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It was to be expected, but Project CARS contains a lot of, well, cars. Here’s a low-down of what’s coming…

When Slightly Mad Studios and BANDAI NAMCO announced that Project CARS would be subject to delay upon delay, they didn’t just shrug their shoulders and say “Hey, it happens in development!” – the stand-offish developer/publisher response we’re used to. No, they decided to apologise to the fans by bundling with Project CARS – either at release, or drip-fed after the fact – additional free cars for the gaming public to enjoy.

Were these freebies not being proffered as a please-don’t-hate-us apology (are you listening, Ubisoft?) then there’s every chance we might have been paying for the additional cars as part of an additional DLC pack. Fair play to the team behind Project CARS for cutting into their profit margin – even if it is only slightly – to try and make it up to the fans. Of course this is purely speculation, but it’s a nice thought to hold on to, isn’t it?

Anyway, to the cars:

Project CARS Standard Edition

Alpine A450
Ariel Atom 300 Supercharged
Ariel Atom 500 V8
Aston Martin Rapide S Hydrogen Hybrid
Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Aston Martin Vantage GT4
Audi R18 TDI LMP1
Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Audi R8 V10 Plus
BAC Mono
BMW 1 M CoupÈ (E82)
BMW 320 Turbo Gr.5 (E21)
BMW M3 Gr.A (E30)
BMW M3 GT (E92)
BMW M3 GT4 (E92)
Caper Monterey Stockcar
Caterham Seven Classic
Caterham Superlight R500
Caterham SP/300R
Ford Capri Zakspeed Gr.5
Ford Escort RS1600
Ford Focus RS
Ford Mustang Boss 302R1
Ford Mustang Cobra SCCA TransAm
Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Gr.A
Formula Gulf 1000
Ginetta G40 Junior
Ginetta G55 GT3
Ginetta G55 GT4
Gumpert Apollo S
Lotus 49 Cosworth
Lotus 72D Cosworth
Lotus 78 Cosworth
Lotus 98T Renault
Marek RP219D LMP2
Marek RP339h (PM 06a) LMP1
McLaren 12C
McLaren 12C GT3
McLaren P1
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 DTM
Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.8 AMG
Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ400
Oreca 03 Nissan
Pagani Huayra
Pagani Zonda R
Palmer Jaguar JP-LM
Radical SR3 RS
Radical SR8 RX
Renault Clio Cup
Renault MÈgane R.S. 265
Ruf CTR3
Ruf RGT-8
Ruf RGT-8 GT3
SMS Formula A
SMS Formula B
SMS Formula C
SMS Formula Rookie
SMS Kart 125cc (Kart01)
SMS Superkart 250cc (Kart02)

Limited Edition Car Pack

Sauber C9 Mercedes
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe DTM
McLaren F1
Ford Mk. IV
BMW M1 Procar (E26/1)

Modified Car Pack

Ariel Atom Mugen
Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

Free Cars

Free Car #1 – W Motors Lykan HyperSport
Free Car #2 – ???

So the Lykan HyperSport is the first of the ‘apology cars’ from Project CARS, with a tantalising place-marker for ‘free car #2’ over on their website. We’re far more excited for the likes of the Ford Escort RS1600 in the ‘Retro Touring’ class than any of the hypercars, but that probably speaks more to our age and proclivities than the awesome list of cars on offer…

Project CARS Escort RS1600

Project CARS is out this week – on Friday May 8th – for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Wii U, and is available to order from Amazon now.

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