Recharge Wrap-up: Formula E Gaming, Telsa hacker's Model S plays movies

Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay offers Tesla Driving Experience Package.

A Tesla owner hacked her car to play videos on the center touchscreen display. While Tesla disabled video playback on its touchscreen – apart from the feed from the rear camera – hacker "Hemera" installed the Linux-based Gentoo operating system in her Model S, which allows her to use the 17-inch display as she sees fit. "The car would make an amazing media center," Hemera says in a blog post. "Holy crap it sounds amazing! The video player I'm using here is SMplayer. The performance was far better than I thought it would be." See the display in action in the video above, and read more from Electrek.

Tesla is partnering with the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay to offer guests a Tesla Driving Experience Package. The package includes an ocean view room, breakfast for two, and the use of a Tesla Model S, as well as access to the hotel's spa and fitness facilities. Tesla can arrange to deliver the car to the hotel, or the customer can choose to pick it up at Tesla Burlingame. On certain occasions, Tesla can even pick the customer up at the airport. The package starts at $959 per night. Read more from Driving the Nation, or at the Ritz-Carlton website.

Formula E is partnering with Visa Europe to create the Formula E Gaming brand. Formula E Gaming will host eSports series alongside its EV racing championship. The Race Off series pits gamers against two Formula E drivers. The Race Off Pro Series allows gamers to compete for a chance to drive in the championship finale in London. The eRace sees nine Formula E drivers and one member of the public compete in simulators in the eVillage during the race weekends. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag calls Formula E Gaming "an outstanding concept that will inspire a new generation of fans to get involved in motorsport." Read more in the press release below.

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New partner to help take eSports offering to new heights

LONDON, UK (April 22 2016) - Visa Europe has teamed up with the FIA Formula E Championship to deliver a world-leading partnership in eSports.

The world's first all-electric racing series has been blazing a trail for eSports in motor racing, running the Race Off series – where two Formula E stars race head-to-head and against members of the public, the Race Off Pro Series – where leading gamers compete in time trials ahead of each ePrix for the opportunity to race at the championship finale in London, and the eRace - where nine Formula E stars and one member of the public compete in simulators in the eVillage ahead of each ePrix.

Now all these activities are being brought together under the Formula E Gaming brand presented by Visa.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said: "Formula E is delighted that Visa has chosen to come on board as our partner in eSports. Visa is a brand that is committed to innovation and Formula E Gaming is just that – it is an outstanding concept that will inspire a new generation of fans to get involved in motorsport."

Gary Twelvetree, Visa's Executive Director brand and central marketing for Visa Europe, said: "Visa is partnering Formula E's exciting drive into eSports. This fits with our strategy to engage a digital savvy audience with the Formula E platform. Visa is a leading force in payment innovation and partnering with Formula E Gaming is a perfect fit."

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