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Lando Norris sets new Twitch record after F1 cancels Aus Grand Prix

Published: 16/Mar/2020 3:15 Updated: 16/Mar/2020 16:58

by Isaac McIntyre

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Formula 1 star and semi-regular streamer Lando Norris has blown past a number of Twitch records, after the young McLaren driver was left to pass time following the cancellation of the season’s opening race in Melbourne last weekend.

Racing fans and F1 drivers alike were left scratching their heads about how to pass the time after the FIA announced the Australian Grand Prix ⁠— as well as Bahrain and Vietnam ⁠— had been delayed due to ongoing coronavirus concerns.

Norris, who often plays iRacing.com and boasts more than 200k Twitch followers, settled on streaming. In particular, he broadcast his battle in the ‘Not the AUS GP‘ event, hosted by Veloce Esports. He was left floored after thousands tuned in.

The McLaren star streamed a few days in a row in the Formula 1 preseason, showing off the new MCL35, and playing Escape From Tarkov. During those broadcasts, he averaged around 2,000 viewers, and was pretty stoked.

This time, his viewership exploded immediately. Within minutes, 18,000 loyal fans were watching live. Moments later, he cracked F1’s all-time concurrents record — 24,233, according to TwitchTracker ⁠— and he wasn’t slowing down.

Screenshot: Twitch, via Mathieu_van_der_Poel (Reddit)
Norris cleared a number of esports events, as well as MontanaBlack and xQc, to take Twitch’s top spot.

In fact, Norris soon found himself in Twitch’s pole position. 90 minutes after going live, he cleared 70,000 viewers, leapfrogging huge names Marcel ‘MontanaBlack88‘ Eris and Felix ‘xQc‘ Lengyel, as well as the RLCS and CSGO’s Flashpoint.

Norris was impressed when he clocked over 20,000, and cheered as he hit “the most viewers he’s ever had in his life.” Though his next milestones came while he was actually racing, and therefore concentrating, he was still ecstatic.

“I’m so happy right now! I’m shivering, kind of nuts,” he said as he navigated a virtual Albert Park Circuit. “Am I the highest viewed on Twitch right now? I never thought I’d get here. Feels like a lot of support for me, thank you very much.”

McLaren’s star driver is used to millions tuning in to watch him do battle with F1’s biggest names, from Lewis Hamilton to Sebastian Vettel. It seemed he’s not as used to 70,000 on Twitch, and began to crack under the pressure.

“I’m more nervous now than when I drive the actual car!” he laughed as he watched his view count tick up. That fact made itself abundantly clear soon after, as he prepared to start from P19 following a “horrible” qualification session.

Norris has made 21 starts in Formula 1 to date, and in all two dozen races he has had to take part in the usual formation lap. Perhaps he didn’t realize how realistic F1 2019 was. Perhaps he simply forgot. Either way, he made a hilarious mistake.

The Not the AUS GP’s formation lap began, and Norris surged away. He cut down the center of the column and seemingly overtook nine “slow” rivals ⁠— including Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — only to realize he’d made a major error.

“Oh, it’s a formation lap! I thought it was the race!” he giggled, and struggled to get his next few sentences out at his broke into peels of laughter. “Sorry! I was like, ‘oh my god, I’m doing it, I’m amazing!’ Then I realized it was going too good…”

While Lando may be celebrating hitting some pretty big milestones, from the most-watched stream the F1 game series has seen, to his own personal achievements, it’s still a long wait for racing fans as the real-life season remains delayed.

Hopefully, however, if F1 events continue to be canned, Norris can lure other racers onto the platform too. If Lando can hit 70k, just imagine how many would tune in to see Kimi Räikkönen, Daniel Ricciardo, or Max Verstappen join him in the action.

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SSC accused of faking 331mph speed record revealed on Top Gear

Published: 27/Oct/2020 11:53

by Kieran Bicknell

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With the automotive world rocked by the SSC Tuatara’s record-breaking run during October 2020, YouTuber Shmee 150 has raised a number of doubts about the credibility of their record.

Land speed records are nothing new – ever since the dawn of the motor car, drivers have been competing to go faster and faster in an all-out race to beat each other’s top speeds.

With competitors Bugatti having set the previous production car speed record of 304.77mph in a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, SSC has now obliterated their record… or have they?

SSC tuatara speed run
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The SSC Tuatara is the record holder for the world’s fastest production car, but many have pointed out there are issues with the footage.

Top Gear announces SSC Tuatara speed record

When BBC’s Top Gear announced the breaking news that the SSC Tuatara had broken the production car speed records, the automotive world went into pandemonium. To break any speed record is an incredible achievement, but to do so by such a massive margin is almost unheard of.

The record attempt itself was also unusual in that it was carried out on a stretch of public road. A closed-off section of dead-straight road near Las Vegas provided the setting, totaling seven miles long.

Unfortunately for SSC and potentially for Top Gear, a number of popular online personalities and journalists have now called out SSC, claiming that the record is “fake.”

SSC World Record run controversy

YouTuber Shmee150 has been one such journalist, and put out a very convincing video debunking the record attempt on October 26.

The first major issue that he identified is that the tires on the Tuatara were allegedly ‘stock’ tires. Since they were not made specifically for the record attempt (to the best of his knowledge) they would’ve been rated for a significantly lower speed than 300+ mph.

Shmee then goes further to discuss the timings between set points on the route. By calculating the distance covered and the time it took for the Tuatara to cover that distance, he was able to work out a rough average speed.

SSC Footage slowed down?

Unfortunately, the speed between the first and second point that he highlighted is significantly different to that shown by the on-board footage that Top Gear released. According to his calculations, either the onboard footage was slowed down “by around 30%” for some reason, or the figures shown are totally wrong.

He also points out that the dashboard was obscured in the first-person view footage, despite the fact the reading should’ve mirrored that of the telemetry. As Shmee points out, the car is always going faster than the calculated average speed, which is a “mathematical impossibility.. you can’t dispute [it].”

By Shmee’s calculations, the Tuatara only reached a peak speed of “around 280 miles an hour”. Given that the original video was a Top Gear exclusive, it will be interesting to see how this situation develops.