The FIA Formula E championship has announced that it will showcase virtual reality (VR) technology over the Long Beach ePrix weekend following a successful series of trials.
In partnership with San Francisco-based Virtually Live, Formula E is pushing to enhance the experience for viewers of the series and offer unique features to fans.
“Virtually Live is a revolutionary, immersive virtual reality technology for experiencing live events in real time, providing fans who can’t attend in person with a new way to experience events as if they were physically present,” a statement from Formula E read.
“During the course of the Long Beach ePrix [April 2], Formula E and Virtually Live will be showcasing their virtual reality experience through a series of events including a fans’ forum.
“Following the trial at Long Beach, fans will be able to download the experience in the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive App stores.”
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag was pleased to announce the partnership, believing that it will give fans unable to make it to a race the feeling of being part of the weekend.
“As an innovative championship, we’re excited to partner with Virtually Live,” Agag said.
“Virtual reality is one of the most exciting new ways to broadcast live sports and improve fans’ viewing experiences.
‘Now, we can give fans that cannot attend a race in person the opportunity of feeling like they are actually immersed in the Formula E experience from any perspective.”
Formula E will announce further information about harnessing VR later in the season.
Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.
Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.
“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”
Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”