Lando Norris is best known for his talent in Formula One, but he is also an avid streamer and gamer. In his November 25 video with Team Quadrant, he swaps his usual F1 car for something altogether more utilitarian, with hilarious results.
Monaco is famous as one of the most difficult and dangerous Formula One circuits on the F1 calendar, but Lando and Team Quadrant decided to make it even more difficult by changing their vehicles during a hilarious race.
Gone were the traditional open-wheel Formula One cars, and in their place were three British double-decker buses. Playing on Assetto Corsa, players are able to modify the game by adding new vehicles and circuits, with predictably strange results.
Team Quadrant racing buses around Monaco must be one of the strangest uses of the iconic track we’ve ever seen.
Lando races double-decker buses at Monaco
Switching his usual McLaren-liveried car for a bright green bus with custom Team Quadrant graphics, Lando and the rest of the team took on Monaco circuit.
On the first lap, it was clear this wasn’t going to be an ordinary race. From the ridiculous image of double-deck buses traversing the iconic hairpin to predictably hilarious racing, the video is a barrel of laughs from start to end.
Highlights included Lando overtaking a number of crashed competitors, then plowing straight into the concrete barrier ahead; While at one point, teammate FNG was racing blind as he had “no idea where he’s going” due to not being able to see past the bus in front.
FNG (Niran) then somehow pulled off the most hilarious moment of the game, and managed to glitch the bus to be stuck on top of the trees. It seems that he didn’t mind this though, as in the comments he said “I maintain the interior design work on these buses was quite frankly delightful.”
SuperGT (Steve) surprisingly managed to get into the unusual situation, despite having to go “full lock” on the steering around almost every corner.
In the end, FNG was able to get within 2/10 of a second of Lando’s qualifying time, though unsurprisingly, Lando took the overall win. Steve was practically neck-and-neck with Lando across the line though, so if there was ever a real-world Bus GP at Monaco, it might be closer than you think!
The fourth Chipotle Challenger series featured another star-studded lineup of contestants, including:
Streamers / Pro Players
Celebrities / Athletes
Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.
Up to 1000 trio teams
Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window
Qualifying teams then had the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.
Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
17 teams of invited talent
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money was up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secured themselves free burritos for a year!
1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.
A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.
What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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