Had it not been for avid sim racer Bjorn G, we simply wouldn’t have been able to make this post on PRC.net. While I’ve been around these games for an ungodly amount of time, I usually don’t do a very good job of keeping up on the modding aspect of the most prominent racing sims, instead opting to download first and ask questions later.
Our site was the first to break the news of the sudden change of direction made by a crowdfunded V8 Supercars mod, one which saw modding team Mak-Corp take over all operations after users pitched in nearly $1,800 to help bring Australia’s most popular racing series to Game Stock Car Extreme. The change in the driving force behind the mod meant that final product would not be released for the original game it was intended for, nor would Rezia Studios have any involvement with the project. To summarize how goofy the entire ordeal was, the Stock Car Extreme community essentially crowdfunded a mod for two completely different games.
But those who hadn’t jumped ship were told “fear not”, as Mak-Corp had been given the reigns of the project. Those watching the drama unfold, allowing Reddit and VirtualR comments to become almost a spectator sport of sorts, began laughing at the sheer announcement of Mak-Corp being brought in to save the day.
Mak-Corp has finished one mod since 2007, while announcing over ten others that never saw the light of day.
Better known as MMG F1 2007, the comprehensive Formula One mod for ISI’s rFactor was regarded as one of the best mods ever released for the game. Unfortunately, the current selection of mods on Mak-Corp’s homepage is anything but comprehensive.
Of the five mods currently available on their downloads section for rFactor 2, all five of them are in an early beta state. Their lone Assetto Corsa mod is also in beta. And of the three Race 07 mods up for download, two of them are simple conversions from IDT Simulations, a completely different mod team who was initially under contract to build a stand alone ChampCar sim akin to what we see today with Game Stock Car Extreme. The final mod is a conversion of their own F1 2007 mod built specifically for league play.
So they basically have nothing worth downloading at the moment for Assetto Corsa and rFactor 2 aside from early betas that probably shouldn’t have been released to the public to begin with.
But the debacle gets even more spectacular once you begin venturing into VirtualR’s archives. Mak-Corp have announced over ten different mods that have never seen the light of day.
- Initial D
- Formula One 1991
- Formula One 1994
- Formula One 2006
- Formula One 2008
- “World Racing Challenge“, whatever that means
- Renault Megane Eurocup
- Audi A5 Cup
- BTCC 1998
- 2010 Porsche Supercup
- Group C Prototypes 1982 – 1991
- Historic V8 Supercars
- “Classic Cars”, whatever that means
What has Mak-Corp produced?
First, there’s a Formula E mod simulator at the actual race track as part of their fan experience…
…however, those who have tried the simulator say it’s little more than an rFactor mod, and even retains the default user interface:
But given the entirety of what we’ve displayed above, the modern V8 Supercars mod people donated over $1,800 to help bring to life most likely WON’T see the light of day.