BEDFORD, Mass. – iRacing and Red Bull Global Rallycross have announced a partnership that will bring official Red Bull GRC racing to the premier online eSport racing game.
Rallycross’s unique style of combined dirt and asphalt racing and tight, fender-to-fender racing will complement iRacing’s vast offering of motorsport formats including NASCAR, IndyCar, sportscars, dirt oval and more.
Expected to be available later this year, iRacing’s Red Bull GRC will debut with multiple cars and tracks as well as an exciting new race format – heat racing. Just as in the real world series, the heat format combines multiple short races where competitors battle to qualify for the final.
iRacing previously announced that the Volkswagen Beetle GRC car will be available in iRacing – free to all members. In addition to the VW, iRacing has also licensed and built the Ford Fiesta RS WRC racecar which will be available for purchase when Rallycross becomes available in the online racing service.
Initially there will be four GRC tracks with five separate configurations available to iRacing members – Daytona Int’l Raceway (two different tracks), Iowa Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Lucas Oil Raceway.
These purpose built tracks replicate the challenges Red Bull Rallycross drivers face – multiple track surfaces, jumps, hairpin turns and more. iRacing’s dynamic tracks surfaces change lap after lap, just like in the real world, and the dirt surface model replicates the ever changing conditions of a rallycross track.
“This is a really exciting announcement for iRacing fans all around the world,” said Steve Myers, executive vice president and executive producer for iRacing. “Being able to combine dirt and asphalt racing, plus the changing tracks conditions is something we have been working on for quite a while now and to see it come alive with Red Bull Global Rallycross is amazing.”
“We have been working with iRacing for some time now, collaborating to develop the tracks and working with drivers to ensure the cars perform just as they do in the real world,” added Red Bull Global Rallycross founder and COO Chip Pankow. “iRacing will be a great way for our fans to experience Red Bull Global Rallycross in way they have never before – getting on track and racing. I know our fans will love it.”
CREDIT: iRacing Communications