Rival Road RC challenge goes live

For the past several days, Volkswagen fans nationwide have been battling each other in Volkswagen of America’s new virtual game, Rival Road: Golf GTI vs Jetta GLI. By choosing to race for either #TeamGTI or #TeamGLI, fans compete against players from the opposing team.

At 5:30 pm ET Tuesday, this online game will come to life as professional remote-control (RC) racers take the controls in a live, interactive showdown between the Golf GTI and Jetta GLI.

Hosted by Global Rallycross champions Scott Speed and Tanner Foust, viewers will have access to live commentary and the ability to interact with other audiences through Twitch, a near real-time chat room for online viewers.

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The custom-built, 1,800-sq.-ft. track came together over the past several weeks in an industrial warehouse. The cars themselves are 1/10th scale electric models with custom bodies in GTI and Jetta GLI styles. The six professional RC drivers, including Jared Tebo, a two-time world champion, will be divided into #TeamGTI or #TeamGLI during two days of races.

Each race will have three heats featuring a head-to-head matchup between a GTI and GLI remote-controlled car. Before the race, viewers watching the livestream will be able to vote to unlock obstacles on the track that benefit either side, including spinning turntables, pop-up posts, shortcuts and “lightning lanes”—belts in the middle of the track that can either run with traffic, or against it.

The team that wins two out of three heats wins its race, with 5 points per race on Tuesday and 10 points on Wednesday, when either #TeamGTI or #TeamGLI claims the first Rival Road championship. Additionally, the Rival Road contest participant with the top score in the online -game could win a trip for two to Fastivus 2016 in August, along with a hot lap with Scott Speed and Tanner Foust.

To watch the competition unfold visit: RivalRoad.com

To play the online game, visit RivalRoad.com

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited, in AK, HI and outside 48 contiguous US and DC.  Must be legal residents of 48 contiguous United States (and D.C.), ages 21+, with a valid driver’s license. Contest ends 7/27/16 at 10:30 PM ET. Total ARV of all prizes: $3,560.  To enter and for Official Rules, including prize description, visit http://rivalroad.com/official-rules/