Independent game developers Fat Cigar Productions Ltd are currently running a closed beta testing programme for new multiplayer kart racing title Street Kart, a high performance game for use on iOS devices. UPDATE: Beta places are still available until Sunday 20th March - 23:59 GMT. Please PM @Ross Jones with your email address to apply. The team behind Street Kart aim for 1000 mobile gamers to take part in a closed beta testing programme for the new iOS karting simulation, sadly the deadline on Monday March 14th has now closed while the game is given a final rigorous test and polish before launching to the general public. As can be seen from the introductory video at the top of this article, Street Kart promises to be a step above the usual mobile game in offering a realistic racing experience developed and supported by real kart racing drivers allowing players to race head to head in a real time championship environment against friends and rivals across the world. Ross Grayle Jones, Director of Fat Cigar Productions had the following to say about the upcoming title: "Street Kart is a multiplayer racing game for iOS, which is all in real time. Real time weather (if it’s raining in Rio it’s raining in the Rio track in the game), Real time championship racing with finite finish dates to determine championship winners and finally a game on iOS that allows you to truly test yourself again racers all around the world in PvP and synchronous action. We literally drop you in against real players from the get go and we don’t hand hold you around corners. The game has been tested by tens of real kart racers from around the world who do this professionally seeking to make it to F1 or touring cars." With the ultimate aim of becoming World Champion, Street Kart will have several racing classes to choose from, beginning with 50 mph Cadet Karts to 90 mph Pro Karts in 4 different classes all featuring leading brands. All racing is aimed at person to person online multiplayer, and users can notify friends when they are online or alternatively join in racers against other players 24 hours a day, without scheduled start times to ensure the maximum possibility of racing against a sizable field of your fellow rivals. The game will feature free voice chat in game, and allow you to notify all your Facebook contacts so you can create your very own league to race against your friends. As mentioned above by Ross, the game also features real time weather at the circuits, with air pressures affecting engine performance and upgrade options such as branded tyre choices available in the garage section of the game. Several real life kart racers have been involved in the testing and development of this title and share the opinion that the game physics are as close to a simulation as has yet been seen on a mobile device. 2016 Rotax Winter Cup Champion Adam Smalley, who also helps with testing the game feels Street Kart is a close representation of his real life machine: "It is the closest game I have played to the real thing, the physics are amazing. It is so good how you are able to race online players and move up in the rankings and move up classes. It gives you a big adrenaline rush when you win." With a lack of any serious racing titles to entertain the sim racing enthusiast when we are away from our usual racing rigs, Street Kart could be a very interesting option to keep an eye on in 2016. RaceDepartment.com will bring you all the latest news and information on this new iOS title when it becomes available. If you managed to get signed up for the beta program let us know what you think of the game! Interested in a karting game for iOS? Will you be intending to play the title on release? Let us know in the comments section below!