New York (July 14, 2005) â€“ If variety is the spice of life, then TOCA Race Driver 2006 will get any racing gamer hot under the helmet: itâ€™s going to be crammed with some of the worldâ€™s greatest real racing cars when it launches in February 2006 for PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÂ® videogame system from Microsoft and PC.
In TOCA Race Driver 2006 players will compete in more than 100 individual championships covering 35 different racing disciplines â€“ thatâ€™s more than any other racing game has ever offered. Forget modded cars, forget streetcars, forget fictional racecars, just jump straight into some of the worldâ€™s most exciting real competition cars â€“ both modern and historic.
TOCA Race Driver 2006â€™s career disciplines cover GT, Off Road, Touring Cars, Historic, Open Wheel, Rally and Oval and drivers can choose to jump in and out of each one. The gameâ€™s authentic handling engine will give players the nuances of racing every individual car, providing for a huge range of different racing experiences.
TOCA Race Driver 2006 features the Dodge Charger thatâ€™s new on the NASCAR circuits this year. Alternatively, drivers can try the open-wheel endurance with the IndyCar Series championship cars at Indianapolis.
Players will also see how a specific racecar type has evolved through history, from the most technically advanced modern cars to historic classics, when victory really was all down to the driverâ€™s skill. From the most modern BMW Williams F1 Team car, through to Damon Hillsâ€™ championship winning FW18 of the 1990s, Nelson Piquetâ€™s classic FW11b of the â€˜80s, the Lotus 49 of the â€˜60s right back to the Mercedes-Benz W25 Silver Arrow of the â€˜30s when it was it was all about the most powerful engine on the lightest car with the fewest technical aids, being driven by the greatest driver.
Other key international race competitions, featuring all the real racecars, include Germanyâ€™s DTM and Australiaâ€™s V8 Supercars series. Both championships will feature the 2005 season, complete with car set-ups, practice sessions, and qualifying races.
For a change of pace and exhilaration, drivers can try the 4x4 Monster Series trucks with their huge, air-filled, 1.5m tires, 4WD steering and low-end torque thatâ€™ll let players pull wheelies from the start! Similar racing, on a smaller scale, is found when taking the Baja Beetles off road. In a white-knuckle ride across the dirt tracks, there are plenty of jumps that really send the Bajas flying!
Thereâ€™s also plenty to show off technical racing, especially with F3, Formula BMW and the Formula Palmer Audi with its turbo boost function that delivers an extra whack of 50bph to the engine. Though use the turbo tactically to overtake or achieve a fastest lap time â€“ it lasts just eight seconds and players can only use it eight times in a race.
With more than 40 championship circuits, drivers will be racing some of the greatest cars on the greatest tracks â€“ sometimes taking them to an unusual location. How about taking a V8 car out of Australia and race its 5.0 Litre engine at the Nurburgring or taking a TVR from the British GT out east and racing it at the Shanghai International Circuit?
With so many different racing experiences and real racing cars, TOCA Race Driver 2006 is revving up for a release in February 2006 on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. Get in the driving seat with more online at www.codemasters.com/tocaracedriver2006
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