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Project CARS delivers first Community Livery Pack

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The game has only just come out and our lovely friends at Bandai Namco Entertainment and Slightly Mad Studios have already delivered their first Community DLC in the form of a Community Livery Pack.

This first Project Cars Community Livery pack has not only bold, creative designs and homages to iconic real-life liveries but also an accurate recreation of Deadmau5′ livery for his BAC Mono and whats more they have all been created by the gaming community.

This is the first in a set of free, yes free packs contains liveries created by actual players of the game, but if you think you can do better head over to Project CARS Official Forums and showcase your work! The best submissions will be included in future packs to come.

The Community Livery Pack is available now from the Xbox store and while you’re there why not check out the Free Car #1 DLC The Lykan Hypersport, which is also available to download.

Exploring the CAR of the Future

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When it comes to launching a new game, and capturing the minds of the next generation of gamers, drivers and designers, Bandai Namco have it nailed. This week they’ve teamed up with Explore Learning, the leading provider of English and maths tuition to launch a nationwide competition in honour of the launch of Project CARS. They’ll be asking thousands of UK children one simple question; what will be racing cards of the future look like?

The aim of the competition is to find the most unique and well-designed car of the future from the next generation of drivers and gamers. The judge, world famous professional racing driver Nicolas Hamilton, will select the winning design and then meet and present the prize to the aspiring designer.

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The prize itself is a good one! The winner will receive a framed picture of their design, a certificate, the chance to meet Nicolas Hamilton and… a…. PlayStation 4. (We are grinning through gritted teeth at this point but the generosity hasn’t gone unnoticed.)

Lee Kirton, PR and Marketing Whizz (or Director to you and I) at Bandai Namco had the following to say;

We’re thrilled to team up with Explore Learning on CAR of the future. Dreams, fun and inspiration are what games are all about; by engaging with Explore Learning members, we aim to inspire the next generation of designers.

5 runners up in the competition will be rewarded with a bagful of Bandai Namco goodies.

We are always looking for new ways to encourage creativity and engage the imaginations of our members and what better way than to invite them to think about how racing cars might look and operate in the future? One of the main reasons that parents bring their children along to Explore Learning is to help their confidence so they can overcome challenges they come up against whilst learning.  Nicolas is a great role model for young people; he’s showing them they can overcome any obstacles to gain success.

said Carey Ann Dodah, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning.

We love this idea and no doubt both Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad Studios will be watching the winner and 5 runner ups very closely in the future for potential job offers! Good luck and we cannot wait to see the winning entries.

Project CARS offers a free Furious Lykan

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Unlike many people, I haven’t seen any of the ‘Furious’ series of movies. Not one. Those folk at Slightly Mad Studios obviously have though, which might be one reason why it keeps getting delayed. Too busy watching films, lads and lasses?

The team behind the game have announced the first free vehicle coming for the delayed title, Dominic Toretto’s new ride from Furious 7, the 740 bhp Lykan Hypersport. This 245mph beast is the first ever supercar to be made in the Middle East, by W Motors, has a futuristic holographic mid-air dashboard and can be ordered with embedded diamonds and emeralds.

Project CARS Creative Director, Andy Tudor has announced that this will be the first in a series of monthly free vehicles available as a thank you to all the patient fans, still waiting for the game to come out.

We are immensely pleased to have this awesome machine in the game and to give fans the chance to get behind the wheel of a truly amazing vehicle. The Lykan Hypersport represents the first of a series of free cars we’ll be giving away every month as a thank you to our fans for being so patient in the lead up to the release of the game. We’ll have more info on the full schedule of further contant for Project CARS soon, but we hope that this is a great sneak peek of just one way in which Project CARS is going to expand in the future.

Surely this is something that would make even Vin Diesel take a break from filming?

You can see some footage of the Lykan in action below. Project CARS is currently scheduled for release sometime in May going by the current prevailing wind.

Project CARS stays on track

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It still seems like ages until Project CARS gets out of it’s current development traffic jam and on the right road to release. Until then, we’re just going to have to watch the gameplay and info trailers, sigh disconsolately and wait, occasionally listening to some rubbish on the radio and wonder what the delay is all about.

So, until the mid May scheduled congestion clearing occurs, Bandai Namco will keep teasing us with new trailers, like the one below, which showcases the tracks that will be playable in the game and their variable weather conditions. This is dynamic and according to developers, Slightly Mad, ground-breaking.

You can get some more information on the tracks that the game will include here, and there are 24 of them, including Donington Park, Silverstone and Monza, all urging you to adapt to their own mini-climate.

So, until the game is finally released from gridlock, we’ll just have to keep watching these trailers. Oh, look, here’s one now.

Learn how to qualify with Project Cars

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Project Cars, it’s had a bit of a stuttering start. Dogged by delays as the developers invest more time in polishing the final product, while it leaves the average gamer looking forward to this, hoping beyond hope that this will live up to the hype.

To whet our appetites, Bandai Namco Games (soon to be called Bandia Namco Entertainment UK Ltd) have released a new gameplay trailer, almost teasing us with the fact that they can play it and we can’t.

This new trailer will take you through the basics of the pitbox in the game, detailing the Monitor, Tuning setups and Pit Strategy Manager. All of these are designed to help you get the most out of your qualifying laps.

Buckle up then, watch the trailer, then sulk about the fact that we can’t play it until at least mid-May.

Four new tracks coming to Project Cars

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Slightly Mad Studios and BANDAI NAMCO Games have just announced that 4 more tracks are to be added to the already extensive roster in the soon to be released, Project CARS.

Already with a huge selection of tracks from all over the world, four more iconic tracks are to join the title and this isn’t the end, one more bundle remains unannounced.

The new tracks are as follows;

Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway (formerly Infineon Raceway) is a hilly road course and drag strip located in California. Twinned with Watkins Glen International (also in Project CARS) as a host of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series it sees regular use by many other motorsports on both four wheels and two.

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Home to the Formula One Grand Prix, 24H endurance event, and many more, the famous circuit has seen many layout changes since 1920 although the infamously flat-out Eau Rouge has largely remained untouched making it one of the fastest and most exciting tracks in motorsports today.

Brno

Opened in 1987, the relatively-new Brno Circuit has been host to the World Sports Car Championship, A1 Grand Prix, and the Czechoslovakian Motocycle Grand Prix.

Willow Springs International Motorsports Park

With a blistering lap time of just 1 minute 6 seconds held by legendary racer Michael Andretti, the 9-turn track is the oldest permanent road course in the United States with elevation changes and high average speeds making it a favourite among drivers.

Once again this seems to show the developers determination to make Project CARS the best racer ever.

Project CARS pre-orders to get access to dream machine

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Announced today, if you pre-order Project CARS from selected retailers you will get your hands on a one-of-a-kind car, the RUF CTR3 SMS-R. Up until now this car has been a closely held secret and is the collaboration of Slightly Mad Studios and the famous sports car company RUF.

The RUF CTR3 SMS-R is a race spec’d version of the already existing RUF CTR-3 sports car with stripped down interior, highly tuned engine and bespoke bodywork. This car created by the highly skilled engineers at Slightly Mad Studios, shows just how video games and reality are pushing the boundaries.

Casey Lingley (vehicle lead) explained;

“We wanted the bodywork to reflect our idea of what Ruf would really do if they were to make a track-only version of the CTR3, very much like what Pagani did with the Zonda R. As a result, none of the bodywork is excessively extreme and it takes a lot of cues from modern GT3 class cars: dive planes at the front, swan neck rear wing, aggressive diffuser and other little details that are normal for a car that is honed to perform on the track.”

If you want to read more on how the engineers created the RUF CTR3 SMS-R using technology that modern racing teams use today then you can check the rest of the article out here.

This car is exclusive to Project Cars, so if you want to get your hands on it then get pre-ordering now.

What to expect from Project CARS career mode

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With the delay to Project CARS announced last week it left people wondering what was going on, but Slightly Mad Studios don’t want to keep us guessing and have released the first of many in-depth videos of the game.

The first video of the series takes a look at the games career mode and Andy Tudor, the games Creative Director talks us through its modes and features.

The next video will dig deeper into Qualifying, the Pit Box, pit strategies, and some gameplay from the first career race. I don’t know about you but this game is looking great and I’m hoping the slight delay in its release date can only make it better.

Project CARS is due for release 2nd April 2015.

Namco revs up Project CARS with new Xbox One trailer

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With it’s release coming up in the next 2 months, Namco Bandai look set to turn up the throttle on other racers on Xbox One as more footage from Project CARS is released.

Scheduled to hit the shops on the 20th of March, this Forza-rival is starting to look the business. Small wonder, as it claims to be the most technically-advanced, intense, authentic, and as we can see from the sumptuous BMW above, beautiful racing simulator available.

Developed by UK based Slightly Mad Studios who have also worked on such titles as Need For Speed, GTR and Test Drive, Project CARS has been in development since 2011, involving the input of over 80,000 gamers via Slightly Mad’s own crowd-powered platform called World of Mass Development, in an effrot to bring you the definitive racing experience.

From Karts to Supercars, Track Day Cars to Le Mans prototypes, all racing over an impressive line-up of 20 already confirmed tracks. Do you fancy drifting around the corners of Snetterton, or street racing along the Azure Coast E50? More tracks are due to be announced over the coming weeks and Slightly Mad have confirmed that the aim is for it to run in glorious 1080p at 60fps.

Have a look at the new trailer below and let us know what you think.