The virtual teambuilding experience that has been the focus of virtual team Penske Racing for the last three years is finally getting a good facelifting, with the company revealing the results of the first stage of the redesign on Tuesday.
The company revealed that the new virtual team builder features “a new design, improved graphics and an improved experience” on Tuesday afternoon at its Build event in Los Angeles.
The new virtual-team builder is expected to be launched in 2017 and will be available for the first time in 2019.
The virtual teambuilder was developed by the team Penskes and is the result of months of hard work from many of the company’s team members.
Penske has been one of the most successful teams in motorsport, winning the 2014 championship in both the Sprint Cup and GT Daytona classes.
The team unveiled the new team builder at the Build event, where the team’s driver, Nick Percat, revealed that it will be coming to a virtual reality (VR) headset for the next two years.
The new virtual builder will feature a new design and improved graphics, as well as a better experience in a virtual environment, said Penske President and CEO Mark Van Essen during the Build.
He added that the virtual team builders will be compatible with all current Oculus VR headsets, including Oculus Rift.
The Penskes team is also working on an upcoming version of its virtual team management software.
In addition to the virtual-company builder, the team is working on a new virtual racing simulator, which is expected for release in 2020, Van Essens said.
A version of the virtual company builder that is compatible with the Oculus Rift will be released in 2021.
“I’m excited to announce that we are very close to shipping the virtual driving simulator for Oculus Rift and we are confident that the future of virtual racing will be a game changer,” said Penskes President and Chief Executive Officer John Sperling during the event.
“We believe this is the future, and we can’t wait to bring this to our customers.”