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Sim racer beats former F1 driver in real-world event

By Cal Jeffrey · 13 replies
Jan 21, 2019
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  1. Racing simulations like Assetto Corsa, Project Cars, and iRacing try to capture the realistic feeling of racing a high-horsepower car. For the most part, they do a pretty good job replicating the physics, but there is still a vast difference between sim racing and its real-life counterpart.

    However, spending hundreds of hours in realistic racing simulators seems to be paying off for at least one eSports driver. Enzo Bonito, who has mastered Assetto Corsa and iRacing, has just beaten Brazilian F1 and WEC racing star Lucas Di Grassi in a real-world race.

    The win occurred over the weekend at the Race of Champions in Mexico. The event attracted racing stars from all categories of motorsports including sim racers. Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, Le Mans superstar Tom Kristensen, and Red Bull’s F1 up-and-comer Pierre Gasly were also in attendance.

    Bonito went up against Di Grassi in a head-to-head race in equally matched Vuhl 05s. Bonito ended up beating the Formula E champ by half a second. It marks the first time a sim racer has beaten an experienced pro driver in a real-world event.

    While there is still an ocean of difference between eRacing and physical motorsports, several overlaps between the two have already occurred. McLaren, famous for its F1 talent, has created the McLaren Shadow Project to find talented sim divers for its eSports team. Some eRacers even get recruited by on-track race teams. Igor Fraga was recently crowned champion in an FIA-certified sim event and is now chasing a real-world career in F1 or Indy racing.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,363   +1,367

    The Last Starfighter anyone? Are there any evil aliens who need defeating?
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  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,010   +3,422

    Now I'm afraid to go out on the freeway to go home at night .......
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,264   +518

    I rewatched that movie a couple months ago and ruined a great childhood memory :(
    TempleOrion likes this.
  5. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 691   +331

    Where can I try my assassins creed skills in real life?
    sauri likes this.
  6. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TechSpot Staff Posts: 614   +588

    What a beautifully fitting name.
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  7. Edito

    Edito TS Booster Posts: 92   +24

    Racing Simulator like Assetto Corsa and Project Cars??? My friend that example of racing simulator killed your article for me...
  8. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +150

    I read somewhere that the so called sim racer in question is quite realistic with painstaking attention give to the details - like for instance tires wearing out during the race. So good that even the pros are using it for training ... so not exactly a dude sitting at home on his couch, raping the controller to beat the times.
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  9. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,363   +1,367

    Yeah... it was pretty terrible... but as a kid, I really enjoyed it :)

    Never rewatch old 80s favourites - you're doomed to disappointment...
    TempleOrion likes this.
  10. LenovoX

    LenovoX TS Booster Posts: 71   +32

    Video doesn't play
    Cal Jeffrey likes this.
  11. Bpsti

    Bpsti TS Rookie Posts: 18   +7

    To be truely realistic with your sim cockpit you need to install a heater blowing into your face, use a very snug uncomfortable chair, not allow yourself to get up to pee, turn the volume up to 12, and have someone shake the pee out of you constantly.
  12. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 616   +447

    My adblocker blocked it from playing too. Disabled and refreshed the page and now it works.
    Cal Jeffrey likes this.
  13. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TechSpot Staff Posts: 614   +588

    I still want to take on Lewis Hamilton in a go kart, lobbing red shells and dropping bananas all over the track. My youth spent playing Mario Kart best not be wasted!
  14. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,582   +373

    Can confirm. Ad blockers will prevent video players buttons from working. Ran into the same conundrum on the source website.

    As an aside: we really do try to make our ads unobtrusive and would appreciate if you whitelisted us. ;)

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