- The Online Racing Association is a class leader in the field of simulation racing and virtual motorsport.
- TORA is officially recognised as a motorsport group for virtual motorsport by an FIA National Sporting Authority, the MSA. The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is the sole motorsport governing body for the United Kingdom.
- The MSA is responsible for the governance and administration of all major forms of motor sports in the UK, controlling the technical and sporting rules across the various disciplines.
- TORA’s inaugural championship, the Forza 2 British GT Championship held its first meeting on the 27th February 2008. TORA’s portfolio grew slowly in 2008 with the TORA Touring Car Championship and the TORA Rally Championship also being formed in the organisation’s first year.
After a year of development we introduced a number of new series in addition to those already established. This included the TORA Le Mans Series, which was publicly announced live on the air at La Sarthe during the 77th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. This championship was quickly established as TORA’s premier sports car series.
This year included the introduction of the TASCAR Cup being added to the growing number of series. In addition, the TORA Race of Champions, Le Mans Classic 2010, a 2.4 Heures du Mans and 24 laps of Nurburgring would be major stand alone events to run throughout the year.
The Online Racing Association became officially recognised by The Motor Sports Association UK and also secured the rights to the ‘International Sportscar Championship’ which would replace the TORA LMS branding. TORA also continued with its mission of supporting new driving talent by commencing a sponsorship package for Louis Satterlee, who would start racing in the US before the end of the year and Ashley Sutton who competed in Formula Vee in 2010 and the Ford Fiesta Cup in 2011.
Another successful year of racing saw TORA's brand gain even more acknowledgement in the racing industry with link ups with Toyota specialists Rogue Motorsport and interviews with a number of top class drivers.
2012 saw TORA moving to the all new Forza Motorsport 4 for its racing action. A spruced up website and increased media output sees regular race highlights for all TORA major series and a revamped podcast show. This year, TORA also exceeded 1000 members.
As the TORA Endurance Championship soared to new heights in 2012, a larger calendar was planned with 5 rounds of full length endurance races. A new structure of weekly events kicked off with the 10th incarnation of the TORA GTs. Going into 2013 TORA had nearly 1400 members, and by May TORA had hit 2000.
Moving forward, TORA moved into the next generation of consoles utilising the Xbox One. Plans for more variety of series including single seaters, classics and track day specials quickly materialised. Later in the year, a media push will see TORA cement itself as the premier Forza and Xbox sim racing and motorsport enthusiast community.
By the Summer the community would hit a landmark 3000 members.
The TORA podcast was revitalised with a partnership with Downforce UK, the premier source of UK racing action.
The following year saw TORA shift onto the new Project CARS sim, and announcing two official virtual championships; the Maximum Group VAG Trophy and the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, both receiving top-class coverage on Motors TV. 2015 also saw the podcast move to Radio Le Mans.com, running a monthly schedule with regular guests.
The Online Racing Association as an MSA Recognised Group
TORA is the first and only online racing club that is officially recognized by the MSA. We strive to operate as any other MSA club would, without the financial and logistical restrictions that can apply to real world motor racing. We pride ourselves on providing a low-cost environment for competitors to get into racing. As an MSA group, we are on par with the likes of the BTCC, British F3 and British GT and we are a viable way of getting into the sport. Many of our members have taken to the real track subsequent to racing with TORA and this is something we are keen to encourage.
We have made the decision to closely affiliate ourselves with the motorsport industry as motorsport simulation becomes an ever increasingly useful tool in driver training and car evaluation. TORA aims to assist its members in participating in or attending motorsport and enhancing their understanding of the industry. As such, our partners represent the ideal contacts and resources for anyone interested in participating in motorsport at any level.