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TORA 2015 Announcement





TORA Offices - 3/10/14

Today TORA is proud to release details of it's initial 2015 activities. For the first time, TORA participants will be able to take part in championships featuring the best British circuits on the much anticipated new title, Project CARS from this Winter.

Why Project CARS?
TORA has always strived to bring the most realistic racing championships available.
We firmly believe that Project CARS provides us with a unique opportunity to not only bring new championships to the virtual racing community but also work with the best national and international series to represent them in the virtual sphere.
With a huge raft of real word circuits maticulously recreated and dozens of cars, Project CARS allows us to build on our expanding virtual racing world.

With that in mind we are proud to present two of our anticipated championships for Slighty Mad Studios' new title, Project CARS, starting in Winter 2015.

TORA GT Championship 2015
For the first time in TORA history, the premier GT series will take place on Project CARS. Based on the highly competitive British GT Championship, TORA GT brings together high powered sports cars with the most challenging circuits Britain has to offer.
The championship has a long standing link with TORA as it was the original inspiration for the TORA GT Championship, now entering it's 13th season.
The TORA British GT Championship will bring together cars from Audi, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ginetta, Mercedes, Nissan and Porsche (RUF) to compete at Britain's greatest circuits.


TORA President Matt Hunter;
"As the inspiration behind TORA's founding series, the opportunity to emulate the fantastic British GT Championship for the first time with the real cars and circuits is a massive opportunity for us.
We hope we can take this opportunity to show real and virtual fans alike why the British series is the best domestic sports car series in the world".

TORA Endurance Championship 2015
The 2015 TEC will make full use of Project CARS' full weather and day/night cycles to bring even more realism to the endurance events and it's associated coverage.
TORA will also be bringing new events to console racing for the first time.

Daytona 24 - The iconic opener to the US racing season arrives at TORA for the first time on Project CARS. Entrants will also be able to enjoy the preceding 'Roar Before the 24' test, all in real time and with full weather and time transition.

Bathurst 12 - This relative newcomer to the endurance calendar has captured the imagination of sports car fans all over the world and attracted some of the world's best to compete in this gruelling once around the clock event to conquer Mount Panorama.

Le Mans 24 - TORA's blue ribband event returns with full weather and day/night transition. Prepare for the focussing experience of nearly 200mph on the Mulsanne Straight at the dead of night. This race is going to be special!

Spa 24 - The premier racing event for GT3 and GT4 cars makes it long awaited debut at TORA. The weather in this region of Europe is notoriously fickle and rain is a constant threat. Can you tame Eau Rouge at night?

Silverstone 12 - The home of British motorsport and TORA's spiritual home, Silverstone plays host to the 12hrs multiclass race in Britain's early Autumn.
If the race is anything like the last two encounters this will be yet another classic.

Nurburgring 24 - The 2015 TORA racing calendar will conclude with the most challenging race of the year. Twice around the clock at the most iconic racing circuit on the planet.

The media output will continue to be a mix of our excellent in house talent and the experienced staff at Downforce Radio to whom we offer our thanks for their continuing involvement and support. TORA members can expect some particularly exciting developments in this area as we explore the options open to us with full twenty-four hour coverage of some of the world's greatest endurance races.

More news and championship details will be announced closer to the release of this much anticipated title.


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Post on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 17:50 by HaydieT

This is a joke. Pretty sure F1 2014 comes out for Next Gen Systems around this time as well

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Post on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 17:59 by Flyin Mikey J

Hmm... possible that they could be working on the stuff we as racing leagues need? If so, take your time and get it right.

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Post on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 18:04 by F4H Lotterer

Delays are actually a good thing for this game ,look at some of the positives atleast now with a March release they have 5 months to complete the car and track list and implement a livery editor.

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Post on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 18:42 by HaydieT

I'm sure it'll be great when it comes out just another 5 months without a suitable racing game on XB1 is a bit pointless!

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Post on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 18:48 by RumbleBee 392

Forza 5 is pretty suitable for the time being.

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Post on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 19:19 by FranchittiFan

och

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Post on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 19:25 by HCR Solar

i have a question for you all " You Mad?" Very Happy

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Post on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 19:50 by F4H Spartan

F4H Trash wrote:Delays are actually a good thing for this game ,look at some of the positives atleast now with a March release they have 5 months to complete the car and track list and implement a livery editor.

I will gladly eat a slice of humble pie if they add more content especially a livery editor. If they add more stuff i'm a happy bunny but from my own
selfish standpoint if its just to avoid competing with other titles i would be really disappointed.

I was reading an article recently about the dev's "aiming" to get ps4 and Xbone versions running parallel (ie 60fps @ 1080p), do you guys think this
could be connected to the delays?

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Post on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 19:56 by GTR Mike V

oh wow lol, cant say im surprised though.

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Post on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 20:33 by CQR Myles

Mamu 2508 wrote:I was reading an article recently about the dev's "aiming" to get ps4 and Xbone versions running parallel (ie 60fps @ 1080p), do you guys think this could be connected to the delays?
It isn't, although they are making the online largely unstable so it has parity with the PS4

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Post on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 0:33 by ErebusV8

So I guess FM4 may just have 5 more months in it

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Post on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 8:12 by LMR Deftone MX

lmao. I don't think I can do it for 5 more. Xbox One is any day now for me

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Post on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 12:21 by FranchittiFan

Think iRacing will be a bigger feature on TORA in 2015. Going to give it another shot, if anyone is interested feel free to PM me Very Happy

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Post on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 12:26 by connor7195

if TORA does stick to FM4 until Project CARS, any chance there could be some classic series like Seat Supercup cars, V8 Supercars, Radicals or anything with a Mosler?

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Post on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 15:57 by F4H Spartan

MYLES PR0WER wrote:
Mamu 2508 wrote:I was reading an article recently about the dev's "aiming" to get ps4 and Xbone versions running parallel (ie 60fps @ 1080p), do you guys think this could be connected to the delays?
It isn't, although they are making the online largely unstable so it has parity with the PS4

giggled at this Wink

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Post on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 18:31 by LMR Minardi

LMR Deftone MX wrote:lmao. I don't think I can do it for 5 more. Xbox One is any day now for me
Finally! Cool

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Post on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 19:04 by hunty1981

connor7195 wrote:if TORA does stick to FM4 until Project CARS, any chance there could be some classic series like Seat Supercup cars, V8 Supercars, Radicals or anything with a Mosler?

I thought u would ask about the mosler lol

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Post on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 20:19 by ShrinkingSteven

Why am I hearing a Stukka dive bomber to this whole thread. Rolling Eyes

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Post on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 21:25 by RumbleBee 392

plenty of good series coming about on FM5, and great racing to be had.

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Post on Sun 19 Oct 2014 - 4:52 by TechnologicMau5

Ok, I guess I'll put in my piece considering I work in a retail store that specializes in video games. Essay time!

This delay makes A LOT of sense. Yes, it sucks, I'm sad too, but here's the reality: I am the ONLY person who has it pre-ordered on ANY platform for all 4 of our stores in town. Does that tell you much? No one knows about it. There is no marketing AT ALL. NOTHING.

Ok, yes, I live in Canada, and moreover, there is hardly any motorsport culture here. I am also well aware that this game is targeted for a UK market, and has a much higher appeal there, but there is no denying how lucrative the NA market is. Exponentially more so than the UK. This delay allows them to not only polish the game, and separate themselves from over-saturated competition, but it allows them to develop a marketing strategy to secure the investment of everyone involved, including the fans. How much worse would it be to have Slightly Mad go under and stop supporting the game/sequels simply because no one knew about it? Sure, this is unlikely to happen anyways, but in an industry as risky as video game development, you need to assure that you are as close to safe position as possible to survive a launch, no matter where your money comes from.

This is literally the conversation I have with every customer I mention P.CARS to:

Customer: What racing games are there for next gen?
Me: Are you into a more casual experience, like a free-roam game, or do you like simulators
like Forza and Gran Turismo?
Customer: I like the track-based stuff.
Me: Well, right now, Forza 5 is a pretty decent option for the Xbox One, but if you have a PS4, there isn't anything yet. But there is a new game coming out for both systems called Project CARS, and it'll be the most accurate console sim ever made.
Customer: I've never heard about it, what's it like?
Me: (Ramble on about dynamic weather, pristine graphics, high level of detail for game settings, etc.)
Customer: That sounds fantastic, why haven't I heard of it?
Me: (Shrug)

Seriously, no one knows, they need marketing BAD.

How bad is the competition for the NA market in November? Let's see, keep in mind this is just what is off the top of my head:

November 3rd/4th - We have CoD: Advanced Warfare, the next installment in one of the highest grossing game franchises in history.

November 11th - Halo: The Master Chief Collection A remaster of the most popular Xbox series EVER. Assassin's Creed: Unity, Assassin's Creed: Rogue TWO new games for Ubisoft's flagship franchise.

November 18th, the original P.CARS release - Dragon Age: Inquisition Bioware's inaugural leap into next gen. Far Cry 4. Grand Theft Auto V The highest selling game of 2013, remastered for "next gen". Little Big Planet 3 Yes, a Sony title, but who's name do we see on most of these P.CARS ad videos? Not Microsoft. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor The unexpected underdog of the year that no one saw coming, and subsequently can't get their hands on (for next gen of course). To put it in perspective, my store has 12 unique titles other than P.CARS scheduled for release on the 18th.

November 21st - Super Smash Bros. Wii U Easily the most anticipated game of the year for any platform. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon Omega Ruby The next installment in the 3rd highest selling video game franchise of all time, which has a cult follow comparable to that of Justin Bieber.

That is just the first 3 weeks of November. The amount of other games releasing for the holiday season is overwhelming. Don't forget all the other things people end up spending their money on for the holidays. I doubt a new, niche racing sim buried under heaps of well established competition is high on their priorities.

Yes, it sucks, we are all on the edge of our seats waiting for this game, but it will come. When it does, it'll be better. Maybe it'll have a livery editor, more licenses for iconic car brands, and support for more than we currently imagine. Be patient, after all, the game, this website, this community, these races, they are nothing but tiny electrical impulses on a circuit board.

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Post on Sun 19 Oct 2014 - 5:02 by Mr Driv3

TechnologicMau5 wrote:Ok, I guess I'll put in my piece considering I work in a retail store that specializes in video games. Essay time!

This delay makes A LOT of sense. Yes, it sucks, I'm sad too, but here's the reality: I am the ONLY person who has it pre-ordered on ANY platform for all 4 of our stores in town. Does that tell you much? No one knows about it. There is no marketing AT ALL. NOTHING.

Ok, yes, I live in Canada, and moreover, there is hardly any motorsport culture here. I am also well aware that this game is targeted for a UK market, and has a much higher appeal there, but there is no denying how lucrative the NA market is. Exponentially more so than the UK. This delay allows them to not only polish the game, and separate themselves from over-saturated competition, but it allows them to develop a marketing strategy to secure the investment of everyone involved, including the fans. How much worse would it be to have Slightly Mad go under and stop supporting the game/sequels simply because no one knew about it? Sure, this is unlikely to happen anyways, but in an industry as risky as video game development, you need to assure that you are as close to safe position as possible to survive a launch, no matter where your money comes from.

This is literally the conversation I have with every customer I mention P.CARS to:

Customer: What racing games are there for next gen?
Me: Are you into a more casual experience, like a free-roam game, or do you like simulators
like Forza and Gran Turismo?
Customer: I like the track-based stuff.
Me: Well, right now, Forza 5 is a pretty decent option for the Xbox One, but if you have a PS4, there isn't anything yet. But there is a new game coming out for both systems called Project CARS, and it'll be the most accurate console sim ever made.
Customer: I've never heard about it, what's it like?
Me: (Ramble on about dynamic weather, pristine graphics, high level of detail for game settings, etc.)
Customer: That sounds fantastic, why haven't I heard of it?
Me: (Shrug)

Seriously, no one knows, they need marketing BAD.

How bad is the competition for the NA market in November? Let's see, keep in mind this is just what is off the top of my head:

November 3rd/4th - We have CoD: Advanced Warfare, the next installment in one of the highest grossing game franchises in history.

November 11th - Halo: The Master Chief Collection A remaster of the most popular Xbox series EVER. Assassin's Creed: Unity, Assassin's Creed: Rogue TWO new games for Ubisoft's flagship franchise.

November 18th, the original P.CARS release - Dragon Age: Inquisition Bioware's inaugural leap into next gen. Far Cry 4. Grand Theft Auto V The highest selling game of 2013, remastered for "next gen". Little Big Planet 3 Yes, a Sony title, but who's name do we see on most of these P.CARS ad videos? Not Microsoft. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor The unexpected underdog of the year that no one saw coming, and subsequently can't get their hands on (for next gen of course). To put it in perspective, my store has 12 unique titles other than P.CARS scheduled for release on the 18th.

November 21st - Super Smash Bros. Wii U Easily the most anticipated game of the year for any platform. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon Omega Ruby The next installment in the 3rd highest selling video game franchise of all time, which has a cult follow comparable to that of Justin Bieber.

That is just the first 3 weeks of November. The amount of other games releasing for the holiday season is overwhelming. Don't forget all the other things people end up spending their money on for the holidays. I doubt a new, niche racing sim buried under heaps of well established competition is high on their priorities.

Yes, it sucks, we are all on the edge of our seats waiting for this game, but it will come. When it does, it'll be better. Maybe it'll have a livery editor, more licenses for iconic car brands, and support for more than we currently imagine. Be patient, after all, the game, this website, this community, these races, they are nothing but tiny electrical impulses on a circuit board.

Agreed. Also, just gonna jump on the wagon because it still needs saying; don't announce where TORA is going till the game has come out. Now we wait till March for the game. (Not a bad thing) Seems like the Admin and News team are lacking patience. Like previous people have said, just tease it. Say we'll be looking into it when it comes out. Not saying "Right! TWO flagship series are going to an untested game because it looks good!"

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Post on Tue 13 Jan 2015 - 5:08 by LMR Sahara

Anyone know which car classes will be put into use for TEC this year regarding PCARS?

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Post on Wed 25 Mar 2015 - 17:07 by jonnotheone

Custom paints are not available on the console versions of this game as of yet its only available pc version

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