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.

Three in position to capture World Rally Championship title at Rally Australia

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COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) Defending champion Sebastien Ogier goes into this weekend’s Rally Australia with a chance to clinch his sixth World Rally Championship in a row. Thierry Neuville, a runner-up four times but never a champion, hopes to change the world order.

Neuville led the series for much of the season but Ogier’s win in Britain and a second place in Spain has given the Frenchman 204 points, three ahead of Neuville, heading into the final rally of the championship.

“We are not the best friends but we are rivals and respect each other for our performances,” Neuville said Wednesday. “I’ve been second many times in the championship now, we are so close to the main goal.”

“If we need to take more risks because we need to pass Sebastien we’re going to try,” the Belgian driver added, “we’ll take the maximum risks.”

Ogier says the feeling is mutual when it comes to his main rival.

“We are different, definitely, but most important we’re in a great fight together and respect each other for that,” Ogier said. “It’s about trying to beat each other and do it with respect.”

Ott Tanak of Estonia sits 23 points behind and with 30 points for a win in Australia, and other results going his way, he could also capture the world title.

Ogier will be hoping for some Friday morning rain to settle the dust and gravel before he sets off first on what will be more than 300 kilometers (180 miles) of timed racing through forests on the New South Wales state’s north coast, about 530 kilometers (325 miles) north of Sydney.

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