Editor’s Note: Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG, a German company specializing in the design and production of high fidelity products, recently published a story featuring iRacers Andre Boettcher and Chris Dymond in its annual report. Dymond competes in the British Porsche Carrera Cup and Boettcher, who drives for My3id Racing, is currently 12th in the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series standings.
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Nowhere else are virtual reality and the real world more closely related than in motor racing. The lines are often blurred between racing simulation and the circuit, but one element is always constant: the right sound can make the difference between victory and defeat.
Someday, André Böttcher will get around to getting his driver’s license. Maybe in a few months, once he’s become Formula 1 World Champion. But to say it isn’t exactly a top priority for the 20-year-old would be an understatement. After all, until he does get his license he’s got the network of buses and trains to transport him comfortably around his home region — the Ruhr Valley in Germany. André’s mission right now is to get his hands on the coveted FIA F1 trophy — in the virtual world, of course. While Vettel, Alonso and Räikkönen burn fuel and rubber on the F1 circuit, all Böttcher uses is a little electricity powering his simulator, but instead of competing against 20 other F1 professionals, he has to prevail against 40,000 competitors from all over the world in the online racing simulator iRacing. There’s simply not enough time for something as run-of-the-mill as a driver’s license.