This is the fourth Trial from the Castrol EDGE Titanium Trials series and involves two of the most iconic supercars in the world; the Koenigsegg One:1 and the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. The aim of the challenge is to pursue the ultimate driving performance, showcasing man versus machine like never before.
Castrol worked with ground-breaking virtual reality experts REWIND to develop and customize one of the world’s best simulators to replicate the real race location; Spain’s notorious Ascari race track.The 5.425km long track includes 25 demanding and technical turns, elevation, camber changes, and airborne opportunities ensure that this track is notoriously hard to memorize and master.
Combining acoustics and a cutting-edge tactile feedback system, the simulator provides the immersive feeling of the engine, road and body impacts. The supercars were analyzed comprehensively, taking into account tire size and weight, car aerodynamics, weather conditions and even down-force at varying speed, ensuring that the simulator experience was as close to the real thing as can possibly be achieved.
The two drivers each recorded 10 virtual sessions at the Titanium Lab in London, before data of their best performances were fused together, creating their ‘Ultimate Lap’.
Christoffer Nygaard has raced very successfully in German national series including the VW Polo Cup and the Seat Leon Supercopa, before he switched to GT racing and raced in the FIA GT3-European Championship and ADAC GT Masters in 2009. The change to GT-racing brought instant success for Nygaard, as he quickly became a race winner in the European Championship. He subsequently became a member of the Young Driver AMR Team in 2010 for the FIA GT1 World Championship and was also part of the Young Driver AMR assault at the 24h of Le Mans in 2010, where he finished on the podium.
Nygaard is currently a test driver for Koenigsegg and one of only a handful of people who have experienced the power of the Koenigsegg One:1.
Darren Turner is one of the UK’s most successful and experienced racing drivers. As a works driver for Aston Martin Racing he has delivered back-to-back class victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours and currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the #95 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE. Victory in the GTE class of Saturday’s European Le Mans Series race and a third place podium finish in the FIA WEC opener in April 2016 gave Turner an almost perfect start to the new racing season. Darren’s ‘day job’ is high performance development driver for Aston Martin Lagonda.
Turner is a test driver for Aston Martin, and has the honour of being one of only a few people to drive the Aston Martin Vulcan, of which there are only 24 in the world.
The drivers had to harness their skill and concentration to take on their Clone Rivals on the track. Throughout the high-speed lap their virtual competitors were visualized live via a heads-up display. It was an exceptionally close challenge from the onset, but in the end both drivers managed to beat their digital ‘Ultimate Lap’ on the very last nail-biting stretch of the race.
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