McLaren Shadow Project search continues, race to qualify is on

Season 2 of McLaren Shadow Project, the most open and diverse racing esports competition that shadows McLaren’s real world, is now well underway.

Gamers from around the world are competing for a place at the Grand Final at the McLaren Technology Centre in the UK on 9 – 11 December. New entrants can still enter through multiple qualifiers throughout October to be in with a chance to be crowned the 2019 Champion.

Aspiring esports drivers can enter on PC, Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 depending on the open qualifier they choose, the racing sims in play are rFactor 2, Forza Motorsport 7, Assetto Corsa Competizione. Project CARS 2 is included in the Logitech G Challenge eracing series.

One gamer from each qualifier series will progress to the finals where, as well as game play, they will be put through the same human performance testing applied to the McLaren F1 drivers, and even get out onto a real-world track behind the wheel of a McLaren 570S supercar.

The overall McLaren Shadow Project winner will walk away with the following:

• A paid seat on the McLaren Shadow esports team
• Unique access to McLaren’s world-class racing ecosystem and driver development program 
• A custom sim-racing set-up in their home courtesy of McLaren Shadow Project partners Alienware and Logitech G.

Last year’s winner Igor Fraga celebrates after clinching the McLaren Shadow title.

Leeston Bryant, Senior esports Manager, McLaren Shadow Project commented:

“The competition is really gearing up in October with qualifiers open to gamers worldwide. We’ve seen that esports can uncover raw racing talent, with McLaren Shadow Project alumni going on to race around the world on both virtual and real race tracks. We’re excited to see who will be joining us at McLaren HQ in December.”

So, what qualifiers are held in October, you ask?

rFactor 2

30 September – 6 October (with live online final 13 October)

Platform  PC
Mechanic Hot lap competition, fastest 20 entrants compete in the live final
Track Silverstone, UK
Car McLaren Senna GTR
Sign up details

Forza Motorsport 7

7 – 18 October

Platform  Xbox One
Mechanic Hot lap competition
Track Dunsfold, UK
Car McLaren Senna GTR
Sign up details TBA

Assetto Corsa Competizione

27 October – 7 November

Platform  Xbox One
Mechanic Hot lap competition
Track Brands Hatch, UK
Car McLaren 720S GT3
Sign up details TBA

Project CARS 2 – Logitech G Challenge

Various dates throughout October (with final 16 November)

Platform  PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Sign up details


Find out more about McLaren’s 2019 esports program on TEAMStream.

So what are you waiting for? The race to qualify is on!