The Drive: Mitsubishi Just Uploaded 40 Years of Spectacular Classic Rally Footage to YouTube. “Uploaded to the YouTube channel Mitsubishi Motors TV, the footage spans four decades from 1967 to 2007. It encompasses both the World Rally Championship and Dakar Rally, both of which Mitsubishi won multiple times consecutively to establish itself as racing royalty.”
PRNewswire: ZINIO Partners with MotorTrend Group for Launch of the Hot Rod Digital Archives (PRESS RELEASE)
PRNewswire: ZINIO Partners with MotorTrend Group for Launch of the Hot Rod Digital Archives (PRESS RELEASE). “To celebrate HOT ROD’s 75th anniversary, ZINIO worked with MotorTrend to convert over 70+ years of HOT ROD magazine to a digital format, free to all automotive fans…. The HOT ROD Digital Archive will contain more than 900 magazine issues published from 1948 through 2021, with every single article and photo digitally converted over the last 18 months by HOT ROD into PDFs as well as easy-to-read, digital-friendly stories, totaling more than 128,000 pages of content.”
CNET: Sony AI defeats human racers in Gran Turismo PlayStation game. “Over the last two years, Sony AI trained a computer system to play Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo Sport, a popular and realistic car racing game, and beat some of the world’s best human competitors, Sony said on Wednesday.”
Speedway Digest: Fans Can Learn More about Rich History of IMS through New Online Digital Archive. “The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has opened its deep, 111-year archive for race fans around the world to access, enjoy and use as a tool to learn about the extensive heritage of the Racing Capital of the World.”
The Verge: Formula E launches a virtual racing season, joining NASCAR, F1, IndyCar. “All-electric racing series Formula E is launching a nine-week sim racing competition after having to put its sixth season on pause due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The series joins the likes of NASCAR, Formula One, and IndyCar, all of which are already leaning on the robust software and community of online sim racing to keep fans and drivers entertained and occupied in the absence of real-world racing.”
How-To Geek: How to Stream U.S. Sports for Free Online. “The wide world of sports has been mostly postponed for 2020 thanks to the coronavirus. As we all try to flatten the curve with social distancing, some of the most popular U.S. sports leagues are streaming both new and old games for free.” Very extensive, handy for those of you who are missing your sports.
Techdirt: During The Outbreak: All Sports Are eSports Now. “Professional and college sports have basically taken an unwanted holiday, shutting down in an effort to partake in killing this virus off. It’s been strange for fans like me, who wake up on Saturdays and have to find legit ways to watch sporting events that took place years and years ago as a substitute for live broadcasts. And if you think there aren’t a great many people who are starved for live sporting content, you need only look to what is going on in the autoracing world, where it’s basically all become eSports now.”
Forbes: NASCAR Partners With Amazon Web Services To Move 500,000 Hours Of Historical Video To The Cloud
Forbes: NASCAR Partners With Amazon Web Services To Move 500,000 Hours Of Historical Video To The Cloud. “Racing body NASCAR has entered into a multi-year agreement with Amazon Web Services to move their historical video content into the cloud. The partnership will see AWS use cloud-based machine learning and artificial intelligence to automate indexing and tagging of digital content that would otherwise take thousands of man hours to do manually.”
Motoring Research: Gordon Murray’s online museum is virtually brilliant. “Warning: if you intend to immerse yourself in the virtual world of Gordon Murray’s online exhibition, a lunch-hour won’t be enough. Tell your boss you need to spend the afternoon researching. Or something. The One Formula exhibition is an internet-based museum, allowing visitors to ‘wander’ (and wonder) through 50 years of Gordon Murray’s work. It’s free to enter and there are no queues.” Gordan Murray designs Formula One race cars. You can learn more about him at https://www.gordonmurraydesign.com/en/.
Google Blog: Take a spin around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Google Maps. “While the true feeling of the Indy 500 can only be experienced in person, I wanted to bring a taste of it to people who have never been and to those who want to revisit their past experiences there. I work in the Global Business Organization at Google, so I reached out to our Street View team to see if we could bring the track to Google Maps. They sent a Street View Camera around the track just moments before the green flag was waved, and 3 months later, it’s on Street View for all to enjoy. Starting today, you can take a spin around the infamous Indianapolis Motor Speedway and get closer to the action on your phone or computer.”