Five Gamers raced a Ford GT in Forza Motorsport 6 on the Xbox One for 48 hours 29 minutes to set a new Guinness World Records title for “Longest video marathon on a racing game”. The coveted title was presented on Microsoft stand at Gamescom, Europe’s biggest interactive games trade fair in Cologne, Germany.
The 5 member team constituted of Gamers Cara Scott, 25, from the UK; Hélène Cressot, from France; Johannes Knapp, 30, from Germany; Andrea Lorenzo Facchinetti, 42, from Italy; and Jesús Sicilia Sánchez, 23, from Spain, took on a simulated version of the La Sarthe circuit used for the Le Mans 24 Hours, where the actual Ford GT race car achieved a historic victory earlier this year.
In comparison with Mücke’s 136 laps of Le Mans – completed during 9:05.40 hours of real world racing – the five gamers averaged 603 laps each over 48:29.21 hours of virtual driving during the challenge with Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One, at Ford’s European headquarters, also in Cologne. This also proves that the Xbox One is not affected by the previous overheating problems prevalent in older Xbox 360s!
Driving for 48 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds, they completing a combined 41,004 virtual kilometres – equivalent to driving once around the world – and 3015 laps; and broke the previous record of 48 hours 1 minute. To stay awake for two nights straight, they drank 32 energy drinks, 146 bottles of water and 47 bottles of soft drinks, and consumed more than 3 kilograms of sweets. Living the life as some millennials would say! That being said, they will have to or probably already have survive two days of diarrhea following the stint.
The Ford GT is now one of the top five most raced cars in the game and has racked up almost 71 million kilometres – nearly as far as the distance from the Earth to Mercury, when at its closest.