The Australian Vee Eight Supercar Company (AVESCO) announced today a three-year sponsorship agreement with computer entertainment giant PlayStation®2.
PlayStation®2 will become the official timing sponsor for the V8 Supercar category, today's announcement coinciding with the release of V8 Supercars innovative timing system using world first technology.
The new timing system offers a number of features that are unique to V8 Supercars, and mirror the best timing systems used in world motorsport, comparable to that of Formula One.
In addition, PlayStation®2 Timing will offer live timing on the AVESCO website - www.V8Supercar.com.au
- for all rounds of the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series. This is a significant development that will enable fans to have access to the same timing information as teams, in real time, as it happens.
AVESCO Chairman Mr Tony Cochrane said, "The synergy created by PlayStation®2 and V8 Supercars is almost perfect. PlayStation®2 and V8 Supercars are both the leaders in their respective fields.
"We are very excited to be involved with Sony PlayStation®2 and we look forward to the new innovations this will bring forward.
"AVESCO's investment in this new technology has ensured a higher level of reliable information for our broadcaster, officials, teams and media and now with live timing our fans as well," Cochrane continued.
Features of the PlayStation®2 timing system include:
- Live timing via the V8 Supercar website
- Instant display of the fastest lap
- On screen confirmation of penalties and Safety car deployment
- Breakdown of race positions and gaps by time on a lap by lap basis.
- Split timing points using a radio link to the main timing room to allow comparison of speed across three sectors of the circuit.
- Display of round race points score on screen
- A unique memory system that provides historical reference and comparisons with previous rounds that directly interfaces with Network 10's computer system to ensure accurate commentary
- Display names of actual drivers in endurance races
The highly accurate radio link that transmits the split timing is a world first technology developed in Australia by Natsoft and Dorian Industries specifically for V8 Supercars.
AVESCO and PlayStation®2 are confident this innovative timing system will provide the media with more accurate timing information across the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series.