The hugely successful video game franchise Forza Motorsport has added Formula E’s Spark-Renault SRT_01E to its roster of cars as part of a downloadable add-on published today for Xbox One.
The announcement was made at gamescom in Cologne, Germany, the world’s largest gaming trade fair, and marks the first time that an all-electric single-seater will be playable in a commercial video game.
Forza Motorsport, now in its fifth instalment, predominantly features racing on purpose-built circuits such as Silverstone and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as opposed to the temporary street circuits that Formula E will race on. However, Long Beach is currently driveable in Forza Motorsport 5, meaning that Formula E fans will be able to experience the thrill of electric racing on California’s fabled streets before the ePrix drivers themselves.
Some of Forza Motorsport’s major selling points, aside from its realism and cutting-edge graphics, are the customisability of all the cars it features and its active online community.
As such, gamers across the globe have started to create and share custom liveries and set-ups for the SRT_01E and organise personal Formula E leagues among groups of friends.
“It’s fantastic that gaming fans will be able to drive our Formula E car and experience electric racing for the first time in their own homes”, said Jaume Sallares, Sales & Marketing Director at Formula E. “The partnership with the Forza Motorsport series ties in perfectly with our desire to increase interaction with our fans through social media, offering new ways to experience motorsport by making it accessible to the general public and the chance to play a part of the racing through FanBoost.”
Forza Motorsport, which has sold more than 10 million copies to date, will no doubt play a crucial role in helping the revolutionary new single-seater championship gain exposure across the globe.
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