Slightly Mad Studios and Bandai Namco released the first of 6 live-action films that will showcase the Built by Drivers philosophy that underpins the development and authenticity of the Project CARS racing game franchise. Spread across this summer and next fall, these six movies will reveal a behind the scene look at how world-renowned race and test-drivers develop the in-game handling and feel of the vehicles in the upcoming sequel.
The first film, dubbed As Close As It Gets, features Chris Goodwin as he showcases the development of the new McLaren 720S. The film charts the painstaking process behind the supercar’s in-game development by McLaren’s chief test-driver – Chris Goodwin. The video was filmed on location in London and at McLaren’s Technology Centre by Outrun Films, specialists in automotive and action features, and the makers of “McLaren 720S Reveal”, and the brutal “Nürburgring & Bentley Racing”.
“Scanning cars down to the last bolt, and inserting their unique builds into our state-of-the-art physics model is just phase one in making our racing games,” said Stephen Viljoen, Game Director on Project CARS. “In the end, we can get the ‘numbers’ right, but the feel and balance of a car—that intangible thing that brings a car to life—can only be measured by drivers; drivers who have spent their careers around those very cars, pushing them to their limits. Our relationship with drivers isn’t about ‘brand ambassadors’, it’s about how we engineer cars to feel right. ‘Built by drivers’ is how we go about ensuring authenticity.”
Project CARS 2 will be available later this year for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.