If you’d like something more traditional than drone racing, EXTREME Drift Allstars are presenting their Riga drift racing Grand Prix as a three-part, 360 degree virtual reality experience. It might not be aerial, but it certainly is high octane.
Billed as ‘one of the world’s most exciting motorsports events’, drift racing’s characteristic action sees the racers slaloming around the corners of the track, sitting somewhere between rally racing and Formula 1. The immersive 360 degree video places the viewer a hair’s breadth from the action, whether in the driver’s seat or sitting inches from the track – and highlights include ‘a four-car donut routine’, as four racers burn rubber, swinging circles around the viewer.
Alistair Gosling, CEO of EXTREME, said: “We’re incredibly excited about the first VR release from EXTREME and Virtual Reality Entertainment. It’s amazing to be able to step into the shoes of professional drivers like James Deane and Dennis Haggblom and we’re sure fans of motorsports across the world will get a real buzz out of the experience.”
The series was created by Virtual Reality Entertainment (a division of the film agency Coffee & Cigarettes), which, like it says on the tin, specialises in 360 degree and VR movies – and Drift Allstars is their first project.
Part one of the series is available in the Samsung Gear VR Milk VR Store from Friday, 4 March in the US and Canada, with other territories following shortly after.
In the meantime, on the ground, here’s a Nissan GT-R taking the first ever 360 degree lap around the Le Mans track, presented by Nissan Motorsports TV:
And in the air, a Swiss Air Force F-5 fighter jet with the Patrouille Suisse team, in a truly spectacular video, flying over the Swiss Alps: