In normal circumstances, we would be on the eve of one of the season’s most prestigious and demanding racing events: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Racers and teams from all over the world would be preparing to battle it out on the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe, vying for glory and the right to be crowned Le Mans victors.
But, as we all know, this is no normal year. While we’re forced to postpone our annual visit to Le Mans for the time being, we can still enjoy some wheel-to-wheel action in the virtual world with a unique 24-hour experience with the Cosworth name still front of mind.
As electronics providers for teams up and down the grid, including our role as sole provider to the LMP2 category, we will be closely following the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans. F1 drivers Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly will be joined by stalwarts Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello in LMP machinery, as will LMP1 champions Toyota Gazoo Racing.
Most drivers will be familiar with Cosworth technology across their respective careers, but for many it will be the first time they race around Le Mans virtually. Esports has taken prominence in motorsport circles during the COVID-19 pandemic, as racers aim to keep their skills sharp. While esports itself is far from a novelty, it has offered the racing world a much-needed sanctuary during the unwelcome downtime.
Over in the US, IndyCar’s ‘real’ season got underway in Texas last weekend, but the series has been generating headlines with its popular iRacing Challenge. Our electronics technology plays an integral role in real Indy action, including our CCW MkII steering wheel, so it was fitting that our name was so prominently associated in the online world too.
We’re proud to see the Cosworth name so closely aligned to esports, but we’re more than just a logo on a stream; our electronics products are designed to generate a performance edge wherever the racing takes place.