A virtual edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, featuring a combination of real-world drivers and professional simracers, will be held on June 13-14.
The race, dubbed the ’24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual’, will be contested on the rFactor 2 platform, with a grid consisting of a maximum of 50 cars split between LMP2 and GTE cars. Teams will be composed of four drivers and each line up must consist of at least two professional drivers and a maximum of 2 sim racers.
Furthermore, the race will feature variable weather conditions and dynamic day and night racing. Cars that suffer damage during the race can be repaired in the pits and teams will be able to work on both thieir own race liveries and setups.
Teams will be able to use the ORECA 07 for LMP2, as well as the Porsche 911 RSR, Corvette C7.R, Aston Martin Vantage AMR and Ferrari 488 GTE.
The race will be covered live, with race commentators and pit reporters broadcasting from a TV studio in Paris.
“This first edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual opens a new chapter for our discipline,” said Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. “Current circumstances meant that the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on 19/20th September 2020.
However, on 13/14th June, the initial date of our event, there will be a unique event augmenting endurance racing and its values: the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, with professional drivers and specialists esports gamers racing together. For us, the organisers, for our competitors, our partner and our fans, we are now impatiently waiting for the start of this unique race on 13th June at 3:00 pm.”