Prototypes, GTs, touring cars, track day specials and even road cars, everything was covered in the newest pack of content released for the simulator Assetto Corsa from KUNOS Simulazioni, dubbed 'Ready to Race', but the purpose behind those classes is the same: get in, accelerate, keep between the white lines and compete.
Once you take a look at the list of cars two models should attract some attention, as the 2014 versions of the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro and Toyota TS040 Hybrid LMP1 racers are the flagship cars of the pack, and although licensing issues kept newer models away from the DLC, these two models should give some good competition to the 2015 version of the Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Then you have the GT3 addition of the pack, being another Audi, as the latest R8 LMS GT3 is available to compete against the current crop of the title, which is already diverse enough to satisfy almost all tastes. A throwback to the glorious FIA GT days saw the Maserati MC12 GT1 appearing too, being at the moment in a class of its own, and with the classic AF Corse and Vitaphone Racing liveries being cut out in the last moment due to licensing issues.
Cup class cars were also present in form of the Audi Sport TT Cup, which is the opening door to sportscar from the Audi side that sends the best drivers to GT3 racing and had its moment as a provisional TCR car before the RS3 LMS. Also from the Ingolstadt manufacturer comes the Audi TT RS, another weapon into Audi's customer racing list, often seen in the SP3T class of the VLN at Nürburgring but doing some appearances at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill and 24H SERIES.
The road and track specials were represented by the addition of the Lotus 3-Eleven, an evolution of the 2-Eleven and one of the fastest cars from the British brand. In the same class but way more aggressive is the McLaren P1 GTR, which is basically a sports car made with the track being in mind, like what was made with the Ferrari FXX K, which is the main opposition of this car in Assetto Corsa, and to end the list is the way less track focused McLaren 570S, base car for one of the most recent additions in the GT4 class, but unlike the race counterparts, the Porsche Cayman GT4 isn't exactly a competitive match for the 570S.
The final car of the list is another rally car. Yes, another rally car in Assetto Corsa. After the Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2, the Toyota Celica ST185 adds another era of rallying to the Italian title, although no dirt tracks are predicted at the moment for the triple drivers champion in WRC.
Along with this bunch of cars, the update 1.15 brought new features such as a wind algorithm, being another point to consider in your setup, restrictors for balance of performance along with the existing ballast, push-to-pass to the TT Cup, and there were some big improvements in AI behavior, which improved racing through traffic and also added more randomness to the races, as variation and aggression sliders were included with the AI level to be tweaked to your liking before the session.
The Ready to Race DLC is already available on Steam and will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users later in the year. The whole 1.15 update changelog can be seen on Assetto Corsa's Steam page.
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