No more than three hours ago on the Official Project CARS Instagram page, Slightly Mad Studios recently uploaded a preview render of the Dallara DW12, the car featured in North America’s highest level of Open Wheel racing, the Verizon IndyCar Series.
A licensing partnership with the Indianapolis 500 was initially announced in early 2014, a year before the game was released on store shelves, but the Dallara DW12 did not appear in any WMD preview build, even as an unlicensed placeholder. And given the list of upcoming DLC planned for Project CARS, it remains to be seen whether there will be an Indy 500 themed expansion at some point next year, or if this car will intentionally be held back for the release of Project CARS 2.
Three DLC packs are still to be released for Project CARS, centering around Renault, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Ford. As the current iteration of the Dallara DW12 is powered by either Chevrolet or Honda as per the team’s request, it seems unlikely for a premiere North American auto racing series to be included as a footnote in either one of these three remaining themed packs, especially with the huge Indianapolis 500 license announcement in May of 2014.
One could argue that the Ford Oval Racing pack may be the best shot at seeing these cars in the original Project CARS before intensive work begins on the sequel, but unconfirmed rumors are already afloat stating that the 2013 Ford Fusion Sprint Cup entry will compliment Daytona International Speedway as the final chapter of the extensive post-release DLC onslaught Slightly Mad Studios have pushed on its customers.
Will we see an Indianapolis 500 Expansion for Project CARS in 2016, or will this content be reserved for Project CARS 2? Only time will tell.