Gamers Drive Ford GT & Set New World Record
Gamers Set New World Record
Back in August, five gamers each completed a colossal two?day tour at the wheel of a virtual Ford GT race car in Forza Motorsport 6. They did this in order to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the “longest video marathon on a racing game”.
Across the Globe
The five gamers came from across the globe. Gamers were Cara Scott, 25, from the U.K.; Hélène Cressot, from France; Johannes Knapp, 30, from Germany; Andrea Lorenzo Facchinetti, 42, from Italy; and Jesús Sicilia Sánchez, 23, from Spain. Each one of them took on a simulated version of the La Sarthe circuit. This is the same as the one used for the Le Mans 24 Hours. It just so happened this is where the real life Ford GT race car achieved a historic victory earlier in the year.
The gamers drove for a total of 48 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds. They completed a combined 41,004 virtual kilometers (25,478.70 miles) and 3015 laps. Each of them preserved by taking power naps, eating sweets and drinking soft drinks. Together, they broke the previous record of 48 hours 1 minute.
The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title was later presented on the Microsoft stand at Gamescom. Gamescom is Europe’s biggest interactive games trade fair. It’s held in Cologne, Germany.
“They did an amazing job. 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,” said Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver Stefan Mücke, who competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the Ford GT, and started the virtual race.
Compared with Mücke’s 136 laps of Le Mans – completed during 9:05.40 hours of real world driving – the five gamers averaged 603 laps each over 48:29.21 hours of virtual driving during the challenge with Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One, at Ford’s European headquarters, also in Cologne.
How They Did It
If you can imagine, the combined 41,004 km (25,478.70 miles) is equivalent to driving once around the world. To stay awake for two nights straight, they drank 32 energy drinks, 146 bottles of water and 47 bottles of soft drinks, and consumed more than 3 kilograms (6.61 lbs.) of sweets.
All of us here at Beach Ford think this is pretty cool news. We may not have video games here at the dealership, but if you’re into a more realistic driving experience, we can certainly help you with that! Give us a call today and we’ll get your engine started!