Romain Grosjean will be assisting the rFactor 2 development ream, with an eye on esports events that will run on the sim racing platform, it has been announced.
Grosjean, a current NTT IndyCar Series driver for Andretti Autosport and former Formula 1 competitor, has had his hands in esports and gaming for the last few years already. The open-wheel racing star founded R8G Esports, a professional sim racing team that competes in a multitude of different simulation platforms.
Now, Grosjean is bringing his expertise to help further improve the quality of rFactor 2. He’ll be testing, giving feedback and providing recommendations as needed for the platform. Specifically, with the IndyCar content, his real-world knowledge of competing in the series will hopefully improve future implementation.
“The link between real-life racing and sim racing continues to get closer and it has become an increasingly important tool for companies, teams and championships throughout motorsport,” said Grosjean
His role will be as a technical esports advisor for Motorsport Games, owners of rFactor 2 developers Studio 397, and will participate in four technical test sessions throughout 2022, allowing him to provide feedback and recommendations for future implementations.
This will also include additional suggestions for esports events such as the Le Mans Virtual Series and INDYCAY Pro Challenge.
“I’m very happy to be taking on the role of technical advisor for Motorsport Games and can’t wait to help provide feedback on rFactor 2, a simulation that I frequently use,” explained the 10-time Formula 1 podium finisher.
“He is a perfect fit for this new role as technical advisor to Motorsport Games and his vast experience will help us immensely as we develop rFactor 2 and further expand our esports events,” added the company’s Motorsport Advisor, Gérard Neveu.
Over the course of the last few years, it wouldn’t be uncommon for Grosjean to hop on his simulator and give tours of virtual tracks in relation to upcoming racing events on his YouTube channel.
The Grosjean-affiliated R8G Esports team competed in the Le Mans Virtual Series over the last season, even picking up a win in the GTE class at the Nürburgring in November. Just yesterday (24th March), it took its first DTM Esports Championship race win.
As it stands, Grosjean is one of the most influential real-world stars to have such an affinity for sim racing. If you haven’t yet, check out the latest episode of the Traxion.GG Podcast featuring Grosjean talking about his passion for esports, among other topics.
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