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350K watch Guanyu Zhou win Formula 1’s Bahrain Virtual Grand Prix

Published: 22/Mar/2020 22:04 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 11:15

by Albert Petrosyan


Formula 1’s Bahrain Virtual Grand Prix has wrapped up, with Chinese racing driver Guanyu Zhou coming in first place in what was an unprecedented event for the sport of racing.

The saying “desperate times call for desperate measures” was on full display in the world of Formula 1 on March 22, as the highest class of auto racing went completely virtual.

Due to the current state of global affairs, F1, much like other sports, had to postpone their events – so they decided to race the Bahrain Grand Prix on the F1 2019 video game, instead.

Formula 1Formula 1 decided to hold their postponed Grand Prix races virtually, starting off with Bahrain.

The current F1 drivers lined up against some of the biggest names in the racing game community, and it was Renault Sport Academy’s Guanyu Zhou who came in first place, over 11 seconds ahead of second-place Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne.

Landing in third was Australian pro Phillip Eng, who finished with a +3.593 interval behind Vandoorne. The highest-placing non-pro driver was YouTuber Jimmy Broadbent, who specializes in racing content on his channel. He came in fourth, 4.7 seconds after Eng – a pretty impressive feat, considering who he was up against.


The full race was streamed live on the official Formula 1 YouTube channel. We’ve included the VOD below, in case you want to relive the experience for yourself.

F1’s Bahrain Virtual Grand Prix gets massive views

Seeing as how this race was the first of several virtual events that F1 have planned, viewership was expected to be high, and the fans didn’t disappoint.

According to analytical agency Esports Charts, the number of concurrent viewers averaged at around 289,000 and peaked at a whopping 359,000, including 199,000 on YouTube, 180,000 on Twitch and 18,000 on Facebook.

British-Belgian driver Lando Norris, who ended up finishing fifth, was also streaming the race on his own Twitch channel, and his viewership peaked at around 100,000. All of these stats, of course, don’t include the people watching on SkySports, so the overall number was even higher.

What’s next for F1’s Virtual Grand Prix Series?

The next race in the series was scheduled to be the VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix April 3-5, so there’s a good chance we could see the event held in the virtual world, as well.

The rest of the postponed events on the schedule include the Heineken Chinese Grand Prix, Heineken Dutch, and Grand Premio De España, all of which are candidates to be raced in the F1 video game.


Forza Horizon 4 Backstage cars list, location & passes

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:49

by Kieran Bicknell


Series 28 of Forza Horizon 4 saw a number of updates and changes implemented, with one of the biggest being the introduction of Horizon Backstage. We explain how to access this new area, and give a rundown of all the cars available. 

The Forza Backstage area was added to Forza Horizon 4 as part of the Series 28 update on October 13, 2020.

Allowing players access to exclusive, ultra-rare, and hard-to-find cars, the Backstage area is an exciting new addition to the game. Along with making it easier to find such rare cars, it also makes them far more accessible, as each featured vehicle only costs one ‘Backstage Pass’ rather than millions of credits.

Horizon Backstage LocationHorizon Backstage is located behind the main Horizon Festival stage.

How to access Horizon Backstage

Forza Horizon 4 Backstage can be accessed much the same as the ‘Autoshow’ in the game.

Players can either drive to the physical location found behind the main Horizon Festival Stage, or access via the ‘Autoshow’ menu.

You can also access the area via the pause menu, by selecting “Horizon Backstage” under the ‘Cars’ tab.

Horizon Backstage Car ListEach car costs 1 Backstage Pass, and is limited to one per player.

Forza Horizon 4 Backstage Passes

Each vehicle in the Backstage area is available for purchase by players. Instead of the usual method of obtaining cars via in-game credits or Forzathon points, each vehicle costs 1x Backstage Pass.

These passes are awarded to players once they reach certain milestones in Festival event playlists. Passes are not specific to particular cars, and can be used for any vehicles featured in the backstage area.

Players can also accumulate passes, as they do not have an expiry date. It is important to note, however, that each featured car is limited to only one per player.

Horizon Backstage car votingThe Forza Horizon 4 community has the opportunity to vote which cars make it to Backstage.

Horizon Backstage cars

The cars featured in Horizon Backstage are chosen via community vote. From what we can see, previous cars stick around after their initial period, and currently, players are able to access Backstage featured cars from the previous seven days.

Currently available Horizon Backstage cars:

  • 1999 Lotus Elise Series 1 Sport 190
  • 2012 Ferrari 599XX Evo
  • 1965 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Hoonicorn Mustang
  • 2005 Hot Wheels Ford Mustang
  • 1970 Porsche 914/6
  • 2018 Honda Civic Type R
  • 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo
  • 2001 TVR Tuscan S