Five gamers race Ford GT for over 48 hours on Forza 6

If you thought a 12-hour video game marathon was intense, five gamers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. blew past that time on their way to setting a new Guinness World Record for longest video game marathon on a racing game. Unbelievably, these five individuals played Forza Motorsport 6 in a staggering 48 hours, 29 minutes, and 21 seconds.

Surviving solely on sweets, soft drinks, energy drinks, and power naps, the quintet of gamers did their best Le Mans 24 Hours impersonation by racing the Ford GT at the Le Sarthe circuit for double the time it takes for the actual race to be completed. In doing so, they managed to cover an incredible 41,004 kilometers (25,476 miles), completing 3,015 laps in the process with each gamer clocking in an average of 603 laps. For comparison’s sake, the earth’s circumference is 40,075 kilometers (24,901) miles, so basically these gamers covered more ground with the virtual Ford GT in Forza 6 than the circumference of the planet. In the process of setting the world record, the gamers consumed over three kilos of candy (6.6 pounds), 32 energy drinks, 47 soft drinks, and 146 bottles of water.

All the hard work – yes, these gamers put in some serious work to achieve this record – ultimately paid off as no less than Lena Kehlmann, the official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records, recognized the startling feat as a “superlative effort” on the part of the new record holders. It’s hard not to argue against Kuhlmann’s assessment, especially when you consider that in setting the new record, the gamers had to go all-out on beating the old one, which they did by only 28 minutes.

It’s unclear if these five individuals won anything other than the distinction of being a Guinness World Record holder. If I were in their place, prizes would be have been the last thing on my mind after going through that gruelling marathon. I would’ve asked for a bed and some comfortable pillows too.

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Why it matters

I know I’ve gotten myself into these video game marathons a time or two, but those sessions only lasted no more than six hours before my eyes pleaded for a break. I can’t even begin to imagine going for 24 hours or straight, let alone double that time. So yes, my eternal respect goes to these five men for putting themselves through something like that.

It takes a certain amount of will power and an insane amount of free time to go two full days playing video games. I know they had power naps in between to recharge their batteries but even that doesn’t diminish the achievement that they made. I just hope that they got something more out of it than a world record, although that in itself is cool enough to become a conversation starter in any place.

I don’t know if this record is going to be broken anytime soon nor do I wish anybody to even try it without being prepared for the consequences that come with it. Maybe some day a group of gamers can go three straight days playing a video game. Maybe it’s these five people too who will end up breaking their own record. I just don’t subscribe to it, nor will I encourage them to make a run at breaking their own record until they get enough rest to get their body’s back to functioning the way they’re supposed to function.

Until then, savor the record and get some sleep, fellas. You all earned it.

Press Release

Five bleary-eyed gamers each completed a mammoth two‑day stint at the wheel of a virtual Ford GT race car in Forza Motorsport 6 to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the “longest video marathon on a racing game”.

Gamers Cara Scott, 25, from the U.K.; 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 real life Ford GT race car achieved a historic victory earlier this year.

Driving for 48 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds, and completing a combined 41,004 virtual kilometres and 3015 laps, the gamers survived on power naps, sweets and soft drinks as they broke the previous record of 48 hours 1 minute.

The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title was later presented on the Microsoft stand at Gamescom, Europe’s biggest interactive games trade fair, in Cologne, Germany.

“They did an amazing job. Just like driving at the real Le Mans, this achievement required extreme levels of concentration, attention to detail, and most importantly endurance – because they had to keep going for twice as long as we did,” said Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver Stefan Mücke, who competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the Ford GT, and started the virtual race.

Compared with Mücke’s 136 laps of Le Mans – completed during 9:05.40 hours of real world driving – 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.

Their combined 41,004 kilometres is equivalent to driving once around the world. 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.

“For me, it’s incredible to see anyone stay up all night, whether it’s for a bumper car marathon or four days of watching television,” said Lena Kuhlmann, official adjudicator, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. “Two days of race gaming is a superlative effort. The endurance of the gamers is remarkable. They were engaged, concentrating and having fun even after the record was broken. It’s also great to have the actual Ford GT in view, to keep the gamers from getting completely immersed in the virtual world.”

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