When you think of video games you probably don’t think Porsche, but there’s a sub-set of video games that set out to be more than just games, they aim to simulate as accurately as possible what it is like to drive a race car on a race track.  These simulators have reached a point where manufacturers such as Porsche are actively getting involved with their development and with faster and faster internet connections becoming common, this has lead to a growth in competitive sim racing.

For 2018, Peachstate is considering starting our own sim racing series to allow members to drive a virtual car on a virtual track against each other.  To determine whether this is something that you as a member would want to do, please take a moment to take our survey here

To help you, we’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is Peachstate considering doing this?

This is something we can offer in addition to current activities that is accessible to those without a driving license or a race car. 

Isn’t this just playing video games?

There’s no getting away from the fact that the software that will be used is essentially a ‘game’, but the PC based simulators such as iRacing and Assetto Corsa use laser scanned tracks and cars and work with the manufacturers to develop simulations that are as close as you can get to factory simulators with the limitations of your home computer.

Simulations are used by drivers from F1 to WEC to train for races and many of those also use these consumer simulators as well.  This allows you to experience virtually something you would not be able to experience in real life, e.g. driving a 919 at Le Mans.

What equipment do I need?

You’ll need a PC capable of playing most current games and ideally a steering wheel controller such as those made by Logitech or Thrustmaster.

Some form of head tracking such as TrackIR or a VR headset is recommended, but not essential.

How much is this going to cost?

There are no plans to charge to enter the sim racing series, but you will need to provide your own hardware and software just as you would buy your own car and gas to attend any other PCA event! 

Note: There is a question in the survey that mentions a nominal fee of $5, but this is specifically in relation to the awarding of a trophy at the end of the year.

When will events be held?

That is largely up to you.  The results from the survey will determine when and how often the races are held, this could be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  No sim racing event will conflict with an existing PCA event though.

Where will events be held?

You’ll race from the comfort of your own house!  One of the benefits of sim racing is that you can race on tracks around the world without leaving home.

We may hold some rounds at the Porsche Experience Center simulator lab if there is interest, but that only has space for 6 drivers in a race.

How many people can race together?

It depends on the software.  iRacing typically allows up to 24 drivers, Project Cars 2 up to 32. 

What if I’ve never done this before?

We’ll help with advice on hardware and software to get you started and the first few events will be aimed at establishing how this is going to work and making sure that everyone is connecting ok.  We may look at splitting the series if there is a significant gap in experience and enough people to make it viable, but the great thing with sim racing is that you can practice as much as you like at home and you won’t have to buy gas or tires!

Will there be awards at the end of the year?

For the first year we are not necessarily planning on awards.  This will be about setting the rules and establishing the program, but it certainly could happen in the future.

I still have questions…

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