Formula E’s latest partnership with Virtually Live is quite literally a game-changer. Using the power of gaming, Formula E fans will now be able to challenge professional drivers on track in real-time via a ghost lapping system.

Kicking off with mobile and PC users, the Formula E virtual racer will (virtually) place players on the track to compete against real-world competitors as they race throughout the championship. This will be achieved using Virtually Live’s proprietary technology alongside the championship’s telemetry system.

The experience will include a qualifying session as well as a catch-up session that will allow players to replay races in case they were not able to participate live. They’ll also be able to share their achievements and other footage directly to social media. Fans will furthermore be able to compete against one another if they find the pros a little too talented.

Based on the video below, it doesn’t look all that visually impressive, although it may well be an early build of the game, far from the final product. The largest challenge will be to get the game to render in real-time. Interestingly, this appears to be Virtually Live’s first project ... and it's quite an ambitious one as far as gaming is concerned.

There’s no indication on exactly when the final product will be available, but if you’re interested you can sign up here.