Mar 27

Wild 940 HP Time Attack Evo VI Coming to Project CARS 2

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Following on from the announcement of Imola and a Group C legend, Slightly Mad Studios has given us a first look at the latest addition to the Project CARS 2 roster, after teasing it this weekend — the Mitsubishi Evo VI by SVA.

This particular Evo VI started life as a 2000 RS model, and was transformed by UK-based SVA Imports into a track conquering machine for the Time Attack racing series.

The car is powered by a 4G63 engine stroked to 2.4 liters. Coupled with a GTX42 turbo, output stands at a staggering 940 hp, sent to the wheels via a Drenth sequential transmission that has been adapted to a paddle shift by SVA.

The AWD widebody chassis, carbon-fiber roof, and the massive aero enhancments (including huge splitters, skirts and a gigantic diffuser) make the Evo supremely competitive. When it made its debut in the 2015 Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge, it set lap records at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Snetterton, Zandvoort and Assen, so it should be pretty handy in the game.

Could there be more entries from the wild World Time Attack Challenge? There’s still plenty of the 170+ cars to be unveiled, and it’d be a shame if the bewinged Evo doesn’t have a few playmates to chase lap records with.

As always don’t forget to check out the GTPlanet Q&A with Ian Bell thread to catch up with the latest news on the development of Project CARS 2.

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Mar 27

iRacing Dirt Launch Trailer Promises Off-Road Thrills

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With the launch of iRacing’s dirt-racing expansion just a few days away, the team has put together a launch trailer showing off all the content that will be available for the subscription-based racer. Players will be able to experience the “World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series” when the update arrives on March 29. If this trailer is anything to go on, the quality looks to be on par with the regular track-based racing iRacing fans are more familiar with.

The “World of Outlaws” cup update will bring the Eldora Speedway oval circuit and official sprint cars used in the championship. Racing looks to be frantic on the dirt track and will offer a vastly different challenge to drivers used to driving on tarmac ovals. You’ll be finding yourself sliding around on the edge of control whilst also trying to master the unique vehicles that compete in this type of racing.

The level of quality expected from iRacing is also shown off in the trailer, with multiple camera angles and a fully modeled interior being present on the sprint cars. Kick-up residue from the dirt surface is also seen as the racers take on Eldora. This will be the first in many content updates related to dirt driving, with upcoming tracks promised alongside Late Model and Rallycross competitors.

The exact launch date of this future upcoming content isn’t quite yet known but for now, the Sprint Car Series will offer a good introduction to the world of dirt driving for iRacing subscribers. Get ready to hit the track this Wednesday!

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Mar 27

McLaren-Honda Announces New Partnership With Logitech, Teases “Plenty To Come”

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The first race of the 2017 Formula One season is done and dusted (check out the results here). McLaren-Honda used the season opener as an opportunity to announce its latest partnership, with a name that should be immediately recognizable to sim racers.

In McLaren’s own words, Logitech is coming onboard as the Official Technology Peripherals Partner. The consumer tech giant is certainly a well-known entity, with Logitech products currently being sold in over 100 countries across the globe.

Executive Director of McLaren Technology Group Zak Brown wasted no time teasing that the relationship will be more than a simple sponsorship. “Together, we are already working on exciting plans for the future of our work together,” said Brown. “There is plenty to come from both McLaren-Honda and Logitech in our mutual offering for our fans and stakeholders alike.”

If a speedmark-emblazoned Logitech wheel is in sim racing’s future, it will be joining a handful of other marques already in the gaming accessory market. Ferrari’s prancing horse adorns numerous Thrustmaster rims, while Fanatec has replicas of both BMW and Porsche wheels.

No further details have been provided, so stay tuned to GTPlanet for future developments.

[Source: McLaren]

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Mar 26

2017 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel Shakes Things up with a Victory for Ferrari

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Sebastian Vettel starts the season off with a surprise victory over Mercedes at Australia.

Lewis Hamilton may have stormed to pole position for the inaugural race of the 2017 Formula 1 season, but it was Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari that took the victory by a commanding lead — disturbing the otherwise impenetrable driving force of the Brackley-based Mercedes team.

Hamilton would make a strong start from pole position, appearing to keep Vettel at bay but the Ferrari driver would keep his sights trained on Hamilton throughout the opening laps. Making the most of the separation between the two Mercedes drivers, the German would close the gap down to within a second before Hamilton pulled into the pits on lap 17.

Appearing to maintain the strategic advantage, the race would fall into the hands of the four-time champion and Ferrari after Hamilton fell into the clutches of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, whose defense not only vaporized the rubber on the Mercedes, but its advantage as well. This would allow Vettel to disappear into the distance, ultimately granting a near 10-second lead and the first win with Ferrari since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix.

Behind Vettel and Hamilton was third place finisher Valtteri Bottas, who much like his Mercedes teammate has complained of extreme tire wear. While a fantastic result for his debut with the team there’s little denying that the Finnish driver wants to finish higher up the order, above his championship-winning teammate no less.

Rounding out the top five is Kimi Raikkonen in fourth, who for the majority of the race remained largely anonymous, only coming alive when fifth place finisher Max Verstappen threatened to steal the position. Verstappen briefly held the fastest lap before it too was taken back by Raikkonen on the penultimate lap.

Second place is an unusual, alien position for the otherwise dominant Mercedes-AMG team.

The midfield offered its fair share of sportiness with the returning Felipe Massa taking home a sixth place finish in comfortable fashion, and Sergio Perez making a few daring moves to secure his finishing position of seventh. Torro Rosso drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat finished in eighth and ninth respectively, and Esteban Ocon finished in tenth in his Force India debut.

Interestingly, Ocon was able to edge the final points-paying position away from Fernando Alonso of McLaren who would eventually have to retire the troubled chassis with handling issues. While a far more promising approach than last year, McLaren-Honda still has a considerable hurdle to overcome before stepping back into its winning ways.

One can’t help but wonder whether or not Fernando Alonso is being wasted away, and while the immediate answer among many will be a resounding “Yes”, it’s worth noting that Alonso has an uncanny knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s going to be a guessing game as to how long the Spaniard will be able to remain well-mannered in the face of a chassis that is only marginally more promising than last year’s.

Esteban Ocon secured a 10th place finish in his debut race for Sahara Force India.

The first race of the 2017 season brought its fair share of black clouds, with the afore-mentioned McLaren-Honda of Alonso being only one of seven retirements throughout the race.

The attrition rate began with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo falling foul to gearbox reliability issues during a reconnaissance lap. Eventually the team would be able to get Ricciardo’s RB13 back on track, albeit two laps down but the efforts were short-lived as the car would come to a halt on the exit of Turn 3 on Lap 29; coincidentally ending a 29 race-finishing streak.

A double retirement for Haas was the result of Romain Grosjean bringing a smoking VF-17 into the pitlane after 17 laps, and teammate Kevin Magnussen bringing in his during the closing stages of the race after an earlier incident with Sauber’s Marcus Ericcson. While Ericcson was able to get back on track his efforts were also for nil, retiring shortly before Ricciardo. Lance Stroll and Jolyon Palmer were also unable to complete today’s race.

The MCL32 shows more promise for the McLaren-Honda partnership, but there’s still a long way to go.

Formula One is often the culprit of repetition among the top teams, and as a result of the past several years the foregone conclusion has always been a Mercedes victory. The one constant has been the threat of a Ferrari leering in the background, taking every opportunity to score points. While it’s often the result of a mechanical or track-based issue on behalf of Mercedes, today was different — today’s victory spells that Ferrari is a serious contender for both the Driver’s and Constructor’s championships.

The next event on the F1 calendar is in two week’s time at Shanghai, China for the Heineken Chinese Grand Prix on April 9.

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