Day: March 21, 2020

F1 drivers to race eSports gamers, replacing coronavirus-hit GPs

This year’s Formula One races are getting canceled left and right, but the series has a temporary solution for everyone ravenous to watch some racing: eSports. Starting this Sunday (March 22), F1 drivers and celebrities will be virtually taking to the track in Bahrain to race in a video game.

All the racing will take place on F1 2019, the official F1 PC video game, and it will begin at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. Formula One hasn’t specified which drivers and celebrities will be joining, but we can hope that a majority of the drivers join in. F1 says to expect an announcement soon. The virtual race will be 28 laps, half the usual distance of the real one under the Sakhir floodlights.

You’ll be able to watch on the official Formula One YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels.

Mazda GT3 concept based on RX-Vision show car has Gran Turismo debut

During last year’s World Final of the FIA World Tour in Gran Turismo Sport in Monaco, Mazda announced it would become an official video game partner this year, the automaker’s centenary. The Japanese automaker then teased a sketch of its RX-Vision GT3 Concept, a GT3-class racer based on RX-Vision Concept shown at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, penned by global design boss Ikuo Maeda and headed for Gran Turismo Sport this year. Polyphony Digital has finished modeling the car and just debuted it on the game’s official site. Now dubbed the Gr.3 Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept, the slinky crimson contender will soon become the second GT3-class Mazda in the game alongside the Atenza Gr.3. Polyphony says the race car will arrive on May 25 as part of an online update.  

Usurprisingly, the final product is toned down from last