Whilst the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship is temporarily on pause, Porsche has unveiled a set of new digital races with the established Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup virtual edition.
Teams will be racing in virtual Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars This competition is separate from the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, which looks to enter its second season in 2020.
In this very competitive field predominantly filled with male drivers from the real life Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series, it’s great that Fabienne Wohlwend, a professional female racing driver currently in the W series (an all-female Formula 3-level racing series), will be racing as a guest driver for Porsche, sponsored by Vodafone, as we continue to #BreakBoundaries together.
This will be Fabienne’s first transition to virtual racing, and we’re excited to follow her journey both on and off the track in the coming weeks.
Vodafone Group is the official communication partner of Porsche Motorsport during the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the first fully electric international single-seater racing series.
Porsche was also Vodafone’s first connected car customer and both companies have worked together in recent years to add a number of features to high end models including: locking and unlocking via a mobile phone app; vehicle location tracking as an anti-theft service; and proactive preventative maintenance through monitoring car functions like fuel, oil pressure and tyre pressure.
Vodafone will be supporting the newly formed Supercup, and its respective four double-header virtual races, held at iconic racing venues. The first two races of the virtual Supercup will begin this weekend (4 April) at the virtual Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Other digital venues to host rounds are the Silverstone circuit (Great Britain), the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (Italy).
Cars will have the same livery as real-life in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series (excluding guest drivers). The field consists of up to a maximum of 40 drivers competing, with points assigned to the first 15 across the line.
“Virtual motor racing, or so-called “sim racing”, is becoming more and more popular, on a professional level as well. This in underlined by the great success of Porsche’s general esport activities. Until the postponed start of our real season, we’ve created a tremendous platform with the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup virtual edition for our teams and drivers,” explained Oliver Schwab, Project Manager of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
All events will be broadcast worldwide and are available to watch live on YouTube, Twitch, and selected official Porsche channels.
Racing calendar Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Virtual Edition 2020
04.04.2020, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain), races 1+2
18.04.2020, Silverstone Circuit (Great Britain), races 3+4
25.04.2020, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), races 5+6
16.05.2020, Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (Italy), races 7+8