Esports and entertainment entrepreneurs – Legion of Racers (LOR) – have created a virtual Kuala Lumpur (KL) City Street Circuit which will see sim racers drive past iconic KL City landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers, the KL Towers and also the Bukit Nanas train station, among many other recognisable city icons in the Malaysian capital.
The virtual track was conceptualised and created by co-founders – Malaysian Melvin Moh and Singaporean Lim Keong Wee, both former race car drivers.
The track is the third in the series which has been built by LOR, having completed the Singapore Orchard Road Street Circuit in 2021, and the Semanggi Street Circuit in Jakarta in 2022.
The KL Street Circuit track will be utilised for the upcoming edition of the HyperDrive Cities, an annual online esports sim racing championship which offers RM34,000 (SGD10,000) in total prize pool for the winners.
The HyperDrive Cities 2023 will be held at the end of the year, with details to be announced within the next few weeks.
The KL Street Circuit track comes with two layouts, one which is 3.5km and a longer one which is 4.7km.
The idea behind the KL City Street Circuit was inspired by the KL City Grand Prix which was held in 2015 around the streets of Malaysia’s capital city, and has been on the cards as soon as LOR began working on creating online street circuits with the building and launching of the Orchard Road Street Circuit in 2021.
“We have been developing city tracks for sim racers to participate in for the HyperDrive Cities since 2021 when we worked on the Orchard Road Street Circuit, and we thought that it would be great to include KL as one of the street circuits into our portfolio after Singapore and Indonesia,” said Moh.
“We also had to ensure that if we were building a KL City Street Circuit, Malaysian icons like the Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower were both included in the circuit, as these are iconic structures which are recognised around the world, and which sim racing fans or drivers would identify with easily.”
The KL City Street Circuit took a total of seven months to build from scratch, and the process included collecting all the essential data about the surroundings using available online information until the track was completed, in keeping with the level of quality which LOR needed to attain, which is in line with the two other tracks which were created.
The main tools used to build the track was the open-source 3D software called Blender, and this was later ported into “Assetto Corsa” with the KsEditor tool provided by “Kunos Simulazioni”.
Sim racing enthusiasts can download the KL City Street Circuit through the official competition website at http://www.hyperdrivecities.com when it becomes available in September 2023.
With Orchard Road, Semanggi (photo below) and now KL already under the belt, Moh said that the LOR team was now already planning a fourth circuit to add to the growing street circuit repertoire.
“We are still discussing internally but it will definitely be another circuit within Southeast Asia, where sim racing is growing as an online esport,” he said.
Sim racers and enthusiasts can download the KL Street Circuit, and other tracks like the Orchard Road Street Circuit and Semanggi Circuit here.
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