SMS Racing (SMS-R) is an initiative that covers Project CARS IRL (In Real Life) - blurring the lines between gaming and the real-world automotive and motorsports worlds.
This year, not only is Project CARS entering a team into the Time Attack Championship season, but also for the 2016 NVIDIA Challenger Series, members of the Project CARS dev team are stepping up to the plate with two rosters - Team Ignition and Team Tempest - entering the fray!
Check out the top tier teams, the contenders, and the dark horses entering the 2016 NVIDIA Challenger Series...
NVIDIA CONSOLE DIVISION
THE DIRTY DOZEN - THE ONES TO WATCH
With all cars running default setups, the field is far more open in the NVIDIA Challenger Series with success all coming down to driver ability rather than engineering under the hood. As such, any of the teams above have the potential to dominate.
Team Redline come in with a strong background in sim racing, a reputation to live up to, and an eagerness to prove their worth in Project CARS. In response, SDL Motorsport, BAM, TX3, and Unity Motors all enter the 2016 season with multiple rosters - mixing up both familiar faces with brand-new recruits. As was seen last year, consistency is key so it'll still be a team effort to secure valuable Challenger Points over both Splits.
Team Shark return once again with revenge on their minds and a refurbished Starlux team join 2015 veterans Viking and STD-RS.
With over 50 five-man teams and 100+ smaller teams also competing though the 2016 season is looking extremely competitive. Is there a dark horse amongst them that'll take the glory? Is driver skill enough for some of the well-known drivers? Or will we see some big shakeups in the Summer Split that'll lead to big changes going into the Autumn? We'll find out soon starting April 22nd!
April’s Project CARS Esports competitions continued at full-speed this week, with the last ESL Go4 Cup before the start of the 2016 Driver Network season. Therefore the latest ESL Cups were a big chance for the teams to sharpen their skills before Round 1 of the Logitech G Championship Series gets underway on April 15.
This week we headed back to California in the USA and to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A notorious, narrow circuit with blind crests, steep hills and that infamous Corkscrew corner. The drivers were in GT4 class machines once more, making for a tough challenge at Laguna. Spotting your apexes early is crucial around this place. If you get your car’s positioning wrong by just a couple of feet, or transfer its weight at the wrong moment then you’ll find yourself with a one way ticket into the sand or into a wall.
With Draft Day long behind us, the teams for the Logitech G Championship Series are now all registered and accounted for.
LOGITECH G CONSOLE DIVISION
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS - SDL MOTORSPORT
Team Redline join from iRacing with their eye on taking home the crown. They'll be up against the ultra-competitive BAM eSports though who have previously shown their pace in the 2015 season as well as in the ESL.
Also battling it out will be Team Shark, returning anew with newcomer Mystik filling out the five-man team as they look to butt heads once again with bitter rivals SDL.
And finally, Unity have three teams entered with their Elite roster comprising of ex-Starlux member Gturbo who was competitive last year but had issues adhering to the track limits, SmOKky, and ESL player Babarxxl.
All four teams have a great chance of taking home the win so watch out for these names in the upcoming months!
With weekly events and monthly finals occurring via ESL, live events touring worldwide, and two major series running throughout 2016, the world of Project CARS Esports is continually growing and evolving.
We're very pleased therefore to announce today that the expansion continues with the first officially-accredited Affiliate League.
Official accreditation is given to leagues that provide their players and audience with exemplary well-organised entertainment that's clean, fair, and competitive. None do this more so than Apex Online Racing who have ran multiple seasons within Project CARS and conduct themselves with ultimate professionalism.