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Hit private screening of @CastrolUSA #Drift promo @SoHoHouse way cool! #gaming #Tech #Drifting

By Joy A. Kennelly

This past May I was personally invited via an international call from London to attend an exclusive private screening of Castrol EDGE's premier screening of the latest Titanium Trial: Titanium Strong Virtual Drift; where, in a world-first, video game technology was fused with the real world, in a ground-breaking driving challenge.  Castrol EDGE_Virtual Drift_Hero2

When I heard what it was about, being the car lover that I am, I knew I had to attend. Turns out I wasn't the only one who likes hot cars either.:)

Castrol Edge Premier Screening of Titanium

Now try to imagine this.

A race car driver, wearing an Oculus Rift headset, driving a real life car, blind to the outside world, but immersed in a virtual reality universe, drove a car around a race track only guided by his headset.

I repeat.

A race car driver. Wearing an Oculus Rift headset. Blind to the outside world. Immersed in a virtual reality universe. Drove a car around a race track. Relying only on his Oculus Rift headset!

It’s as mental as it sounds. Watch the video here:

 

it was an awesome screening! And very cool to meet the key players behind this incredible technology and gain a peek into what potentially is to come for automotive and gaming. 

It took place at the very discreet, exclusive Soho House West Hollywood which has phenomenal views all over the city and is like a secret hideaway in the heart of WeHo for those in the know which was fascinating to visit on it's own.  20150514_103433

Formula Drift Professional and Titanium Trial Driver, Matt Powers, renowned director, Ben Conrad, creative technologists, Glenn Synder and Adam Amaral, were there alongside Castrol spokespeople who answered all our questions.
 
Brilliant guys and so humble. Very nice to meet them and learn about this amazing technology and how they did it. What a team!20150514_103532

All guests were also able to check it out for ourselves via the Oculus Rift virtual reality stations at the venue, making us feel like we were right in the car with Matt which also showed exclusive behind-the- scenes footage. Here's me experiencing it. Too funny!:)

Joy Kennelly experiencing Oculus Rift 20150514_103050

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Everyone was very nice and it was a great experience. Even saw my buddy Efren of TechZulu there too!

20150514_105759 Thank you Castrol Oil for including me in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.:)

Hopefully it won't be, but for right now... Adios. Gotta run. Late for a doctor's appointment!

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