly updated community events. What’s more, the outstanding graphics create impressive weather effects.
“The variety of different exhibitors will be exciting for both racing and gaming fans,” says Simon. “We are hugely looking forward to the first SimRacingEXPO, and hope that professionals and amateurs alike will be delighted with our programme.”
Entry to SimRacingEXPO 2014 is free of charge.