With all of the time I’ve invested into Stock Car Extreme over the past year or so, a racing simulation which can best be described as an improved version of rFactor, I’ve almost entirely forgotten about a near-identical game already residing in my steam library. And I shouldn’t have. Race 07 by The Artist Formerly Known as SimBin is just as good of an offering as what Reiza Studios or Sector 3 have currently brought to the table, and the base game is just five dollars. Using the trusty isiMotor engine which powers many different modern racing sims, it looks the same, feels the same, drives the same, and it’s a fraction of the cost. Using some extremely simple graphics tweaks, and taking ten minutes out of your day to re-configure your profile from the ground up, suddenly Race 07 doesn’t feel like it’s nearly a decade old. And unlike some newer titles, I’m not aimlessly browsing message boards shitposting the night away, waiting for a future update to implement functionalities that should have been there from the start. If I want to run a full race weekend in the rain at Monza – or even an entire Championship – I can.
Built as a follow-up to the highly successful one-two punch of GTR 2 and GT Legends, Race 07: The WTCC Game put the World Touring Car Championship in the spotlight, while offering a multitude of expansion packs to flesh out the list of content as the title grew older. The entire SimBin package on Steam currently retails for $45, including many DLC packs which serve to compliment the vanilla Race 07 car & track list with a hefty selection of additional licensed content. Despite a reliance on mostly fictional liveries, everything from modern GT cars to amateur open wheel cars are represented, with some interesting surprises in the form of street cars akin to what Assetto Corsa offers.
Adding to the stellar list of official content in Race 07, are two extremely impressive mods I’ve found on the TrippTeam archives. A handful of diehard sim racers have taken the time to convert the entire selection of cars from both GT Legends and GTR 2 into Race 07, fleshing out what’s an already impressive title with the crop of vehicles from SimBin’s previous offerings. As GTR 2 and GT Legends clearly show their age when installed onto modern computers in 2016, it’s nice to have these cars available in a newer SimBin title, with very little lost in translation. Running laps at both Zolder and Road America in a multitude of different vintage GT entries, this is GT Legends as you remember it. The same can be said about the vehicles taken from GTR 2, as they feel much more at home in Race 07 than they do after we’d converted them to Stock Car Extreme.
Are there any PRC.net readers that still actively dive into Race 07? As sim racers discover newer titles like rFactor 2, Stock Car Extreme, Automobilista, and RaceRoom Racing Experience, often you’ll see older titles like Race 07 or GTR Evolution take a back seat – especially in league use. Even the guys at Realish Racing are preparing to migrate from Race 07 into Stock Car Extreme, but as I sit here running laps in SimBin’s older offering, I’m finding it really doesn’t feel as old as the title implies.