"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." said 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 Product and Marketing Management of Toyota Motor Europe, said: "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."
The latest installment of the WRC game is scheduled for September 3, 2020. Since the kick-off last January, the 5th season of the Esports WRC is already underway, bringing together loads of competitors in WRC 8. The competition has improved each year in both its organization and quality of the challenges, establishing itself as a stellar example in the world of video games. Lebanese competitor Sami-Joe is currently in the lead for the 2020 Esports Championship, after claiming his second win of the year during the Rally Portugal event. Sami-Joe has moved ahead of the 2017 and 2019 champ, Lohan 'Nexl' Blanc, with four rounds remaining. Sami-Joe and Nexl could both qualify for the grand final at Italy's Rally Sardinia next month. Other famous partners for Esports WRC include Fanatec, BenQ, and Playseat.
Toyota — the iconic Japanese automobile manufacturer — has recently unveiled the all-new Toyota GR Yaris. This new Yaris is a pure performance car, equipped with Toyota's new GR-FOUR all-wheel-drive system, and an exciting 1.6-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine. This engine gives the driver an impressive 261 DIN hp, with an added 360 Nm of torque. This is without a doubt one of Toyota's most lightweight and powerful cars on the market. To celebrate this accomplishment, Toyota Gazoo Racing has become the presenting sponsor for the 2020/21 ESports WRC. The winner of the ESports WRC will be getting a GR Yaris.
Interested in playing Esports WRC on your downtime? The game is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and the Nintendo Switch.