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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Gran Turismo 7 confirmed cars list: Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche

Published: 16/Oct/2020 10:41

by Kieran Bicknell

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With the release trailer for Gran Turismo 7 giving us an insight into some of the cars to expect in the upcoming game, we’ve put together an easy-reference list of all the confirmed cars that will feature in GT7.

Thanks to its hotly-anticipated nature and fresh rumors around its release date, Gran Turismo 7 is once again the talk of all Playstation racing fans. Featuring all the cars we’ve seen in the trailer, this guide rounds up the cars that are likely to feature in the upcoming Gran Turismo 7 game.

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Designed to go ‘back to its roots,’ the latest installment in the Gran Turismo series is likely to feature one of the best line-ups of cars yet in the GT franchise.

With a total of 31 confirmed cars so far, we expect a full car list to be revealed in the weeks leading up to the game’s eventual release. For now, though, we have just a taste of what will be available.

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Chevrolet Corvette C7 (Gt3)

Gran Turismo 7 C7 Corvette
YouTube: Playstation
The Corvette C7 is the first car seen in the official release trailer.

One of the first cars seen in the release trailer is the Corvette C7, in GT3 racing guise. Gran Turismo 7 appears to have a strong brace of Gt3 cars, though there was a surprising lack of GT4 cars in the trailer.

Porsche 917K

Porsche 917K Gran Turismo 7
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The Porsche 917K will be a welcome addition for fans of the German performance brand.

Star of the release trailer, the Porsche 917K is a full-force classic racing machine. The 917K is sure to dominate its class in Gran Turismo 7.

BAC Mono

Gran Turismo 7 BAC Mono
YouTube: Playstation
The BAC Mono makes it Gran Turismo debut.

The single-seat racer makes it Gran Turismo debut in the new game. In the trailer, it appears to be in a single-make race, so perhaps there will be a BAC Mono-only championship?

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Gran Turismo 7 full confirmed car list:

  • Alfa Romeo 8C 2900
  • Aston Martin DB11
  • Aston Martin DB3s
  • Aston Martin DBR9
  • BAC Mono
  • Chevrolet Corvette C2
  • Chevrolet Corvette C3
  • Chevrolet Corvette C7 (Gt3 racing version)
  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Racer concept
  • Dodge Viper GT3R
  • Dodge Viper SRT10
  • Ford GT (2005)
  • Ford GT40 MKIV
  • Ford Mustang (Gt3 racing version)
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • Honda NSX
  • Honda NSX (Gt3 racing version)
  • Lamborghini Diablo GT
  • Lamborghini Huracan (Gt3 racing version)
  • Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640
  • Mazda RX-Vision concept
  • McLaren 650s (Gt3 racing version)
  • McLaren F1
  • Porsche 356 Carrera
  • Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion
  • Porsche 911 RSR
  • Porsche 917K
  • Porsche Carrera GT
  • Subaru WRX (Gt3 racing version)
  • Toyota FT-1 Vision GT (Gt3 racing version)
  • Toyota GT86

Gran Turismo 7 release trailer

You can view the full release trailer below, as well as seeing everything we know so far about Gran Turismo 7.

At the moment there is no official release date for the game. As we get more information, we’ll be sure to update this and other Gran Turismo guides.