Formula E To Boost Virtual Racing Experience With Playseat® Simulators

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Playseat is the official Race Seat Simulator of Formula E.

By: FIA Formula E
December 2 2016 

Playseat® to provide world-leading gaming chairs as the Official Race Seat Simulator Supplier

London, UK - Formula E - the electric street racing series - has today announced a collaboration with Playseat® to provide state-of-the-art gaming simulators for eRace events, including the inaugural Visa Vegas eRace on January 7.

Playseat® is a world leader in the gaming simulator market, providing professional drivers and fans with the most engaging and realistic gaming experience. A number of top-level international racing drivers use Playseat® gaming chairs to replicate the position and feeling of racing on track.

Playseat® will continue to provide gaming simulators for the eSports arena in the eVillage fan zone at all Formula E events, as well as the ground-breaking Visa Vegas eRace taking place at The Venetian Hotel as part of Sports Business Innovation at CES.

The stars of the FIA Formula E Championship and a selection of sim racers will battle it out in a virtual race behind the wheel of Playseat® simulators in a bid to win a share of $1 million - the biggest prize in eSports racing history.

Four sim racers have already qualified through the Road to Vegas Challenge organised by Cloud Sport - with the final six places up for grabs in the final round this weekend.

Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “Formula E and Playseat® are a perfect combination - two brands focussed on innovation and pioneering technology. It will be exciting to see the Formula E drivers and 10 sim racers go head-to-head in a virtual race on Playseat® gaming chairs at a leading industry event such as CES. Playseat® use their expertise to bring Formula E fans all over the world closer to the experience of all-electric racing, both at the track in the eSports arena and at home with world-leading simulator technology. Competitors - get ready to take your seat for the biggest prize in eSports racing history!”

Dr Fernando Smit, President & CEO of Playseat®, said: “The partnership with Formula E is a very good fit as most professional drivers use Playseat® simulators at home, and they have their factory simulators too. It comes close to reality and has both factors you want when training and gaming - fun and simulation. We want to be the bridge between gaming and racing, and there is no gaming simulator in the world that is more connected than Playseat®. It’s important to do things like Vegas to make it available to both drivers and fans alike.”

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About the FIA Formula E Championship:

The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, competing on the streets against the backdrop of some of the most iconic cities - including Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Monaco, Paris, New York and Montreal. The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions. Future seasons will see the regulations open up further allowing manufacturers to focus on the development of motor and battery components, which in turn will filter down to everyday contemporary electric road vehicles.

The 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship sees 10 teams and 20 drivers go wheel-to-wheel in 10 cities spanning five continents in the fight to be crowned Formula E champion. The inaugural season of Formula E sparked into life in September 2014 around the grounds of the Olympic Park in Beijing. The third season of the electric street racing series gets underway on October 9 in Hong Kong, with the season finale double-header in Montreal on July 29 & 30.

About FIA & Michelin - Today’s partners for tomorrow’s mobility:

As well as being the official Formula E tyre supplier, Michelin is an official partner, at the international level, of the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign. The programme is designed to support the Decade of Action for Road Safety initiated by the UN, the aim of which is to save five million lives over the next 10 years. This programme is set-up to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviours around the globe.

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