A surprise update to the PC version of Assetto Corsa has landed today, and left something of a mystery in its wake.
Players logging into the game will find a small, 46MB update waiting for them. As you’d expect from an update that size, there’s not a lot of changes, but what has changed is on the interesting side.
First of all, the update brings along a variety of skins for the Ferrari 488 Challenge car. A closer look at the skins reveals “Ferrari Esports Series” branding on them, but they’re not from the 2020 Ferrari Hublot Esports Series last year. Instead they actually come from an event staged earlier today: the Ferrari Esports All Stars Racing Night.
This invitation-only celebrity esports event put together a pretty star-studded driver line-up which includes Valentino Rossi (hence the VR46 car) and Ferrari F1 Esports team drivers David Tonizza and Brendon Leigh. Oddly, Charles Leclerc was also on hand for the event, but up in the commentary booth rather than on the race track. You can catch up with the event, if you missed it, below:
Argruably more interesting is the second bit of the update, which has added a completely empty folder. While that might not sound like some particularly engaging, but it looks like it’s in preparation for a pretty exciting track machine. The folder is called “ks_bmw_m2cs_racing” and seem a clear indication that the BMW M2 CS Racing will be coming to the game soon.
In case you’re not familiar with it, the BMW M2 CS Racing is a $100,000, track-only version of the BMW M2 CS. It uses the same three-liter, twin-turbo, straight-six which can match the road car’s 444hp, but for racing purposes the owner can set the power to between 276hp and 360hp according to BOP. The car has its own class in the VLN Endurance Championship Nurburgring and Nurburgring 24 Hours.
Essentially the same car as the M2 CS, it boasts upgraded motorsports variants of the seven-speed DCT gearbox, dampers, exhaust and limited slip differential. There’s FIA homologated seats from Sabelt and six-point racing harnesses, an air-jack system and even the driver aids are tweaked for motorsport purposes.
For now, the relevant folder in the game is empty, but it strongly suggests there’ll be something to fill it coming along soon.