A new DLC pack for Assetto Corsa just dropped on Steam with a healthy dose of race car goodness. The “Ready to Race” car pack includes ten cars – only one of which is road legal – to fill in some of the gaps in their existing car lineup and finally bring in some fan favorites.
Prototypes, GT1, GT3, spec-racing cup cars, hyper cars, and even rally are represented in this pack to make it one of the most diverse content updates the game has received to date. A car pack made mostly of race cars for a game that does race cars extremely well sounds like a winning combination… and it is. Click past the jump for some quick (I promise) details and impressions.
The Ready to Race pack is available now on Steam for PC racers and will “soon” be released on consoles at a later date. The ten cars it includes are as follows:
- Audi R8 LMS 2016
- Audi R18 e-tron quattro (2014)
- Audi TT Cup 2016
- Audi TT RS (VLN)
- Lotus 3-Eleven (race spec)
- Maserati MC12 GT1
- McLaren 570S
- McLaren P1 GTR
- Toyota Celica ST185 Turbo
- Toyota TS040 Hybrid
Several different racing disciplines are represented here and can expand the possibilities for racing with other existing cars. The new R8 LMS is a welcomed addition to extensive GT3 lineup, the LaFerrari FXX-K finally has competition in the form of the wild new P1 GTR, and the Celica ST185 Turbo can play with the existing Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 on the game’s non-existent rally stages.
Even though some cars don’t exactly have competitors in the game already, like the 3-Eleven, the MC12 GT1 (the 911 GT1 we already have is from a different era and is much faster), and the obvious not-race-car-like 570S, they’re all still a joy to drive fast against anyone you can find.
The two Audi TTs (which are actually quite different) don’t exactly have direct competitors either but they can can be used for phenomenal one-make racing, which I can absolutely vouch for.
The one thing you may find annoying (if you’re as picky about this stuff as I am) is the R18 and TS040 LMP1 cars which look like they’d be the perfect competition for the two Porsche 919s we already have from the Porsche packs, but they aren’t perfect competitors. We have 919s from the 2015 and 2016 WEC seasons whereas the R18 and TS040 are both from the 2014 season, which is to say the 919s will have an advantage in every race.
Also it’s worth mentioning the MC12 GT1 was supposed to launch with a few liveries from its racing career, but licensing complications meant they had to be pulled last minute. They’re working on getting it back in before the console launch, but PC players can go find replacement skins on RaceDepartment right now as I did.
But regardless, more race cars are always a good thing and the racing that was going down online last weekend proved the Ready to Race pack is a great addition to the game. Every car is modeled beautifully and drives very differently (even the two LMP1s don’t behave alike) as you can expect from Kunos Simulazione. The cars may not all have perfect match ups, but it’s close enough and it won’t matter when you’re busy grinning ear to ear after surviving a lap in the P1 GTR, which I barely did myself (see above).
The Ready to Race pack is on sale now for $7.99 on Steam. No word on a console launch date yet.