As much of the world is in various states of COVID-19 induced lockdowns, car companies have come up with a range of online distractions to keep enthusiasts informed and entertained during these few months.
Cabin fever is a real challenge for many, so if you find yourself feeling bored (or free between Zoom meetings) while stuck at home, fret not, because there are many automotive-related things you can do to keep yourself occupied.
Here are some car-related activities for you to do online while we wait for the viral storm to calm down, and eventually allow some semblance of normality to return.
You can now take virtual tours of its Porsche Museum in Stuttgart via the official Porsche website. The Museum is one of the best places in the world for a petrolhead to visit, and you can look at 80 models from the very first Porsche to its huge range of race-winning machines – including LeMans prototypes and crazy ideas that never made it to production.
Pay a virtual visit to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Get up close and personal with iconic models such as the Type 64, 356, 550, and of course the 911 in various incarnations.
Get your racing questions answered on Porsche Museum’s Instagram page (@porsche.museum), where drivers like Mark Webber will be hosting interactive live Q&A sessions its followers.
Porsche also has a range of online minigames and activities for kids, printable colouring pages and a selection of entertaining videos.Kids can visit http://www.porsche4kids.com/, where there are a wide selection of games, puzzles and activities to keep them entertained.
There’s also a viewable tour of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, which is actually geographically very close by as well. Both virtual exhibits will likely time sink away at least an hour of your time each, if you’re even remotely interested in cars.
Get across Stuttgart and pay a visit to Mercedes-Benz’s museum for a virtual tour too while you’re at it.
Book an interactive guided tour of Audi’s Ingolstadt production plant at www.audi.stream for a fascinating insight into what goes on inside a car factory. You can even get your tour customised according to your preferences of what you want to see.
Meanwhile, Audi has ported its usual automotive factory tour entirely online, so that you can take a complete look around the brand’s Ingolstadt production plant in Germany, right from the comfort of your home.
With AudiStream, Audi offers interactive factory tours online. Experienced tour guides narrate the virtual tour and answer questions in the live stream. Interested fans can book an interactive tour at www.audi.stream and experience a full guided tour, with an Audi specialist narrating from a studio and views of the automotive production process.
Every tour is slightly different, as the experienced guides at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt determine the route for the roughly 20-minute livestream according to the individual interests of the participants that have logged in. As it follows a schedule, users have to select a desired stream and a suitable time slot in German or English online at www.audi.stream.
The feature is not entirely new, as the stream “Audi live at the Ingolstadt factory” has been available since November 2019. However, additional online streaming sessions have been added to the daily roster due to the complete cancellation of the onsite factory tours usually available to visitors at the Audi production plant.
Besides that, Volkswagen Singapore has also rolled out its #stayhomewithvw campaign on Instagram. It promises to be a virtual motorshow with a series of fun and informative content for petrolheads, so if you’re the type who loves visiting car showrooms for a browse every now and then, this online program could help keep you informed and up to date.
PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
Lastly, the Petersen Automotive Museum in the United States may have shut its doors to physical visitors, but it is live-streaming many of its activities online, offering education programmes for download, as well as fun activities for kids. The latter includes colouring pages for kids, printing out huge, accurate layouts of the world’s famous racetracks, and online quizzes, as well as livestreaming its tours.
Download and indulge in fun activities from the Petersen Automotive Museum in America, including colouring pages for kids, online quizzes, and a virtual tour of the museum.