After its physical debut at the Geneva International Auto Show, the McLaren 720S will be available in digital form for the first time in late 2017 as an asset in Project Cars 2.
Slightly Mad Studios has worked closely over the past few months with McLaren Automotive to recreate the car like for like, all whilst the manufacturer was still busy building the real thing.
The 720S is the second generation in the Super Series and the successor to the 650S. It’s described as “revolutionary” and it’s easy to see why, as Project Cars themselves put it:
The chassis is an all-new, active carbon-fiber structure known as the ‘Monocage II’. This is the core of the 720S. Aside from the handling and performance benefits of the rigid system, it also allows the 720S to come in on the scales with a dry weight of only 1,283kgs (2,825.5lbs). That’s compared to the 1,301kgs (2,868lbs) from the 650S. Even more impressive is the centre of gravity that is now a full three percent lower than the 650S. This has allowed McLaren to create a car that boasts double the aero’ efficiency of its predecessor, the 650S.
The car also sports a full-width aerofoil wing capable of delivering 30% more downforce than its predecessor. Its twin-turbo V8 takes you from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, and 0-124mph in 7.8s. The car will eat up the seven-speed gearbox to reach its top-speed of 212mph. And when you hit the track its dash shifts into slim mode, displaying only the information you need to race.
Project Cars 1 was revolutionary in the realism and variety it offered. We particularly appreciated the inclusion of single seaters and tracks like Brands Hatch that are usually overlooked in other racing-genre releases. It has pit stops that actually have guys and gals doing something other than acting like human statues, and weather that acts like the weather; it’s confused, it changes its mind, it’s not one thing or another. It’s the weather!
And what’s even more awesome? Project Cars 2 is going to have an even better dynamic weather system. We can’t wait!
If you’re like us and missed out on the actual car, don’t sweat, Project Cars will be out late 2017.