Simraceway gets green flag for official INDYCAR game

The Simraceway DW12

(From Simraceway PR)

Ignite Game Technologies ("Ignite") and the IZOD IndyCar Series today announced the Silicon Valley-based video game company will develop the next official IndyCar game and release it on its online racing platform, Simraceway (http://simraceway.com/).

The title will include all the teams and tracks from current and future IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights races in live, full-size re-creations of each season, authentic vehicle physics affirmed by current IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, and millimeter-perfect tracks produced by highly-accurate laser-scanning techniques. While its launch date is yet to be announced, Ignite will be releasing details of its full feature set shortly, as well as a range of IndyCar content, including the brand new 2012 car, the DW-12.

The company also stated that the game will be powered by its brand-new, proprietary "Skillquant" technology. Skillquant, the world's first 100% accurate, real-time player skill quantification system, is able to precisely match players in order to give them competitive online racing experiences, regardless of whether they are beginners used to playing arcade games or hardcore enthusiasts regularly driving sim racing titles.

The game's authenticity will be enhanced by significant involvement from two IndyCar legends, four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti and 2005 IndyCar champion and double Indy 500 winner, Dan Wheldon.

Franchitti is currently overseeing development of the game's vehicle dynamics, which will boast simulation-grade physics. Working alongside Simraceway's Head of Racing Physics, Nico Rondet, at the game's permanent, real-world testing facility on Infineon Raceway, the Scot has already begun shaking down the virtual DW12-a rigorous process that was aided by the fact he had just completed the shakedown for his real Target Chip Ganassi Racing DW12 car on the same track. Meanwhile, Wheldon, who tragically lost his life at the end of the 2011 season, played a key role in getting the project off the ground, as well as helping make the company's S1 Steering Wheel-which will be supported by the game-a reality.

Having already started work on the title, Ignite is planning to use it to take the racing game genre in a new direction, with special emphasis on its in-car authenticity and more closely linking its virtual events with the real-world ones they mirror.

"Securing the license for a series with the glamour and prestige of IndyCar represents a real coup for us and a clear sign of our intent for the Simraceway platform," said Ignite CEO Jonathan Haswell. "Not only will our players be able to enjoy exciting, on-demand races and prize-based challenges, they will soon be able to take part in completely authentic re-creations of some of the most celebrated events in motorsport, including the Indianapolis 500. We're particularly excited about the innovative plans we have to blur the line between virtual and real-life racing."

On the subject of the game's expert guidance, Haswell added: "We've been truly blessed to be able to call on two drivers so engrained in IndyCar folklore. Dario will ensure our players experience the real deal when they're out on the track while the importance of Dan's help over the last few years cannot be overstated-without his expertise and enthusiasm, we simply wouldn't be here-and we plan to recognize his unstinting support and valued friendship in the game."

"I'm really enjoying working on a project as ambitious as Simraceway," added Franchitti, "and I'm naturally delighted that the team behind it is producing an IndyCar Series game. Having spent some time shaking down the DW-12 in the simulator and seeing the ambition of the people behind the game, I have no doubt that it's going to be a massive hit. I'm excited about doing my bit and helping to complete the work begun by my great friend, Dan Wheldon."

About Ignite Game Technologies

Ignite Game Technologies is a Silicon Valley-based online gaming company founded in 2008 by skill-quantification expert Jonathan Haswell to produce a new kind of racing game. The result, Simraceway, was launched in public beta in November 2011. The company counts four-time IndyCar Series winner Dario Franchitti and double Le Mans champion Allan McNish among its physics development team and benefited from the expertise of two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon before his death in 2011. It also has the distinction of being able to leverage a permanent real-world racing facility-the Simraceway Performance Driving Center, based at Infineon Raceway-for R&D. To date Ignite has raised $17.5 million.

About Simraceway

Simraceway is a free-to-play online racing world that offers live, person-to-person racing, utilizing highly-accurate, simulation-grade driving physics. It leverages a client-server model similar to those on popular online games such as World of WarcraftTM and features current and historic licensed content from a variety of auto and racing brands including BentleyTM, BugattiTM, MitsubishiTM, and SaleenTM. Its continually-evolving racing environment is constantly supplemented with new features and content to fully reflect the fast-moving, real-world motor racing scene.

About the IZOD IndyCar Series

The IZOD IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel series competing on a challenging combination of superspeedways, short ovals, scenic road courses, and temporary street circuits. It continues to the be the fastest and most competitive racing series, attracting a diverse lineup of drivers including Marco Andretti, Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Danica Patrick, Graham Rahal, and Dan Wheldon.

About the Firestone Indy Lights Series

The Firestone Indy Lights is the official development series for the IZOD IndyCar Series. Its teams compete in cars that are second in speed only to IndyCars and on many of the same tracks. Series graduates include Marco Andretti, Ana Beatriz, Ed Carpenter, Jay Howard, J.R. Hildebrand Alex Lloyd, Raphael Matos, and Hideki Mutoh.

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