Virtual racing in Las Vegas

Formula E’s 20 drivers met with 10 professional gamers at CES, all of whom had been picked via the ‘Road to Vegas’ elimination rounds in the months leading up to the eRace. Each gamer was informally ‘allocated’ to a Formula E team to assist with driver preparation. DS Virgin Racing acquired Graham Carroll, who qualified at the top of the Road to Vegas leader board and subsequently spent time in December working closely with both Sam Bird and Jose Maria Lopez in sim training. Race day saw all 30 contestants descend on a packed sports arena in the centre of a CES convention hall, to an audience featuring a who’s who of the tech world. The circuit for the day was a virtual Las Vegas 3.13 mile track – that had only been revealed to competitors the night before – encompassing landmark casinos including the Luxor and Excalibur.