Motto: “How did it get so late so soon?” ― Dr. Seuss End of November brought the 2nd Porsche Pack DLC on the PC version of Assetto Corsa. For those that purchased the Season Pass, the pack was automatically included in one's library. And same it shall be for the third pack, when it will launch a little bit later this December. The 20th, as far as we know. Before speaking about the list of cars, it is also worth mentioning that together with the DLC, we have seen the 1.10 update. With each update, broken stuff gets fixed or new stuff gets added, continuously improving the sim. One thing I find interesting, is that "forced" by the new cars arriving in AC, and the technologies these embark, we get stuff that was probably never planned. ..like a dedicated electronics tab in car setup ..or the mechanics in older cars aero ..or the extensive modern F1 electronics simulation. The same goes for the hybrid super-cars and so on. It gives a good vibe to Assetto Corsa, it shows the product is very much alive and kickin' instead of just sucking money thanks to marketing while preparing the next year's "the best ever" same old in a new cover. ****************************** PORSCHE PACK VOLUME 2 We got another 7 iconic cars with this pack, and again in very different flavors, but all sooo enjoyable to race or simply drive. Porsche 911 GT3 RS (street 991) The Porsche 911 GT3 is a high performance version of the Porsche 911 sports car primarily intended for racing. It is a line of high-performance models, which began with the 1973 911 Carrera RS. The GT3 is named after the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Group GT3 class in which it was designed to compete. A number of variations, designed for road and track duty, have been introduced since its launch in 1999. More than 14,000 911 GT3 cars have been produced. The GT3 has had a successful racing career in the one-make national Porsche Carrera Cup series, and the international Porsche Supercup. It has won championship and endurance races, including the GT class of the American Le Mans Series seven times, first overall in the 24 Hours of Daytona, and first overall at the 24 Hours Nürburgring six times. Porsche launched the RS version of the 991 GT3 at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015. Compared to the 991 GT3, the front fenders are now equipped with louvers above the wheels and the rear fenders now include Turbo-like intakes, rather than an intake below the rear wing. The roof is made from magnesium. The interior includes full bucket seats (based on the carbon seats of the 918 Spyder), carbon-fibre inserts, lightweight door handles and the Club Sport Package as standard (a bolted-on roll cage behind the front seats, preparation for a battery master switch, and a six-point safety harness for the driver and fire extinguisher with mounting bracket).The car was nominated as one of the britain's best driver's car 2014 by Autocar magazine. The 3.8-litre unit found in the 991 GT3 is replaced with a 4.0-litre unit with 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet (460 N·m) of torque. The transmission is PDK only. The drivetrain delivers 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.3 seconds (0.6 seconds quicker than the 997 GT3 RS 4.0) and 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in 10.9 seconds. The 991 GT3 RS also comes with functions such as declutching by "paddle neutral" — comparable to pressing the clutch with a conventional manual gearbox –- and Pit Speed limiter button. As with the 991 GT3, there is rear-axle steering and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with fully variable rear axle differential lock. The Nürburgring Nordschleife time is 7 minutes and 20 second. Porsche 718 Boxster S The Porsche 718 Boxster/Boxster S was released in 2016, and it features two new horizontally-opposed flat-4 turbocharged engines at 2.0L and 2.5L displacement with increased torque and horsepower, higher rpm limit, and lower fuel consumption. The S model turbocharger utilizes Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) technology. Porsche Cayman GT4 (street) In 2015, the Cayman GT4 was introduced, based on the current Cayman (981C), using a revised and slightly de-tuned version of the 3.8-liter flat-six engine from the 911 (991) Carrera S. The GT4 is available only with a 6 speed manual transmission and weighs 1340 kg. It has a vented front bumper to improve cooling for the additional radiator, with a lower lip as well as a fixed rear wing for providing downforce. Compared to the standard Cayman, it features a 30mm lower ride height, upgraded brakes from the 991 GT3, a limited slip differential combined with Porsche Torque Vectoring, and Porsche Active Suspension Management with dampers derived from the 991 GT3. A number of reinforcements were also made throughout the chassis. A Club Sport Package is also available, featuring a rear half rollcage, preparation for a battery cut off switch, a fire extinguisher and a six-point racing harness for the driver, compatible with a neck saving HANS device. Sport Chrono Package with unique Track Precision app is also available specifically for GT4, adding an additional ECU to the car to deliver telemetry data to the driver's smartphone. In the United Kingdom, the GT4 could be ordered before its introduction at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, and the first cars would arrive in dealerships in March. The Cayman GT4 has a projected Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7 minutes 40 seconds. (anyone can confirm this in AC ? ) It has a top speed of 295 kilometres per hour (183 mph). The GT4 has gained rave reviews from magazines like Evo and the likes of Chris Harris. Porsche 718 Spyder RS60 1960 The Porsche 718 is a racing car built by Porsche between 1957 and 1962. The 718 was a development of the successful Porsche 550A with improvements being made to the body work and suspension. The car is a RennSport build with a wheelbase shorter (German 'Kurz') than typical of predecessors of the era and this led to the car being referred to as the RSK. It had a mid-engined layout and used the 142 horsepower (106 kW) 1.5-litre Type 547/3 quad-cam engine introduced in the 550A. The car made its racing debut at the 1957 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by Umberto Maglioli and Edgar Barth. The car failed to finish the race due to an accident. In 1958, the car finished first in class and third overall at Le Mans guided by Jean Behra and Hans Herrmann. Jean Behra also brought one of the cars home second at the Targa Florio. In 1959, the car, driven by Edgar Barth and Wolfgang Seidel, claimed overall victory at the Targa Florio. A 718 also won the European Hill Climb Championship in both 1958 and 1959. In 1961 Masten Gregory and Bob Holbert piloted a 718/4 RS Spyder to a class win at Le Mans. Porsche 962C: Short Tail 1985 & Long Tail 1987 The Porsche 962C, introduced in 1985 for the World Endurance Championship, had a twin-turbocharged 3000 cc water-cooled engine producing 750 horsepower. The engines were built to last 26 hours. This included two hours for testing and then racing for 24 hours straight. The acceleration, braking, and road handling was impressive, thanks in-part to its 900 kg bodyweight. The aerodynamics was effective at holding the car on the road. During a qualification run at LeMans during the 1985 season, it proved to be the quickest vehicle. However, at the end of the 24 hour race it was in second place to a Porsche 956, the 956 having scored its fourth consecutive victory. The Porsche 956 chassis number 117 became on of the few in history to achieve back-to-back first place trophies at LeMans, winning in 1984 and 1985. The vehicle had been entered by Privateer Reinhold Joest. Porsche 911 GT1-98 1998 The Porsche 911 GT1 was a car designed for competition in the GT1 class of sportscar racing, which also required a street legal version for homologation purposes. The limited-production street-legal version was labeled the 911 GT1 Straßenversion (Street version). For the 1998 season Porsche developed an all-new car, the 911 GT1-98. Designed to match the also new Toyota GT-One and Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, the 911 GT1-98 featured bodywork which bore more of a resemblance to traditional sports-prototypes than the previous 2 models while a new sequential gearbox was installed. As per the regulations a street-legal version of the 911 GT1-98 was spawned, but it is believed that only one variant was produced which was still sufficient to satisfy the regulations. During the 1998 FIA International GT season the 911 GT1-98 struggled to match the pace of the Mercedes, which also were improved, with the main reason being down to the air-restrictor rules being which were regarded as unfavourable to the turbo engine (the Mercedes being naturally aspirated). The Michelin tyres of the factory team and especially the Pirelli of the private Zakspeed team were also considered inferior to the Bridgestone of Mercedes. At the 1998 Le Mans however, it was a different story. The BMW V12 LM retired with wheel bearing trouble, and the Mercedes CLK-LM vehicles had oil pump troubles in the new V8 engines that replaced the former V12. The Toyota GT-One, which was considered to be the fastest car, also suffered gearbox reliability problems. The 911 GT1-98, despite being slower than the Toyota or the Mercedes, fulfilled Porsche's slim hopes, taking both first and second place overall thanks to reliability, giving Porsche its record-breaking 16th overall win at Le Mans, more than any other manufacturer in history. At Petit Le Mans race in Road Atlanta, the 911 GT1 '98 of Yannick Dalmas made a spectacular backward flip and landed rear first before hitting the side barriers, as did the BMW V12 LMR at the same race in 2000, and most infamously the Mercedes-Benz CLR at Le Mans in 1999. The GT1 '98 was set up with higher downforce in the race than the previous two years, which reduced its race maximum speed to 310 km/h (193 mph). However, in the 1998 Le Mans 24 Hours test days, the car hit 330 km/h (205 mph) on the Mulsanne Straight on a lower downforce setup. Porsche 919 Hybrid 2015 The Porsche 919 Hybrid is a sports-prototype racing car constructed by the German car manufacturer Porsche for use in the Le Mans Prototype 1-Hybrid (LMP1-H) category of the FIA World Endurance Championship for factory-supported hybrid-powered cars. It is the first sports-prototype built by Porsche since the RS Spyder, the first sports-prototype built by Porsche to compete in a top category of sportscar racing since the Porsche 911 GT1-98 and Porsche LMP1-98 and the first sports-prototype to be raced by Porsche as a racing team since the Porsche 911 GT1-98 and Porsche LMP1-98. It utilises a 2.0 L four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a battery-based hybrid system. The car made its competitive debut at the 2014 6 Hours of Silverstone, the opening round of the 2014 season. The 919 nomenclature is a reference to the successful Porsche 917 race car of the 1970s, and the Porsche 918 street car that debuted in 2013. The 2015 919 Hybrid is a new car for its second season with approximately 85%–90% new parts while finally bringing the car's empty weight (no driver, no fuel) to the 870 kg minimum; it has also moved from the 6MJ subclass to the 8MJ subclass. Porsche have stated that they will be able to fully utilise this extra battery capacity for Circuit de la Sarthe although it might struggle on shorter circuits. The 919 achieved pole positions in Spa and Silverstone before finally picking up a pole and win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After Le Mans it won the five remaining races of the season. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (unusual car, but it's a free bonus car, so..) The first-generation Cayenne Turbo had 450 PS (331 kW), and accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds. A Turbo S version was built in 2006 to compete with the Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG. The Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S included a low-range case, a locking differential, and the height-adjustable, off-road suspension. It was powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.5-L V8 that produced 521 PS (383 kW) and 720 N·m (530 lb·ft) of torque. Acceleration from 0–60 mph (96 km/h) was 5.0 seconds and the top speed was 171 miles per hour. It featured a six-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission. In 2008 an updated Turbo model, featuring a larger 4.8-L engine, was revealed at the Beijing auto show. It produced 50 PS (37 kW) more power, and now accelerated from 0–60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds. Also revealed with the new Turbo was a new 550-horsepower (410 kW) Turbo S. Acceleration from 0–60 mph is 4.7 seconds and it has optional ceramic composite brakes. *** Let's wrap it up with the changelog. Code: 1.10 - New Porsche 718 Boxster S Manual gearbox (Porsche Pack #2 DLC) - New Porsche 718 Boxster S PDK gearbox (Porsche Pack #2 DLC) - New Porsche Cayman GT4 (street version) (Porsche Pack #2 DLC) - New Porsche 911 GT3 RS (street 991 version) (Porsche Pack #2 DLC) - New Porsche 718 Spyder RS60 1960 (Porsche Pack #2 DLC) - New Porsche 962C Short Tail 1985 (Porsche Pack #2 DLC) - New Porsche 962C Long Tail 1987 (Porsche Pack #2 DLC) - New Porsche 911 GT1-98 1998 (Porsche Pack #2 DLC) - New Porsche 919 Hybrid 2015 (Porsche Pack #2 DLC) - New Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (free bonus car) - Improved Porsche 911 Carrera S electronics - Improved Porsche 918 Spyder electronics - V10 street tyres for BMW M4 and Corvette C7 Stingray for comparison reasons (v10 still beta) - V10 street tyres performance improvements - V10 tyres for McLaren F1 GTR - V10 tyres for Mercedes C9 - Improved Porsche 917/30 physics with more accurate data from homologation papers. - Corrected typos on Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport rear suspension toe link - Added vertical wing ("fin") simulation in Porsche 917/30 - VR: now cockpit camera position is always on the driver eye position (this is overridden by the onboard camera settings) - Fixed WBCAR_TOP_FRONT not being modified by RIM_OFFSET - Fixed CX_MULT only using the last value in the INI for every compound - Added BRAKE_DX_MOD parameter to have slip ratio vs FX curve different on the brake side - Fixed some too low turbo volumes - Improved FXX K downshift sound - Added electronics tab in the car setup - Fixed ERS energy deployment wasn't resetting in Hotlap mode - Body work has now some flexibility when colliding with ground - Improved tyre load formula - Fixed Lock Controls penalty when player is AFK during race start - Added brake pressure setup options for all cars - Added vertical wings ("Fins") simulation - Added Energy deployment limit from a single front MGU - Added majorly IMO tyres temperature to shared memory - Fixed Porsche Panamera wrong alignment setup options - Fixed Lamborghini Miura long pitstop refueling time - Fixed Lamborghini Countach S1 long pitstop refueling time - Fixed rear damping ratio in Car Engineer app - Fixed Autoshifter shifting too early in race start - python new functions and members - getTrackLength() - Fixed Default ABS/TC and current ABS/TC level not being synchronized - Tyre explosion temperature is now configurable by modders by using the optional section in tyres.ini : [EXPLOSION] TEMPERATURE=350 - Gamepad can now use legacy code for vibrations and speed sensitivity by setting USE_LEGACY_CODE=1 in system/cfg/assetto_corsa.ini - Enabled camera shake and g-force movements for OculusVR See you next time. Whenever that might be.