It’s hard to convey exactly what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a Formula One race car, but Mercedes-Benz is trying to do just that with a new series of 360-degree videos filmed at the Silverstone Circuit in the U.K. These films use a set of six cameras to capture a full, 360-degree moving view as driver Nico Rosberg pilots the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W05 racer around the track.
As the video plays, users can navigate a full 360 degrees to see different angles of the car rocketing around the track. Although it can feel slightly nauseating at first, it’s pretty cool to be able to see the track from this unique perspective. There is also a version of these videos optimized for the iPad that uses the device’s gyroscopic sensors to automatically adjust the camera angle based on the iPad’s position.
Mercedes-Benz’s Formula One car is all-new this year to take into account the new set of regulations for the 2014 Formula One season. Like all of its competitors, the AMG Petronas F1 W05 racer is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that replaces last year’s V-8 engines. In fact, the the video was shot at this new Formula One car’s first test lap around the track.
Mercedes-Benz has also released a 360-degree video featuring the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model in both sedan and wagon forms. For these laps, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton joins in for the fun, and these AMG cars get somewhat sideways around the track.
Check out the videos below to see Mercedes-Benz’s 360-degree camera technology in action.