McLaren… F1… on oneighturbo.com? Didn’t the McLaren MP4 12C GT3 run against Porsche, Audi and Lamborghini? Yes, but do not worry, we will not be following in United Autosports footsteps. However, oneighturbo.com was given an inside look and hands on testing with Simraceway’s new racing game. All we can say is WOW.
Around here, we are avid “console” gamers with a good number of iRacing laps under our belt. Simraceway lands in the middle. To us, it blends the two genres with arcade like visuals yet precise driving dynamics. Both Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon were brought on to help develop these key features. Unfortunately, Dan had passed away on Oct. 16th of this year.
As part of the hands-on we were greeted with a piece of “hardware” from the Simraceway / SteelSeries partnership. We can’t talk much about it, but we promise you will be pleased.
After a few laps at Mid-Ohio, we were quickly up to speed with the Renault Megane Trophy and laying down some of the fastest times! We were also lapping in a few vehicles were not aloud to talk about just yet!
Sign-up for the beta now.
(Windows XP/Vista/7, 1.4 GHz processor CPU, 512 MB RAM, 128 MB video RAM, Geforce4 4200 or Radeon 9200, DirectX 9.0c, 4.0 GB of hard drive space for installation, Internet connection required for online racing)
Exclusive Licensing Agreement Makes Simraceway First Game to Feature McLaren’s Entire Portfolio of Road and Race Cars, Including All F1 Cars
Ignite Game Technologies, the online gaming company focused on building a new form of auto racing game — Simraceway — today announced it has reached a deal with the McLaren Group to create high-detail virtual models of every car the legendary automotive company has ever created.
This partnership breaks new ground for the video games industry, representing the first time McLaren has licensed its entire catalogue of F1, Can-Am, sports and road cars for use in a game. It also signals the gaming debuts of some of the brand’s greatest cars.
Included in this glittering line-up is the co-star of the hit movie Senna, the iconic 800hp, turbocharged MP4/4 F1 car that was driven into the history books by the legendary Ayrton Senna and his teammate Alain Prost. The MP4/4 is still the most successful car in Formula One history, having won 15 of the 16 races it entered in the 1988 season, capturing the same number of pole positions and leading no less than 1003 of the 1031 laps raced that season.
The deal also gives Simraceway users access to every other F1 car McLaren has produced, including the 1974 and 1976 cars made famous by Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt respectively and of course the 2011 car, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-26, currently being driven by Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. All 36 F1 cars, with the exception of the MP4-26, will be exclusive to Simraceway.
Away from the track, McLaren’s renowned range of road cars will also be available to drive, including the record-breaking McLaren F1 and the brand new carbon chassis-based MP4-12C, along with its racing variant, the MP4-12C GT3 that will feature in the 2012 season of the FIA GT3 European Championship.
In total, the deal brings all 60 McLarens to the Simraceway environment with a number being available when the game launches in the fall 2011. The rest will follow during 2012 as Ignite completes its “simulation library” of the brand’s glorious history.
“We’re equal parts proud and humbled that McLaren has chosen Simraceway to become the largest licensor of its vehicles and a virtual custodian of its rich racing heritage,” said Ignite CEO Jonathan Haswell. “Creating a playable library of McLaren’s complete line of celebrated race and road cars is a major step forward in our aim of pushing the racing game beyond the limits that have previously defined the genre.”
“In Simraceway we’re creating a living, constantly evolving, racing world that gives gamers access to authentic virtual models of the most powerful, beautiful and iconic machines on the planet. To achieve this we’re developing a lot of new and highly-innovative technologies, including simulation-grade vehicle physics and a proprietary skill quantification engine, so it feels appropriate to be associated with McLaren, a brand synonymous with innovation in motorsport.”
“Choosing Simraceway as our licensor for all 60 McLarens makes perfect sense,” said Jonathan Neale, Managing Director of McLaren Racing. “We’re highly impressed with their gaming products, innovative technology and the drive of their people. We are very optimistic that this will represent the start of a successful co-operation between the two companies, and we look forward to seeing our rich and beloved heritage brought to life in the virtual world.”
Simraceway Licensed Vehicles List: McLaren
Specified Vehicles (“Named Vehicles”)
McLaren Automotive cars: McLaren F1 (1992) McLaren LM. McLaren GT. McLaren GTR. McLaren GTR Long Tail. McLaren SLR (P7 Project) (2003) SLR 722 Edition. SLR Roadster. SLR 722 GT. SLR Roadster 722 S. SLR Stirling Moss* SLR McLaren Edition. McLaren MP4-12C (P11) (2011) MP4-12C GT3 McLaren (P12) (2011/2012) McLaren (P13) (2012) Mclaren F1 cars: M2B (1966) M4B (1967) M5A/1 (1967) M7A/B/C/D (1968) M14A/D (1970) M19A/C (1972) M23 (1974) M26 (1976) M28 (1979) M29 (1979) MP4/1 (1981) MP4/2 (Variants MP4/2B,C) (1984) MP4/3 (1987) MP4/4 (1988) MP4/5 (Variant MP4/5B) (1989) MP4/6 (Variant MP4/6B) (1991) MP4/7A (1992) MP4/8 (1993) MP4/9 (1994) MP4/10 (1995) MP4/11 (1996) MP4/12 (1997) MP4/13 (1998) MP4/98T (1998 - Tandem vehicle) MP4/14 (1999) MP4/15 (2000) MP4-16 (2001) MP4-17 (2002) MP4-19 (Variant MP4-19B) (2004) MP4-20 (2005) MP4-21 (2006) MP4-22 (2007) MP4-23 (2008) MP4-24 (2009) MP4-25 (2010) MP4-26 (2011) MP4-27 (2012) MP4-28 (2013) MP4-29 (2014) MP4-30 (2015) McLaren Can-Am cars: M1A (Variants M1B,C) (1964) M6A (Variant M6B) (1967) M6 GT Coupe (1969) M8A (Variants M8B,C,D,E,F) (1968) M12 (1969) M20 (1972) *Excluding use of the name “Stirling Moss” in the SLR vehicle of that name, the rights of which shall be obtained by the Company’s cost or use of the name deleted
Ignite Game Technologies Press Contact: Declan Brennan 508-881-2972