February 1 st, 2012
After revealing the first official license of KTM X-BOW R, Kunos Simulazioni is pleased to announce the 500 Abarth SS and the Magione racing circuit as official licensed contents for his new racing game “Assetto Corsa”.
As many players have recognized from the screenshots anticipated last weekend on the Assetto Corsa Facebook page, we are pleased to reveal two new official licensed contents for our Assetto Corsa PC racing game: the 500 Abarth SS and the italian racing circuit of Magione.
500 Abarth SS
The car was developed with the spirit of the legendary 500 Abarths of the 1960s, and while it is a small, agile, compact car on the outside, inside it features the best that engineering, safety and technology can offer today. With a peak power of over 165bhp and plenty of torque (230Nm) from the 1.4 liters turbo engine, the light 500 Abarth can accelerate very fast up to its 211km/h top speed. The generous tire dimensions on 17" wheels and the advanced suspension, give it plenty of grip transforming the car in a fine little toy for the track day enthusiasts.
The 500 Abarth SS isn't just one of the cars included in Assetto Corsa, but is also a laboratory for the development team, owner of a real 500 Abarth SS model that is often used in driving tests on the Vallelunga racing track, the circuit that hosts the Kunos Simulazioni's headquarters. This allows the development team to improve the physics model and sound and graphics engine, constantly verifying fidelity between the real and the virtual.
Circuito di Magione – Magione racing circuit
The Circuito di Magione is an italian racing track located in the hearth of the Italian region Umbria, about 15 km west of Perugia. This circuit hosted national and some international races: its length of 2,5 km and its layout make the track easy to learn and an ideal place for practice sessions, track days and sprint races with cars like the Fiat 500 Abarth SS, which is perfectly at ease among the high curbs and many bumps that make the track unique in its genre.
From today it is possible to follow the development of Assetto Corsa using a cool web tool: The Timeline. Available at this url ( http://www.assettocorsa.net/timeline.html ) allows players and simracing enthusiasts to follow the dev.team and discover the Making of Assetto Corsa, looking inside their facilities, and behind the scenes at some of the most famous racing circuits and car brands. See for yourself the hard work and skills that goes into the production of a racing simulation.
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.