BTCC TOCA Touring Cars Game Returning After 20 Years?
Somewhat older Sim Racers with a soft spot for Touring Cars will without a doubt remember the very popular TOCA Touring Car Game Series by Codemasters.
The first Codemasters TOCA Game for Windows and the PlayStation console was named TOCA Touring Car Championship and was released in 1997. The games featured all the licensed cars (no privateers) and all the tracks from the 1997 British Touring Car Championship. Needless to say, the game was a huge success amongst racing fans and is to this day remembered for its high level of virtual racing fun.
One year later, in 1998, Codemasters did it all over, releasing the TOCA 2 Touring Car Championship game improving on its predecessor by adding more detailed graphics, better physics, more car damage, and multiplayer (LAN) modes. Furthermore, Codemasters added support race content such as the Ford Fiestas cup, Formula Ford and more.
From then on, the future game versions (TOCA World Touring Car games, the RaceDriver Series, and later on the GRID series did not include a fully licensed British Touring Car Championship.
Rumors now go, that now 20 years later, there is a slight chance that in the foreseeable future, we might see a new TOCA racing game appear featuring British Touring Car Championship content. Several staff members and drivers in the current British Touring Car Championship, would not mind seeing their beloved close racing series officially promoted via a Video Game/Simulator.
Alan James Gow who is the Director and Administrator of the British Touring Car Championship has hinted that there is he will support the opportunity to relaunch the classic TOCA Touring Cars video game. Several current BTCC drivers have pushed for a reboot of the popular racing game series, with Dan Cammish who is a driver at the Honda Yuasa Racing Stars team directly contacting Codemasters in the hope of kickstarting the project once more.
Keep in mind that the BTCC did not make any official statement regarding a possible project or license, but we will surely keep you posted should more news become available.
Let’s be honest… With the multitude of GT3 based Sim/game titles released the past few years, it’s definitely time for something else. And as far as we are concerned, British Touring Cars would do just fine.