Forget racing your mates on their PlayStations… Ford has upped the ante with the world’s first ‘virtual vs real’ race, broadcast live from the Goodwood hillclimb.
The contenders? Ben Collins, a.ka. (once-upon-a-time) The Stig, racing the new Focus ST that made it’s global public debut at the Festival of Speed at the weekend. In the virtual corner? Krisztian Somodi driving a virtual Focus ST on Gran Turismo6.
The race was not only shown live on giant screens to an audience of tens of thousands at the festival, but broadcast live around the world on the Goodwood live stream broadcast. Fans were later able to set their own time on Gran Turismo 6 simulators on the Ford stand, where the first diesel-powered version of the new Focus ST was jointly revealed by Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln, and the famous creator of Gran Turismo, Kazunori Yamauchi.
As well as highlighting the dynamic ability of the new sporty Focus, the challenge provided a fascinating insight into the attention to detail of the latest Gran Turismo version. The game replicated the conditions and features on the day itself as closely as possible – right down to the tyres, and the new Central Feature unveiled just days before in front of Goodwood House.
It all made for a tight contest with the real Focus ST posting a time of 1.05:13, while the virtual model managed a…
Nope, you’re gonna have to watch the video!
(And just for the record, it’s ‘Molecomb’ corner…)