If you’re a fan of mobile racing title Real Racing 3, you’re in for a treat this week. November 26 sees the launch of what EA calls the biggest update in the game’s history today, bringing F1 content for the first time.
It’s no lip-service update either. The new F1 mode includes all of the official cars and drivers from the 2019 F1 season, along with a new circuit, updates to existing circuits to reflect the new content, full grand prix events and F1 races, championships and invitationals.
There’s 12 new cars available in the new F1 Motorsports Hub. Along with the ten championship cars, each of which has a base performance rating of between 115.6 and 115.8, there’s a Formula One Academy Car available for free. You’ll also receive a special prize car for completing official Grand Prix events.
You’ll find five new Grand Prix events, with three available in this update and a further two coming in update 8.1. The first of these, starting today and appropriate for the race event approaching this weekend, is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Following that will be the British Grand Prix on December 7, the Italian Grand Prix on December 21, and then the Japanese and US Grands Prix in the next update.
Regular players will spot that the location for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Yas Marina circuit, isn’t in the game. That arrives with update 8.0, bringing the total number of current F1 tracks in the game to nine. The update also includes track changes at Silverstone, Monza, COTA, and Suzuka, to reflect the new content.
Completing the grand prix gifts you the 2019 F1 car of your choice, and should you complete all five you’ll get the 2019 safety car, a Mercedes-AMG GT R, complete with flashing lights. All F1 cars, including the safety and academy cars, get free servicing, and the full F1 car list is as follows:
- 2019 Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (PR 115.6-135.5)
- 2019 Haas F1 Team VF-19 (PR 115.6-135.5)
- 2019 McLaren F1 Team MCL34 (PR 115.7-135.6)
- 2019 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 W10 EQ Power+ (PR 115.8-135.7)
- 2019 Red Bull Racing RB15 (PR 115.8-135.7)
- 2019 Renault F1 Team R.S.19 (PR 115.7-135.6)
- 2019 ROKIT Williams Racing FW42 (PR 115.6-135.5)
- 2019 Scuderia Ferrari SF90 (PR 115.8-135.7)
- 2019 SpScore Racing Point RP19 (PR 115.6-135.5)
- 2019 Toro Rosso STR14 (PR 115.7-135.6)
- F1® Academy Car (PR 110.3-120.8)
- 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R F1® Safety Car (PR 61.0)
In addition there’s daily races, champion series, and an invitational series for the F1 cars, plus a safety car showdown for the AMG GT R. There’ll also be a new currency specific to the F1 game mode, to ensure new players aren’t swamped by those with a lot of Gold from the regular game. It’s called ‘M$’, and players can earn it by playing the F1 content, and use it to buy the F1 cars (at M$2,000,000 apiece) and upgrades.
Outside of F1, the game menu sees a shake-up. First, the ‘Exclusive Series’ section has moved to become part of what used to be the Career series. This also sees a name change to ‘Road Collection’ to differentiate it from the F1 mode.
There’s also three additional new vehicles beside the F1 content. They are:
- 1995 Honda Integra Type-R (PR 4.9-21.0)
- 2000 Honda Civic Type-R (PR 4.7-18.1)
- 2016 Koenigsegg Agera RS (PR 82.1-96.1)
Real Racing 3 update 8.0 is available for download now.
🏎 20 drivers
👥 10 teams
🏁 5 official tracks
🏆One ultimate racing experience
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— Real Racing 3 (@realracing) November 25, 2019