Slightly Mad Studios has released the latest build for its racing sim beta Project CARs and – if you're a fan of vintage auto and motorcyle racing venues – you might be quite pleased with the headline stealer in Build 382.
Amongst other changes and fixes, the cherry on top of this build's cake is the inclusion of the Solitude Rennstrecke, a historic racing venue in southern Germany that takes its name from the nearby Castle Solitude.
Given the last professional race held there was nigh on fifty years ago, we wouldn't be surprised if some of our younger readers haven't heard of the Solitude Racetrack before. However, that doesn't diminish its histoical importance – the circuit was once a prominent motorcyle racing venue and, when it was widened in the late Fifties, Formula 2 and Formula 1 racing was held there from 1960 to 1965, with legendary drivers such as Jim Clark and Jack Brabham winning Grand Prix there.
Nowadays, whilst there was a historic racing meeting there in 2011, the Solitude Racetrack is now (as it has always been, given it was a temporary race track) part of Germany's public road network, so the realms of Project CARS are now one of the few places in sim racing where you can experience the thrills of racing around the seven or so miles that make up Solitude.
And, whilst it's currently a very basic and early build (though expect more detailed textures and scenery to be added in future builds), SMS claims that – due to its understated importance in the annals of motor racing history – their finished version will be the most accurate version of the German race track in a racing title to date.
For a more detailed list of what Build 382 brings to the Project CARS beta, we've got all the changes listed below.
Build 382 (11/1/13, Team Member+)
Derby: Repositioned red bins so as not to intersect with fences
Derby: New fence textures
Solitude Rennstrecke: Renamed Solitude to correct name
Solitude Rennstrecke: Track logos updated
Solitude Rennstrecke: Deleted wrongly named track
Solitude Rennstrecke: Updated TRD to fix naming and menu position. Also increased the Max AI to 15 to go with the new temp AIW from Doug
Azure Circuit: New textures addition
Azure Circuit: Added some more road markings, added latest MichalB works, tunnel
Milan: Fix levitate trees
Northampton: Some materials adjusted
Ford Capri Group 5: Fixed clipping doors
BMW M1: Fixed RCF typo
BMW M1: Added contest winning livery PSD files
Asano LM11: Partial fix for broken suspension animation/floating tire bug