Munich, 26 September 2014 – The first ever SimRacingEXPO took place last weekend at the Nürburgring alongside the Blancpain Endurance Series race. Combining virtual motorsports with real-life racing, the SimRacingEXPO 2014 attracted a grand total of approx. 12,000 visitors. The Blancpain Endurance Series racing drivers proved just as keen as the trade fair visitors to explore the thrilling mix of real-life and virtual attractions. Bernd Schneider, for example, came over to the PlayStation stand along with fellow pros Sergey Afanasiev and Maximilian Buhk, and invited a visitor to complete a lap of the track with him in a Mercedes SLS AMG. Christopher Mies and Marc Basseng also attended the fair and used their free time between qualifiers and race to dip into the world of virtual motorsports and compete in the first ADAC SimRacing Trophy competition, organised in collaboration with RaceRoom. Mies came
11th in the rankings, and Basseng 20th. Over 2,700 participants took part in the competition, including 2,600 who qualified online prior to the event, and a further 100 who qualified at the event itself.
The final, which took place in front of Europe’s largest video wall, was streamed online for the benefit of approx. 6,500 viewers who accompanied the event from home. Visitors also flocked to the SLT and Ellip6 stands to try out the latest simulator technology. The D-BOX and Vesaro simulator with a 55” curved UHD OELD screen wowed visitors and became one of the hot topics of the fair. And there was plenty of excitement at the iRacing stand too, where gaming fans were able to test out one of the most realistic racing games yet invented. Slightly Mad Studios developers also presented their new racing game, Project CARS, at the SimRacingEXPO – a top gaming highlight to be released on 21 November. Another great highlight took centre stage at the RaceRoom stand, where visitors were invited to try out the Oculus 2 racing experience.
“We are delighted that the first SimRacingEXPO went so well," said Norman Simon of norman2, the agency organising SimRacingEXPO 2014. “The visitor numbers speak for themselves: people are crazy about virtual racing!” Marc Hennerici of event organiser ADAC Mittelrhein e.V. was equally thrilled with the event’s success: “Loads of visitors, some great exhibitors, an exciting competition – our vision for the event definitely came to life!”
The huge success of the world’s first SimRacingEXPO gives a definite green light for more of these fairs in the coming years. Photos and comments on the first SimRacingEXPO 2014 are available on www.nr1000.de/english/
Munich, September 19, 2014 – iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations, the world’s most realistic racing game, announced it will add the fabled Nürburgring to iRacing.com’s catalogue of over 65 laser-scanned race tracks. The news comes in the wake of iRacing’s licensing agreement with Aston Martin Racing cars and the revelation that iRacers recently eclipsed the one billion lap milestone.
Today’s announcement at the iRacing Nürburgring 1000 means the more than 52,000 iRacers worldwide will be able to race on digital versions of the 20.8 km (12.9 mile) Nordschleife, the 5.15 km (3.2 mile) Grand Prix Stecke and a combination track linking the two circuits. The tracks are scheduled to be released to iRacers in 2015. In celebration of its partnership with the Nürburgring, iRacing is offering a free, three month subscription to new members who visit www.iracing.com/Nürburgring1000.
“iRacing’s partnership with the Nürburgring marries state-of-the-art motorsports simulation with what is widely regarded as the world’s greatest race circuit,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of iRacing.com. “We are honored and pleased to be able to make the Nordschleife and the Grand Prix Stecke available to our members who will be tremendously excited by this news."
“We are delighted that iRacing is adding the Nordschleife and the Grand Prix Stecke to its catalogue of great race circuits,” says Dr. Karl-Josef Schmidt, General Manager, Nürburgring. “Thanks to iRacing, race fans and sim-racers all around the world who may not have the opportunity visit the Nürburgring in person will be able to accept the challenge of racing on these legendary circuits.”
iRacing.com enables motorsports and gaming enthusiasts around the world to race against one another online in more than 40 precisely-modeled cars on 65 laser-scanned road courses, ovals and speedways in officially-sanctioned and private league competition. From GT racing to NASCAR, Grand Prix racing to prototypes and Indycars, iRacing delivers the most realistic racing experience you can have on your PC or Mac from the comfort and convenience of your home. With literally thousands of official races every week, there is always someone to race against at iRacing.
Munich, 18 September 2014 – Just two days to go until the opening of the first SimRacingEXPO, taking place at the Nürburgring alongside the Blancpain Endurance Series iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000! True to the slogan “virtual racing meets real racing”, the trade fair will present the latest developments in virtual motorsports at the same location as the real-life racing events. Here are a few of the highlights that visitors to the SimRacingEXPO can look forward to:
As soon as the doors to the event open on Saturday at 9 a.m., visitors can start taking part in the qualifiers for the ADAC SimRacing Trophy competition on Saturday evening. Those who have already qualified online can use the time to get in some free practice. Throughout the day, successive exhibitors will be presenting their simulators and games on the main stage, almost all of which can be tested by visitors. Both amateurs and professionals can look forward to trying out various devices and technology – from games such as iRacing, RaceRoom or PlayStation’s Driveclub to simulators from manufacturers including D-Box and Vesaro or Ellip6. From 4 p.m. onwards, all those who couldn’t make it to the Nürburgring will be able to follow the event live via an online stream at http://www.nr1000.de/deutsch/live-stream/. This stream will also broadcast the semi-final and final of the first ADAC SimRacing Trophy competition – a particular highlight that will see amateur sim racers compete against professional racing drivers.
Those looking for real racing action should make their way to the Nürburgring race track on Saturday for the qualifiers of the Blancpain Endurance Series races, iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000. Visitors who have always dreamed of completing a lap of the famous circuit themselves – even if only as a passenger – should head to the Sony PlayStation stand and compete for the opportunity to win a drive around the ring in an SLS AMG. The competition will be open to visitors all day.
Of course, the SimRacingEXPO is also open for visitors on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. when, as well as the fair, another Blancpain Endurance Series iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000 race will be taking place on the Nürburgring from 11:45 a.m. to approximately 5:45 p.m.
Entry to the SimRacingEXPO is free of charge.
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.
Munich, 15 September 2014 – There’s only a few more days to go until the start of SimRacingEXPO 2014, taking place on 20 and 21 September at the Nürburgring alongside the Blancpain Endurance Series races iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000. Today, event organiser ADAC Mittelrhein e.V. has announced two more exhibitors: the Motorsport Simulator Company and MPM-Sportcars will also be presenting their latest racing simulators at the trade fair.
The Motorsport Simulator Company specialises in racing simulators that are perfect for training purposes – both for amateur and professional racing drivers. Such simulators spare professionals the cost of practising on actual tracks and give amateurs the feeling of competing in a real race. The Motorsport Simulator Company aims to build simulators that create a driving sensation similar to that experienced in a real racing car. “We are delighted to have two more big simulator manufacturers on board – the Motorsport Simulator Company and MPM-Sportcars,” says Marc Hennerici of event organiser ADAC Mittelrhein e.V.. “The range of different simulators is what makes the SimRacingEXPO such a special event. It enables professionals and amateurs to explore the whole spectrum of sim racing opportunities.”
The German company MPM-Sportcars will be bringing its TriplEX simulator to the SimRacingEXPO – a simulator that was initially intended as training equipment for drivers of the exclusive Thunder sports cars and was even produced to the customer’s own specifications. Now the TriplEX is also used for training purposes by professional racing drivers of other cars, as the open programme structure allows for the data of a variety of other vehicles to be added. The simulator has a cockpit design and simulated features include centrifugal force, creating an even more realistic racing experience.
Visitors to the SimRacingEXPO are welcome to try out the simulators and complete a lap of the virtual racetrack.