Caterham Academy Coming to rFactor 2


As part of Studio 397's drip marketing for the Q3 content drop, today's announcement saw the Caterham Academy be added for free on August 8th.

After yesterday's announcement of the Mini Cooper S and the news from the day before about the World Wide Technology Raceway, the Caterham Seven Academy is now making its way to rFactor 2.

The Caterham Academy is a road-legal, simple, lightweight kit car that can be bought for less than £35.000.

Technical Specs​

The 1.6l Ford engine produces 125 bhp or 93 kW and 150 Nm torque. With its 5-speed gearbox, it achieves 0-60 in 5.3 seconds.

The main selling point of the vehicle is its lightness, however, which is coming in at 625 kg including the driver.

This may not be the quickest vehicle on the planet, however, it will definitely allow close racing along many circuits.

Outlook for rFactor 2 and Caterham​

In the announcement video, more models from the Caterham brand have been announced to be released in the upcoming months.

A little bit of speculation sees the 420R race package coming to rFactor 2 too. Basically, that would be a higher-powered version of the Academy car, while not being road legal.

What I'm personally expecting from this Caterham Academy vehicle would be to feature in the rookie matchmaking series instead of the Alpine Cup. This would fit perfectly, as the current season is set to run out on August 7th, just 1 day before the Caterham's release.

But whether that can come true is to be confirmed. In the meantime, let's just enjoy this grand addition to rFactor 2.

Are you excited about this announcement? Please let us know in the comments down below!
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They really have no idea what they're doing or where they're going with rF2, do they?

A couple of months ago everybody thought BTCC was coming to rF2, but no, just a couple of cars and a couple of tracks. Since then there's been nothing at all BTCC related announced or said - it's like the whole idea just vanished in a puff of smoke, except there wasn't even any smoke.

Now we're getting a free Caterham - free is good, but where does it fit? And then there's a future paid for content drop with a Mini in it, but no info on what's going to drop with it. Something related? or just more random unrelated content?

It's a great sim from a driving viewpoint, but S397 really needs to start giving rF2 some kind of direction, and refinement, if people are going to take it seriously.
 
They really have no idea what they're doing or where they're going with rF2, do they?

A couple of months ago everybody thought BTCC was coming to rF2, but no, just a couple of cars and a couple of tracks. Since then there's been nothing at all BTCC related announced or said - it's like the whole idea just vanished in a puff of smoke, except there wasn't even any smoke.

Now we're getting a free Caterham - free is good, but where does it fit? And then there's a future paid for content drop with a Mini in it, but no info on what's going to drop with it. Something related? or just more random unrelated content?

It's a great sim from a driving viewpoint, but S397 really needs to start giving rF2 some kind of direction, and refinement, if people are going to take it seriously.

They really have no idea what they're doing or where they're going with rF2, do they?

A couple of months ago everybody thought BTCC was coming to rF2, but no, just a couple of cars and a couple of tracks. Since then there's been nothing at all BTCC related announced or said - it's like the whole idea just vanished in a puff of smoke, except there wasn't even any smoke.

Now we're getting a free Caterham - free is good, but where does it fit? And then there's a future paid for content drop with a Mini in it, but no info on what's going to drop with it. Something related? or just more random unrelated content?

It's a great sim from a driving viewpoint, but S397 really needs to start giving rF2 some kind of direction, and refinement, if people are going to take it seriously.
I think with the Mini being in the Historic touring car series and the BTCC cars we may see more tracks from both as both British series race on the same tracks, so there is room to amalgamate there. I'd love to see Knockhill, Snetterton & Oulton Park come through soon!
 
They really have no idea what they're doing or where they're going with rF2, do they?

A couple of months ago everybody thought BTCC was coming to rF2, but no, just a couple of cars and a couple of tracks. Since then there's been nothing at all BTCC related announced or said - it's like the whole idea just vanished in a puff of smoke, except there wasn't even any smoke.

Now we're getting a free Caterham - free is good, but where does it fit? And then there's a future paid for content drop with a Mini in it, but no info on what's going to drop with it. Something related? or just more random unrelated content?

It's a great sim from a driving viewpoint, but S397 really needs to start giving rF2 some kind of direction, and refinement, if people are going to take it seriously.
They are marketing the game as "the most diverse sim" and those cars are there to reinforce that it seems. not gonna complain, at least the caterham is free
 
They really have no idea what they're doing or where they're going with rF2, do they?

A couple of months ago everybody thought BTCC was coming to rF2, but no, just a couple of cars and a couple of tracks. Since then there's been nothing at all BTCC related announced or said - it's like the whole idea just vanished in a puff of smoke, except there wasn't even any smoke.

Now we're getting a free Caterham - free is good, but where does it fit? And then there's a future paid for content drop with a Mini in it, but no info on what's going to drop with it. Something related? or just more random unrelated content?

It's a great sim from a driving viewpoint, but S397 really needs to start giving rF2 some kind of direction, and refinement, if people are going to take it seriously.
Why does it have to fit somewhere? Do the Caterhams in AMS2 fit somewhere? For me the strength of rF2 is that you can drive any car (official or mod) at any track (official or mod) with no restrictions in multiple classes and against a lot of AI (e.g. 24 hours of Le Mans with a mix of 50 AI is no problem), day-night transitions and mixed weather conditions.
 
They really have no idea what they're doing or where they're going with rF2, do they?

A couple of months ago everybody thought BTCC was coming to rF2, but no, just a couple of cars and a couple of tracks. Since then there's been nothing at all BTCC related announced or said - it's like the whole idea just vanished in a puff of smoke, except there wasn't even any smoke.

Now we're getting a free Caterham - free is good, but where does it fit? And then there's a future paid for content drop with a Mini in it, but no info on what's going to drop with it. Something related? or just more random unrelated content?

It's a great sim from a driving viewpoint, but S397 really needs to start giving rF2 some kind of direction, and refinement, if people are going to take it seriously.
Caterhams are a blast to drive, but the unrelated content and lack of direction is not to my taste, either. I agree very much with you. But in fairness, it's a viable model that many modern sims (e.g. AC, non-DTM R3E, AMS int'l content) follow partially or completely – what I like to call the "tasting menu" approach to sim racing. Lots of cars and tracks, but a small number of car models and tracks per real-life series season.
 
I think with the Mini being in the Historic touring car series and the BTCC cars we may see more tracks from both as both British series race on the same tracks, so there is room to amalgamate there. I'd love to see Knockhill, Snetterton & Oulton Park come through soon!
That is probably the phrase most uttered when rF2 enters the conversation.

There’s nothing complete about it. So many promises, so many carrots dangled in front of our noses, yet nothing ever actually comes to completeness. For the most part it’s just random cars and random tracks.

At this point I’d be happy if they stopped with actual race cars, and concentrated on high performance road cars, then we could legitimately use the sim for what it is - a track day hotlapping sim.
 
Why does it have to fit somewhere? Do the Caterhams in AMS2 fit somewhere? For me the strength of rF2 is that you can drive any car (official or mod) at any track (official or mod) with no restrictions in multiple classes and against a lot of AI (e.g. 24 hours of Le Mans with a mix of 50 AI is no problem), day-night transitions and mixed weather conditions.
It can be fun to race whatever wherever, for sure. But I personally prefer to sim race in a full field of cars from a given season of a real world series on a (roughly) period-correct track used in that season – using sim racing to learn about and simulate real world motorsport. So I know rF2 will allow me to race Caterhams in multiclass with historical Minis at Gateway in the rain... but I won't want to :roflmao:
 
At this point I’d be happy if they stopped with actual race cars, and concentrated on high performance road cars, then we could legitimately use the sim for what it is - a track day hotlapping sim.
In fairness, the multiplayer is solid enough to do racing, as are some tuned car/track combos with AI. But I get your frustration very much :cool:
 

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