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Want To Go Faster? The Project CARS 2 Race Engineer Is Here To Help

Mrstelljokey has released a very interesting new Project CARS 2 preview video, showing off one of the new additions to the title: The Project CARS 2 Race Engineer.

Mrstelljokey has released a very interesting new Project CARS 2 preview video, showing off one of the new additions to the title: The Project CARS 2 Race Engineer.

Built into the title’s setup screens, the Project CARS 2 Race Engineer helps racers who are overwhelmed with the setup options to find the right areas to adjust. Simply answer the race engineer a bunch of questions about your car’s behavior and it will suggest the required changes, allowing even less setup-savy players to get more out of their car.

Project CARS 2 is now available for pre-order.

The title will bring 180+ cars and 60 tracks to the PC, Playstation 4 & Xbox One, starting September 22.

Powered by the studios’ Live Track 3.0 technology that allows dynamic surface conditions and the title’s comprehensive dynamic weather engine, Project CARS 2 is able to simulate racing in any weather & season, including heavy winter weather & snow.

Aside from graphics & sound improvements, Project CARS 2 comes with refined physics featuring the title’s cutting-edge tire model and improved AI as well as brand-new gamepad controls & FFB improvements. The new version comes with robust eSports & online capabilities including Online Championship mode, driver rating as well as race directing & broadcast controls.

The full list of all cars included in Project CARS 2 can be found here the track list can be found here.

  • pastor_tedhaggard

    this is a brilliant and needed feature in all other sim games, tbh. ironic that it pops up in something like pcars first, kudos to them.

    • Bakkster

      Definitely impressive, especially because it’s a decision tree that will teach drivers to do their own setup work over time.

  • noroardanto

    Excellent feature. It will be fantastic if they can add GTR2 style racing school in the future.

  • Dani .

    This is needed since Cart precission Racing. But what i see here it’s not very reliable, braking example and it’s solution it’s too bad, can be tires pressure, or mostly suspension, brake bias is too obvious. Cart precision racing engineer worked much better, but it’s a very goo step foward.

    • MC

      It does look a bit simplistic. I don’t know what Virtual Race Car Engineer’s like, I’ve tried the setup tool and didn’t think it was that great.

    • HardRock

      Since this system is aimed at the beginners, I think it’s a good idea to start with the most obvious solutions first. As you rightly said so, a given characteristic of a car is governed by many things, it’s a complex and interwoven system. Exposing that right away to people new to setups could be quite daunting for them. I think with this system, they will naturally start fiddling with the simple settings suggested and then notice what else changes with them, hopefully noticing the connections during all this.

      • Dani .

        Yep, it’s one of the features I have spread over the net myself. It’s a good step foward in modern sims. But Cart precission racing made it much better, in similar way, it made questions like that, but more precise and detailed, final setup will change everything need from diff to suspension, worked well that time, this is a good attempt to match it. Fine for them.

      • HardRock

        I would like to see exactly what solutions are offered to problems before I judge the system more. I’m sure it could be improved still in many ways since it is a first iteration from SMS, but if it gets just a few more people into working on setups that will already be a huge win for competitive racing.

  • David Grau

    That’s the same engineer system that was supposed to be added to PC1? Oh, I see…

    • HardRock

      Nobody has infinite resources. Dropping features during development is the natural result of learning how long certain features will actually take to complete, since the original timeframes are always very rough estimates. Prioritizing what’s important to keep in end is always painful, but necessary, otherwise things would rarely get done and I’m not just talking about software, but any complex product. If you would really want to, I’m sure you could list cut features from any sims on the market, although with pCARS you may know about more, since its development was fairly open to the public.

      • David Grau

        Sorry, I disagree. Your argument has solid bases, but my problem is obviously not with you or your argument, is with the studies and their way of work, or their publishers if you want. They cut their work for include the features they claimed, and start to work in a lot of DLC’s to earn money. But the problem is that they were not fixing the game (that was PLENTY of bugs everywhere)… They announced PC2 when the first one was, as I said, plenty of bugs.

      • pez2k

        Games companies only make money once a game is released, they’re basically borrowing against future sales. If SMS postponed release of pCARS 1 until every single feature that had been brainstormed was done, they’d have gone bust before the game was ever finished.

        Regarding the sequel, the alternative was to sack lots of staff as DLC income won’t sustain a big team so the next retail release needed to be on its way. Kunos are small enough to survive on DLC money and also had the later console releases, while iRacing have subscription money (and ISI used to), S3S sell frequent expansion packs like the annual DTM games, and Reiza crowdfunded GSCE support.

        The sequel also didn’t go into full production for about a year after the first game came out because most of the staff were still working on bugfixes for the first, which makes your point a bit weird to me.

      • HardRock

        Talking specifically about the bug fixes, the last patch for PC1 was release one and half years after the release of the sim, so clearly, SMS was in fact working on fixing bugs and improving performance as well.

        Also, no, they don’t cut features from the original release to create DLCs instead. They cut features because they turn out to require more resources than originally estimated and they have to make their release dates. PC1 slipped multiple times if you think back, announcing more delays for, in the grand scheme of things, minor features like the Race Engineer, would have been devastating.

        Regarding DLCs as a whole, you may not like them, but the reality is that game devs need them in order to stay afloat. Think about it, the price a boxed game didn’t change in the last 2+ decades all that much, meaning that with inflation the price of games actually dropped, but development costs shot way up. When we are talking about a game with substantial content and an update plan consisting of almost 2 years, studio absolutely NEED an additional source of revenue beyond box and digital sales of their product, let that be DLCs, monthly subscriptions or microtransactions. I far prefer DLCs when they have good content at reasonable price, and I think the ones for PC1 definitely qualify.

  • Stepreo

    Looks like a pretty nice feature, though I think I would need a driver coach feature to make me go faster.

    • Markus Ott

      There are sim racing teams who also offer coaching

  • Paul Maguire

    how is stopping to quickly a bad thing lol

    • winet

      Only if you forgot to secure your seat belt

      • Paul Maguire

        the only reasonable response 🙂

    • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

      When you hit a wall 🙂

    • massivechicken

      I just wish sims like this would drop the cringeworthy stuff – “I’m stopping too quickly” is something a racing driver would NEVER say, and if they did, they’d be fired!

      The answer is “brake later”.

      I also wish they’d drop the pit to car radio encouragement business – you know, the stuff like “OK let’s get a really good start, see how many cars you can overtake before T1” and “Now’s your chance to overtake. You’re in the slipstream” etc. Just stick to realism, it’ll be so much cooler.

      • HardRock

        Given that the braking power is the primary suggestion for the stopping too late/too soon feedback from the player, the “too soon” answer should probably be reworded to say “I’m locking my tires too easily during braking”. “I’m stopping too soon” really doesn’t make sense as a feedback as you said, since slowing down in the shortest time possible is the primary goal during braking.

        As for the second part, those messages are optional, you could disable them even in PC1. That said, you do lose a few useful messages that way and generally I like these exactly for realism reasons. While the pit crew in real races do try to only give useful information to the drivers, we had the chance to hear during race broadcasts quite a few times that drivers don’t always agree what is useful information for them, so getting used to someone talking to you during a race is part of real racing as well.

        Ideally, the verbosity of these message should be adjustable during the race. The good news is that there’s a Crew Chief app for PC that allows you to do just that. It provides tons of new custom messages, which you can toggle on/off with voice commands during a race, just like if you would be talking to your pit crew during a real race, for maximum immersion. Also, it will be compatible with PC2 as well.

      • RapidRefund

        While we that have sim raced for many many years now see it as an adult platform to t still is part of the video game industry and needs to appeal to the more casual younger gamer to maximize potential sales. I tend to allow myself to not let the more video game stuff bother me or influence my overall Outlook of the product.

      • massivechicken

        Yep I have no issue really with making it more accessible, but would it be too much to ask for the cheesy stuff to be relegated to a “beginner” mode?

      • RapidRefund

        You gotta point there or maybe an option to turn off the commentary. Who knows you may be able to

  • RapidRefund

    Gotta admit that’s a pretty cool feature

  • RapidRefund

    Hmmm the LeMans GT winning car Ford GT

  • Me

    Ok VirtualR…vacation’s over!
    Need some new news!
    😛

  • Silvio

    This page is very dead… 21 days…

    • TheFourHorsemen

      Let’s blame Donald Trump for this! 🙂

      • Silvio

        LOL

  • melanieuk1

    The readership on this site use to be in the 100s, this time of the evening, I have been monitoring it’s discus visitor and its dropping rapidly on a daily basis, hope you’re good and healthy rob.
    Tomorrow will be Three weeks since this site was last updated, I know rob works for SMS, so maybe it’s the reason why the slow updates, due to the soon to be release of pcars2.

    • TheFourHorsemen

      That could be a very good explanation indeed. 🙂
      I hope he’s making us a great game!

      • Bloomquist

        gl w/ dat

    • Silvio

      Hope you right

    • Leynad

      I heard Kim Jong Un took over the site and North Korea still working on the next title, but updates coming soon:)

      • melanieuk1

        Rather than being a sheep, and following msm in slagging off Kim Jong Un, maybe you should focus in slagging off your leader, who is imposing heavy taxation on you, Kim Jong Un isn’t the one taxing you for every single penny you earn, don’t fall for the bs, the msm would want you to believe, baaah baaah baaah.

      • TheFourHorsemen

        What would give me my faith back in the governments:
        -End the (private) Federal Reserve
        -End the CFR and Trilateral Commision (aka shadow gov)
        -End the UN and every World [something] organisations
        -End all centrals banks owned by Rothchilds and others around the world (that owns the debt that govs leave to our children)
        -Stop pushing a NWO down our throat
        -Stop pushing wars worldwide

        What would give me my faith back in the MSM:
        -Stop hiding or pushing the propaganda of the above

        [End of my political parenthesis…probably off topic] 🙂
        …Have a nice racing day.

        …but the guy above was probably joking. 🙂

      • Leynad

        I know at best there´s a lot of sh*t going on in “Western politics” with the “wars on terror”, the nasty empowerment of Al Nusra aka Al Kaida plus ISIS in Syria and elsewhere, the overthrow of the former most advanced society in Africa in Libya plus the CIA-coup in the Ukraine just to name a few, but never compare anything to NK, probably the most evil dictatorship ever on this planet. The only reason this cruelest of all government still exists is the introduction of collective punishment. Hole families within three generations went to the concentration camps just because one of them was listening to South-Korean radio. The death-rate is at least 20% per year, they get like 400 calories a day for working labor and are allowed to shower once a year, but have to sleep like sardines in can. That´s just the ultimate hell on earth, even outside the camps.

      • TheFourHorsemen

        Something has to be done with this crazy Kim. US had intervine for far far less in history. I don’t know what they were wating in this case (looking at you Obama). Thanks Trump is finally doing something before it blows up.

      • Leynad

        Sorry, this is utter nonsense what you´re talking. You should read some books about NK to know more about it. I recommend “Escape from Camp 14” or “The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag”

    • Stepreo

      VR has been my only consistent sim racing site (outside of iRacing forums) for a while now, so likewise hope everything is still well!

  • https://soundcloud.com/glen-orpheus Glen Orpheus

    i never watch TV or read a newspaper, but come here daily to catch up on the good things in life, please come back VirtualR 🙁

  • Yamin Namsan

    Simracing in general is dead for me. Coming here confirms it.

    • noroardanto

      Good for you

      • Yamin Namsan

        You have no idea how good it is.

  • Bjorn G

    Just go to bsimracing.com instead, way better anyway – has been for years…
    Big up Wim!

  • Cavfleck

    Please come back VR!

    • Silvio

      Anyone has any idea about his missing?

  • Jetexocet

    With Darin Gangi slowly disappearing from ISRTV and Virtualr seemingly gone AWOL, our sim racing updates are left on a WIM and a prayer.

    • Filip Carlen

      bsimracing.com and racedepartment.com are good sources too for sim racing news

      • Jetexocet

        WIM in Wim and a prayer. But thanks for the reply. All the best.

    • Bakkster

      There’s always Reddit, with both /r/simracing and individual subs for all the sims.

  • wajdi nujeidat

    What happened to this site?! 5 weeks from the last news?!

  • salvasirignano .

    Why is it that in the sim racing world pages, games and mods go missing or without any updates or news for months/years? From Kunos with NK Pro to LFS and Kartsim or whatever it is now, it is really disappointing and pretty bad mannered the way people who have supported pages/ games/ developers are left with no explanation at all. How long does it take to type a brief message?
    It’s just a basic courtesy really, which sadly is becoming less common…

    • Horrace Foster

      Marsha Marsha Marsha, its not all about you!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BucketCat

    Oh i see, no news but still time to “approve” every comment…gg

    • Silvio

      what happend?

      • BucketCat

        Dno, my post was awating approval and it got deleted. So someone is still active…

      • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

        Yeah I’m active unfortunately for some.

        Your post voilated the rules. Go read 5b in the Posting Rules (top of the page). Initials count too.
        I could have edited your post and approved it but then how would you learn that this isn’t YouTube ?

  • Bjorn G
    • ASUSNEX

      thanks for the tip. And whats happend here?

    • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

      Ok we’re done with advertising on here. Drop it.

      • Bjorn G

        Abandon ship while you still can!

  • Francesco Kasta

    Well, it’s been great ’till it lasted.

  • Balles

    Some words on the situation could show some respect towards your audience. At least what it was your audience.

    • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

      Who are you addressing here ?

      • Balles

        The one who isn’t posting any news without having said if it’s temporary or permanently.

      • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

        Have you ever thought that he might not be in a position to do this ?

        Some respect needs to come from members here to understand that they are unaware of the reason VR is not being updated and that there just might be a very valid reason why it is not.
        People are prone to making selfish or negative assumptions and maybe in this case they shouldn’t.

      • Balles

        Of course I hope he’s allright. If not he has my apologies.

  • eddiespag

    My guess is the possibility that this amazing site got bought out by a professional entity that will expand it to greater heights. The evidence to support this possibility is that VR and simracing included has evolved and grown so much over time that it is a valid and lucrative business in and of itself or a supportive component in the world of motorsports around the globe.

    • anonymouse

      He has been on Ian Bell’s payroll ever since pCARS 1 already.

      One conflict of interests is enough, if he’s a smart person he doesn’t need two.

  • Kevin

    Would be a shame if VR would be over now. It was the main simracing news source for me. Hope it will be back anytime soon…

  • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

    Guys, I know a lot of you are wondering about VirtualR. I don’t know too much myself but I do know why Rob isn’t posting.
    All I can say is that it is something out of his control and sometimes real life is more important and serious than maintaining a blog.
    Where things go from here, only time will tell, but in the meantime please refrain from making assumptions, criticising or generally being negative when you are not in charge of any of the facts.

    • TheFourHorsemen

      Do he needs prayers?

      • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

        There’s nothing more to say other that what I’ve said. But you did ask that question to an atheist.

      • Jetexocet

        Oh Jesus, thank Christ there’s another atheist amongst us. Hallelujah

      • MrRollsRoyce

        Why are we bringing religion into all this?

      • TheFourHorsemen

        So I got 2 person to pray for… 🙂
        Have a nice day!

      • MrRollsRoyce

        As a fellow rationalist (I dislike the term “atheist”, why should we be defined by lack of something that others want to have?) I agree on the futility of prayer. If prayer worked we wouldn’t need scientists and doctors, the world would have progressed due to religious belief only, whereas in reality it is reason and critical thinking that has improved our lives immeasurable over our ancestors’.

      • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

        This is not the time or place for such a discussion.

      • MrRollsRoyce

        Agree.

      • SC4DR1

        God still Loves you F1

      • GamerMuscle

        With the way language and culture is whatever you call yourself you will always be defined by what other people want to define you with even if you use different words correct or incorrect standard definition or not lol.

    • noroardanto

      Thanks for the info F1Racer, please send my regards to Rob whenever possible. I wish him and his family all the best.

    • Richard Hessels

      Miss my favo site!

    • GamerMuscle

      Don’t be silly , nothing in life is more important than a good tire model argument !

      With luck he is doing ok and if not that’s s**t but i’m sure he knows tons of people apricate the time and effort he has put into this site over the years !

      • Horrace Foster

        Wow, this forum looks like the whos who of simracing, I knew it was a popular site, but wow!

    • Pvt Stash

      Hope all is ok for Rob, not much you can do when real life demands attention. Best of luck to all.

    • Tim Wheatley

      Thanks for posting. Wish him the best.

    • Chris Considine

      Thanks for sharing this. I hope everything is ok. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I (and the whole CXC crew) miss this site!

  • Winston Clemmings

    no updates ? Rob should let the moderator know whats happening

    • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

      If he was in a position to, he probably would. I think site updates are a low priority here. Lets not be selfish.

  • Silvio

    I keep coming back for something news.

  • http://batman-news.com Leeman

    I hope he’s ok and I hope things can get sorted out over time. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to having the site back up and running. Best of luck.

  • http://derekspearedesigns.com/ Derek Speare

    As a long time advertiser and friend to VirtualR and its community, all of us here at DSD hope for the best and look forward to the site operating regularly as soon as possible!

  • Silvio

    Despite of we don’t know each other, we all know we are humans behind the keyboard, and somehow we concern about everyone here, in that same manner we all concern about any victims of a distant fact. Speking as human being, this silence is very disturbing, it causes a strange ansiety, as when we are following some mining workers rescue or something like that. It is sure we’d like to know what is going on, but our respect goes above our feelings and we agree that, if it is the way the page’s owner found to solve his situation, it is the way it will be.
    All we can do now is to express our solidarization to the guy behind this page and wait that the things being resolved in the best way they can be.

  • Sloeri

    Same as many others here, i would like to express my solidarity with whatever is going on within Rob’s personal life. Hope we see you back soon !

    • Horrace Foster

      I am here with you Rob, You and your site has helped me in alot of hard decisions about sim racing, If you dont come back, I say thank you and you will be missed!

  • punkfest2000

    So…where are you guys going for sim racing news now? Race Department? Any other sites recommended?

    • Francesco Kasta

      Bsimracing and Race Department are both valid alternatives.

      • melanieuk1

        At least people can’t slag off Rob, or VirtualR, calling it a shill for Slightly Mad Studios.
        Checking out the Project Cars 2 steam forums, it seems like a very very high percentage of the steam users commenting on the project cars 2 forums, have already pre-ordered, a copy of pcars 2.

        [ This isn’t a reply to you, just me ranting 🙂 ]

    • Bakkster

      Reddit, which both directs you to all the news from various sources as they happen (instead of waiting for curation), and has discussion built in. There’s r/simracing for overall stuff, and a subreddit for each title/series as well.

      • Filip Carlen

        Don’t forget r/simrally for more rally-focused games ^^

  • BucketCat

    C’mon, pull the plug already…

    • Filip Carlen

      Why? There still are a lot of good information, good links to mods and modders sites, easy to search and find articles… The site isn’t useless just because it isn’t updated anymore. And of you don’t enjoy it anymore, why do you come back?

      • BucketCat

        I love a good trainwreck…

      • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

        You’re a sick un-compassionate fuck you know that ?

        When it affects someone in your family, perhaps you’ll enjoy that too then.
        In case it wasn’t obvious, that was your last post here, which given the current circumstance, you probably won’t give a shit about either.