Has it been 12 months already? Project CARS launched 365 days ago on May 7, 2015 (that crafty leap-year). To call the current version a vastly different beast than the launch title is to be putting it mildly. While many will recall various issues with the title over the past year, what can’t be argued is Slightly Mad Studios’ continued support of the game. Wrapping that all up in a neat package is the Game of the Year Edition, available as of today for PS4, XB1, and PC.
If you missed the initial GOTY announcement, a short refresher on what it offers over the vanilla version of the game:
- Over 50 new cars (including the new Pagani Huayra BC and Zonda Revolucion), bringing the total to over 125
- 4 tracks (including the Nürburgring Nordschleife + GP layout), for a combined 35 unique locations and over 100 layouts
- 60+ community-created liveries
- 500+ features and improvements that have been added since launch
The new track layout and both Paganis are now available to players of the existing game, grouped into the Pagani Nürburgring Endurace Expansion Pack ($3.99). Let’s take a quick look at two of Horacio’s creations:
The Revolución is a cleverly-named evolution of the bonkers, track-only Zonda R. That car came equipped with a howling, 750hp version of the V12 engine Mercedes campaigned in endurance racing in the 90’s. It set a lap record at the Nordschleife, a stunning 6:47.48. The Revolución introduces a further 50 horses into the corral, along with an improved aerodynamic package that includes a Drag Reduction System. All of this adds up to a seriously exciting package.
Not to be out-done by its older brother, the Huayra BC should prove an interesting foil to the Zonda. Named after Pagani’s first client, the late Benny Caiolo, the uber-Huayra boasts an identical horsepower figure, with a fair chunk more torque thanks to the turbos breathing on its V12 engine (also the same size as the Revolución’s). The eye-catching active aero panels push the body into the ground at speed, an easier task here as the BC has dropped 132kg off the original’s 1350kg curb weight. In the real world, only five lucky people will ever own a Huayra BC, but that won’t be the case for Project CARS players. It still benefits from some exclusivity, however: this is the only game you’ll find the car in, currently.
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