It’s April Fool’s Day aka the 1st April 2022. Here’s what caught our eye, and sometimes, made us laugh from the racing game and sim racing community.
It’s that time of the year again when practical jokes and hoaxes spread across the internet and school playgrounds.
The same is true of the internet, with several racing video game and sim racing companies publishing hilarious hijinx this morning to vex those who are not quite awake yet.
Here’s what made us chuckle over our cereal – the best April Fool’s jokes from today from the racing video game, esports and sim-racing world.
Asetek SimSports Invicta Ultra Soft Pedal Covers
Why race in shoes or socks, when you can race barefoot? That’s what the Danish creator of the Invicta hydraulic sim racing pedals is asking today, with the launch of its pedal covers.
‘Available’ in four varieties – Poshch Furry Sentation, Furrari Rapid Red, Lambborghini Fluffy Fantasy and Jagua-aah Splendor – they are said to deliver a .warm fuzzy feeling’ for sim racers. They are available now, although of course, they actually are not.
Coanda Simsport quicks sim racing for Zwifting
One of the world’s leading sim racing teams and winners of the 2021 Autosport Esports Team of the Year, Coanda Simsport, has quit virtual motorsport activities.
Instead, it will be focussing on Zwift competitions, essentially cycling in a room connected via the internet.
“For us in sim racing, we’ve achieved pretty much all we wanted to as a team and it’s almost starting to get monotonous for us,” said former driver David Williams.
“I really like pushing my limits and I really think there’s no better way to do that than Zwift,” followed up teammate Tommy Østgaard.
Strangely, we don’t think there will be a Zwift class within the next Le Mans Virtual Series…
Euro Truck Simulator 2 comes to ZX Spectrum
With the current trend to release brand new Game Boy games and devices to legally play N64 games, the retro gaming scene is going through a purple patch.
Now, on 1st April, Euro Truck Simulator will be arriving for the classic ZX Spectrum.
Clive Sinclair’s masterpiece microcomputer from the 1980s now has a new addition to its game line-up, as SCS Software celebrates 10 years of the open-world truck game with a fresh port.
A release date is yet to be confirmed, but the sim has been faithfully recreated in all its 8-bit glory. All jokes aside, some sort of indie-published title such as this will probably sell well to nostalgia-fueled elder gamers.
The Fiat Multipla will be coming to Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown
The sprawling open-world racer due later this year and set in Hong Kong has so far shown off a collection of Range Rovers and Aston Martins.
But, the big-ticket item was revealed today (1st April 2022) with a gold Fiat Multipla.
The unique people-carrier was launched by the Turin-based car manufacturer in 1998 to much journalist praise – Top Gear’s Car of the Year no less – but also, many sniggers due to its wide stance, front paunch, googly eyes and fried breakfast-aping rear lights. Eurgh.
Our very own Ross McGregor has been playing around with one in BeamNG.drive, and this is the result…
Logitech introduces an anti-rage gaming keyboard
I see what you did there Logitech. Here’s a gaming keyboard to help stop rage, because us gamers get all two wound up about a virtual experience. Haha.
The G1.4 FAK3 Anti Rage Keyboard has been ‘engineered to smash’, seeming resistant to being flung across the room every time you get punted out of the way in a Forza Horizon 5 Open race. Except, you’d be using a gamepad or wheel, but roll with me here…
Oh, and then you linked to Rick Astley – how on point.
In all seriousness, mental health in gaming is an important topic, with regular breaks advised. Here’s some advice from Young Minds.
Next Level Racing’s cardboard sim racing cockpit
In what is being heralded as a world first, Next Level racing is not content with creating the superlative Wheel Stand 2.0 or F-GT Elite iRacing Edition, as here’s its Elite Eco Cockpit.
Gone are the days of aluminium profile, in comes cardboard.
Yes, cardboard. Easy to recycle, sure, but we have serious concerns about its structural rigidity after direct drive and load cell use – despite the promising claims…
Yuri Kasdorp’s opinion
Yes, you’re probably right, Yuri.
It would be remiss not to mention…