• Ford South Africa is inviting sim-racers to compete in qualifying stages on Assetto Corsa.
• Team Fordzilla is Ford's first official Esports team.
• Top qualifying South African sim-racers will compete against international teams for global recognition.
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The next episode in the Esports sim-racing competition is drawing near and will launch on 23 August 2021. For this year's competition, Ford South Africa is inviting avid sim racers from all ages to enter and stand a chance to form part of the South African team who will test their mettle against five European countries.
In the end, the top drivers will form part of Ford's established sim-racing division known as Team Fordzilla. Prizes from some of the biggest gaming brands and partners in Esports and motorsport will add to the local and global excitement. The Team Fordzilla Nations Cup is Ford South Africa's second participation in Esports following the 2020 event.
Doreen Mashinini, General Manager for Marketing at Ford South Africa, says: "Esports is widely regarded as the fastest growing sport in the world. Having South Africa represented at an international level as part of the Team Fordzilla Nations Cup is testament to the popularity of the sport in the country, and we are confident that our South African gamers will rise to the occasion."
Competing for a spot
Between 30 August and 6 September, all registered South African players will have the opportunity to set their fastest lap time - the circuit and car will be announced in due course. A virtual leaderboard will display the qualifying runs in real-time so that drivers and spectators can watch the action as it unfolds.
Following this tense qualifying battle, the fastest 20 sim-racers will be chosen to compete in a single race event, against each other, on 12 September. This will ultimately decide the top three drivers - who will also win great sim-racing prizes and represent South Africa in the Team Fordzilla Nations Cup, scheduled to take place in November this year.
The entire competition will be held on PC and played on the popular Assetto Corsa game. Players will need to have a consistent and reliable internet connection to compete in the qualifying rounds and final race, which will take place on dedicated servers for optimal performance. Interested players can register here.
Local drivers will race against teams of three from the UK, Spain, France, Germany, and Italy.