Porsche reveal the new GT2 RS at E3

Porsche took an unusual step to reveal the new 911 GT2 RS, rather than unveil the car at one of the larger shows such as Detroit or Geneva, Porsche decided to reveal the GT2 RS at the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 for short. E3 is a video game event where the great and the good of the industry reveal their new projects. During an onstage press conference the Porsche 911 GT2 RS was revealed as the new cover car for racing game Forza Motorsport 7 as part of a new deal between Porsche and Microsoft.

911 gt2 rs 2Dan Greenawalt, Creative director for Forza 7 unveiled the car, calling it the most powerful 911 Porsche have ever built. The GT2 RS uses a turbocharged flat 6 engine producing close to 700BHP. The GT2 RS, which is due a full reveal by Porsche themselves later in the year has a 0-62 time of just over 2.5 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 205MPH. The 911 GT2 RS is a big step for the partnership between Porsche and Microsoft, as the deal was only announced earlier this year. (See more on the deal here)

911 GT2 RSPrevious cover cars for the Forza Series include a Subaru Impreza, Nissan 350Z, Ferrari 458 Italia, Audi R8, Mclaren P1 and the new Ford GT, so the 911 GT2 RS is certainly in welcome company. The game is to be released on October 3rd and we are expected to see more of the GT2 RS later in the year, with it going on sale in 2018.

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Project Cars: Is it any Good

Project Cars is the new racing game from Slightly Mad Studios. Now of you think that Forza Motorsport is a serious racing game Project Cars will blow you mind. Project cars is predominantly race cars with the odd road car and super car thrown into the mix as well. For this kind of game the car list is quite small, especially when compared to the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza. But saying that I wasn’t wanting for anything, there is particular lacking in Japanese cars and Classic American Muscle though. However where this game really shines is the track list. From the wide open Californian Highways to the tight twists of the Nordschleife. The Kart tracks in both Dubai and Glencairn are especially enjoyable. As I said at the start I think Project Cars is more serious than Forza, there is no rewind feature which since I had gotten used to it being their I began to find frustrating, I’d be in the lead on the final corner and spin out losing the whole race or restarting. But I began to enjoy this as it taught me to be a better driver overall.

How does it compare to Gran Turismo I hear you say, well that’s tough to say, from my experience I found the features of Project Cars to be quite comparable with Gran Turismo, but the fact that we haven’t has a Gran Turismo on current gen consoles yet I cant really compare them that easily. The graphics I think are probably better in Project cars, but they are both still behind Forza Motorsport in that department. In the marketplace I think that Project Cars fits neatly in between Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport, its not as arcady as Forza but its not quite as serious as Gran Turismo. This frankly is an excellent place to market especially as Project cars is on both consoles whereas the others aren’t.

So would in recommend you buy Project Cars, well if you find Forza a little too arcady for your liking but your not up for the hardcore racing of Gran Turismo I’d get Project Cars, it bridges the gap between them and with monthly car updates I doubt the car list problem will be around for long.

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Women in Motorsport

Danica Patrick News Conference

Equality between men and women should always be important whether it be within the workplace in the home or just generally in life, however one place where women are seriously under used is top-level motorsport. Women are rarely seen in the driving seat of a racing car, they are much more likely to be draped over it for a photo shoot. But why, the cars are getting easier and easier to drive, so why isn’t a women racing in Formula 1 or the BTCC or even the WRC. In the past women drivers were welcomed in racing Pat Moss, sister of Stirling Moss was quite successful in rallying. It seems over time women have been ousted from racing. In F1 there have only been five female racing drivers to start a race since 1958. No woman has ever won a Formula 1 race.

British GP Thursday 03/07/14

It is America surprisingly were we find that motorsport is more welcoming to the female drivers with Danica Patrick racing full time for the Stewart-Haas race team in NASCAR, Patrick has also raced in the American IndyCar series. But whilst Patrick races for a top team she is still forced to appear scantily clad draped over race cars. I don’t think we’d expect Lewis Hamilton to strip down to his pants and lie on a car, so why do we expect it of the women drivers. Suzie Wolf the Williams test driver and Carmen Jorda the Lotus test driver have both been involved in similar photo shoots. At what point do women become as respected as men in Motorsport. Whilst it is a male dominated sport there is no reason for no female drivers racing.

Carmen Jorda

Red Bull are Sore Losers

Mercedes GP F1  Launch

So the Mercedes F1 team were dominant last season and after the first race in Melbourne it appears they may be again this season. This however has led to Red Bull of all people complaining that its not fair, they have even gone so far to say that the F1 bosses should slow the Silver Arrows down. Are you fucking kidding me, Red Bull you won four seasons on the trot in a completely dominant fashion and now your not winning you want everyone else to slow down. We didn’t hear this coming from the Ferraris and the Williams when Red Bull were winning they just got on with it. Which makes it even more annoying that Formula 1’s resident hobbit, Bernie Ecclestone is actually listening to them and considering taking action against the Mercedes team to make races ‘more exciting’. Yes the races are duller than usual but they are still more exciting than the past four seasons when we had an overrated German winning nearly every race.

Red Bull

At least now we have two drivers fighting for the championship Rosberg and Hamilton are in my opinion two of the best drivers on the grid. I believe that it should be the other teams responsibility to make the races exciting, and I really don’t see what Red Bulls problem is other than them not winning, despite the fact they were the only other team to win a race last season. Riccardo gave us one of the most exciting races I’ve seen at Monza last year, his overtaking manoeuvre on Vettel was incredible. So in conclusion Red Bull suck it up build a better car and stop bitching about losing, you have four world titles, get over it.