It was known right from the first announcement that Project CARS 2 would feature rallycross and other forms of off-road racing, but we were still waiting for a presentation of what is about to come in the new game from Slightly Mad Studios, and this was shown this Thursday (11).
A presentation video shows some of the stars of the show, the cars, in a mix that comprises entries from the Global Rallycross Championship and from the FIA World Rallycross Championship, as the new Honda Civic Coupé RX that will have all the attention from Olsbergs MSE this year is the flagship machine, followed by the Volkswagen Polo RX, the Ford Focus RS RX and the JRM-prepared Mini Countryman RX, to stay only with the supercars. Olsbergs MSE put a lot of their input into Project CARS 2, thanks to a technical partnership that will bring the whole rallycross experience into the game, and also because of the input of two Olsbergs MSE drivers, Oliver Eriksson and RallyX On Ice champion Mitchell De Jong, acting as consultants for this specific part.
Along with the mighty supercars, Project CARS 2 will also come with lower rank cars if 600 hp is too much for a start, as the Ford Escort RS1600 will fill the void of the classics, and the second rallycross tier will be represented by the OMSE Supercar Lites machine, which competes in GRC, RX2 and takes a break during winter in the snow on RallyX On Ice. By the way, with the Livetrack 3.0 feature that will recreate real-time track conditions and weather into Project CARS, it will be a way to have rallycross all over the year in any condition, like De Jong and Eriksson do.
Same as the cars, the tracks are a mix of what the World RX and GRC can offer, as the American side is represented by the DirtFish and Daytona circuits while the European side will count with Lohéac, Hell, Hockenheim and Lydden Hill from the world championship scene with Knockhill representing the national scene.
Project CARS 2 will be available in a date to be confirmed in late 2017, which puts the game as a direct competitor to DiRT 4, also to come later on.
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