Mark Skaife did a hot lap at Calder Park relying on only Galaxy devices for 'eyes'

‘Look ma, no eyes!’ Picture: Vodafone Australia

Vodafone’s Australia CEO Inaki Berroeta really, really wanted to show the world how good his company’s 4G network was.

No manner of safety provisions could have made this PR stunt any less terrifying. A hot lap of Calder Park with Mark Skaife, a five-time Australian champion of the V8 supercar series, would be harrowing enough.

But with the windscreens blacked out? Not much has to go wrong for it to go terribly wrong.

Skaife, a six-time winner of the Bathurst 1,000, was driving a BMW V8 M6.

‘I didn’t realise he wanted me to drive it blindfolded’

The challenge was to negotiate Calder Park’s Thunderdome using “visual clues and hints”

Calder Park has seen better days

Picture: Vodafone Australia

Three Galaxy S7 smartphones were ‘the camera’

Picture: Vodafone Australia

Inside the car, three Galaxy tablets

Picture: Vodafone Australia

The idea was to test Vodafone’s 4G network.

Start your engines

Skaife didn’t hold back, either. He said it was “like driving in an Xbox game – but without the reset button”.

‘It’s like being in a fair dinkum real-time simulator’

Picture: Vodafone Australia

He hit a top speed of 230km/h

Picture: Vodafone Australia

The best evidence we could find was he’s at least over 160km/h in the shot above, so that’s good enough for us.

“Samsung phones consistently transmitting live footage via the Vodafone 4G network to tablets inside the car – it was the ultimate in real world racing simulation.”

The real props go to Berroeta, who joined Skaife for the ride.

Picture: Vodafone Australia

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