21 June 2012
Kunos simulazioni is thrilled to "add lightness" to Assetto Corsa by announcing a new licensing agreement with Lotus Cars.
If you ask any track day enthusiast, which automobile maker best represents the spirit grass roots motorsport, of driving your car to a circuit, racing it and then driving it back home again, the most common reply you will get is: "Lotus".
Lotus has been one of the most prolific car manufacturers in motorsports history. Founder Colin Chapman did not limit his activities to Formula One racing, on the contrary, they have spread across the whole range of motorsports with a particular attention to privateer enthusiasts. Starting from the amazing Lotus 7, an affordable small sports car that weighed as much as motorbikes of the era, the legendary Lotus Cortinas, Elites, Elans of the 1960's, the Esprit of the 1980's, and their benchmark track day cars of today like the Lotus Elise and Exige, up to their new challenge for the future, the beautiful Lotus Evora.
Kunos Simulazioni's team visit to the Lotus Cars headquarters, in Hethel, UK, was an important milestone for the development of Assetto Corsa. A unique occasion to test on the Lotus test circuit the new production cars of the brand that will be included in Assetto Corsa. Marco Massarutto, Licensing&Project manager of Kunos Simulazioni, has commented:
“Lotus Cars total support to our team, gives us the possibility to express our potential at its best and this is priceless. Having the opportunity to drive those cars on track, study their handling and characteristics and talk with the engineers of one of the most advanced R&D department in automotive world, makes us feel honoured, humbled and even more determined to raise the realism level of our racing simulator in order to do justice to the excellence of Lotus engineering.”
Assetto Corsa will include some of the most exciting models created by Lotus Cars from the past and present, as well as containing the new generation of Lotus machines expected in the near future. All recreated as faithfully as possible.
Assetto Corsa is a new DirectX 11 based racing game for Windows, expected to be released in 2012. Assetto Corsa is being designed to provide a very realistic driving experience, with single player and multiplayer options, officially licensed cars and tracks developed using Laser scan technology, and the highest level of accuracy possible in reproducing real world motor racing environments.
Also, Assetto Corsa will allow for considerable customisation and modification, in order to satisfy the expectations of professional simracers, gamers who prefer to approach the driving experience more progressively, and hobbyists who just like to collect lots of cars and tracks.