Embark on a wonderful journey through the depths of your favorite sim racing message board, and you’ll be surprised at what can be found. Buried inside the unedited community screenshots thread maintained by Image Space Incorporated for rFactor 2, is this little gem of a custom livery picture – but obviously it’s much more than the Scott Dixon knock-off we’re interested in. rFactor 2 community member Navigator has quickly thrown together his own personal Chip Ganassi entry with the familiar brandings of Target and the Coca-Cola company, but the IndyCar he’s designed the livery for isn’t publicly available for rFactor 2.
Released by payware modding group UnitedRacingDesign for Assetto Corsa, the Formula Challenge package was an unlicensed 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series bundle built with data supplied by Image Space Incorporated themselves. The shot above is clearly taken inside of rFactor 2, indicating we may soon see these cars become available for a simulator that is technically superior to Assetto Corsa, yet many are choosing to abandon due to lackluster support from the developers, as well as a sharp decline in popularity. A few weeks ago, we posted a few bits of circumstantial evidence outlining the possibility that ISI may be hard at work building a dedicated Verizon IndyCar Series game, and now that we’ve got tangible evidence that some individuals indeed are turning laps in these cars – albeit in private – there’s got to be some reason these cars are being withheld from the general public. To ignite interest in rFactor 2, ISI needs to desperately pump out worthwhile content for their game at a rapid pace – and these cars would do exactly that – so it’s very strange these would be intentionally kept private for the time being. Either it’s another case of mismanagement on ISI’s part, or something much bigger is being built behind the scenes.
According to Chris Lesperance in a topic dedicated to discussing the matter, UnitedRacingDesign have came out and said they’re willing to work with Image Space Incorporated in bringing modern IndyCars to rFactor 2, but licensing issues are the main hurdle to overcome. Again, these cars are clearly in rotation among a handful of beta testers, so we’ll no doubt hear more about this project sooner rather than later. Hopefully, our suspicions about a future IndyCar title are correct, and this will be much more than just the 2015 Honda and Chevy IndyCars shoehorned into the very odd selection of first party content available in rFactor 2.