Today, Edge Esports is proud to launch their 2018 GPVWC.com Superleague contender, the Quasar powered EE01-SLQ. It will be driven by Jarl Teien and Petar Brljak with Niels Brugman as test driver. First outing will be next Thursday during the GPVWC Australian Superleague Grand Prix.
The livery of the car was designed to be in line with the team’s brand image and includes some sharp shapes that characterize Edge Esports. The Blue, white and gold colors are a remnant of the Wauters Automotive color scheme, and will be used on all cars for the team.
The new car can be viewed in the video below.
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On 22nd of February, Wauters Automotive announced that they would rebrand to Edge Esports effective immediately. The move came after a very succesfull 2017, and a desire of the Belgian outfit to push for more during their next season in simracing. The slogan for the newly branded team will be “Simracing on the edge of adhesion” and both name and slogan perfectly capture the most important values the team wants to live by while competing in the following years, as team boss Andreas Wauters explained:
” With the recent growth of both simracing as a whole, and our team, it was very clear to us that we had to take action. Our drivers are highly skilled and are able to compete and beat some of the best racers in the sport, so as a team we felt obliged to take it up a notch. Edge esports and the associated slogan perfectly capture our intention to take our performance to the very limit of what we can do, both on track and on an organisational level. The brand is a fresh new start for us that also fits better in our “one expert for each expertise” policy. Running the wauters automotive team ceased to be a one man job a long time ago, so it seemed only fitting that it wouldn’t be named after only one member of the team, but rather become an entity that each of our teammembers can identify and associate themselves with. We are now ready to accelerate our growth even more, so stay tuned, you will hear a lot about us in the next year.”
From the start of 2018, the team has also been involved in the belgian BRYO (BRight and YOung), an affordable coaching & workshop course that focuses on guiding young and innovative startups from concept, through marketing study, through setting up a realistic businessplan all the way up to starting up a sustainable business and scaling it up exponentially. The change of name will also allow the team to present their brand better to potential partners, in an effort to achieve this state of self sustenance and growth.
More info about the team can be found on the fresh new team website: www.edgeesports.com, while a complete set of socialmedia profiles will be announced later.
The first outing for the team under new name and colors will be during the first GPVWC Superleague race next thursday.
The Belgian team scored a 1-2 – for the glory, if not points – in the first pre-season test in Sakhir as team came to grips with 2018 machinery… and fickle brakes.
A full complement of 42 drivers, three for each of the 14 Superleague teams, took to the track over the 12 hours of testing.
There were no points at stake, but the chance to finally test the 2018 cars in an official environment – and all teams took their chances out in the desert.
Jarl Teien set the fastest time of the day with 1:27.953, 0.445s ahead of teammate Petar Brljak. Fran Lopez on Hawkeye completed the virtual podium – the only other driver within a second of Teien.
Mark Hutchinson gave Flag-to-Flag the distinction of being the best of the debutant teams out of the blocks, while Alex Siebel was the leading driver for reigning constructors’ World Champions ACR Zakspeed.
Most drivers completed around 50 laps, with the exception of the Wauters drivers – potentially testing their Quasar engines on the new manufacturer’s first outing – and a hard-working Eric Stranne, who clocked the highest mileage of the day with 119 laps.
The early test was a good occasion for drivers to acquaint themselves with the cars. While not many pushed their 2018 competitors to the limits on this first day, the session was an occasion to test the various components. In particular, several teams reported issues with overheating brakes – something their engineers and designers will need to address ahead of the second test.
Full results: here.
The next pre-season test will take place in Sepang on February 8th.