Codemasters have announced the addition of two classic Williams cars for the upcoming F1 2017.
F1 2017 – the official game of the 2017 FIA Formula One Wold Championship, don’t you know – will feature both the 1992 Williams FW14B, and the 1996 Williams FW18. (You know, the blues ones sponsored by Elf.)
The FW14B was driven by Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese during 1992 Formula 1 season, and was the car in which Mansell won the Drivers’ Championship. The FW18 was the most successful car of the 1996 season – with eight wins for Damon Hill, and four for Jacques Villeneuve – giving Williams the Constructors’ Championship.
Codemasters have released a short trailer to accompany the news. Cue slow camera pan, backed by an escalating drawl of music and engine noise…
Claire Williams, deputy team principal at Williams Racing, said:
“The FW14B is one of our most iconic cars and one of my personal favourites. With Nigel Mansell behind the wheel, it was a force to be reckoned with and provided one of our greatest eras as a team in Formula One. The FW18 of 1996 is statistically our most successful ever car, winning 12 out of 16 races, six of which were one-two finishes, on our way to securing the Constructors’ title. We are delighted that these cars are being included in this year’s new F1 game for 2017. It is a special year for us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary, so a perfect moment to celebrate two cars that we are so proud of at Williams. We hope that gamers will love driving them as they remember some great moments from the history of our sport.”
Codemasters promise a number of improvements to this year’s version of the game, including a robust new career mode, multiplayer enhancements, and a brand new ‘Championships’ mode.
F1 2017 will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on August 25th 2017.