Ignite Game Technologies, the online gaming company focused on building a new form of auto racing game – Simraceway – on Tuesday announced it has reached a deal with the McLaren Group to create high-detail virtual models of every car the legendary automotive company has ever built.
This partnership breaks new ground for the video games industry, as it represents the first time McLaren has licensed its entire catalog of F1, Can-Am, sports and road cars for use in a game. It also signals the gaming debuts of some of the brand's greatest cars.
Included in this glittering lineup is the co-star of the hit movie Senna, the iconic 800hp, turbocharged MP4/4 Formula 1 car that the legendary Ayrton Senna and teammate Alain Prost drove into the history books. The MP4/4 is still the most successful car in Formula 1 history, having won 15 of the 16 races it entered in the 1988 season, capturing the same number of pole positions and leading no less than 1,003 of the 1,031 laps raced that season.
The deal also gives Simraceway users access to every other F1 car McLaren has produced, including the 1974 (RIGHT) and 1976 cars made famous by Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt, respectively, and, of course, the 2011 car, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-26, currently being driven by Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. All 36 F1 cars, with the exception of the MP4-26, will be exclusive to Simraceway.
Away from the track, McLaren's renowned range of road cars also will be available to drive, including the record-breaking McLaren F1 and the brand new carbon chassis-based MP4-12C, along with its racing variant, the MP4-12C GT3 that will feature in the 2012 season of the FIA GT3 European Championship.
In total, the deal brings all 60 McLarens to the Simraceway environment with a number being available when the game launches in the fall 2011. The rest will follow during 2012 as Ignite completes its “simulation library” of the brand's glorious history.
“We're equal parts proud and humbled that McLaren has chosen Simraceway to become the largest licensor of its vehicles and a virtual custodian of its rich racing heritage,” said Ignite CEO Jonathan Haswell. “Creating a playable library of McLaren's complete line of celebrated race and road cars is a major step forward in our aim of pushing the racing game beyond the limits that have previously defined the genre.”
“In Simraceway we're creating a living, constantly evolving, racing world that gives gamers access to authentic virtual models of the most powerful, beautiful and iconic machines on the planet. To achieve this we're developing a lot of new and highly innovative technologies, including simulation-grade vehicle physics and a proprietary skill quantification engine, so it feels appropriate to be associated with McLaren, a brand synonymous with innovation in motorsport.”
"Choosing Simraceway as our licensor for all 60 McLarens makes perfect sense,” said Jonathan Neale, Managing Director of McLaren Racing. “We're highly impressed with their gaming products, innovative technology and the drive of their people. We are very optimistic that this will represent the start of a successful cooperation between the two companies, and we look forward to seeing our rich and beloved heritage brought to life in the virtual world."