Nicolas Hamilton is back again to put your skills to the test in the Porsche 918 Spyder around Monza. Do you have what it takes to Beat The Pro?



LAP TIME TO BEAT: 1:46:056

THE PRO: Nicolas Hamilton  |  TWITTER: Here

Nicolas was using the in-game Default Setup


The Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche’s entry into the most exclusive hypercar club ever known—the 918 Spyder―is as fast as you think …

Hypercars are hypercars, and a definition is an ephemeral as you wish it to be. But when it comes to the Holy Trinity, the specs are pretty certain—big engines mated to hybrid power, motor racing experience, legendary brands, epic performance, and a price tag somewhere near seven figures.

The engine on the Porsche 918 is a V8 4.6-litre mounted where an engine should be—mid-ship and ahead of the rear axle. The lump is super light too, coming in at a slender 135KGs. The gasses from the exhaust don’t actually travel to the back of the car, either—they escape through two missile-fat exhausts just behind the seats. If you’re in the market for a quiet car, you might want to look elsewhere because when that engine hits its 9,200rpm red line, you’ll be struggling to be heard as you explain the titanium and aluminium engine to whomever is sitting next to you on the bucket passenger seat.

Of course, given you’ll be hitting that red-line with 890hp (600 or so from the V8, and the rest from two electric motors sitting both in front and behind the cockpit), your passenger might not to listening too carefully either given their head will be crushed against the headrest with more Gs than a moon-shot.

How fast is fast? Depends on who you ask, but Porsche’s numbers—notoriously conservative—suggest 0–100kmh (62mph) in 2.5 seconds, 0-200kmh (120mph) in 7.2 seconds, 0-300kmh (190mph) in 19.9 seconds, and a top speed of 218 mph (351kmh). That’s fast, but given the first thing you’re going to do with this thing is bring it to the ’Ring, the time you’ll be aiming to beat is a 6m.57s. That sub-seven minute lap achieved in 2014 is the stuff of legends; it also happens to have smashed the previous record for a production car at the ’Ring by over 14 seconds.

And then the Porsche test driver said, “I was told to take it easy.” Yes, that really happened.

The 918 employs a four-wheel drive system that is a little more sophisticated than the SUV you’re taking to the shops. That means that at anything over 160mph (260kmh), the four wheel drive will cease operating, and all traction will be transferred to the rear. And all the power … you’d be well advised to remember that!

The four-wheel drive and the electric motors do come at a price though—weight. Even with the Weissach package which was used for the ’Ring record, you’re looking at 1,700KGs. And no, getting rid of the roof panels isn’t going to make it much lighter—though it will make it even louder. That way you won’t be heard when you explain the five differing running modes including E-drive, which allows the car to be entirely electric-driven. You can get 19 kilometres with that alone. As exciting as that is, the mode you’re getting with Project CARS 2 is Race: that delivers all the power including the electric power because you know 800hp just ain’t enough, right?

Now about the price of around $850,000. That’s less than a million, and there’s even more good news: you’ll also get a US tax credit of $3,600 because you’re helping save the planet with the electric motors.

If you want a new one, you’re about two years out of luck—production started in September of 2013, and all produced models—precisely 918 units of the carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque—were sold out by December 2014.

Jump into the 918 Spyder, find a friend, or get out on the ’Ring on your own and let us know if this is your favorite member of the Holy Trinity, all available in Project CARS 2.



Your weekend challenge is here. Nic Hamilton took to Monza with the one and only Ferrari LaFerrari and clocked a blistering 1:43.970. Are you fast enough to Beat the Pro?



LAP TIME TO BEAT: 1:43.970

THE PRO: Nicolas Hamilton  |  TWITTER: Here

Nicolas was using the in-game Default Setup


Ferrari LaFerrari

There are cars, sportscars, supercars, and hypercars. And then there is the Holy Trinity—three cars that defy superlatives, and define the absolute zenith of possible performance in a street-legal car. There are only three that belong to this hyper-exclusive group, and all are in Project CARS 2.

One is a masterpiece from Maranello.

Ferrari LaFerrari

The numbers are astonishing. And numbers, when it comes to hypercars, matter. This car is so quick, quoting 0-100 (2.4s) is superfluous: it gets to 200kmh in less than seven seconds, and 300kmh in 15s. Top speed is somewhere around 350kmh, and that’s because it’s electronically limited.

As for the name—it’s not the Ferrari. It is the Ferrari.

LaFerrari, of course, could come with nothing other than a V12. Not just any V12, either, but a 6.3-litre monster that is the most powerful road-car engine Ferrari has ever made, 788hp at 9,000RPM. But wait … there’s more. Another 161hp comes from the electric engine for a total power output of 949bhp, and 663 lb-ft of torque.

Almost a thousand horsepower in a car that weighs just 1,200kgs … less than your average small-size family sedan.

For the styling, Ferrari—for the first time since 1973—chose not to use Pininfarina’s studio and, instead, employed their own in-house designers (Centro Stile Ferrari), all overseen by Flavio Manzon. This in itself makes LaFerrari a unique car for Maranello given that Pininfarina has been intimately involved in styling Ferrari’s aesthetic since 1951.

For the engineering, Ferrari also didn’t need to go far—this was developed by their Formula One and GT division, with legendary F1 designer, South African Rory Byrne (who conceived 11 Championship-winning cars during the Schumacher era), serving both as the technical and design consultant.

One of the key elements of the LaFerrari is the seat that has been built as part of the chassis (it doesn’t move—it’s the pedal-box and telescoping steering wheel that move for driver comfort) to ensure both the rigidity of the chassis as well as lowering the centre of gravity. For the driver, that means an almost F1-style driving position. Weight-saving is accomplished by using four types of carbon fibers, all hand-laid sheets of mesh, including T1000 (the doors), M46J, Kevlar (for the underbody), and T800.

Ferrari had four objectives for this car—to maximise aero’ efficiency, ensure perfect weight distribution, lower the centre of gravity, and find a way to achieve all of that while marrying their F1-derived KERS-hybrid lump. This was no easy task—the hybrid system takes up a lot of square-inch-space with coolants and, with the big 6.3-litre V12, Ferrari had to come up with some innovative solutions to fit all that into a car that is as big as its successor, the Ferrari Enzo (also in to Project CARS 2).

The weight distribution that Ferrari settled on was a 41F/59R configuration.

For the aero’, Ferrari also didn’t have to go far, employing their F1 wind tunnel to create the most aero’-efficient road car in history. Active aero’, combined with the aero’-shape, work in tandem: or to quote Ferrari, “The front wing creates downforce by eliminating pitch sensitivity caused by the pronounced splitters. A broad central air vent on the front hood extracts hot air from the radiator.

Finally, the front spoiler also generates downforce. A central flap helps keep the air escaping from the vent close to the bodywork to reduce wake turbulence, while the rear radius of the vent reduces drag.”

The active aero’ means the underbody of the car fluctuates, using the rear spoiler as a trigger: flaps will engage front and rear to increase downforce and, at max speed, influence the drag by pushing air away from the radiator. Cornering, meanwhile, is aided by a whole host of technological wizadry—full-bore F1-derived electronic traction control that is mated with the hybrid system.

That leads to the KERS system maintaining RPM to increase throttle response, while the traction control system feeds torque to the rear wheels via an electronic diff’, Ferrari’s in-house E-Diff 3. The brakes serve to charge the batteries, and the tech’ is so advanced even in full anti-lock mode, the battery is still being fuelled by the energy from the carbon ceramic Brembo brakes.

Ferrari made only 499 of the coupe, all immediately sold to Ferrari’s chosen customers; in August 2016, Ferrari announced the 500th model would be sold at auction with all proceeds to be sent to victims of the central Italian earthquakes. In December of that year, the car sold for $7.5 million.

Is this the fastest hypercar in Project CARS 2? Is it your favorite? Let us know in the comments.




Beat The Pro – Donington ParkCan you Beat The Pro? This weekend’s challenge is rallycross star driver Mitchell deJong at Donington Park. Do you think you’re quick enough? Grab Mitchell’s setup here and see how close you can get to beating the pro:

Posted by Project CARS on Friday, 24 November 2017


LAP TIME TO BEAT: 1:33:160
CAR TO USE: BMW 320 TC [E90]

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THE PRO: Mitchell deJong  |  TWITTER: Here

Mitchell’s Setup


Why the BMW 320 TC (E90)?

Because the BMW 320 TC comes with a neat “little” 1.6-litre, DI-turbo, four-cylinder engine pushing out a juicy 310hp at 8,500RPM. It also comes with a six-speed sequential gearbox and weighs under 1,200KGs, making it not only quick, but imperiously fun. It’s was a staple of the World Touring Car Championship in 2011, finishing fourth in the driver’s championship, and second in the constructor’s. With typical BMW handling characteristics―an exuberance of oversteer―and agility through the fast bits, this is a car well suited for rough-and-tumble Touring Car action.

Coming in at a price of 220,000 EUR, the BMW 320 TC may not have climbed to the dizzy heights of its predecessor, the championship-winning BMW 320si WTCC, but it remains a beautifully poised car―a true driver’s car.

Why Donington Park?

Because Touring cars and Donington is a match made in motorsport heaven. The circuit has hosted touring cars for decades, not only the BTCC during its golden years, but also rounds of the World Touring Car championship, including 2011 when the BMW 320 TC finished on the podium. It’s a track that gets the most out of elbows-out, side-by-side racing, its flow intimately suited to the ragged-edge-style of tin-top racing. It also helps that Nigel Mansell, back in 1998, featured in one of the greatest touring car races of all time here, fighting the tin-top pros door-to-door in his Ford Mondeo in the damp in what is generally acknowledged to be the best touring car race in history.

And while on the subject of pros, Red Bull rallycross star and Honda OMSE driver, Mitchell deJong, has taken the BMW 320 TC (E90) in Project CARS 2 and stuck in a lap of 1:33.160.

Are you quick enough to Beat the Pro?

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