911 Goes Virtual Racing
Online motorsports simulation, iRacing, has announced that the latest 911 GT3 Cup car is to join its virtual offerings. The announcement came just days after Porsche’s exclusive 17-year contract with EA Games expired in December 2016, paving the way for the German marque to be represented to a wider extent in the gaming world.
iRacing’s online racing portal is said to be one of the best in the world, populated by a global online community of 65,000 racing enthusiasts. The service mimics the real world of motorsport competition as closely as possible, offering players competitive head-to-head racing, practice, qualifying, testing, and time trials. Its officially licensed replica cars are reproduced in cooperation with manufacturers and race teams alike, boasting accurate mechanical and dynamic models. Furthermore these cars race on officially sanctioned and highly precise (laser scanned) replicas of the world’s greatest circuits in more than 40 series organised by iRacing.
The inclusion of a digitally created second-generation 991 GT3 Cup car will be overseen in partnership with Porsche itself, ensuring the virtual 911’s realism in terms of both its looks and handling characteristics. iRacers currently enjoy racing more than 50 digital sports, open wheel and stock cars competing in private leagues and officially-sanctioned series. In June 2016, the iRacing 24 Hours of Le Mans saw more than 475 teams of drivers participate in a virtual version of the great race.
Up until now the iconic Porsche 911 has only been available to virtual racers outside of EA Games products via versions replicating tuner RUF Automobile’s incarnations. Thanks to its production of performance enhanced Porsches, RUF is recognized as an automotive manufacturer in its own right. iRacing gamers have been able to enjoy the RUF RT12 R RWD, producing 730 horsepower from its 3.8 litre twin-turbo flat six engine, the RUF C-Spec car, an option tailored toward single make, spec-class racing. Also available is the RUF Track Car, with its normally-aspirated, four litre flat six engine producing 500hp, and finally the RUF RT12 R AWD, a 685hp 3.8-litre twin turbo car.
For more information visit www.iracing.com.