Thursday, 19 March 2015 15:18
A new virtual version of Red Bull Air Race will give fans and followers of the world’s fastest motorsport series the chance to test their own virtual flying skills in a new tournament-style competition and crown themselves as the first ever Virtual Red Bull Air Race World Champion.
SALZBURG, Austria, March 19 - The 2015 updated version of the popular smartphone racing game ‘Red Bull Air Race – The Game’ has been upgraded and expanded to include a virtual tournament that mirrors the real World Championship of air racing. The Virtual Red Bull Air Race World Championship will culminate with the champs of each race winning invitations to Las Vegas where they will battle it out to become the first ever Virtual Red Bull Air Race World Champion and attend the 2015 season finale race as special guests. The Virtual Champion will be crowned by the actual World Champion and also wins a G-flight experience in a real two-seater Air Race plane.
“Red Bull Air Race – The Game is awesome,” said American Kirby Chambliss, the 2006 Red Bull Air Race World Champion. “The graphics and maneuverability are so realistic. It’s like flying a real Red Bull Air Race race plane.” Chambliss and his world championship rivals Pete McLeod of Canada, Matt Hall of Australia and Hannes Arch of Austria got to take a sneak preview and were instantly smitten by the game, which has detailed renderings of the actual tracks. Thanks to the game, the pilots were able to get their first virtual look at the new course in Chiba, Japan, where they will race on May 16/17. “I love the game,” said McLeod, who like the others also took a look at the other 2015 tracks. “The racing and competition element is exactly like how we race in the real race format like in the Round of 14 and the Round of 8. Plus it’s cool how you can customize the raceplanes.”
That is another new feature of the updated version – The Airplane shop. Players can now purchase their own aircraft there or buy a new racer from among 16 different aircrafts in four different classes. The smartphone racing game, which includes the global tournament, the phenomenal top prizes and more brand-new game content is available free for iOS and Android. It offers gamers the chance to try flying all eight courses of the 2015 world championship. In total there are over 140 events that can be mastered in the racing classes Exhibition, Challenger, Master and Super.
“This game gives fans access to the fastest motorsport series in the world and racing in the game is very realistic,” said Hall, a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) top gun fighter pilot who is always looking for ways to improve his preparation. “Racing and aviation fans will love it.” Arch, the 2008 Red Bull Air Race World Champion, also sounded impressed by the new features. “Racing as a real Red Bull Air Race pilot in locations where we actually race is super cool,” said Arch. “It’s fast, competitive and gives fans the chance to navigate the low-level aerial track through the pylons.”
Just like in the real Red Bull Air Race World Championship, the game first offers training in the “pilot camp” in Slovenia that prepares players for racing and teaches the raceplane’s controls in several training units. The original Career and Global Tournament modes will also still be available. All the racetracks in the game are modeled closely on the originals. Those who prefer to engage in duels can try the Global Tournament mode, in which they must face other players from all over the world.
Red Bull Air Race – The Game is available for free download with in-app purchases on the App Store and Google Play in German, English, Italian, Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian. www.redbullairrace.com.