Project CARS continues its commitment to deliver fresh new content and updates via its ON DEMAND programme today with the release of the Stanceworks Track Expansion featuring two modified vehicles from the renowned car culture enthusiasts, Mad Mike Whiddett’s insane MX-5 RadBul Formula Drift car, and the KTM X-Bow R, as well as a brand-new road course of Bannochbrae set in the highlands of Scotland...
Feature Update 8.0 is now available on all platforms bringing some key fixes for issues highlighted by the community across all parts of the game as well as support for the latest Oculus Rift update...
PHYSICS, TIRES, SETUPS
Project CARS was created by the community and via our ON DEMAND program we’re committed to continuing that conversation with players to ensure it has the features and functionality expected by them throughout the year and beyond.
With ON DEMAND therefore, Project CARS players will continue to receive free game updates that include the following…
Already the community have been instrumental in giving us feedback on some key issues and areas for improvement so head over to our official forums and let your voice be heard on what features and improvements you’d like to see!
Speed, teamwork, rivalry, controversy, sponsors, prizes and more. The first season of the SMS-R Driver Network Championship has delivered on its promise of top class sim-racing as the best drivers from around the world competed for the biggest trophies in Project CARS.
Our first eSports season began in May of 2015 and reached its climax this past weekend with the Final. The drivers got behind the wheel of the Ginetta G55 GT3 to do battle at the Dubai Autodrome, at the same time as the real-world Hankook 24H Dubai got underway in the UAE.
Could Thrustmaster-sponsored Team Shark Racing and driver, Atho hang on to the team and driver titles, or would Logitech’s SDL Motorsport and SoniK snatch glory from the jaws of defeat?
Coinciding with the Hanhook Dubai 24H, the SMS-R Driver Network Championship Final is the culmination of the inaugural 2015 season.
Pro drivers throughout the year have been battling it out for points in each of the SMS-R Driver Network Championship rounds, and the heat at the top of both the Driver Standings and Team Power Rankings are sure to match that of the intense midday sun in Dubai.
They've battled through live events across the world including Madrid, Cologne, Birmingham, and Paris and now the finish line is in sight.
The driver with the most points will take home The Driver Network Cup - the reward for tireless hours practicing, tuning, qualifying, and setting the fastest pace repeatedly throughout the year. With a unique design inspired by the intertwining forms of polished metal and mesh, The Driver Network Cup is a coveted and worthy prize for those that have proven their dominance in the world of Project CARS eSports.
Winners will also receive the following prizes courtesy of our partners at Thrustmaster, Intel, and Nvidia...
Follow the action on our social media channels over the weekend and check out this interview with Joe Barron, eSports Co-ordinator over at Red Bull eSports.
Project CARS will be on display at the world’s biggest racing car show, Autosport International from Thursday January 14 to Sunday January 17 at Birmingham’s N.E.C! Not only that, but we’re bringing some very special guests as well.
Over the course of the weekend racing fans, members of the press and trade will be able to meet official Project CARS drivers and world-renowned racers, Ben Collins and Nicolas Hamilton. Ben was the original Stig on TV’s Top Gear and has also raced just about every sort of car you can think of, as well as making a name for himself with a series of bestselling books and DVDs about cars and racecraft. Nicolas Hamilton competes in the British Touring Car Championship and has also won several top sim-racing championships
Both of these drivers have been involved with Project CARS since its inception, contributing to the development of the physics engine and tire model, providing extensive testing and feedback to the development and creative teams. It’s a real pleasure to have them joining us at Autosport to share their experiences with the fans, the press and the motoring trade.
Saturday at 4:20pm
Autosport International Main Stage
Ben Collins will be on the main stage to talk about his career, his contributions to the development of Project CARS, and the future of the world’s only Community Assisted Racing Simulation.
Sunday at 11am and 3pm
Time Attack, stand #6760 in Hall 6
Another chance to meet Nicolas Hamilton! See the BTCC driver run some laps in Project CARS and take this opportunity to meet a modern racing hero in person.
Sunday at 1pm
Classic Team Lotus, stand #2270 in Hall 20
Another chance to grab an autograph and take a selfie with Nicolas Hamilton at the Classic Team Lotus Stand!
Project CARS will be playable in Vesaro motion simulators throughout the event at both the Time Attack stand and the Classic Team Lotus stand, including time trial competitions with awesome prizes and the chance to drive some new On Demand cars before anyone else.
Autosport International takes place from January 14 - 17 2016, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK.
What a year it's been for Project CARS...
BEST RACING GAME 2015
"Project CARS is special. Its unflinching, painstaking commitment to realism sets it apart from nearly every racing franchise..."
- Gamespot (Top 25 Games of 2015)
BEST RACING GAME 2015
"With top-notch graphics, realistic handling, plenty of cars and tracks to mess around with, and a passionate community to top it off, there was no question it’d be in the top ten."
- Red Bull (Top 10 Games of 2015)
BEST RACING GAME 2015
"Project CARS gets to the top of the list by being the "desert island" racing game. If I could only take one of these games with me to a permanent gaming exile, Project CARS would be the one I choose."
- PC Gamer (Top Racing Games of 2015)
BEST RACING GAME 2015
"Slightly Mad Studios created a sim that anyone can enjoy, and the best racing game of the year"
- God Is A Geek (Best Of 2015)
BEST GRAPHICS 2015
"Graphics. The eye-candy of the video game industry. With new technology, new consoles and new graphics cards comes titles that push tech to their limits. And Project CARS comes away with the game with the best graphics in 2015."
- Techly (Annual Game Awards 2015)
Having been developed openly alongside a dedicated, passionate community of over 80,000 racing fans, Project CARS launched in May of this year to both critical acclaim and worldwide success, quickly selling over 1 million copies and becoming the highest-rated racing game on PlayStation 4 and a #1 chart-topping experience.
Since then, the franchise has gone from strength to strength with new content & features being added each month, live events being hosted around the world, millions of screenshots and videos being posted by the Driver Network community, the launch of our eSports initiative, and the continued involvement of both you - the gamers - and professional drivers.
2015 has been a phenomenal year for Project CARS and as we start to look towards the future with more On Demand content continuing and work beginning on the sequel, we thank you all for believing in our dream and helping make it come true.
Here are some of the best bits from Project CARS in 2015...
Project CARS continues its programme of continual updates and delivery of fresh new content with the release of the Renault Sport Car Pack featuring five breathtaking machines from the legendary performance and special vehicles division of Renault.
During the past year, the Project CARS community has created an amazing set of third-party apps, allowing racers to use their handheld devices for additional information, improve their driving or develop highly-sophisticated car setups.
Until now, these applications have only been available to users of Project CARS’ PC version but this changes now...
Introduced with Project CARS 7.0 update, UDP Streaming allows us to push the boundaries again as the community apps are now available for users of Project CARS’ Playstation 4 & Xbox One version as well!
The creators of our amazing community apps have already started making their creations compatible to the new technology as first console-enabled apps can now be grabbed from our Apps page, including new versions of the Project CARS Spotter and vrHive.
Keep checking back for more as we'll be adding more console-compatible apps in the coming weeks. And if you want to create your very own application using then new feature, our Project CARS community forum is the best place to get started!
Autosport is the racing car show. The ultimate event for both fans and professionals, showcasing every level of motorsport under one roof at Birmingham’s N.E.C. over the weekend of Jan 14th 2016.
Slightly Mad Studios will be in attendance to showcase the very best that sim-racing has to offer at two locations on-site...
Project CARS will be playable at the Time Attack Championship stand #6760 in Hall 6 with an amazing motion platform experience provided by our partners at Vesaro. Time Attack is one of the world’s fastest growing motorsports, representing the ultimate test of man and machine versus the clock, with almost no limits to the art of car modification. Chasing the perfect lap is also the pinnacle of sim-racing, making Project CARS and Time Attack a perfect match.
Come to Autosport International and visit the Time Attack stand to test your skills against professional racing drivers and the public in an intense lap-time contest! The fastest drivers from each day of the event will win some amazing prizes and there will be some other surprises in store too! Prizes will be announced separately.
“We couldn’t be more excited to appear on the Time Attack stand at Autosport International in January. It’s the first time that we've attended a bona fide motorsport event like this and the Time Attack Championship has been a very generous partner. It’s going to be a thrill to see some of the real pro drivers playing Project CARS alongside the public. We know from our eSports events that there are some really fast hot-lappers out there so it'll be hard to predict the winners.” - Andy Tudor, Project CARS Creative Director
Autosport International takes place from January 14 - 17 2016, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK.
Feature Update 7.0 is now available on all platforms bringing some key fixes for issues highlighted by the community across all parts of the game as well as support for UDP streaming, and additional functionality when using Oculus Rift...
PHYSICS & TIRES
• Neutralized the top speed advantage of running zero camber on many tires.
• Reduced flash layer temperature cap for GT3/LMP and other slick tires to make them less prone to overheating.
• Classic Lotus cars: Disabled patch-to-hub on several tyre carcass models as it was creating a strong low-speed FFB buzz.
• Update to latest Fanatec SDK
• Corrected the German name for the LMP3 UK Semi-Pro Championship
• Rouen Short – Reworked the AI paths around the hairpin area to try and keep the historic cars from running up the hill on exit when in tight packs.
• Repositioned the cockpit camera view to a proper center point for a number of vehicles that were reported to be incorrectly positioned.
• Lotus 40 and 49 - Rebalanced the AI vehicle volume.
• Antialiasing mode DS2M fixed for AMD GPUs.
It’s been another month of intense competition and rivalry in the world of Project CARS eSports! From the in-game SMS-R Driver Network Championship, to the ESL Weekly Cup races every Sunday, the world’s best pro drivers and teams have put in some truly outstanding performances.
Many of them have been kind enough to share their experiences as well, to help you guys to get even faster. Check out this interview with TX3 driver, Stazer, for some insight into what it takes to be a pro Project CARS eSports driver.
“We were very happy when Project CARS emerged because we finally saw an opportunity for sim-racing eSports to be made more visible to the public.” - TX3 Stazer
We began in November at Paris Games Week where we hosted our biggest ever live event in partnership with ESL, taking over the ESL Arena for the first time, where SDL Motorsport, TS Racing and others had a titanic battle, which lasted for an entire day of racing! Relive the action from PGW here. It was a pleasure to have shoutcaster extraordinaire, Kijooki commentating on the race action as well. We sat down with her for an awesome interview about her racing passions.
“I will remember this event for a very long time, that is for sure! Seeing players battling to win was very energizing and I was very honored to be given the opportunity to commentate on this event.” - Helene "Kijooki" Cressot
Project CARS continues its commitment to deliver fresh new content and updates via its ON DEMAND programme today with the release of the Classic Lotus Track Expansion featuring four historic Classic Team Lotus cars and three historic locations to drive them on, along with Feature Update 6.0 that includes a number of new features, fixes, balance changes, and enhancements.
Here at Slightly Mad Studios we’ve been intently listening to your feedback around the web, on the official forums, and via social media, and been working hard to integrate your ideas into Project CARS via our On Demand program and our early plans for the sequel.
To help continue that conversation with you - the players - we have created a short survey to find out where you'd like the Project CARS franchise to head in the future.
Our team is committed to supporting Project CARS with further updates and fresh On Demand content well into 2016 and we'd like to gather your opinions on the types of cars, tracks and features that you would like to see in future updates. You may even spot a few questions and ideas for Project CARS 2 and we would love to know what you think about these as well!
How much did you play Career mode? Which car class is your favourite? What sort of gaming setup do you have? What's important to you in a racing game? Answer the questions via the link below to have your say on the future of the world’s only Community Assisted Racing Simulation!
Project CARS continues its programme of continual updates and delivery of fresh new content with the release of the fan-requested Japanese Car Pack featuring two amazing Mitsubishi machines, 2014 Toyota Le Mans hybrid, the 2012 Toyota GT86/Toyota 86, and the latest Rocket Bunny Editions of both the Toyota GT-86 and Scion FR-S.
Feature Update 5.0 is now available on all platforms bringing some key fixes for issues highlighted by the community across all parts of the game including Online, Physics, AI, Graphics, Handling, Controls, Interface, Environment, Stability, and more...
It’s time to talk about real-world racing once again today, after the amazing MARC Cars Australia team took second place in the 2015 Hankook 24 Hours Series Championship, with their awesome Project CARS Ford Focus V8 Touring Car!
The #92 Project CARS machine came into the final round of the championship, the 12H EPILOG BRNO 2015, in a close battle for the SP2 class championship with its sister car, the #91 Focus V8 and the #44 RPD Racing Ferrari F458 Challenge.
It was a tough start to the race for the #92 after it qualified only 5th in class and 29th overall, putting some slower traffic between it and its championship rivals. After four hours and a third of the race gone, it was only up one position to 4th in class, but the drivers gradually upped their pace and by the sixth hour, the Project CARS machine was up to 2nd with the MARC Cars vehicles running one-two in SP2.
Then came a colossal battle between the MARC team and the SPD Ferrari, with the red #44 machine eventually coming through to take the victory at Brno. The #92 Project CARS Ford Focus V8 came in second, followed by its teammate, the #91.
That was enough for the MARC team to take a one-two in the teams’ championship, with the #91 Ford Focus V8 taking the title in the SP2 class, and the Project CARS #92 car coming home just one point behind in second! It was a remarkable performance all season long. So remarkable in fact, that in the drivers’ championship five of the top six SP2 drivers were all from the MARC Cars team, including the entire top four!
We’re incredibly proud that such a dominant team has been sporting the Project CARS colours on its cars in the 2015 Hankook 24 Hours Series and we can’t wait to see what’s in store in 2016!
If you want to drive this incredible Project CARS livery for yourself in the game, it’s available for the BMW M3 GT4 in the free Community Livery Pack #3.
After the success of the Electronic Sports League’s Project CARS Kick-Off Cups, it’s time to hit top gear with the Project CARS Go4 Cups starting this Sunday!
The format is similar to the Kick-Off events, but now you can win real cash by playing Project CARS! There are weekly prizes of €50 for the winners on Xbox One/PlayStation 4/PC, and monthly finals worth €150 for the top players!
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you join the first Go4 competition on Sunday October 4 2015...
If you progress to the next round of the bracket, follow Step 4 again until you either get knocked out, or you win the whole thing!
Hopefully that makes the ESL account creation and tournament sign-up process a little clearer. If you have any remaining questions, please visit the official Project CARS eSports forums. Now, go chase down that prize money!
Last weekend we hit the road and joined up with our friends from the Electronic Sports League for EGX 2015 at the NEC in sunny Birmingham.
Thousands of you came to see us at the ESL Project CARS eSports Live booth for exclusive merchandise giveaways, live Q&As with the development team and some awesome eSports action on stage with our fantastic hosts, Jack Peters and Matt ‘Yorkie065’ York.
Round 16 of the Driver Network Championship saw the Formula A cars racing in the Land of the Rising Sun.
With Rounds 14 & 15 of the Championship currently under review whilst we upgrade our internal tools to reduce the risk of drivers exploiting track limits, Round 16 was still able to take place on the fast and flowing Sakitto circuit in Japan.
Look out for news about potential re-runs of previously-postponed rounds of the Championship in our eSports forums.
Round 17 of the SMS-R Driver Network Championship takes us to Brands Hatch in the Renault Clio Cup car. See you there on October 9!
Whilst elsewhere Project CARS was live at EGX, the Driver Network community were turning up the heat in the third ESL Project CARS Kick-Off Cup.
You all provided a great turnout once again with hundreds more gamers hitting the track to face-off head-to-head. There’s nowhere to hide in the Kick-Off Cup bracket format with only you, your opponent and the circuit stretching out ahead of you!
Last week, we said it would be tough for the winners to defend their crowns two weeks in a row… how wrong we were! On PS4 and PC this week we saw both of our previous winners hold on to their Kick-Off Cup title. With the competition so high, that’s a mightily impressive feat! Well done to Alexx545 from Germany on PS4 and USSRxALeXeR from Ukraine on PC.
On Xbox One, things were a bit different. After dominating last week’s bracket with several of their team drivers, Starlux, which also competes in the SMS-R Driver Network Championship, was knocked off the top spot with a new team entering the battle. GTurbo and their teammates were beaten by Furax from rival French team TX3. Like Starlux, TX3 also competes in the SMS-R Driver Network Championship. Team Starlux is currently 6th in the team rankings there, with TX3 9th.
The next ESL Project CARS event is the first Go4 Cup on Sunday October 4! Go4 events consist of 4 or 5 weekly cups and a monthly final each month. The Cup Series is free and open to everyone and has a prize pool waiting for the best player, and take place every Sunday starting at 16:00 CEST. All players earn ranking points to qualify for the Monthly Final and the winner of weekly cups will also receive an additional €50.
For more information about the ESL Project CARS Go4 Cups and to register to race, please visit the ESL website for the platform you play on...
- The Stanceworks Track Expansion is now available On Demand
- Feature Update 8.0 is now available On Demand
- Project CARS - Best Racing Game of 2015
- Project CARS is heading to Autosport International
- Feature Update 7.0 is now available on all platforms
- Help us improve by taking the Project CARS Survey today!
- The Japanese Car Pack is now available
- On Demand Feature Update 5.0 is now available on all platforms
- Added the Project CARS Setup Database to the Help section
- Dedicated eSports site now live!
- The Aston Martin Track Expansion is now available!
- DRIVE Feature on TS Racing now available
- Project CARS eSports Live Schedule now available!
- Project CARS Feature Update 4.0 is now available!
- Announcing the Project CARS eSports Live Commentary Team!
- Project CARS - The Story So Far... article published
- Project CARS joins with Bandai Namco and ESL to become an eSport!
- The Old Vs New Car Pack is now available!
- Feature Update 3.0 is now available!
- SMS-R Driver Network Championship Round 10 results now in!
- Check out photos of Project CARS eSports Live at Gamescom!
- The Official Project CARS Store is now open!
- Audi Ruapuna Park Track Expansion now available!
- On Demand Feature Update 2.0 now available!
- Win a trip to Gamescom with Logitech!
- Project CARS Soundtrack now available!
- SMS-Driver Network Championship update
- Sign up for Project CARS 2!
- Get exclusive Cloud 9 & TSM car liveries!
- Multi-platform 1.4 Update available
- The SMS-R Driver Network Championship heads to Le Mans!
- Logitech G29 & G920 announced!
- Play the Avon Tyres British GT Championship in Project CARS!
- Project CARS ON DEMAND revealed!
- Project CARS overtakes 1,000,000 sales!
- Update 1.3 is now available on Xbox One
- SMS-R Driver Network Championship update!
- Results from the SMS-R Driver Network Championship Rd 1 & 2
- Project CARS is now available worldwide!
- Community Livery Pack #1 is now live!
- The Project CARS Official Forums are now live! Head over & join in!
- Project CARS is now digitally activated!
- SMS-R Driver Network Championship season revealed!
- Driver Network features revealed!
- Launch trailer revealed!