Le Mans Gearing Up for 24-Hour-Long Virtual Race

By Colin Wood
May 26, 2020 | Le Mans, Virtual Racing

When is the last time you watched a virtual race that lasted a full 24 hours?

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will hold a virtual version of its iconic endurance race—and yes, it'll be 24 hours long.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual is set for June 13-14, and will run on the rFactor2 racing simulator.

Fifty entrants from across the world have been signed up and, while the drivers have not yet been announced, you can still check out the teams running:

Where to watch the race has yet to be announced, but the organizers have assured it will be available via a live TV broadcast, as well as "all usual gaming channels and social media networks."

Read the full release below:

Le Mans, 23 May 2020 While the majority of the racing world is not yet able to return to the track in real life, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual appears to have hit the mark in enticing and interesting global motorsport names to compete in the world’s greatest endurance race. 

The racing on 13-14th June will be virtual, of course, but the buzz around the biggest event of its kind is very real!

Within five days of its launch, the organisers had received over 85 requests for entries in a race which will see teams comprised of professional racing drivers and the world’s best sim racers, battling for glory over 24 hours on the iconic Le Mans track.

The rFactor 2 platform on which the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual will be run allows for a maximum of 50 cars, split between LMP and GTE categories, so the task of the Selection Committee – made up of representatives from the worlds of both motorsport and esports – was not an easy one.  It should be stressed that the selection is in no way associated with the selection of cars for the real 24 Hours of Le Mans which this year will be held on 19/20th September.

All driver line ups will be announced over the coming week…expect some surprises and some superstar line ups!

The entry list includes 30 LMPs and 20 GTEs, and features manufacturer commitments from Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche and Toyota and top teams as Penske, Rebellion, Signatech, JOTA, WRT, Team Project 1, United Autosports, and so many others.  Top Sim racers teams will also be on the grid including Redline, Veloce, Williams Esports, Zansho and more…The grid promises to be lively and colourful as all teams are free to create their own liveries.

A live TV programme around the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual will be broadcast around the world, to supplement all usual gaming channels and social media networks, and more details on this element will be revealed soon. 

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Dieselboss15 New Reader
5/26/20 11:03 p.m.

Hopefully an American team wins.

j_tso Reader
5/27/20 7:58 a.m.

It would be cool if they could substitute the car models and keep the same performance. That way Toyota could debut their GR Super Sport and Aston Martin could race the Valkyrie, or even have the C8.R and Ford GT battle I want badly.

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