Race On

RACE On

RACE On

Cash for clunkers?

The latest offering from the safest hands in sim racing turns out to be another reissue of ageing stalwart Race 07. Last year the Swedish dev added Nordschleife and a host of handsome Grand Tourers, and called the result GTR: Evolution. This year they've bolstered it with American muscle cars, Swedish touring action, and WTCC 08 updates, and called the result Race On. Cynical cash-gouging or welcome horizon-broadening? Let's sift the evidence.

If you caught Top Gear's recent US road trip you're already familiar with half the American additions. The improbably ugly Cadillac CTS-V that eventually won James May's heart has been sim-ified, as has Hammond's ride, the sixties-styled Dodge Challenger SRTS. A Chevy Camaro and another Dodge - the Charger SRT8 Super Bee - complete a contingent that makes up for what it lacks in style and fuel economy in rogue-elephant-with-spear-in-its-side lairiness.

The only thing these bulky V8 brutes have in common with their nimble European touring cars stablemates is number of wheels. The first time I took one for a spin - I think it was the Caddy at Okayama - I went so wide on the first bend I needed to stop and ask directions to find my way back to the track. Frail brakes + low traction control + battleship tonnage = cantankerous cornering. The standard street versions (there are both road and race variants) are particularly fond of turf and gravel, but put in a few laps and spend a bit of time in the predictably well-equipped tuning garage and you'll almost certainly end up enjoying their wayward ways.

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SimBin's Race On demo out now

PC exclusive is v-roomy.

Swedish developer SimBin has popped out a PC demo for Race On, offering up a couple of game modes for 618MB of your hard-disk space.

SimBin announces PC-only Race On

SimBin announces PC-only Race On

Available as standalone and expansion.

Swedish racing sim specialists SimBin have announced a new PC driving title called Race On.

The main draw is content from last year's WTCC competition, which in the tradition of PR hyperbole was the "best and most competitive championship ever." There'll also be Detroit Muscle cars, apparently "suited for those who like to lay down lots of rubber power sliding out of corners on the rev limiter. Enough torque to drag the moon off orbit, full opposite lock and a big grin on your face".

We're uncertain how much of the incomprehensibility of that statement is due to the writer's first language being Swedish, and how much is due to us not knowing how to drive.

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