And the best virtual drivers in the world are… Finnish

A new study by Pentagon Motor Group has ranked the countries with the most accomplished virtual drivers in the world. — AFP Relaxnews

While many of us have not experienced the joys of driving as much as we usually would with restrictions on travel due to the pandemic, racing games are an alternative for those who want to hit the road. But do they improve our motoring ability?

It depends where you're from. New research reveals which country is the best at driving video games.

This study analyses gaming data of “achievements” from over 800 of the most popular driving video games, such as Mario Kart, Grand Theft Auto Online and F1. It takes into account metrics like high scores, fastest laps and completion times to determine which country is home to the Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton of the gaming community.

The results reveal that Finnish gamers have logged more high-ranking achievements per capita than any other country, followed by the people of Estonia and New Zealand.

Australian virtual drivers follow on the leaderboard, while American gamers have only managed to squeeze in at 8th. While the United Kingdom is home to real-life racing champions like Lewis Hamilton and Colin McRae, it only placed in 15th. It seems that Britons could use some driving lessons as soon as they will resume at the end of the national lockdown.

However, all is not lost for the virtual drivers of the United Kingdom. According to the research, they rank at No. 4 for the Gran Turismo titles and the F1 series. British gamers have also mastered racing in the classic The Simpsons: Hit And Run, although they are not as accomplished as inhabitants in Finland (No. 1) and Australia (No. 2). While Japan is left out of the top 15 of the countries with the best virtual drivers, it claims gold for the popular F1 series.

Discover the 15 countries that have the most accomplished virtual racers below:

  1. Finland
  2. Estonia
  3. New Zealand
  4. Australia
  5. Switzerland
  6. Sweden
  7. Lithuania
  8. United States of America
  9. Denmark
  10. Canada
  11. Uruguay
  12. The Netherlands
  13. Bulgaria
  14. Hungary
  15. United Kingdom – AFP Relaxnews
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