The Verizon IndyCar Series will once again take a giant leap in the virtual world when the Dallara IR-12 chassis will take part with leading racing simulator Project CARS and its US Car Pack available for gaming consoles.
The racing simulator will be available to Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and other personal computers.
Videogame giant Slightly Mad Studios had worked with Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) along with the team’s drivers to make a realistic simulation of the actual racing experience with the Dallara IR-12 chassis (DW12) to honor Indianapolis 500 legend Dan Wheldon, who was a pivotal figure in the “on-track development.”
While working with SPM, the developers were able to learn everything about the chassis. The development aims to produce an accurate reflection of how the IndyCar race car handles in real racing situation.
“Working with the SPM team has been a fantastic experience,” said Casey Ringley, vehicle lead at Slightly Mad Studios. “Their engineers were incredibly helpful during physics development of the car, offering setup advice and providing data to make sure the model in the game is as close to the real thing as possible for aero performance, suspension tuning, tire behavior and so on.”
“Having the team’s driver, James Hinchcliffe, give it a shakedown session on the SPM simulator to help refine the model was the cherry on top. It has been a very successful collaboration for us and it shows in the experience you get in the game,” Ringley added.
Race car driver Conor Daly, took part in developing the simulator car and expressed his utmost interest to “take it for a spin.”
“When the Project CARS team came to speak with me last May about what they were doing with the DW12 and the game, I was really excited,” said Daly, who will drive the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda for the entire 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. “It’s amazing to see our cars brought to life in a game with the technology we have access to these days. I have no doubt everyone will enjoy piloting the DW12 in game.”
The DW12 is the latest addition to the roster of racing vehicles in Project CARS, straight from the open wheel division down to the hardcore GT machines, prototypes and road cars.
Classic cars were also included in the wide array of vehicles to be included in the project.
JOSE EDUARDO VILLARAMA