During the Rennsport and ESL R1 Major Summit in Munich Germany, publisher Competition Company, in partnership with ESL have confirmed that the distribution of Rennsport closed beta keys will start on 6th June 2023. Furthermore, Competition Company CEO Morris Hebecker also revealed some more details regarding the near future of the upcoming online racing platform.
Back in September 2022, Competition Company initiated its Rennsport Closed Beta phase registration. The closed Beta was initially planned to launch at the end of 2022 but had been postponed until somewhere in 2023. Community members who wanted a shot at becoming a closed Beta Tester, could head over to the official RennSport website and fill in the necessary forms to make it on the Closed Beta waiting list.
Competition Company has confirmed that 50% of the Closed Beta access keys will go to those who first registered, while the other 50% are randomly chosen. This means that people who sign up as late as today can still be selected for Beta access.
Those who are lucky enough to make it to the closed beta selection will be able to test five cars on 4 different tracks. The Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II, BMW M4 GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020, and the Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) have been part of the ESL R1 eSport season. Now Competition Company added a fifth car to the list in the form of the Praga R1.
The Praga R1 is a sportscar manufactured by Praga Racing who are based in Prague, Czech Republic. This race-ready customer track car has a full carbon body and a honeycomb composite monocoque that successfully passed the FIA crash tests. The car features race-specific safety equipment such as an integrated fire extinguisher system, HANS system support, helmet side support, and six-point seat belts.
The Praga R1 is powered by a RenaultSport derived 2.0L 4-cylinder engine delivering 210 hp to the rear wheels via a Hewland JFR, sequential six-speed transmission. Weighing only 572kg, the R1 has a power-to-weight ratio of 356 hp/ton. Besides the R1, Praga also developed the Praga R1S delivering 235bhp, and the Praga R1T which is powered by a Renault F4R 832 Turbo engine that pumps out 340bhp.
As far as included tracks are concerned, the Closed Beta will include the Hockenheimring, the Nürburgring GP layout, Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, and the just-announced Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.
Last but not least, Competition Company CEO Morris Hebecker reconfirmed that the Rennsport racing simulator will support modding, and creative users will be provided with the necessary modding tools.
Exciting times are ahead indeed.
Official Webpage – www.rennsport.gg