Motorheads rejoice, as Bandai Namco has today announced a new pre-order bonus for its upcoming racer, Project CARS.
With the addition of the Ruf CTR3 SMS-R super sports car, developer Slighty Mad hopes to make the line between racing in reality and in-game seem even more indistinct. The vehicle produces over 750 horsepower, and hits a staggering 330 km/h top speed.
It is being created in partnership between the game’s developers and Ruf engineers, and showcases a highly tuned engine, stripped interior, and custom-made bodywork. It’s also touted to be a “truly unique combination of technical excellence and aesthetic passion”.
In a press release, Project CARS’s lead vehicle designer Casey Ringley said: “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.
“[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.”
The SMS-R is said to be a vehicle that could very well exist in the real world, thanks to the authentic way in which it was created. The developers went through procedures real racing teams have used to tune cars – cutting weight, tuning suspension, and improving aerodynamics. The minute details are undoubtedly there to keep motor enthusiasts intrigued.
Project CARS was recently delayed until April, and we hope that the extra time in development will leave us with a more polished game. Looking at the detail behind the car in this pre-order bonus, we can see some of the immense work that’s going into the title. In a console generation that’s still sparse in terms of the racing genre, this may be the perfect time for it to be released.