After its successful premiere the new ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge continues with virtual “Rally Australia” (20/05/–24/05/2020). Following the hashtag #beatSKODAACES fans from all around the world can again compete online behind the virtual wheel of a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo against rally aces.
The ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge was a success right from the start. Around 3,900 gamers, among them the FIA WRC2 Champion 2017, Pontus Tidemand (SWE), reigning European Rally Champion (ERC1) Chris Ingram (GBR), Slovakian Rally Champion Martin Koči (SVK) and rising star Oliver Solberg (SWE) plus ŠKODA’s e-game ambassador Petr Semerád (CZE), were competing against each other. Although the “real” rally aces had (so far) no chance against the e-sports specialists from all over the world, even the professionals had a lot of fun. The majority of the gamers came from France, followed by Czech Republic, Spain and Italy. Even players from the United States of America joined the competition. Created content on social media reached more than 2,5 million ŠKODA Motorsport fans all over the world.
The next event of the ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge is the virtual “Rally Australia” (20/05/–24/05/2020). Rally youngster Oliver Solberg (SWE) had bad luck during the first round of the ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge, when an internet failure caused “retirement”. He nevertheless proved his virtual speed and is now highly motivated. Mikołaj Marczyk (POL), who won the real-life Polish Rally Championship with a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, was spontaneously competing in the first round where he finished 10th overall and is already preparing for the virtual “Rally Australia”. Sébastien Bedoret, who finished 2019 third in the Belgium Rally Championship, will take the virtual challenge as well.
The online event will be again open for five days to all registered gamers around the world (https://dirtrally2.com/clubs/club/295041, club name: SKODA ECHALLENGE). The virtual platform for the competition is DiRT Rally 2.0, a video game developed and published by Codemasters for all major gaming consoles like PlayStation®4 and Xbox One®. DiRT Rally 2.0 also runs with Microsoft Windows® on a personal computer.
Advise for a virtual car setup
Like in the real world, competitors can get advice from the ŠKODA Motorsport engineers in order to prepare their ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo for the virtual competition. Skipping the trouble of virtual testing, competitors can find the recommended setup on this link. The DiRT Rally 2.0 is a very realistic simulation, so the recommended settings are not that far from the real ones, although many values and setting ranges differ. But there are no limits to the own ideas of each competitor. The ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge will be covered regularly under the communication hashtag #beatSKODAACES by ŠKODA Motorsport’s social network channels. Also, a video covering the course of the virtual rally will be produced and published after the event.
20 April 2020 - Fancy competing on equal terms against professional rally drivers and even becoming a rally champion? The new ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge offers exactly this. The virtual competition, where fans can compete behind the virtual wheel of a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo against rally aces, starts with the five days online version of “Rally Argentina” (22/04/–26/04/2020).
DiRT Rally 2.0 is a video game developed and published by Codemasters for all major gaming consoles like PlayStation®4 and Xbox One® and also runs with Microsoft Windows® on a personal computer. The DiRT Rally 2.0 edition is the 13th title of the initially called “Colin McRae Rally” series. The legendary and unforgotten Scottish FIA World Rally Champion from 1995 impressed as well behind the wheel of a ŠKODA FABIA WRC.
ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge kicks off on 22 April 2020 with virtual “Rally Argentina”, the real FIA World Rally Championship round being postponed due to the corona crisis. The online event will be open for five days to all registered DiRT game players around the world (https://dirtrally2.com/clubs/club/295041, club name: SKODA ECHALLENGE). The users will compete behind the wheel of a virtual ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo against each other as well as against professional drivers. The individual results of each participant will be registered in a ranking system.
International champions and rally aces are facing the challenge of the online series
Real rally aces, which are usually competing with a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 on rally tracks worldwide, will join the competition. Among them are the FIA WRC2 Champion from 2017, Pontus Tidemand (SWE), European Rally Champion (ERC1) Chris Ingram (GBR), Slovakian Rally Champion Martin Koči (SVK) and rising star Oliver Solberg (SWE), who competes supported by ŠKODA Motorsport in selected rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship. ŠKODA’s e-game ambassador Petr Semerád, one of the most experienced Czech competitors in the virtual world of DiRT Rally 2.0, will be one of their toughest opponents.
The ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge winners will receive attractive prices. The ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge will be covered regularly under the communication hashtag #BEATSKODAACES by ŠKODA Motorsport’s social network channels. Also, a video covering the course of the virtual rally and telling ŠKODA Motorsport ambassador’s impression will be produced and published after each event.
Online game DiRT Rally 2.0 excites rally fans around the world
Computer games went public around 1980, since 2000 they are played online as well. Since 2018, the gaming community increased from 395 million to approximately 495 million users. Live events are becoming more and more popular. Some gamers even use semi-professional simulators with steering wheel, pedals for throttle and brakes plus bucket seat. Others are surprisingly competitive by using console peripherals only.
One of the most successful racing games is DiRT Rally 2.0, which was sold around a million times and runs on all major platforms. ŠKODA crews and their cars are part of DiRT Rally 2.0, several ŠKODA rally cars appear in photo realistic shape with different designs.
Argentina 23/04/–26/04/2020 postponed*
Portugal 21/05/–24/05/2020 cancelled*
Italy 04/06/–07/06/2020 postponed*
Kenya 16/07/–19/07/2020 cancelled*
New Zealand 03/09/–06/09/2020
Great Britain 29/10/–01/11/2020
*Events postponed or cancelled due to the fight against the spread of the coronavirus