The closed beta of Rennsport starts on June 6th and includes Praga R1

By Ross McGregor and Thomas Harrison-Lord

After the initial announcement that it would start in January 2023, followed by a period of silence, the long-awaited closed beta of the upcoming sim racing platform Rennsport is set to launch very soon.

Actually June 6th.

The test will feature four GT3 cars featured in the ESL R1 eSports competition, one new car and four tracks including the newly announced Monza. The Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​​​Hillclimb and Porsche Mission R are canceled for the time being.

Praga R1 confirmed

The Praga R1 will already be familiar to sim racing fans as it appeared on RaceRoom last year and was used by popular YouTuber Jimmy Broadbent for the 2022 Praga Cup Championship.

Now, however, the car is on its way to racing, bringing the budding sim’s number of vehicles to a total of seven. It will also be playable within the beta.

Czech manufacturer Praga’s R1 has been around since 2012, but its latest all-carbon version – the R1T – burst onto the motorsport scene in 2021, competing as a class in the Britcar Endurance Championship in the UK.

In 2022 a new Praga Cup promotion category was held, again in support of the Britcar package in the UK. And although the grid struggled to get into double figures, Broadbent and co-driver Gordie Mutch took the title, driving for the Fanatec Praga Team87 team.

Praga R1, Silverstone, Britcar Prototype Cup, Jess Hawkins/Shane Kelly, University of Wolverhampton Racing TeamJess Hawkins/Shane Kelly, University of Wolverhampton racing team. Photographer: Ross McGregor

With a weight of only 643 kg and an output of 365 hp from its two-litre turbo engine, the R1 is regarded as an excellent stepping stone into the world of prototype racing and is accordingly qualified for the Prototype Cup as part of this year’s British Endurance Championship supporting programme.

Racing closed beta cars

  • Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II
  • BMW M4 GT3
  • Mercedes AMG GT3 Evo (2020)
  • Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
  • Prague R1

Racing closed beta tracks

  • Hockenheimring
  • Grand Prix of the Nürburgring
  • Spa Francorchamps
  • Monza

Aside from in-person demonstrations at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​and BMW Welt, as well as this weekend’s ESL event if you’re in Munich, public playability of racing has been rather slim.

That changes with this closed beta announcement. It’s not yet clear how much code will be distributed initially and what functionality will be available, but more details are expected soon. Access will be sent to those who have previously registered through the platform’s website.

Racing closed beta start date

June 6, 2023

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