2017 is shaping up to be a big year for sim racing eSports. While the year started with a bit of a wobble in Vegas at the Visa eRace event, the next affair is trading Formula E for one of the wildest open-wheel racers the world has ever seen.
Eurogamer Italia has announced a seven-week series focusing on the Lotus 98T. Two dozen sim racers from across Europe will take part in the series, which features big-name sponsors in the forms of Nvidia, Sparco, and Thrustmaster. The full schedule is below:
March 8 – Imola
March 15 – Mexico City
March 29 – Montreal
April 12 – Silverstone
April 26 – Hockenheim
May 10 – Estoril
May 24 – Adelaide
As you may have noticed based on the tracks listed (not to mention the unique liveries), the event will utilize the PC version of the game. It isn’t clear if the modded circuits will be modern versions, or period-appropriate. Either way, these won’t be short sprints either, with the trailer stating full race distances will be run.
Eurogamer is promising to stream the entire series (with English commentary) on its official Twitch channel. The whole thing kicks off March 8 at 20:30 CET.
In other Assetto Corsa news, the Highlands Circuit and Audi Quattro recently landed on the PC, while console players now have access to the third and final Porsche pack. Looking ahead, there are quite a few cars expected to land in Kunos Simulazioni’s sim racer in 2017.
Assetto Corsa is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.