XVR Sim Racing was established in June 2018, created by a group of like minded individuals who pride themselves on being able to race clean and competitive as sim racers. Taking sim racing seriously, believing a professional approach is a vital component to being successful, making sure that the racing environment is enjoyable for all both on and off track. As individuals everyone involved with the team has the same goals, pushing one another to find their own limits while continuing to maintain a great respect for one another.

With 10 years of competitive sim racing experience coupled with real world data analytics, strategic planning, and a continued dedication to their sport. XVR Sim Racing is able to compare its own performances against that of many of the top sim racing professionals competing at the same level. The goal as the team continues to grow and gain more experience, to develop a key understanding of what it takes to be a top sim racing outfit, drawing on advice from real world teams and drivers who are actively racing on track, making them better drivers.

The team’s dynamics could not be better and we believe that a good environment on and off track is key to our success. 

Steve Levallee, founder XVR Sim Racing and Team Manager

PRACTICE BRINGING 

OUT THE BEST  

XVR Sim Racing started out racing on PS4 and XBOX racing online with Grand Turismo, Forza Motorsport, and Project Cars. Since moving to PC the team prides itself to be amongst the most competitive sim racing outfits on iRacing, competing on what is now seen as the industry recognised global sim racing portal. iRacing has a membership service compiling over 100,000 members. It is the most competitive way for sim racers to go head-to-head in series featuring top professionals such as Porsche Carrera Cup GB Champion Daniel Harper and GT World Challenge star Sandy Mitchell. In order to be competitive on iRacing requires a lot of time and investment, particularly in high-speed PC, monitor, steering wheel, and pedals, with many drivers within the team investing in their own simulators, built to meet their own need given the discipline of racing.

The advantages of this, is that having the simulator at home gives them the ability to practice at their leisure and in a more commutable surrounding, this in turn produces a more relaxed atmosphere to work within. Better accuracy, focus, skill, and ability provides valuable feedback to the team and of how the car responds at any given moment in testing or the race. With regular practice and guidance from the more experience’s drivers within the team, drivers who regularly practice soon develop focus on track and confidence in themselves, it is no secret that practice helps and learning takes time, everyone develops differently and understanding this has allowed the team to come up with better ways to improve each of its drivers. A good understanding of the mental side to racing is just as important to the team as what the physical driver’s input is within the team. It is key that everyone feels comfortable with the people around them and that they are happy working together.

We came in hard winning multiple championships in our first year and that continued through into now, as we look ahead we plan to push each other more seeing how far we can go. 

Richard Warmingham, Head Technician founder XVR Sim Racing and Team Manager

DEVELOPING FOR THE FUTURE

As eSports becomes an ever-growing market worth an estimated $1.5 billion in entertainment and sports revenues within the UK, many leading teams have now turned to sim racers with the talent needed to race in the real world. Their ability to give valued impute and adapt quickly makes them the ideal next generation drivers for motorsport in the future. With professional drivers also using sim racing to further develop their own track knowledge, learn new skills and prepare themselves for the mental demands needed at the pinnacle of the sport. XVR Sim Racing is no different, as an ever-changing team that has come a long way, its success on track is down to its ability to work closely as a team and develop new skills, find new talent and as a group develop their own sim race technique to get the most out of the car. Being able to support each other through regular practice sessions and team building exercises.

PROGRESSION AS A TEAM

As a competitive Sim Racing team, it is important to progress and develop together looking for ways to further develop a key understanding of how to get the most from the car each and every lap, to do this XVR Sim Racing works with its partners within Motorsport. With the added assistance of JB Data Engineering and EDF Motorsports, who use of the latest specification in VBox Motorsport ESim equipment which allows drivers and teams to have predictive lap timing data analysis with the Racelogic VBOX LapTimer, Live video streaming and use of the VBOX DIM app giving  a better understanding how each lap has been run, what the driver’s inputs have resulted in and how changes within the setup have benefited or hindered individual race pace over a specific period of time on track or full race simulation. Of course, any sim training undertaken is only really going to be effective with the addition of professional instruction and with onsite data analysis, both of which are available with EDF Motorsport and JB Data Engineering. 

This addition allows XVR Sim Racing to be able to work closely with both parties and invested its time on iRacing with confidence knowing that they can access support and in doing so know they are developing as a team with the help of the latest professional sim racing technology used both trackside and at home. Helping each other develop the individual skills needed to race competitively online and understanding race car engineering has been a major step forward for all involved, within iRacing there is a lot of individual settings that can be changed and developing a good understanding of the fundamentals is vital to XVR Sim Racing maintaining its place in the top tier of sim racing. By utilising their own in sim real time data, captured in iRacing through Motec telemetry, they are able to analyse individual track times, telemetry data, video replay analysis and understand individual changes in the circuit’s environment. This can then be analysed as a group to improve their overall race strategy for each event, by using this combination of proven race technology and regularly sim racing, helps drive the team development further forward. Investing the time as a team is just as important as understanding the technology used.