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First Officially-Licensed Cars Announced

Following the exciting announcement of four laser-scanned Motorsport Vision tracks coming to Project CARS, Slightly Mad Studios have now revealed the first set of officially-licensed wheels that will be available in the WMD-powered title.

The announced five cars include a road-going super car, a mid-engine sports prototype and three lightweight high performance sports cars, providing car enthusiasts of all genres with exciting machinery to race with.

The new cars are already in development and will be added to the development builds available to our team members in due time. Until they´re ready, let’s take a closer look at our new additions.

GUMPERT apollo sport

The apollo sport is a road going super car built by German Gumpert Sportwagen Manufaktur GmbH. Co-founded by former Audi head of motorsport Roland Gumpert, the company aims to blur the line between road-going sports cars and racing machinery.

Introduced in 2005, the apollo weighs less than 1200 kilograms and despite being road-legal, comes with plenty of features you’d expect from a full-blown race car such as a massive rear wing, diffusor, a sequential gearbox and of course rear-wheel drive.

The sport-version of the apollo is powered by a massive twin-turbo Audi V8 engine providing 750hp of power, in 2009 the apollo lapped the iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:11 minutes. The car’s sophisticated aerodynamics create plenty of downforce as Gumpert claims that the apollo is theoretically able to drive upside down in a tunnel at speeds exceeding 270kph.

 

Ariel Atom

Build by the UK-based Ariel Motor Company, the Atom is a road-legal high performance sports car, weighing just 455 kilos thanks to its minimalistic exoskeletal design that lacks a roof, doors or fully covered wheels.

What the Atom lacks in comfort it makes up in on-track performance as its 300hp 2 liter Honda iVTEC engine allows the nimble little Atom to reach speeds up to 250 kilometers per hour and complete the sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds.

 

Ariel Atom Mugen

The Mugen version of the Ariel Atom is an ultra-rare special edition of the lightweight sports car as only ten models of this edition have been built.

The car comes with a special Mugen-tuned version of the Honda iVTEC Type-R engine, putting out 270hp. Furthermore, lucky customers of this special edition also get to enjoy a unique Mugen-branded paint scheme and rims.

 

Ariel Atom V8

Based on the same chassis as its two brothers, the V8 version of the Ariel Atom is the most powerful of the pack. Despite being slightly heavier by weighing 550 kilograms, the car is powered by a mighty 3 liter V8 engine putting out more than 500hp and helping the car to exceptional results on track.

Paired up with a six-speed sequential gearbox, the mighty V8 engine accelerates the Atom from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds. Tested by the BBC’s popular Top Gear TV show, the Atom V8 set a new lap record on the show’s test track, edging out all other super cars that have run there.

Ariel is just building 25 pieces of this impressive piece of machinery but thanks to Project CARS, all interested gamers can experience the sensation of driving the Atom V8.

 

Palmer Jaguar JP-LM

The Palmer Jaguar JP-LM is the closest thing to modern Le Mans Prototypes that car enthusiasts can experience at PalmerSport events at Bedford Autodrome.

Powered by a 3 liter Jaguar V6 engine putting out 265hp, the JP-LM is a open-top prototype racer comparable to those that compete for glory in international sports car races. The car reaches top speeds of 167 miles per hour and sprints from 0 to 60 in just 3.4 seconds.

 

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF GUMPERT, ARIEL MOTOR COMPANY & PALMERSPORT


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