Studio 397 has announced that they will add the full list of 2022 British Touring Car Championship liveries for the released cars to the rFactor 2 simulation alongside the already available 2021 set.
Furthermore, Studio 397 will deploy a brand-new Balance of Performance and updates to the existing Goodyear touring car tyres.
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Studio 397 Quote:
This is, of course, the most visually noticeable part of the new update. In motorsport, the livery of a team is one of the most important aspects of the overall branding experience, the way that each team and car can differentiate themselves on the grid, in front of the fans, and the TV coverage beamed into thousands of households around the world. In the British Touring Car Championship, unlike in series such as Formula One, for example, the liveries of the various teams are even more important, as often you find very different designs and sponsors on the cars each year, sometimes even between each event!
For this update, we have brought the full collection of the most recent designs into the simulation, separating the 2021 and 22 seasons in the main UI, so our players have the opportunity to recreate whichever season they desire within the rFactor 2.
Working closely with the teams to ensure maximum visual proximity to the real world, each car has been fully recreated to represent how it looked during the season that has just passed, including specific driver variations (of which they were a lot!), to really help bring to life the beautiful look and feel of the 2022 British Touring Car Championship year. From the all-new West Surrey Racing design at BMW to the stunning NAPA Racing UK livery of reigning champion Ash Sutton, the grid looks outstanding – and soon you can drive them all yourselves!
Balance of Performance (BOP)
As we continue to expand our BTCC offering in rFactor 2, this end-of-year bonus drop provides us with the opportunity to perform a detailed Balance of Performance across the 2021 and 2022 grid. Working just like in real life, the BOP has been developed in order to present a certain amount of parity between the various different types of BTCC cars in rFactor 2. This doesn’t mean the cars carry the same characteristics, far from it, however, it does mean that, just like in real life, no matter the model picked, drivers should still have a reasonable chance to score top results in any given race.
Now of course the cars of the BTCC differ greatly throughout the grid, so some circuits will certainly favor a particular model or drive type, however with this new update and refreshed tyre model, the difference between choices has been vastly reduced, leaving it up to the driver to extract the ultimate pace of the car.
Of course, as always with things like a Balance of Performance, we wouldn’t be surprised if further tweaks are required in the future as more people get to experience these new cars, but for now at least, things such be much closer between the front rear-wheel drive cars of the series.