Many weeks in the making, here’s a 7-lap race with one of our favourite Project CARS racing combos – a full swarm of Renault Clio Cup cars and Cadwell Park’s little Woodland Circuit layout.
Already a venue that creates a feeling of being tightly confined, the short Woodland route serves to amplify that sensation. Fortunately, despite being so compact, key features of Cadwell Park such as The Mountain and the shaded woodland section ahead of the Start-Finish straight are there. Better yet, the AI cars generally drive well here – especially welcome given that this sort of single-class short-track racing demands your unbroken attention and there’s little room for error! You’ll need to make maximum use of the Clio’s limited horsepower, always considering your lines and braking to close in or find the tiniest advantage over the competition. Every lap is a text-book case of the loss of a tenth on one turn potentially resulting in losing a few tenths of a second by the end of a straight. Mistakes, gains, some panel-rubbing – it’s all in this video!
A positive feature of the Clio is that it’s robust and whether you’re a rookie or an old hand, you’ll find it accessible, fun and a booster for great memories of early TOCA Touring Car games. In fact, if you find that a useful reference point and like open-wheel cars, Formula Rookie and a classic British circuit like this makes a fantastic modern-day substitute for TOCA 2’s Formula Ford racing.
Probably except for car strength, everything said of the Clio Cup otherwise holds true with the Rookie too. Thanks to functional standard set-ups, either car should be the perfect introduction to racing in Project CARS.
That means that despite their initially different nature, the Clio and Rookie are ideal choices for such early training. They’re less nervous than the karts, making them friendly to approach on the path to developing driving skills, reading the road and getting into the game. The same need to keep up momentum holds true for both cars and if you have a preference between the two types of machine, you can lean in favour of a tin-top or single-seater car without missing out on the entertainment and improving your technique. Or do like us – race them both at will!
Power Drive 2000
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Ahead of a full video, we’ve included a snippet of our first run in Megacom’s all-glow Power Drive 2000. The very early build shown is little more than a proof of concept but we’re sure you can agree that it looks the part!
After weeks of low activity on its Kickstarter page, it’s fantastic to post that Power Drive 2000 drew in a late flurry of activity and passed its modest funding target with a few hours left on the campaign clock. We’ll feature a full run in the concept demo soon and will be watching development all the way ’til its intended arrival on PC (Windows/Linux), Mac and PlayStation 4 next year.
Feelin’ the neon?