Studio 397 has released a new open-wheeler for the rFactor 2 racing simulator. The Tatuus MSV F3-020 is now available free of cost and expands the already impressive lineup of Tatuus content in rFactor 2.
The Tatuus F3-020 is powered by a bespoke 2-liter 230bhp Mountune engine. The power is transferred to the rear wheels by a Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox operated by paddle shifters.
The most recent body update features improved aerodynamics including a revised adjustable front and rear wing. Furthermore, the car meets all the latest safety regulations and ads an Indycar-style fin in front of the driver acts as a secondary roll-structure as well as deflecting debris away from the driver.
The rFactor 2 Tatuus MSV F3-020 is available via the Steam Workshop.
Official Webpage – www.studio-397.com – The rFactor 2 Racing Simulator is available via Steam for €29,99.
Studio 397 quote:
Run exclusively in the BRDC British Formula 3 championship, the MSV F3-020 is a new take on the tried and trusted Tatuus formula – bringing the latest technologies and refinements to the core chassis and engine whilst still retaining the lively handling characteristics that have made the Italian manufacturer so popular across multiple national open-wheel series.
Launched in time for the 2020 racing season, the 020 benefits from a brand-new and bespoke developed Mountune 2-litre normally aspirated engine, capable of producing a healthy 230 bhp – an increase in power that coupled with advanced aerodynamic and mechanical grip improvements bring the MSV F3-020 much closer to official FIA F3 lap speeds.
On the aerodynamic front, the 020 enjoys a substantially revised front wing structure over previous models, something that Tatuus have developed with the specific intention of introducing greater levels of setup variability for drivers – aided by the additional introduction of a Formula One style spinal fin, a two-piece rear-wing and revised front splitter and rear diffuser. The subtle changes to the overall look of the car add downforce and performance, as well as uplifting the visual aspect to a more modern aesthetic.
Under the skin of the new design, the Tatuus MSV F3-020 packs a six-speed sequential gearbox operated by paddle shifters on the steering wheel rather than a more traditional stick shift design, and unique to the BRDC British F3 Championship the car also features a limited-slip differential, helping amongst other new changes to differentiate this machine from the many other open-wheel cars currently on offer from the brand throughout the world.
The car comes complete with racing slick and wet tyres provided in spec compound from Pirelli, 4-piston front callipers and floating grooved and ventilated discs with a 2-piston rear calliper and fixed vented rear discs from AP Racing, and a twin wishbone suspension with two-way adjustable dampers. All in all – a very smart, punchy and compact race car that should easily allow our drivers to enjoy some fierce and competitive racing across the wide selection of circuits currently available within rFactor 2.
What the Professionals Say
Of course, here at Studio 397, we pride ourselves in producing lifelike driving experiences for our players and professional racers to enjoy, and the new Tatuus MSV F3-020 is no different in that regard, as we use our extensive knowledge of the rFactor 2 simulation engine and real-world data from Tatuus to help us recreate the experience of pushing this virtual car to the limit out on the circuit.
Someone who knows all about how these cars behave on track is former British F3 driver Callan O’Keeffe. Having a broad experience of junior formula racing as well as a keen interest in virtual motorsport, Callan recently took the time out of his busy schedule to share some of his thoughts about the new car in the video below: