The 88th Le Mans 24-hour race this year is usually held in June, but this year it may be postponed to September due to the effect of the new coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19) pandemic. It has been decided.
However, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and the French Western Automobile Club (ACO), which organize this race, will also host this world's largest endurance race as eSports on June 13-14, which was originally planned to be held. Announced. Adopting rFactor2 as a platform, this virtual race will start on June 13, 15:00 (22:00 Japan time) according to the real 24 Hours of Le Mans. Even though it has been decided to postpone it, June is still Le Mans Month. In this virtual race titled "The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual", one machine can be shared by up to four drivers (players), aiming for a 24-hour finish while taking turns.
LMP2 and LM-GTE machines are used in the race, and up to 50 can participate. Every team sharing a car must have two real racing drivers (FIA licensed). On the other hand, eSports drivers are limited to a maximum of 2 people per team. In addition, each driver is assigned a minimum duty of 4 hours. In addition, it is not allowed to drive for more than 7 hours on your own.
The virtual race will be televised around the world, allowing participating teams to give their cars their own livery and display the sponsor logo. Also, during the race, weather conditions and day and night changes as in reality, so the team can change the machine setup within the permitted range. Of course, fuel consumption may cause refueling and tires may have to be replaced, so the pit strategy may affect the outcome of the game.
Gerard Neuve, CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, said in "The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual" that "as in the real world, car makers, racing teams, drivers, and The best sim racers in the world will step on and compete with each other. "
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