Unique Sim Racing Events That Could Not Happen in Real Life

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As amazing as sim racing can be for how it replicates real life racing, it also lacks a lot of the limitations that are present in the real world. Here are some unique sim racing events that could not take place in real life but would make for a great time in the virtual world.

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Sim racing as a whole can accurately replicate what happens in the real world. Understandably, there exists sim racing versions of real life championships, like the Le Mans Virtual Series which is essentially the World Endurance Championship’s esports series.

But does every championship in sim racing have to completely replicate a pre-existing real world series? With the lack of certain factors that make things impossible in the real world. Including such things as having to acquire the cars, load them onto cargo planes and operate them at the tracks.


Sim racing can certainly skip over certain limitations, and so many sim racing events as a result are not bogged down in what is realistic. We decided to list some events that have taken place which do lean into this.

24 Races in 24 Hours​

Everyone looks forward to the 24 hour Special Events on iRacing like Daytona, Nürburgring and Spa. But long-haul endurance racing is just one continuous race, and there is rarely anything going on at the end as the cars space out.

VCO INFINITY sought to change the concept of 24 hour racing. First run in May 2022, the event featured 24 races of 45 minutes in length. Each team had to field five drivers, and there were five different types of cars, plus five circuits to race on.


Both the first running and the ProSIM edition in December 2022 – with teams required to run one real world racing pro – were immensely popular with competitors and spectators alike. With the vastly different cars and tracks all around the world, and it all changing in such a small timeframe, this could not happen in the real world unless someone invents portals in record time!

Another is set to be held within the next few months. Any team can apply to VCO for possible participation – even amateur teams like WAS COOKIN Racing Adventures, who even won a race in the inaugural edition.

Unlimited Races​

Many of you have probably been watching ESL R1 and completely lost track of which race was which. Nobody could blame you for it, since it has been on the same three or four tracks constantly, since Rennsport is still limited on content.

So what might be so special about R1? Every round has seven races of the same length on one track with twelve drivers at all times. However, the regular season is not the part that is so unique. What is, though, is the Major.


On Day 2 of the first R1 Major in Munich, drivers had to reach a minimum points total which would then mean they activate Finalist Mode. All they needed to do once in Finalist Mode is win a race, and that would result in them becoming champion. As a result, there would be an unlimited number of races until a driver won in Finalist Mode.

With how tight of a ship most motorsport teams and organisers operate, there is no way they could keep their business afloat if they ran an unlimited number of races until one competitor reached the requirements to be champion. In theory, the R1 Major could have run for 15 or more races. Thankfully, in this case, it was only eight.

Unsafe and Demolished Tracks​

In real life motorsport, there are minimum safety requirements that circuits must meet to be able to host car and motorcycle racing. In a recent article about rFactor 2 Special Events, we touched upon how the Le Mans Virtual Series held a round on the Nordschleife in 2021.

Typically, nothing quicker than a GT3 car can race there for safety reasons, but virtual LMP and GTE cars tackled it in this instance. There was also an event we were involved with, the OverTake Targa Sicilia Rinascita. The Targa Florio last took place in 1977, and folded due to the unsafe nature of open road racing.


There are combinations of car and track that could never happen in the real world. Not only that, there are tracks that no longer exist like Oran Park, but still remain active in sim racing through the iRacing Australian Supercars Eseries.

There was even an F1 Esports round in 2020 on the Hanoi Street Circuit, which never ended up hosting an F1 race. Plus there are so many classic versions of tracks that no longer exist, like a 1960s rendition of Silverstone on Assetto Corsa.

The possibilities in sim racing are absolutely endless, and there should be no reservations about doing something absurd out of fear that it is not realistic.

What absurd sim racing event idea would you want to see in action? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!
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Haha, you haven't seen the Multiclass Madness race we did in the rFactor 2 Racing Club.

Formula 1 cars and 2CVs on track at the same time. The F1 cars did 2 laps in the time it took the 2CVs to do 1. Getting lapped twice in a lap during the races was great fun and it added an extra bit of jeopardy to each race (the F1 race and the 2CV race) as they had to deal with traffic so vastly different in speed.

You could not do it in real life.

 
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Haha, you haven't seen the Multiclass Madness race we did in the rFactor 2 Racing Club.

Formula 1 cars and 2CVs on track at the same time. The F1 cars did 2 laps in the time it took the 2CVs to do 1. Getting lapped twice in a lap during the races was great fun and it added an extra bit of jeopardy to each race (the F1 race and the 2CV race) as they had to deal with traffic so vastly different in speed.

You could not do it in real life.

That sounds amazing, I think I'll check it out
 
Talladega 500 with F1 cars (or F1 at any of the nice natural road courses - Road America, Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, etc.) NASCAR 12 Hrs of Nordschliefe. SGT500 outside Japan.

All heresy, and all fun.
 
A tribute to old arcade racing games, through the prism of present day simulation...

Those around their 40s probably played the first Need For Speed and Test Drive games of the saga, which comprised of supercars around long circuits based on real life roads, and through traffic.

Now, do that but on a sim (there is even a mod with the cars of the very first NFS on Assetto Corsa!). Load up beasts like Ferrari 512, F50, Lamborghini Countach, Diablo, McLaren F1, Porsche 911, Dodge Viper, Lotus Esprit, Jaguar XKR, Chevrolet Corvette, etc. And put them on well done racetracks based on long and winding real life roads of past and present, either closed loops or point to point (NFS and Test Drive did both): Spa 1966, Bremgarten, Isle of Man, Schottenring, Reims, Trento Bodone, Pikes Peak, Dragon Trail, LA Canyons...possibilities are endless! This would be a nice hybrid combining past and present of both real life racing AND racing games.
 
When I was on the Mybroga (both GPL and rFactor divisions) first championship with a given carset would be based on the real life calendar, but follow ups would be done with tracks chosen by top finishers of the championship. So next tournaments would have F1 79s at places like Nordschleife, Adelaide, Spa or Phillip Island. You would take old F1s to places like Lime Rock Mountain (the project to expand the track around the hills surrounding the track that did not come to fruition), Bridgehampton, or Sepang (!), but it worked and was quite refreshing to keep engaged with the same cars for years!
 
One event that I always wanted to be done and never found the right crowd for it...

Bumper Fest - Time Trial.

Track can be something short, like Lime Rock or Brands Hatch Indy.

Teams of two drivers. One drives a Mazda Miata. The other drives a Nascar Cup.

Only one team at a time on track. Rest of them are watching live, all on voice chat.

Team with the Miata's fastest laptime wins.

Rules: Miata's engine must be off.
 
Brazilian Endurance grid in the Nordschleife, Spa or whatever other track in the world. AMS and AMS 2 allow it.

Also, the LMP1 class doesn't ever need to die.
 
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OverTake Targa Sicilia Rinascita is the most broken name ever. Don't use google translator to create pseudo-italian names.
It's amazing how simracing can teach history.
I always thought that the 1967 event was also 11 laps and not just 10. I learned something new!

This past weekend I finally enjoyed being free of my rotator cuff syndrome and put the whole sim rig out from my garage again, now with a borrowed Moza R9.

And of course, just a couple of months after my 3rd visit at the real slopes (unfortunately a landslide blocking interesting part of the circuit) and then as first to-do not keyboard driving for several months but back to proper rig I just HAD to participate in my own AC creation of the WSC 1971 Targa Florio event, the grid filled with so many authentic racing cars and historic driver names from the historic real life event.
Nice to have so many skins and CM updating to new ones and the rich possibilities to add own names and have the CrewChief practice pronouncing all of them so I could hear who in which prototype was approaching me fast from behind and who in front in my GT class I was catching up on.

So I simply had to do the 11 laps in full race VR mode, albeit with only a single qualifying lap, it was OK as warm-up. Race spread over 2 days, when I simply left my PC on in pause mode. Strongly challenged by the latest of the Win11 22H2 patches, which now tries to make it difficult for users to even have 100% control over the power-saving settings (which ofc. must be completely disabled in order to be sure of returning the remaining 5 laps on Sunday morning).

That was perhaps just the limit for my Quest 2 headset, which I had for constant charging while driving.

But the historical immersion was there all the time, of course with its own historical interest in cars and names, but also that like AC+CM+SOL+CC with just the right optimized settings + satisfying merciless Moza R9 response.

And the off-line race immersion grid packed with authentic cars+driver names was immense to me.

However, elastic exercises were needed for my shoulder, before and after.

I would have to write a wall-of-text of likeable strange combinations from since I got hooked on mods just before the turn of the millennium up to present days, however I will single out the latest one as absolutely 'crazy'.

And then I am at a loss of words to describe the legends who raced the historic loop by the time, at competitive speeds, between school children and goats, in prototypes in the pioneering era where control was the exception.

Edit: ofc indeed happened IRL so might be OT, but at least not a possibility today to race those prehistoric monsters at those slopes, even though the road surface is much improved over the past 50 years. And this is what simracing can do: bring back the impossible. Regarding main question at present I find it difficult to pick out a single of my past +20 years of great, crazy combos of which certainly couldn't happen IRL, so just use the opportunity maybe a little cheekily to draw attention to the possibilities of digging up deceased history through simracing :)
 
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There are quite a few Formula One events that would probably work very well for NASCAR. I'm thinking especially Montreal, Monza, and Red Bull Ring. Maybe the outer ring of Bahrain, and Las Vegas looks like it could work. Not COTA...that just looks stupid sometimes.

How about MotoGP at Monaco?
 
It's the modern cars on old tracks trope I'm fond of.

That and "What if single seaters were sportscar racing and F1,F2 and F3 ran at the same time?"
 
One of the things that really drew me into simracing in the early 2000s was being able to race the fearsome GP circuits of the yesteryears in GPL, and that too online against real humans. Of course, the only "fear" or "risk" in hitting a house at Spa or flying off the hill at Charade was your race would end, but even that fear/risk felt a good bit more thrilling than a trip to the virtual gravel in modern circuits.
 
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I'll share a secret: its playing a game so NOTHING that happens on the 2D screen happens in real life. After a crash i press escape, back to garage and start again, with a brand new car without any cost! Over and over again...and again...without injuries...no consequenses at all...Just playing a game
 
So let me get this straight... Jajovski deliberately takes out Baldwin race 6 because the latter was about to win the event, and not only do they not throw him out of the competition immediately, he even gets to keep his race win points?

Nope, that's a terrible format with terrible stewards, worse than NASCAR even. I've only ever condoned rule bending and physics exploits on the grounds of racing being about going as fast as possible. The moment you start wrecking other drivers too because you're not fast enough is the moment you're a villain for life, and I hope Jajovski gets his comeuppance someday for costing Baldwin 32,500 EURO with this move.
 
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So let me get this straight... Jajovski deliberately takes out Baldwin race 6 because the latter was about to win the event, and not only do they not throw him out of the competition immediately, he even gets to keep his race win points?

Nope, that's a terrible format with terrible stewards, worse than NASCAR even. I've only ever condoned rule bending and physics exploits on the grounds of racing being about going as fast as possible. The moment you start wrecking other drivers too because you're not fast enough is the moment you're a villain for life, and I hope Jajovski gets his comeuppance someday for costing Baldwin 32,500 EURO with this move.
Well if he had been penalised, guess what? Csincsik would have then won in Finalist Mode and the competition would have ended. Besides, it's not as tin foil hat conspiracy as you want it to be. Jajovski had the overspeed on Baldwin who then moves over to a miniscule degree and meets Jajovski's front bumper. It's an unfortunate racing incident.

I say that as someone who knows James personally, and would have been very happy had he won the championship. I was gutted for him, but looking at it on such a surface level manner of "guy who was about to win, his teammate takes out the competition" is not helping anyone here.
 
Well if he had been penalised, guess what? Csincsik would have then won in Finalist Mode and the competition would have ended.
No, McCormack would've taken the win and Bennett also would've entered finalist mode with the extra place he gains, which may have changed his strategy in the following race where he finished 2nd, but could've won outright had the correct decision been made earlier.
looking at it on such a surface level manner of "guy who was about to win, his teammate takes out the competition" is not helping anyone here.
What I posted was a factual description of events. The fact that Jajovski and Csincsik were teammates makes the action even worse, as it was a clear and blatant case of collusion to help a driver who was beaten fair and square get another chance and unfairly win the competition two races later.
 
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No, McCormack would've taken the win and Bennett also would've entered finalist mode with the extra place he gains, which may have changed his strategy in the following race where he finished 2nd, but could've won outright had the correct decision been made earlier.

What I posted was a factual description of events. The fact that Jajovski and Csincsik were teammates makes the action even worse, as it was a clear and blatant case of collusion to help a driver who was beaten fair and square get another chance and unfairly win the competition two races later.
Okay I concede I was wrong there about who would have inherited the win.

As for your second point, quoting Ferrari's tweet when Vettel just veered over across on Verstappen who then got sandwiched between Vettel and Kimi is irony at its finest. Since they blamed Verstappen who for once was blameless.
 
As for your second point, quoting Ferrari's tweet when Vettel just veered over across on Verstappen who then got sandwiched between Vettel and Kimi is irony at its finest.
The reference is merely a reference, not a reason to discredit someone using it. Jajovski t-boning Baldwin and making no attempt to avoid or mitigate the collision is something that objectively happened. You cannot deny that it changed the outcome of the entire event and that he had every incentive to do it on purpose.
 
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