That's the reason why everyone has ideas of what PD should be dong with the game: the groups, online racing, car list, everything we've been discussing.
I think it really depends on PD’s goals and direction. I’ve had a lot of ideas for the same particular topic in a particular game (or series), but I understand that very few of them (if any) will gel with the vision, goals, and broader direction of a game. These goals seem like something you’d have to be within the developer in order to know what they are, rather than going by PR statements and promotional videos, and/or trying to deduct the design’s goals purely by observations made by playing the game.
All that I know, is that I know enough about game design to say that there’s a lot that I likely don’t know. The same is highly likely to be applicable to what these devs are planning in their designs, PD included.