Press Release ABB Formula E Championship
FE377 for immediate release 26 April, 2019
Fans can now take the wheel and race against Formula E drivers in real time with Virtually Live
Revolutionary ghost racing game puts fans in the driving seat alongside stars of ABB FIA Formula E Championship
'I promised that one day our fans will be able to race against their favourite drivers in real time, making them a part of the racing more than ever before and now this dream is a reality.'
Alejandro Agag
Founder & CEO of Formula E
LONDON, UK (April 26, 2019) - Fans can now put their skills to the test with the release of ‘Virtually Live Ghost Racing: Formula E’ - a ground-breaking mobile game allowing players to race against the ABB FIA Formula E Championship drivers in real time, using innovative telemetry technology together with Virtually Live.
The first-of-its-kind ghost racing game - which is available to download for free on iOS and Android - doesn’t just bring fans closer to the action than ever before, but actually puts them in the driving seat at each E-Prix - revolutionising fan participation and in-play options compared to other sporting disciplines.
The same speed, positioning and movement of the drivers out on track is mirrored identically in-game using timing data, hyper-realistic scenery and a cutting-edge physics engine for an exceptionally authentic racing experience. Available to play on the move using mobile or tablet devices - starting this weekend at the Paris E-Prix on April 27 - gamers will no longer be racing against an algorithm or computer but live against the most competitive field in motorsport.
To download ‘Virtually Live Ghost Racing: Formula E’ on the App Store, click here
To download ‘Virtually Live Ghost Racing: Formula E’ on Google Play, click here
The pioneering new product incorporates exclusive patented technology from Virtually Live, offering an exciting and immersive experience with detailed graphics, re-creating every Formula E track in immaculate detail with engaging live commentary covering events as they happen both on the real and virtual track.
Alongside getting behind the wheel and sitting side-by-side with the world’s best drivers, players can build their own collection of personalised cars with special tuning and set-up options. Fans can also re-play pivotal moments from past races, compete in custom scenarios and challenge friends and opponents online to better their time.
As well as being a world’s first in gaming, fans can also enjoy unrivalled access and watch the races unfold from the cockpit of their favourite driver - another unique feature of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and an additional second-screen interactive experience.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “Before we launched the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, I promised that one day our fans will be able to race against their favourite drivers in real time, making them a part of the racing more than ever before and now this dream is a reality. I want to thank Virtually Live for all their hard work and support over the years in creating this innovation in gaming and I can’t wait to see the game in action live at the Paris E-Prix tomorrow.” 
Markus Tellenbach, CEO of Virtually Live, said: “It was our vision to create an immersive racing experience far beyond what existing racing games offer. Together with our partner - Formula E - we accomplished a quantum leap in gaming full of innovation, including the world’s first in-game live race commentary laying the foundation for Virtually Live’s success in the fast-growing esports industry.”
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About the ABB FIA Formula E Championship:
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the closest, most intense and progressive category in motorsport, bringing electrifying racing to the streets against the backdrop of landmarks, skyscrapers and skylines in some of the world’s most famous and recognisable cities - such as Hong Kong, Rome, Paris and New York.
Formula E enters a new and exciting era in season five with the competitive debut of the next generation car. The striking new model boasts a distinctive futuristic design and demonstrates a clear step-up in performance with almost double the energy storage capacity - allowing teams and drivers to complete a full race distance at higher speeds without needing to swap cars. The Gen2 car is a testament to the ongoing advancements in battery and electric vehicle technology in the space of only four years.
The fifth edition of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will see 11 teams and 22 drivers tackle a variety of challenging circuits in 12 cities - across five continents - in a bid to be crowned champion. Formula E made its debut in the Middle East on December 15 for the season-opener in Ad Diriyah, with the championship once again coming to a close in New York City over the course of two days on July 13 & 14.
The concept of Formula E is to act as a platform to test and develop road-relevant technologies, helping refine the design and functionality of components and infrastructure - actively speeding-up the transition and uptake of electric vehicles on a global scale.
Formula E is continuing to attract some of the leading names and renowned brands in motorsport and the automotive industry. For this season, Formula E has nine manufacturers on its roster - including Nissan - taking over the existing entry from Renault - and BMW linking-up with Andretti. This number is set to rise further still, with the highly-anticipated inclusion of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche in season six.
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About ABB:
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s marketleading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com
About Virtually Live:
Virtually Live is a media company with offices in Zurich, Malaga, London, and Singapore, enabling people to virtually consume live events across multiple devices and platforms, creating a fully-immersive and interactive (social/gaming) experience for fans. It enables gamification of live events complementary to linear broadcast, with social media integration and allows fans to be their own director, create and share content. All events are created in computer-generated imagery (CGI) and visualised via data gathered and processed through Virtually Live’s proprietary machine learning algorithms and media system.
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