New Racing Game Sets High Standards for Virtual Moto-Builds

Meet Raceward Studios. They’re Italian, they’re curators of state-of-the-art virtual racing games, and they’re about to welcome home their newest brainchild: RiMS Racing.

If you’ve ever played Grand Theft Auto or iRacer, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say that the huge list of options available to customize and pimp out a virtual ride of choice is highly attractive. I’d always dreamed of a more extreme, build-a-bear-from-scratch option for superbikes. Something more realistic and functional that better mimicked the real variety of mechanical builds.

RiMS Racing Is Making My Dream Come True

rims racing screenshot

We’re talking 8 of some of the fastest European and Japanese superbikes on the market; Ducati Panigale V4 R, MV Agusta F4 RC, Aprilia RSV4, BMW M 1000 RR, Suzuki GSX-R1000R, Honda CBR1000RR, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR, and the Yamaha YZF-R1 Each bike is paired with a special algorithm for a hellishly smooth, realistic virtual riding experience.

Manufacturer-Approved

And did I mention that Raceward Studios collaborated with every manufacturer to ensure that their virtual bike remained as true to the real-time riding experience as possible?

rims racing

A quote from the Italian developer:

“Players are able to fully disassemble their motorbike and replace every element to achieve the best possible setup by choosing over 500 official components: tires, discs, calipers, pads, suspension, springs, air filters, exhausts, brake and clutch master cylinders, brake fluids, engine oils, ECUs, fairings… and many more.”

rims racing screenshot

Not only that, players will also have access to a host of familiar motor-racing circuits, as well as some ‘famous and iconic’ roads to lean into the twisties. Modern visual specs are also guaranteed with the Kylotonn-developed game engine that Raceward Studios says will be implemented, to compliment the modern graphics of the game.

Steam, a PC game platform, has lauded RiMS Racing as, “the first motorbike simulation that combines a realistic racing challenge with engineering and mechanics! Ride the world’s most powerful motorbikes and optimize their performance by swapping out parts and analyzing data in real-time.”

Here’s a Trailer to Help Rev Your Engine

This game will be available on consoles (and PC) by August 19 of this year.

And don’t worry – even if you’re less familiar with a joystick, the game provides players with the option of ride-assist technology to smooth over the learning curve as you’re getting the hang of things.

rims racing screenshot

If you’re like me and you’re stuck in a part of the world where snow and salts limit the riding season 5 months out of 12, you’ll know what I mean when I say that this game sounds like the perfect evening hobby and bonding tool for family staycations….when the mailbox isn’t full of new bike parts, that is.

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Huge Success for KTM’s #UltimateRider Contest

KTM’s cry for contestants to “put up their dukes” in the Ultimate Duke Rider Contest has been wildly successful, with over 1500 entries logged – and every entry is stoked to show the world why they deserve the crown. 

The contest came as a welcome reprieve from the monotony of social and economic limitations. There was and has been an immediate need for a virtual-based angle in the moto-community, and KTM came through with the perfect recipe for excitement.

Out of the 1500 entries that KTM has archived, 10 lucky riders have been chosen to #GetDuked and battle for the privilege of an armful of prizes, including:

  • A personalized KTM PowerWear RAPID 2-piece racing suit
  • A private visit to KTM Motohall
  • A road trip, including an Orange MotoGP VIP experience at the RED BULL RING in Spielberg
  • An exclusive track day experience with KTM DUKE legend Jeremy McWilliams at the Pannonia Ring

KTM’s ULTIMATE DUKE RIDERS are:

ULTIMATE DUKE RIDER Conestant

Miguel Garay, Argentina @porculpadelamoto

 

KTM Duke on track

Kevin Leuenberg, USA @kischardio

 

KTM Duke on road

Clerc Thibaut, France @labichemotarde

 

KTM DUKE RIDER on race track

Andreas Burgschachner, Austria @andi_burgschachner

 

KTM Duke Riders Contestants

Liliana Cardoso, Portugal & Patricia Cardoso, Portugal @superduke.twins YouTube: SUPERDUKE TWINS

 

ULTIMATE DUKE RIDER Contestant

Bernard Mascarenhas, India @bernardmascarenhas

 

ULTIMATE DUKE RIDER Contestant

Daniel Solomon, India @solo_vlogs

 

Mike Grove, South Africa @mike.grove69

Steve Fraser, Australia @stevefraserphotography

The diversity of entrants was a huge attraction, as there was no limit on bike experience and Duke owners ranging in power from 200cc to 1290cc could fill out the entry form. 

KTM is one of many companies currently holding contests during unprecedented times. Recently, Can-Am announced a campaign in support of International Female Ride Day (held on May 1st) to have female riders upload and use the hashtag “#WindSisterWarrior” to feature on their many social platforms. 

Though events in many parts of the world are put on hold, this won’t stop many Powersports giants from connecting with their audiences.  After a year of restrictions and delay, it’s heartwarming to see companies come through and stand among the masses in the frustration that is the state of the current times – and we can’t wait to see what else is in store for riders across the globe.

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MV Agusta Plans to Jump Into the EV World

Many motorcycle manufactures have been jumping on the EV bandwagon recently, and now MV Agusta has said they plan on doing the same. According to a release from MCN, MV Agusta CEO Timur Sardarov is set to begin research for an electric MV model next year and ultimately planning an electric release for 2027.

This announcement comes after Powersports giants Yamaha, Honda, KTM, and Piaggio announced a consortium of swappable battery tech. Are six short years really that long from now? No, especially since Triumph just unveiled their TE-1 EV concept.

MV Agusta CEO Timur Sardarov

“We will start working on the electric products from next year onwards, but it’s going to be more of a study on how to get there,” Sardarov explained, according to MCN.

“According to our research, performance motorcycles are still the category we belong in and we’re still at least five to seven years away from introducing something that makes sense in terms of brand DNA, performance, weight, and the power density.”

The above indicates that MV Agusta wants to provide a product that fits MV customers exactly. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but one that takes time to perfect. Sardarov also mentioned to MCN that almost 25 percent of their workforce has a hand in research and development – something they take pride in knowing that no other company carries the same process and structure. 

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