The 2016 Project CARS Esports season is an international affair with car simulator teams competing from all around the globe. For our latest team interview, though, we’ve decided to highlight a team that’s a little closer to home.
The CQR Club eSports Team hails from the United Kingdom, which also happens to be the home of Project CARS developers, Slightly Mad Studios. CQR is the leading British outfit in our official competitions, though the team also includes drivers from the US and other locations. CQR currently lies fifth in the PC Division of both the Logitech G Championship Series and the NVIDIA Challenger Series. It also has a console team in the NCS, which currently sits tenth in the team standings.
We sat down with CQR drivers, Magictap, and Deuce to find out how the team approaches each championship, and what motivates them to race at such a high level.
Round 4 of the Logitech G Championship Series took our Project CARS Esports drivers to Le Mans during the weekend of the 24 Hours. For many of our top teams, this was a French homecoming, with many of them hailing from France including the likes of SDL Motorsport, Team Shark Racing, BAM and many others.
As Round 4 took place alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pilots were tasked with the ultimate challenge in sportscar racing, driving an LMP1 hybrid. This time, it was the race-winning 2014 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro. The R18 is a monster, boasting huge downforce levels, massive power and only weighing 900kg. LMP1 cars have more in common with Formula A than they do with sportscars, so we expected many of our top open-wheel drivers to shine in this tin-top.
As the LGCS is a time attack series, we selected the shorter Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans for this event, rather than the enormous Circuit de la Sarthe. The Bugatti layout is a more technical circuit, focused on high and medium speed corners rather than the long straights of la Sarthe. This calls for the teams to find a well-balanced setup to keep their cars stable in the high speed chicanes and long, sweeping curves, whilst not compromising the slower corners at turns 2, 6 and 11.
Continue reading to find out which of our drivers mastered this week's event...
Coinciding with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Project CARS Esports drivers and fans can check out the following events running over the weekend...
One of our returning competitors from 2015 is BAM e-sport, a French team that has been hugely successful in all areas of the Project CARS scene, from SMS-ran championships, to ESL, and the Apex Online Racing league.
In 2015, BAM finished third in the SMS-R Driver Network Championship team standings, despite not competing for the full duration of the year. Drivers like Khaki, Dyndas, Tuscan, Flawless, and many others compete for BAM on all fronts, taking regular wins and podiums along the way. In the 2016 NVIDIA Challenger Series, the team currently leads the Team Standings after 4 Rounds of the season.
We spoke to Pierre Ratier, better-known as BAM Mewt, to find out what makes this remarkable team tick...
Round 4 of the Project CARS Esports NVIDIA Challenger Series brought us back home to the UK, to Cheshire’s picturesque Oulton Park circuit.
Our virtual race at this awesome track ran during the same weekend that the stars of the British Touring Car Championship took on the course in real-life. However, we chose an altogether more extreme machine for the Project CARS action. Drivers were tasked with taming the mighty Ruf CTR3 SMS-R, a one-of-a-kind supercar developed by Slightly Mad Studios in partnership with Ruf. This ridiculous machine puts out 750 horsepower, and combined that raw energy with superb engineering and aerodynamic precision.
The track itself is legendary amongst every driver that has ever raced in the UK. Oulton Park is loved for its dramatic elevation changes and super fast sweeping corners - demanding precision and balls from the drivers. Corners like Cascades and Druids will reward brave driving and the whole track rewards maximum attack, whatever the car.
Continue reading to discover which of our drivers confronted this demanding combination and came out on top.