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Gran Turismo to feature in new virtual Olympic games

Sim racing is to feature in the Olympics for the first time, with a Gran Turismo competition being chosen to form part of a new virtual games.

Thrustmaster launches Ferrari F1 replica wheel for Esports

The new Thrustmaster SF1000 Edition Wheel Add-on allows racing game fans and Esports competitors to use a replica of the 2020 Ferrari F1 steering wheel used by Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.

F1 2021 game to feature story mode and three new circuits

Codemasters and EA have announced the first details for the F1 2021 video game, which will feature an all-new story mode and three new tracks.

WRC 10 revealed, celebrates 50 years of the championship

The 2021 World Rally Championship season will be replicated in the new WRC 10 video game. Set to be released in September 2021, the game will also celebrate 50 years of the WRC.

Ulster GP circuit, Dundrod, now in Ride 4

The Ulster Grand Prix circuit, Dundrod, is now playable within the Ride 4 video game. As part of a free update to the game, players on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series can now ride the high-speed 7.3 mile closed road circuit.

Why Ferrari has caught the sim racing bug

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday. It’s been one of the most famous mantras behind the involvement of manufacturers in motorsport.

Ferrari expands official Esports Series for 2021

Ferrari has expanded its official Esports Series for 2021 on the back of a successful debut last year, and will be hosting an additional livery competition for fans.

Motorsport Games to acquire Studio 397 and rFactor2

Studio397 brand and name to remain under Motorsport Games banner. Updates and iteration of rFactor 2 to continue under Studio397.

F1 game developer Codemasters approves $1.2bn EA takeover

Formula 1 video game developer Codemasters is set to go ahead with a planned $1.2 billion takeover by Electronic Arts after shareholders voted in favour of the deal on Wednesday

Logitech G923 Wheel Review: Affordable must-have for racing fans

We got our hands on Logitech's latest racing wheel, which has the potential to be perfect for both first-time sim racers and experienced drivers looking for an affordable but quality upgrade

F1 video game developer Codemasters set to be bought by EA for $1.2bn

Formula 1's official video game developer Codemasters is set to be bought by Electronic Arts in a deal worth $1.2 billion

Fanatec and BMW team up for sim and real-world racing steering wheel

BMW and sim racing company Fanatec have teamed up to create a world first: a steering wheel that will work on both a gaming rig and a real-life racing car

All-electric Esports RCCO World eX Championship launches on Motorsport.tv

The new all-electric Esports RCCO World eX Championship has launched a dedicated OTT channel on Motorsport.tv

Motorsport Games announces new Winter Heat Series

Racing fans will now have additional entertainment during the down season with the announcement of the Winter Heat Series, a brand new, four-event Esports tournament, which will run from November and finish with a showpiece finale ahead of the Daytona 500

Red Bull claims Le Mans Esports series title in Super Finals

Red Bull Racing Esports and the LM squad clinched the Le Mans Esports titles as the fourth and final segment of the Super Finals concluded

Watch Live: Day 4 of the Le Mans Esports Series Super Final

The fourth and final race day of the Le Mans Esports Series 2020 Super Final is underway, with three races for cars from the 2010s taking place on Forza Motorsport 7

Lazarus and Red Bull lead the way in LMES Super Final day three

Lazarus Racing and Red Bull Esports secured their places for the last day of the Super Final for the Le Mans Esports Series, while Veloce Esports missed out

Watch Live: Day 3 of the Le Mans Esports Series Super Final

The third race day of the Le Mans Esports Series 2020 Super Final is underway, with three races for cars from the 1900s-00s taking place on Forza Motorsport 7

Lazarus heads Red Bull after LMES Super Final day two

Lazarus Racing led Red Bull Esports after the second day of the Super Final for the second season of the Le Mans Esports Series

Watch Live: Day 2 of the Le Mans Esports Series Super Final

The second race of the Le Mans Esports Series 2020 Super Final is underway, with three races for cars from the 1970s-80s taking place on Forza Motorsport 7

Le Mans Esports Super Final gets under way with Red Bull and Lazarus tied on points

Tuesday marked the first of four days of Le Mans Esports Super Final action, featuring sportscars from the pre-1970s era as they do battle on Forza Motorsport 7

Watch Live: Day 1 of the Le Mans Esports Series Super Final

The opening race of the Le Mans Esports Series 2020 Super Final is underway, with three races for pre-1970s cars taking place on Forza Motorsport 7

Le Mans Esports Series 2020 to conclude with week of races to celebrate Le Mans history

Motorsport Games, the FIA World Endurance Championship and the ACO have today unveiled the epic week of racing that will form the new Super Final of the Le Mans Esports Series as Pro and Pro-Am teams race for a share of a $150,000 prize pool

Second DiRT Esports season doubles prize money, offers real-world RX test

The second season of the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series will feature a $20,000 prize pool as well as a test in an electric rallycross car for the RX champion

Alonso: Indianapolis 500 would benefit from Esports event

Fernando Alonso says the Indianapolis 500 would benefit from a major Esports event similar to this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual

ASUS and Fanatec power the eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship finale

An epic night of online racing will decide the driver and team champions on August 19th with drivers and teams racing for $200,000 prize pool

New content heading to NASCAR Heat 5 on 30th July

First DLC Pack to include over 50 additional paint schemes and three new challenges

Ferrari launches its own Esports competition

Ferrari has launched its own Esports championship, with the winner of a new competition open to the public getting a chance to join its sim racing driver academy

Codemasters adds black Mercedes livery to F1 2020 game in patch

Codemasters has released an update for the official 2020 Formula 1 game that will include Mercedes' black livery, three weeks after the game's initial release

World Rallycross Esports Series attracts over 1.24 million live views

The first ever World Rallycross Esports Series attracted over 1.24 million live views over the six events as reigning FIA World Rallycross champion Timmy Hansen claimed the crown

Hansen claims World RX Esports title as Van Gisbergen wins South African event

Reigning World Rallycross champion Timmy Hansen secured the inaugural World RX Esports title at the Killarney International Circuit in South Africa, as Shane van Gisbergen claimed his second series victory

Watch Live: World RX Esports Cape Town

Watch live World Rallycross Championship Esports action conclude with the final round taking place at Killarney International Raceway circuit in Cape Town from 1:30pm BST on Sunday

Preview: Round 4 of the World RX Esports at Cape Town

Reigning World Rallycross champion Timmy Hansen will bid to claim the series' first Esports title this weekend, at the venue where he claimed his maiden real-world crown last season

Latest Le Mans Esports Series hot lap qualifier begins

The penultimate qualification round of the Le Mans Esports Series has begun, giving gamers their latest chance to qualify for the Super Final in September

Stewart-Haas sweeps latest eNASCAR Heat Pro League victories

Round nine of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League in association with Motorsport Games took the series dirt racing at Eldora this week to open Segment 3

Race Of Champions chief hails inaugural virtual event a success

Race of Champions chief Fredrik Johnsson has rated the first ROC Virtual event a success, and is planning for the next real-world event at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas

The real-world drivers who enhanced their reputations through Esports

Sim racing has enjoyed a boom period following the coronavirus pandemic and allowed real-life drivers the chance to flourish under a different spotlight. But who are the drivers who have bolstered their reputations through the virtual world? JOSH SUTTILL explores

Grosjean/Baldwin win Virtual Race of Champions, Hansen triumphs in solo event

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean and Veloce Esports driver James Baldwin triumphed in the Virtual Race of Champions as reigning World Rallycross champion Timmy Hansen took the individual crown

Watch Live: Virtual Race of Champions

Watch live Virtual Race of Champions action as some of the world's biggest motorsport stars battle for the inaugural titles with action starting at 6pm BST

Hansen takes World RX Esports points lead as Pailler wins on debut

Jonathan Pailler emerged victorious from a chaotic final on his World RX Esports Invitational debut at a virtual Holjes circuit as reigning WRX champion Timmy Hansen took the championship lead

Watch Live: World RX Esports action returns

Watch live World Rallycross Championship Esports action with the third round taking place at Holjes in Sweden from 1:30pm BST on Sunday

2003 WRC champion Solberg recalls gaming with Colin McRae

Former World Rally champion Petter Solberg has recalled his first experiences of the virtual world ahead of his participation in Sunday's Virtual Race of Champions

Preview: Round 3 of the World RX Esports at Holjes

Arguably the most revered circuit on the World Rallycross Championship's roster, Holjes in Sweden, will host round three of World RX's Esports series this weekend

F1's Gasly "shocked" how excited racing in Virtual Le Mans made him

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly admits he was "shocked" by "how much excitement" racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual gave him

IndyCar winner Herta completes Virtual Race of Champions grid

IndyCar race winner Colton Herta will compete in the inaugural Virtual Race of Champions this weekend among a star-studded entry list

Assetto Corsa Competizione: The overdue sim racing title for console gamers?

The official game of the GT World Challenge Europe series is unlike its F1, MotoGP and World Rally Championship counterparts, with a title fully focused on simulation and online racing

Dramatic finale to eNASCAR Heat Pro League Segment 2

Brandyn Gritton and Nick Walker shared the wins in the finale of Segment 2 of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League in association with Motorsport Games

Kristoffersson, da Costa, Albuquerque latest Virtual ROC additions

Double World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson, Formula E star Antonio Felix da Costa and sportscar ace Filipe Albuquerque have joined the line-up for the Virtual Race of Champions

Tom Blomqvist takes shock win in World RX Esports Hell round

GT ace Tom Blomqvist upstaged Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen to win the second round of the World RX Esports Invitational Series at a virtual Hell circuit

Haas F1 reserve Deletraz survives clash to win SRO GT Esports title

Haas Formula 1 reserve driver Louis Deletraz survived an early collision to win the SRO GT Esports title in a tense finale at a virtual Kyalami circuit

Watch Live: Van Gisbergen headlines World RX Esports Hell

Watch live as one-time Supercars champion Shane Van Gisbergen leads the World Rallycross Championship's Esports series order into the second round at the Hell circuit in Norway from 1:30pm BST on Sunday

Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours event raises €21,500 for COVID vaccine research

The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation raised €21,500 towards COVID-19 vaccine research efforts

24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual records TV and Digital audience of 63 million

The inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual generated 63 million impressions across all platforms, including over 14 million views for the race broadcast and 8.6 million views online

Grosjean, Priaulx, Hansen join Virtual Race of Champions line-up

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean, three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx and 2019 World Rallycross victor Timmy Hansen have joined the line-up for the Virtual Race of Champions

Brooks, Giles take eNASCAR Heat Pro League wins at Iowa

The eNASCAR Heat Pro League returned to action at Iowa Speedway for the Playstation and Xbox gamers

24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual winners join field for Virtual Race of Champions

Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual winners Raffaele Marciello, Louis Deletraz and IMSA iRacing Pro Series champion Bruno Spengler have joined the grid for the Virtual Race of Champions

Penultimate eNASCAR Heat Pro League Segment 2 round gears up

The penultimate race of Segment 2 in the eNASCAR Heat Pro League season will take place Thursday evening at a virtual Iowa Speedway

Analysis: How the real-life racers performed in the Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours

The inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual created plenty of interesting storylines, but which of the professional drivers made the best impression? JOSH SUTTILL crunched the numbers

Did the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual justify its biggest sim-race ever tag?

OPINION: The eagerly-awaited 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual was not without its problems and controversies, but firmly achieved its primary objective of entertaining action-starved fans and increasing anticipation for the real thing in September

Analysis: How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest race Plus

Analysis: How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest race

An unlikely partnership between LMP1 privateer Rebellion Racing and Williams Formula 1's successful sim racing team yielded victory in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. Here's how it triumphed in the biggest sim race ever staged