The planned 5 March launch of the 2021 Williams Racing Formula One team car, the FW43B, has been disrupted by malicious actors who accessed the back end of an augmented reality app that the team had developed to show off its new car and leaked details online.
The team, which works extensively with cyber security firm Acronis to protect its data, pulled the app from the Apple App Store and Google Play shortly before the planned online event. According to GPfans, the app would have enabled viewers to project a full-size, 3D model of the FW43B into their homes and was also set to host a virtual meet-and-greet with the team’s bosses and drivers.
“Williams Racing planned to reveal its 2021 challenger, the FW43B, via an augmented reality app later today [5 March],” a team spokesperson said in a statement. “However, sadly, because the app was hacked before launch, this will no longer be possible.
“We were very much looking forward to sharing this experience with our fans, particularly during this difficult time when being able to bring in-person experiences directly to our fans is sadly not possible. We can only apologize.”