Racing video games are all good and fun, especially if the list of available cars includes something you really admire. Well, if you’re a fan of the World Rally Championship video game series and the Proton Iriz R5, you’ll want to pick up the latest WRC 8 that was launched on September 5, 2019.
The game’s developer, Kylotonn, recently released a trailer showcasing some of the iconic rally cars that will be in the game, including classics like the 1972 Lancia Fulvia, 1973 Renault Alpine A110, 1974 Lancia Stratos, 1975 Ford Escort Mk II 1800, 1983 Lancia Type 037, 1991 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione, 2016 997 Porsche 911 GT3 RS RGT, 2016 Volkswagen Polo R WRC and of course, the 2019 Proton Iriz R5.
For a bit of history, Mellors Elliot Motorsport (MEM) began work on the rally-going Iriz in 2016 to compete in the WRC2 category as well as the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC).
Under the bonnet is a 4B11T turbocharged inline-four from the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, but with a smaller engine displacement of 1.6 litres from 2.0 litres to meet R5 class regulations. Other aspects include a transmission and all-wheel-drive system from Xtrac, Reiger suspension, Brembo brakes and Cosworth electronics.
The car first made its debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and has since gone on to win several national rallies in Britain, including the Forest Rally Stage Goodwood FOS (2017 to 2019), the season opener Cambrian Rally of the 2018 BTRDA Rally Series, and more recently, the Woodpecker Stage Rally 2019.
The last win comes after the Iriz R5 received FIA R5 homologation, which enables it to compete in FIA-sanctioned rally events, including those on the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a Proton was featured in a rally video game, as there was the Proton Wira 4WD (Proton PERT Evo II) in International Rally Championship (1997), Proton PERT Evo VII in WRC 4 (2004), and Proton Satria Neo S2000 in FIA World Rally Championship (2012).
If you want to try out other vehicles, WRC 8 has cars in the WRC, WRC 2 and Junior WRC categories available, along with over 100 special stages of the 2019 championship’s 14 rallies.
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