The FIA’s Formula E has successfully implemented virtual reality footage into its live feed for the Paris ePrix and will allow fans to revisit races using VR for free.
Its collaboration with Virtually Live lets fans spectate computer-generated replays of races from any point on the track, including views from inside the car, perched on a safety barrier or from the paddock.
“We are delighted to bring fans updated content alongside new features to our Virtually Live-Formula E App including the ability to not just be able to stand anywhere on a race track,” said Virtually Live’s Director of Motorsport Oliver Weingarten.
“[Fans are] also able to drive around it, and get a good perspective and understanding of the chicanes and straights in a unique city-centre race track.
“We have also provided fans without VR headsets the ability to enjoy a second screen experience on PC, giving fans new angles to watch the race that are beyond the limits of the TV cameras.”
VR experiences in Formula E allow fans to revisit races at Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Monaco using kit like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or a PC.
The Virtually Live app is available on gaming platform Steam.
The championship also broadcasted a Paris practice session for the first time via Facebook Live and Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope for free and without any geographical restrictions.
“At Formula E we always want to be at the forefront of broadcasting technology, pushing the boundaries of how our sport is delivered to our fans,” said Ali Russell, Formula E’s Director of Media.
“Virtually Live offers an amazing new way of viewing the races and this is just the beginning of our aims in this area.
“Live streaming through Facebook Live and Periscope also helps us to get the passion and excitement of the series to a new generation of potential electric racing fans.”
Virtually Live is a company which provides live sports broadcasting solutions in virtual reality, headquartered in San Francisco.
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