Porsche and Michelin extend their long-standing partnership also in Esports racing
Porsche and Michelin have been collaborating closely in motorsport for over 20 years. The partners are now extending their cooperation to include Esports racing and are thus additionally boosting the appeal of virtual racing.
The Michelin logo has been visible on all Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup cars since the start of the new season. The partners are also working together on making motorsport simulations more realistic. Together they want to bring the role of tire physics even more into the focus of drivers and simulation developers in racing simulations.
The cooperation between tire manufacturer, vehicle manufacturer and real and virtual professional drivers as well as software developers is very close. After all, the tire is the link between the vehicle and virtual asphalt on the racetrack.
From now on, Porsche and Michelin will pursue their joint mission in various projects as well as through a regular exchange with Esports Racing. Most recently, for example, the professional Esports racer Joshua K. Rogers visited Michelin's tire development department.
Successful in virtual motorsport
Esports racing is the virtual equivalent to real motorsport and is becoming increasingly important for Porsche. This is reflected in the sports car manufacturer’s professional racing series, such as the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup world championship. Porsche also lined up on the starting grid at the virtual Le Mans 24-hour race with its own team consisting of works drivers and Esports professionals, achieving victory in the GTE category straight away. Alongside Porsche drivers Nick Tandy and Ayhancan Güven, sim racing professionals Tommy Østgaard and Joshua K. Rogers were at the wheel of the winning vehicle. As a result, Rogers was able to significantly boost his position as one of the world’s best sim racing drivers.
Next race in Atlanta
The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup first took place in 2019. The sports car manufacturer organizes the virtual racing championship together with iRacing, one of the leading providers of realistic online racing simulations. TAG Heuer has been on board as a partner of the series since this season. 40 drivers are taking part – they are among the world’s best sim racers.
The fifth of ten races will take place on 1 August on the virtual Road Atlanta, USA. Porsche will be broadcasting the race live with English commentary at twitch.com/porsche. The race will start at 3:45 p.m. Central European Time.
The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup now revs up for the 2021 season: The successful Esports championship run on the iRacing simulation platform heads into its third year on 9 January – treating fans and drivers to some gripping sim racing action with the virtual Porsche 911 GT3 Cup during the the winter months.
The duel for the championship crown in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup remains gripping to the end. Clinching second place in the sprint and a victory in the main race on the virtual Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, Joshua Rogers (Australia/VRS Coanda Simsport) has pushed the title decision out to the season finale at Monza.
André Lotterer (DE) and the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team have completed their first season together.