Forza Racing Championship Season 1
Forza Motorsport 6 players, get ready to start your engines, because competition in the inaugural season of the Forza Racing Championship (#ForzaRC) kicks off next week. The largest esports competition in Forza Motorsport history begins on August 8 and registration is open today. Players from across the world will be able to compete for amazing Forza and Xbox prizes throughout the month of August, and the best Forza players in the world will lay it all on the line for the ultimate prize – a real 2017 Ford Focus RS!
Whether you’re racing royalty or just getting started, we’ve got a place for you here in the ForzaRC and, in this story, we’ll take you through everything you need to know before the green flag drops on Monday.
Racing For Everyone
We have designed the ForzaRC to be as open as possible – a place where players of all skill levels can participate and have a great time competing for awesome prizes. The first season of the ForzaRC will include both an Elite Series and an Open Series available to all players. Each series will follow a slightly different path, utilize different modes in the game, and have different prizes available to winners. The common link between them? Everyone is invited to compete!
The ForzaRCElite Series will feature the best virtual racers in the world competing in Forza Motorsport 6 for the ultimate prize – a brand new 2017 Ford Focus RS. Arguably the most acclaimed hot-hatch of the decade, the 350-horsepower Focus RS has wowed fans and critics alike with its track-bred performance and its sleek and sophisticated lines.
The Elite Series will feature Rivals qualifiers and ESL-run tournaments across three separate weeks of competition beginning on August 8. Here’s how it will work.
Each week, we will post a new Forza RC Elite Series Rivals Qualifier event. This Rivals qualifier will set the seeding for the weekly ForzaRC Elite Series Cup tournament being run by our partners at ESL (see below for more details on the weekly schedule). The top 16 racers in the weekly Elite Series Cup tournament will then compete during a livestreamed weekly ForzaRC Elite Series Showdown race on the Forza Twitch channel, which will be held each week on Sunday.
The top four racers from the weekly Showdown events will move on to the ForzaRC Elite Series Grand Finals, which will be broadcast live on the Forza Twitch Channel on September 4. The grand prize winner for the ForzaRC Elite Series Grand Finals will take home a real 2017 Ford Focus RS (see the rules for prizing eligibility in your region).
In addition to a chance to win a brand new car, each week’s top four registered finishers in the ForzaRC Elite Series will also win amazing prizes from Xbox, Microsoft, and our partners at Logitech. These weekly prizes include Xbox One S consoles, Xbox Elite controllers, Logitech wheels, and more. As an added bonus, everyone who posts a time in the weekly ForzaRC Rivals qualifier will be sent a special bonus car – the 1973 Ford Escort 1600. This special bonus car will feature a new ForzaRC-themed livery that will change per week, and the only place you’ll be able to win these cars is through the ForzaRC.
If you’re interested in competing in the ForzaRC Elite Series, make sure you read the terms & conditions to understand the rules, then sign up here.
In the ForzaRC Open Series, players will compete in special weekly ForzaRC Open Series League events beginning on August 8. As is always the case with Leagues, these ForzaRC Open Series League events will automatically group players by skill divisions, guaranteeing that all players compete against similarly skilled opponents. While everyone is invited to play in the ForzaRC Open Series, in order to be eligible to win prizes, competitors must first make sure they meet the eligibility requirements spelled out in the Open Series terms and conditions and register over at the ESL’s ForzaRC site.
Competitors in the ForzaRC Open Series will be vying for Forza Motorsport 6 prizes, including codes for Forza Motorsport 6 DLC like the NASCAR Expansion, the Porsche Expansion, and the Forza Motorsport 6 Car Pass. In addition, each week, all participants in the ForzaRC Open Series League will be sent a special bonus car – the 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III – with a custom ForzaRC Open Series livery that will be unique for each week of competition.
If you’re interested in competing in the ForzaRC Open Series, make sure you read the terms & conditions to understand the rules, then sign up here.
As a reminder: While all players are invited to take part in our ForzaRC Open Series and the ForzaRC Elite Series, only registered and eligible players will be able to win prizes.
Season 1 Weekly Schedule
Ford cars star in the first season of the ForzaRC. Over the three weeks of ForzaRC Season 1 competition, players will be racing in the 2015 Ford Mustang GT, the 2013 Ford Formula Ford EcoBoost 200, and the 2016 Ford #66 Ford Racing GT Le Mans, respectively. Note that all competition will take place in stock cars, with no tuning or upgrades allowed.
Here’s how the cars and tracks line up for the ForzaRC Season 1 Elite Series:
Elite Series Week 1 – August 8 - 14
2015 Ford Mustang GT on Autodromo Internationale Monza
Elite Series Week 1 Rivals Qualifying – August 8-11 (Top 128 advance to Elite Series Week 1 Cup)
Elite Series Week 1 Series Cup (via ESL) – August 13 (Top 16 advance to Elite Series Week 1 Showdown)
Elite Series Week 1 Showdown – August 14 (Top 4 advance to ForzaRC Elite Series Grand Finals)
Elite Series Week 2 – August 15 - 21
2013 Ford Formula Ford EcoBoost 200 at Catalunya
Elite Series Week 2 Rivals Qualifying – August 15-18 (Top 128 advance to Elite Series Week 2 Cup)
Elite Series Week 2 Series Cup (via ESL) – August 20 (Top 12 advance to Elite Series Week 2 Showdown)
Elite Series Week 2 Showdown – August 21 (Top 4 advance to ForzaRC Elite Series Grand Finals)
Elite Series Week 3 – August 22 – 28
2016 Ford #66 Ford Racing GT Le Mans at Watkins Glen Full
Elite Series Week 3 Rivals Qualifying – August 22-25 (Top 128 advance to Elite Series Week 3 Cup)
Elite Series Week 3 Series Cup (via ESL) – August 27 (Top 12 advance to Elite Series Week 3 Showdown)
Elite Series Week 3 Showdown – August 28 (Top 4 advance to ForzaRC Elite Series Grand Finals)
Elite Series Season 1 Grand Finals – September 4
During the ForzaRC Elite Series Season 1 Grand Finals event on September 4, the 12 weekly winners will compete online to win the ultimate prize – a brand new 2017 Ford Focus RS. Look for the full announcement of the ForzaRC Grand Finals events as we get closer to the broadcast date.
Here is the schedule for Season 1 in the ForzaRC Season 1 Open Series:
Open Series Week 1 League – August 8 - 14
ForzaRC Week 1 League starring the 2015 Ford Mustang GT and a variety of tracks
Open Series Week 2 League – August 15 - 21
ForzaRC Week 2 League starring the 2013 Ford Formula Ford EcoBoost 200 and a variety of tracks
Open Series Week 3 League – August 22 - 28
ForzaRC Week 2 League starring the 2016 Ford #66 Ford Racing GT Le Mans and a variety of tracks
ForzaRC Events Open Now
Though competition doesn’t begin until August 8, you can get involved with the ForzaRC right now! In celebration,, we’ve kicked off special ForzaRC-themed multiplayer Hoppers and Rivals events. Whether you’re looking to turn some laps or just hang out with other Ford fans, these non-competitive events are locked and loaded for you. In addition, we’ll be holding special ForzaRC-themed livery and photo contests in the Forza community each week during Season 1, giving those who want to show their love for the ForzaRC via their artistic talents a chance to win ForzaRC-themed bonus cars as well! Check out the Forza Forums for more on these special photo and livery contests.
With the ForzaRC, we’re bringing competitive racing to everyone, no matter how much experience they have on the virtual track. Registration is open today for both the Elite Series and the Open Series and competition kicks off on August 8.
Good luck to all the competitors!