In May 2015, Johnnie Walker launched the Walker Wager campaign nationally. A wager was made between South Africa’s top racing driver, Gugu Zulu and his friend, two-time Formula 1 World Champion, Mika Hakkinen. The wage? That Gugu could train a person with absolutely zero racing experience, to drive a lap of Kyalami within 5 seconds of Mika’s best lap time.
The person he chose was Vusi Thembekwayo – a businessman and public speaker.
After creating The Interactive Race Experience on Desktop, we realised that users on mobile wouldn’t be able to join in.
A first-of-its-kind instagram experience called the Insta-Race let users step inside the wager from either Mika’s, Gugu’s or Vusi’s perspective. 38 different instagram accounts and over 250 unique images and video clips were used to map out each individuals’ journey, and allowed you to navigate the various options and decisions of each individual with incredible detail.
The Walker Wager campaign site allowed all of South Africa to watch Vusi beat Mika in the real-world wager and follow the wager through a live aggregated social feed and photo narrative.Visit the Website
Race Against Mika
Once Vusi had won the wager against Mika in the real world, we wanted to let South Africa have a go at beating him in the virtual world.
The Race interactive experience allowed users to sit in Vusi’s seat and try to match or beat Mika’s lap time. Accept the wager and begin the journey of learning the fundamentals of racing.
Choose between 3 synchronized camera angles at any time – a pov cam, a third-person cam or a racing cam. It’s your race, choose the view most suited to you.
In order to drive faster and beat Mika Hakkinen, users had to master 4 in-race driving challenges teaching them the fundamentals of racing.
From cornering techniques to reaction tests to handling g-forces. The quicker you learned, the quicker you went.
If you successfully managed to master the in-race driving challenges and win the wager, you were automatically entered into a real-world advanced driving day at Kyalami in the iconic SLS AMG that Vusi raced in.
Your virtual progress, made real.
(Digital & Interactive) Microsite – Bronze
(Branded Content Video) Campaign – Bronze
(Digital & Interactive) Digital Integrated – Bronze
(Digital Crafts) Illustration Photography and Design – Craft Certificate