I find this rather interesting
Basically, the TopGear guys got the idea to put a video game racing champion in a real race car, on a real track, and see how he does compared to his virtual world.
The game is iRacing - a realistic driving simulator that recreates the exact physics of scores of race cars and circuits from around the world. And Greger Huttu is the undisputed grandmaster of iRacing, after recently winning $10,000 & the title of 'World iRacing Champion'.
So they put him in a race car...
TL;DR: It translates. He's fast. Then he pukes in his helmet...
"It seems this was a stunning success. The guy had never driven a car anything remotely like an actual race car, he had never flown on a plane or even ridden a roller coaster. Yet he was able to hop into a high performance racecar for the very first time, and have lap times within 3 seconds of the best and handle 100 MPH turns within 10% of experienced drivers' speed. Yeah, he was totally physically out of shape for anything remotely like racing, the temp was over 110 F inside the car, and he threw up. But he didn't wreck after 15 laps. So I'd call this a total success, and does prove, at least to some extent, that experience gained playing games can directly translate to real-world performance, assuming the game simulation is realistic enough."Originally Posted by http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/geek-rebooted-2010-11-26?imageNo=0
I can't wait for this to show up in an episode of TopGear!