Race of Champions coming to a smartphone near you

Not everyone can compete in the Race of Champions. You have to be, you know, an actual champion of something. (That something being a professional racing series of some sort.) But us ordinary Joes can do the next best thing: pretend like we're champions while playing with our smartphones.

The organizers of the annual event, which brings a wide variety of racing talent together each year for head-to-head competition, is launching its own video game for iOS and Android devices. The game features various track layouts from past runnings of the RoC, and benefits from the input of professional racing drivers like rally veteran Michele Moutan and endurance and rally champion Marc Duez.

It's being developed by Hungarian studio Invictus, and is set to launch in app stores online later in October ahead of this year's race scheduled for December 3-4 in Düsseldorf. Organizers have also recently announced that 2009 Formula One world champion Jenson Button, WTCC vet Andy Priaulx and DTM champ Mattias Ekstrom have signed on to join Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher for the event, and that the 270-horsepower Skoda Fabia S2000 rally car will one of the cars they'll be driving there come December.
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Race of Champions to launch mobile racing game

- A state-of-the-art official Race Of Champions mobile racing game is on its way for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices
- The new game will be launched in the second half of October ahead of the 2011 edition of the Race Of Champions, to be held in Düsseldorf on December 3-4
- The game, to be co-published with racing game specialist Invictus, will be available on iTunes and Android app stores

Race Of Champions organisers IMP have concluded an agreement to co-publish a state-of-the-art racing game with specialist software company Invictus for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones.

The news means that racing game fans and followers of the annual ROC event can look forward to what specialists see as the most technologically advanced racing game on mobile platforms.

The game, to be launched in the second half of October, will be available on iTunes and Android app stores. It will include tracks and cars from different editions of the renowned Race Of Champions, featuring tarmac and off-road racing. The game's development had input from experienced drivers including ROC's co-founder and world rally legend Michèle Mouton plus Marc Duez, a multiple winner of the Nürburgring and Spa 24-Hour races and a former European Rally Champion. The various game modes will let players compete against friends and challenge players to beat the times of the actual participating champions.

IMP president Fredrik Johnsson said: "In line with our overall media strategy we are delighted to be pushing the envelope with our exclusive game as well. Invictus have managed to produce the most advanced graphics seen on these new platforms resulting in a stunningly faithful representation of our event."

Tamas Kozak of Invictus added: "We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the Race Of Champions franchise. The concept of the event provides us with the basis for a highly original race game concept which, combined with our custom built racing technology, will provide racing fans with a truly unique experience."

Invictus Games Ltd is Hungary's premier video game development studio, with a wealth of experience creating detailed racing games. Invictus' more than 10 year track record developing racing games includes offline and online on iOS, Android and PC, for companies such as Codemasters, Activision, Disney and Gamepot. For more information please see the Invictus website www.invictus-games.com or contact Invictus on press@InvictusGames.com (+36-52-485-034).

The Race Of Champions is an annual end-of-season competition that brings together the world's greatest drivers from all motor sport's disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans and NASCAR – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery on a specially constructed parallel track. Drivers pair up for the ROC Nations Cup, this year scheduled for Saturday 3 December, before the individual Race Of Champions takes place on Sunday 4 December.

Five drivers have been confirmed so far for ROC 2011, including F1 world champions Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button. Plenty more big names will be added in the run-up to the event at Düsseldorf in December. For information about tickets (starting from €19) please visit the website www.raceofchampions.com.

Keep an eye on the ROC website and the ROC Facebook (Race Of Champions) and Twitter (@raceofchampions) feeds for exact details of the new game's release date late in October.

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