Formula E to showcase virtual reality technology in Long Beach

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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.

Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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