Formula E is Even More Captivating in 360 Degrees

By Chris Mills on at

Formula E isn’t just different from its conventional sibling in what’s under the hood. Up top, there’s power boost activated by tweets, a vibrant whirr instead of the iconic roar, and now 360-degree cameras riding on top.

The 360-degree video below is a highlight of the Formula E Buenos Aires race, including an impressive number of overtakes, crashes, and celebrations. Usually, watching car racing can be disorientating, since everything moves so fast, and cameras are limited to a narrow viewpoint – but this gives a far more inclusive view of what's going on. The 360-degree video is best viewed through a VR headset, but it’s even a step above normal highlights in Chrome.

Racing is also a good use-case for virtual reality. Most conventional sports broadcasts are already using carefully established camera angles, and look decidedly weird in VR. But stick a bunch of 360-degree cameras into a fast-paced wheel-to-wheel race, and you have something that might just get me to strap a phone to my face.

The next Formula E race takes place 12 March 2016 in Mexico City. You can learn more about it here. [YouTube]