Yes I've had some wonderful racing experiences in Project Cars from day one. @VBR I've raced almost exclusively in private rooms with friends only. Some of the groups on here do exactly that (I organise one) and are worth trying (or some of the groups on the official site). I know you're not keen on voice chat in rooms but even if you don't have seperate headset controls for voice chat you can turn that off by opening your own private party outside of pCARS and you won't hear anyone else in the room (only game audio). In our group we encourage all of our members to host events/races and so there's something on regularly. Some still host by only using the message function to people on the group's message group and get by fine. I believe you can do a short subscription of ps+ before committing to a full year.