Gamers break world record for longest digital race

Gamers break world record for longest digital race
Gamers raced for more than two days on a digital version of the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit to set a new world record for the longest video marathon on a videogame.

The team, which featured players from across Europe, took to the La Sarthe circuit on Forza Motorsport 6 for 48 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds, breaking the previous record of 48 hours and one minute.

Over the course of their world record race, which was held at Ford’s European headquarters in Cologne, the gamers covered a combined 25,479 miles over 3,015 laps.

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They relied on power naps, soft drinks and sweets to get them through the attempt, which was made in a digital Ford GT race car using an Xbox One console.

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Stefan Mücke, who competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the Ford GT, was present for the record attempt and started the virtual race.

The virtual racers averaged 603 laps of the circuit each during their world record attempt, compared with Mücke’s 136 laps in 9:05.40 hours of real-life racing.

Mücke said: “Just like driving at the real Le Mans, this achievement required extreme levels of concentration, attention to detail and most importantly endurance – because they had to keep going for twice as long as we did.”

The team were awarded the Guinness World Record title at the Microsoft stand at Gamescom, a trade fair for interactive games and entertainment.

It comes as Ford announced that it is to extend the production run of its Ford GT supercar by another two years in a bid to satisfy customer demand.

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The manufacturer has also announced plans to have fully autonomous driverless vehicles on the road by 2021.

The cars, which will not feature a steering wheel, will form part of a ride-hailing service based on the Uber model, the company said.

Unveiling the proposals at an event in the US, Ford’s president Mark Fields said the driverless fleet would have Level 4 autonomy on the scale designed by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

This means that the cars will be able to find their way around a city without input from a human driver.

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