The Virtual Drift Challenge Involved Driving Cars While Immersed in 3D

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 28, 2015
References: castrol & gizmag
Virtual Drift is a challenge, undertaken by Formula Drift driver Matt Powers, that required high-speed real-world driving -- all whilst immersed in a 3D virtual environment via an Oculus Rift headset. While Powers was actually driving on a regular test track, he saw things like cliff drops, falling boulders, crumbling track and other spectacular game-like visual elements.

The initiative was part of the Titanium Trials series organized by motor oil company Castrol.The trials are meant to promote Castrol's premium product Castrol Edge, whilst also pushing the boundaries of what's considered possible or realistic while driving a vehicle. A custom system was required to track the car's movements in detail and simulate them in real-time in a virtual environment.

The Virtual Drift technology clearly holds huge implications for the gaming world as well as motor sports at large.