Ford’s Team Fordzilla eSports team recently unveiled the P1 virtual race car. Designed in collaboration with gamers via a series of votes on Twitter back in 2020, the virtual racer has now been built into a full-scale racing simulator.
The gaming rig edition of the P1 is finished in an eye-catching yellow and green gradient livery, with phrases such as “BRB” and “The Cake is a Lie” adorning each side of the body. The racing simulator is powered by an HP Z4 Workstation Intel Xeon W2295 CPU with 18 cores and an Nvidia RTX A6000 48 GB graphic card. The upgraded audio system can be paired with a HP Reverb G2 VR Headset to provide realistic, bespoke sound for a thrilling and immersive gaming experience. The design team has also linked the rig’s exterior with the gameplay. For example, the front and rear lights pulse gently when the P1 is waiting for the next race and come alive during race time, the rear lights even synchronise with braking moments for viewers to connect with the gameplay.
While it’s unsure if the P1 racing simulator will be showcased to the public in the future, Ford has already begun a second project that also involves gamers in the design process. Titled the Supervan Vision Concept, it works on Ford’s tradition of building race-inspired Supervans based on the Transit models, which it has been doing since 1971. Whether the concept will be a track-focused racer or an off-road rally van will all be decided via public voting, as will many of the concept’s design elements,