Official FIA WEC App Released

Today at Silverstone, a new app for all iOS and Android users has been launched by Pierre FILLON President of the ACO, ahead of the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which will allow fans unprecedented access to information, live feeds and data from each of the races in 2014 and beyond.

Available for any device capable of running iOS or Android applications, the FIA WEC second screen app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store or the Google Play store and has two levels of access. Some of the functions will be available for free and there will be more interactive elements that will be available for a small fee, payable for each race or for the whole season.**

“After many months of hard work, and significant investment by the ACO, we are pleased to unveil the new Second Screen application for the FIA WEC,” said Pierre Fillon. “This communications tool will give all fans the opportunity to see and interact with a world championship on a level never seen before and will usher in an exciting new phase in the story of endurance racing that will allow everyone to easily follow a race of any duration, whether it is 6 hours of 24 hours.

“After round 2 in Belgium, the application will then switch to become the second screen for the 24 Heures du Mans before switching back to the FIA WEC in September for the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas. We truly believe this is the future of following and enjoying Le Mans style endurance races.”

“This wil be an exciting new 21st Century way to follow the races in 2014,” said FIA WEC CEO Gerard Neveu. “We have been developing the second screen since the end of last season and we are now ready to unveil what we can consider to be one of the world’s best motorsport application.

“Endurance racing has always been about giving the fans the best access possible and now they will be able to follow the races with unprecedented access to features that have up to now been only available to the teams. Most of the features are free but some of the more interactive items are available for a small fee, which is the equivalent of just €2,85 per race for the season pack, which offers great value for money.”

Free Access Features:

· HOME: Next event countdown, news and videos.

· LIVE TIMING:Light information regarding the timing for Qualifying sessions and Race.

· HIGHLIGHTS:One week after each race, you can find the highlights of the race in this section. In 52 minutes it will give you the most important facts to help you to understand the classification. It will also allow you to review specific moments during the qualifying session or the race.

· STANDINGS:Including FIA World Endurance Championship standings for drivers, teams, and manufacturers. In this section you can select your categories and/or favorites teams and/or drivers.

· MEDIAS: Spectacular videos, exclusive interviews, pictures that can be filtered by interest.

· NEWS:Keep informed about what is happening in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

· RACES: Get the overall calendar of the FIA World Endurance Championship. And give you an overview of each circuit visited by the FIA WEC.

· TEAM: Detailed information about drivers, teams and manufacturers entered in the Championship.

· SOCIAL MEDIA: Integration of the Facebook page and twitter #FIAWEC feed for more interactivity. Share your feelings, become an actor of the Championship… With Live text.

Premium Season Pack Features:

· LIVE COVERAGE:Includes FULL LIVE of the 7 races and qualifying sessions. The best way to be part of the race at the heart of the action wherever you are!

· LIVE TIMING:Access to the FULL LIVE TIMING including best laps, position in category, gaps, average speed, pits, category filter… The marshaling system will allow you to know the location of each car on the track!

· ONBOARD:Access to onboard cameras. Select your favorite car and follow the race from inside the cockpit.

In-App Purchases:

1. Premium Season Pack (excluding the 24Hours of Le Mans) €19,99 ($27.50 USD)

2. Premium Race Pack (excluding the 24Hours of Le Mans) €4,49 ($6.20 USD)

3. Premium Race Pack – 24 Hours of Le Mans €9,99 ($13.80 USD)

To download the free FIA WEC App visit the iTunes store or Google Play Store and search for ‘FIA World Endurance Championship’ or ‘FIA WEC’

19 Comments

  1. JAGLeMans

    April 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Fair warning, if you subscribe, it’s per OS, so choose PC, Android or IOS. Hopefully there’ll be some way around this in the future with a universal login.

  2. Joel

    April 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I for one find the pricing a bit excessive. Full season access is $41.30 for the computer plus $41.30 for Android phone plus $41.30 for IPad. $123.90 is more then I’m willing to pay and that doesn’t even include video on demand.

  3. Tim

    April 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Wait. I have to pay now to even watch the fricken race on my computer?? That is garbage!

  4. Denz

    April 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Looks like I’ll be watching race highlights this year.

  5. Steve

    April 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Looks like you have to pay to even see timing and scoring now(PC). My excitement for this season is gone. Way to ruin it FIA!

  6. Scott

    April 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Disappointing. This cost is excessive. I might even consider if you could log on pc and phone with one log in with getting screwed twice. I was so looking forward to watching and then checking in when I’m out and about.

    WEC should fix this pronto.

    1.) Allow one payment for phone and pc access.
    2.) Lower the price to acceptable levels for fans.

    Get it right.

  7. scottypinthemix

    April 18, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    S T U P I D

    great way to kill a fan base

  8. Tim

    April 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    They have affectively killed off there fan base 2 days before the race……Morons! I was actually considering waking up at 6 am to watch the race. NOW Im not watching ANY of the races.

    Not only is it stupid expensive. Lemans is an EXTRA charge on top of a ridiculous price! Its also per device?!? What are these people thinking?

  9. Logan

    April 18, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I won’t let money ruin my spirit! I will pay for it. I’m just wondering why now after last season it was free. I guess the only way is to ask FIA myself. 🙁

    • Oleg

      April 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Many of us can’t watch the races live and would need the ability to watch a full race weeks later when we can make the time for it. Pro charge this much and yet only offer a highlights package is insane.

  10. Chuck B

    April 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I don’t mind paying an acceptable price for the live stream of the races, the bandwidth to pump HD content around the world can’t be cheap but having to pay twice, once for browser access and once for iOS app access is just ridiculous. On top of that, the “season pass” doesn’t even include Le Mans.

  11. Brendan

    April 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Looks like I will be watching European le mans series this year, I was so ready for this years WEC season. I think it is a dumb move to have people pay for the race 2 days before it. Well done Fia, well done!

  12. Nate

    April 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Sorry, I don’t see where it says you still wont be able to view the race on your PC for free. To me, these costs just appear aimed at android/ios devices like phones or ipads. Hopefully, I’m not just being naive.

    • Scott

      April 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Hate to burst your bubble…

    • Paul

      April 18, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      I think I’m with Nate here. From what I understand, there’s still a live stream available for free in the WEC website (??) but you have to pay for the app if you want to stream from your iOS/Android/etc. Correct me if I’m wrong..

      • Steve

        April 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

        There is no free live WEC stream for PC anymore. You cannot even view live timing and scoring without paying the fee.

  13. JAGLeMans

    April 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    This service works out at £2 per race, that’s worth it for me for the convenience alone. To pay for various TV sports packages, per month, would be £20 plus, and was previously the only way to access Motors TV & Eurosport – so I didn’t bother.

    Fortunately, in the UK, Motors TV is now on Freeview TV (for internet connected TV’s), so the full WEC races are available for free. But as I say – the App is worth the £2 per race for me – and I’m (if not exactly happy) content to pay for a service that will hopefully build and give me the access I want, without relying on ad filled subscription TV.

  14. Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

    April 19, 2014 at 2:16 am

    They can ignore most of these comments because no matter the price many of you wouldn’t pay. It is proven by social research.

    $30 is not excessive considering there will be little to no adverts. It might be excessive if you purchase it for several devices and I agree that should be fixed by either increasing the cost overall and allowing access on several devices.

    Or by making the PC app free and charging for mobile devices.

    This is the future, most TV will be al-a-carte and you’ll be able to pick and choose for a fee.

    The majority of what you watch racing wise is free to air, stop complaining. I can see it all for free but you’ll have to subscribe to my blog and I will show you how that’s possible.

    Some call it cutting the cable.

  15. Tim

    April 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Can none of this be viewed unless the race is occurring? I purchased the PC version. I can not see any of the things listed under the free section.

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