Yes really. The BeamMP multiplayer mod for BeamNG is now stable enough that anyone can host a server (previously it was available only to patreon subscribers). It even supports mods. I set up a server and tested it out earlier, and while like any multiplayer mod it’s a bit rough, it’s surprisingly playable.
Since it supports mods, this means it’s possible to hold a live race of Automation cars, where each contestant drives a car of their own making. All you’d have to do is send your .car file to the host (me in this case) and it can be added to the server. Once the server is up, everyone’s Automation car will be in the list of vehicles.
I’m thinking a proper “challenge” would look something like this: you submit your cars according to the theme. Instead of a qualifying lap, non-racing factors determine your qualifying position, such as visual judging or scores like “comfort” if they’re relevant to the challenge. At a certain time, everyone gets on the server, and has race. I think 3-5 laps around Hirochi Raceway should be plenty to find a clear winner, but of course there’s the potential for other sorts of challenges- maybe something like trailer pulling, or a long jump. I would record from a spectator camera and probably commentate, so the results come out in video format.
Before all that though, it’d be good to do a test just to see how well it works. I also don’t know if there’s a good way to have proper checkpoints which record time in Beam Multiplayer, so it might be good to figure that out, although not actually necessary. It’s also a minor pain to get BeamMP set up, you have to join their discord server (this lets them administrate bans and such).
If you’re interested in trying this out, let me know what times might work for you, and maybe send me a car you want to drive testing out the game.