Honda and Long Beach join the rFactor 2 Q1 Content Update

rFactor 2 Q1 Content Update: Everything we Know

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Next week sees rFactor 2 receive its Q1 content drop and update, the first of 2023. This build brings plenty of new content and a long-awaited new feature. Here’s everything joining the title on February 21.

Image Credit: rFactor 2 on Twitter

Much like iRacing, rFactor 2 developer Studio 397 releases its content on a quarterly basis. The first content drop and major update of 2023 isn’t far away. In the last few days, the title’s social media pages announced that this Q1 update will drop on February 21.

Completing several bundles, this Q1 content update for rFactor 2 is sure to get many excited. Though the biggest news so far is the game’s latest feature set to revolutionise online racing for the sim.

Long-awaited Feature with the rF2 Q1 Update

In recent years, the cost of content in rFactor 2 has soared considerably. In the early days of the title, the majority of cars and tracks were third-party mods. However, since Motorsport Games took over, we’ve seen official pieces of content release more and more often, typically costing around 5-10€ apiece.

For large fields of cars like BTCC or the Endurance packs, this can get pricey as players must buy half a dozen cars to enter various servers. However, in the rFactor 2 Q1 content update, a game-changing feature will drop. With the not-so-catchily-named Race Against Unowned Content feature, players will be able to race against cars they don’t own. This is already a feature of iRacing, where players only have to buy the car they want to race.

As long as a car is installed, the player will see it on-track, be it online or offline. One only needs to buy the car they want to drive, and the track they wish to drive on.

Making use of rFactor 2’s Licences

The new feature will certainly come in handy with the ever-popular BTCC field, which is about to grow even further. The Q1 content update for 2023 includes the Honda Civic Type R, a staple of the BTCC grid.

The Honda Civic has long been one of the more successful models in British Touring Car ranks. It has won championships for legendary drivers like Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden. While the infamous Jason Plato is seemingly ending his career at its reins. As it stands, just the Cupra Leon is missing from the sim in order to recreate a full 2022 grid. Though we are still none the wiser as to when the full hybrid modes will be included with the cars.

Alongside the Civic, Long Beach joins the rFactor 2 Q1 content drop next week. Padding out the Indycar track calendar, Long Beach is a famous street circuit located in Los Angeles. Its fast, flowing layout lined with concrete walls and tall buildings sets it apart from other venues in rF2.

Long Beach will become one of just four stops on the current Indycar calendar featuring in the title. It joins Indianapolis, Laguna Seca and the World Wide Technology Centre. Considering the Dallara IR-18 is now only officially supported in the 10-year-old game, Motorsport Games definitely needs to up the North American track count soon. This newest addition is sure to help with that.

Are you excited for these new pieces of content in rFactor 2? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!

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