Simulation racing, electric go-karting to be held at *SCAPE in September

The activities are part of the inaugural HyperDrive Cities Festival, which is in line with this year’s Grand Prix Season Singapore.

Muhd Zahin Ilmi

Sports enthusiast and expert overthinker.

Published: 30 August 2022, 3:07 PM

Grand Prix and racing fans can look forward to experiencing activities such as electric go-karting and a community simulation racing challenge at the upcoming HyperDrive Cities (HDC) Festival 2022.

Taking place at *SCAPE from Sep 23 to 25, the HDC festival is in line with this year’s Grand Prix Season Singapore (GPSS), which spans from Sep 23 to Oct 2.

The event will feature a collection of race-themed experiences which are intended to complement the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2022 “beyond the track”.

Launched by the Legion of Racers in collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board, the HDC festival is Asia’s first hybrid online-to-offline festival that combines live, virtual  simulation racing, entertainment, lifestyle and technology within an urban carnival setting. 

According to the organisers, the festival is expected to see more than 5,000 members of the public.

One of the main highlights includes the HDC Championships 2022, a regional simulation racing championship that follows the inaugural E-Cities Championship held in November 2021.

Participants in this edition of the championships will race on a simulated Orchard Road Street Circuit that extends to the Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut sub-precincts.

The prize pool totals to $10,000 and the top winner is guaranteed a sum of $3,500. Spectators can view the races either live at *SCAPE or on YouTube.


The simulated race track is 4.9km in length, and racers will drive past landmarks such as Ion and Fort Canning. PHOTO CREDIT: HYPERDRIVE CITIES FESTIVAL


The public can also join in on the action through various activities, including an electric go-karting experience and a community sim racing challenge with prizes to be won.

There will also be motorsports-themed HDC gameplay stations powered by Augmented Reality at the festival, where participants can complete the various Gamemaster challenges to earn Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and prizes.

Local artistes RRILEY and Haneri are also set to perform three songs each after the sim race. DJ NashD will also make an appearance at the festival on Sep 23 from 8pm to 10pm.


DJ NashD is the official DJ for local artists Shigga Shay and hip hop collective Grizzle Grind Crew. PHOTO CREDIT: HYPERDRIVE CITIES FESTIVAL


A McLaren 720S Sportscar will also be on display at the venue during the course of the programme.

Regular tickets for the official launch party on Sep 23 will cost $10, and tickets to the HDC finals on Sep 24 will cost $30.

VIP tickets will cost $30 for the launch party and $50 for the HDC finals. The VIP ticket holders will be given a food voucher and have access to a designated VIP area.

All tickets will also come with a complimentary alcoholic drink.

Tickets to the festival can be purchased on HyperDrive Cities’ website.

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