Last updated on January 20th, 2021 at 02:57 pm
We continue our return to Project CARS with Build 797 as we go ‘under cover’ following Snetterton and an open Formula Rookie cockpit.
Evolution at Lakeville
The ‘cover’ in this case is Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution X FQ-400. The Norfolk airfield is left behind for the West Coast of North America to look at Lakeville Raceway. This is the slightly shorter layout of the two available in-game.
Different car class, fresh experience
As with our recent Simraceway comparison between a Formula 3 car and that title’s Evo X, Slightly Mad Studios’ Evo made for the perfect contrast with the preceding Formula Rookie car. Take the undulations and cambers of Lakeville, add in a road car and matching tyres and you have an altogether new feeling. Pliable, you might say!
Look out here for the loading and unloading of the suspension through the sequences of turns. It may also be possible to see some of the slide and flexibility of the ‘soles’ of the car (the tyres!). I’ll also take a moment to highlight how well the car can be corrected through braking or steering when under the inconsistent influence of the driver (ahem!). The reactive behaviour of the Evo can be seen throughout the laps – no need to search for it! It was all the fault of that A-pillar, y’see…
In terms of atmosphere, we begin having just driven into clear weather at Lakeville before a transition to hazy weather begins around half-way in. Even on accelerated time, it’s a subtle process in motion and is a cool sign of the talent and attention to detail that lives behind the development of Project CARS.
A portion of a third lap has been left in to allow the shifting colour palette to become more obvious. Note how the colour temperature inside the car also changes with the outside conditions as the early blue tint from a clear sky leans to orange or yellow hues from the changing surroundings. Beyond what is shown in this video, the conditions were decidedly murky as CARS went to ‘full haze’!
Project CARS will begin its release roll-out in November. We laid out the details of the ‘Limited Edition’ box set three weeks ago, including the case designs and pre-order extras of the Modified Car Pack that early buyers will receive.