NACON and its development studio KT Racing, in partnership with WRC Promoter, have announced that TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will end up being the providing sponsor of the 2020 and 2021 eSports WRC seasons.
The announcement commemorates the Japanese maker’s current unveiling of the all-new Toyota GR Yaris, a pure performance car born from Toyota’s title-winning experience in the World Rally Championship. Equipped with Toyota’s new GR-FOUR smart all-wheel drive system and a thrilling 1.6-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine providing 261 DIN hp and 360 Nm of torque, the all-new Toyota GR Yaris assures to be light-weight, powerful and thrilling– a fitting prize for the eSports WRC Champ!
The collaboration in between TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and NACON will extend into additional promos covering WRC 8 in addition to WRC 9, the latest instalment of the official WRC game set up for release on 3 September 2020.
Considering that its kick-off last January during the Monte Carlo Rally, the fifth season of eSports WRC is in full swing, and has already united numerous competitors in WRC 8. The competition’s popularity hasn’t stopped growing, and has actually developed it as a referral, as much in the world of video games as that of automobile racing. Each year, the organisation and quality of the challenges enhance and are acknowledged by both the specialists and the players.
Lebanese rival Sami-Joe currently leads the 2020 eSports Championship provided by Toyota GazooRacing He declared his second win of the year last weekend at Rally Portugal, moving a point ahead of 2017 and 2019 champ Lohan ‘Nexl’ Blanc with 4 rounds staying.
Both might qualify for the grand final with success at Italy’s Rally Sardinia next month. We will need to wait till the eSports WRC Grande Ending next October though to call this extraordinary season’s ultimate winner, who will be one of the first owners of the new and amazing Toyota GR Yaris.
This season, eSports WRC is already gaining from the assistance of popular partners such as Fanatec, BenQ, and PlaySeat, and it is with great pride that the NACON and WRC Promoter teams welcome TOYOTA GAZOO Racing as the new providing sponsor of the online championship.
“We’re very proud of the progress we’ve made since the creation of eSports WRC, which has become inseparable from the development and work performed all year long on the WRC video games,” stated Benoît Clerc, NACON’s Head of Publishing. “It has now become an unmissable event for every fan of off-road racing games. Thanks to the support of Toyota, the 2020 year will benefit from significant reinforcement, and we’re very impatient to continue collectively expanding eSports WRC.”
Andrea Carlucci, Director of Item and Marketing Management of Toyota Motor Europe, stated:
“We’re pleased to partner with eSports WRC to bring the excitement of rallying to more fans around the world. As one of the pillars of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, e-motorsports is key for us to make motorsport and sports cars more accessible to more people and to foster a new generation of car lovers everywhere. With the growing interest in eSports, and our increasing sports car offering, we’re looking forward to working closely with our partners to bring our brand value and exciting products closer to consumers and fans.”
WRC Promoter handling director Oliver Ciesla highlighted the current growth in eSports competition, especially sustained by the current implemented pause in global motorsport.
“Since physical events have been affected by recent circumstances, eSports is, now more than ever, a way for our fans to experience the thrill of motorsports competition even more intensely,”
” The eSports WRC Championship has actually grown in stature over the last 5 years to end up being one of motorsport’s leading virtualcompetitions We’re delighted to invite the passionate involvement of Toyota Gazoo Racing, a WRC maker team, to the tournament”.
WRC 8 is already available on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Stay tuned for news and announcements on WRC 9, which will be available on 3 September on PS4, Xbox One and PC from the Epic Game Store. A release date for Xbox Series X, PS5 and Nintendo Switch will be shared at a later date.
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