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The modding scene in rFactor 2 may be on life support, with little in the way of activity and certain teams abandoning the platform altogether, but select individuals are still displaying an eager curiosity with a title many deem to be too complex to be worth their time. An anonymous poster within 4Chan’s sim racing community has recently unveiled a project that will pique the curiosity of North American readers of PRC.net – the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Using assets from ARCA Sim Racing X as a base, the 2013 spec Chevrolet Silverado will soon arrive for a simulator that recently began making a push to include more American oval racing content. Previously, a rapid increase in the amount of dedicated stock car facilities only served to compliment the lone package of unlicensed 2015 Sprint Cup entries, so more oval racing content will undoubtedly justify the game’s recent emphasis on replicating the NASCAR experience.
The user behind the project claims the trucks are “shitter proof” – indicating a relatively low learning curve compared to the difficult and punishing Sprint Cup sedans, and that driving them can be “tons of fun.” The overall simulation value of the project appears to be quite high as well; a mock qualifying setup in the current version of the mod turns laps only a few tenths slower than the real life pole time at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 2013 Camping World Truck Series campaign. Throttle management – or lack thereof – also closely aligns with how the 2013 Silverado would behave in the hands of a competent driver.
With so many brand new oval racing facilities being churned out for rFactor 2, yet the comprehensive 2015 Stock Car mod failing to catch on due to the knowledge required for competitive car setups, there’s a chance the Camping World Truck Series could possibly re-ignite interest in the title from an oval racing perspective. California, Kentucky, Charlotte, Topeka, Richmond, Darlington, Joesville, Homestead, and even Indianapolis are all suitable locations for the NASCAR-spec 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, giving NASCAR fans a wide list of places to push the truck to its limits upon release. It will certainly be interesting to evaluate how the finished product drives – and how many people jump on the bandwagon – considering the popularity of the Truck series in other, more established racing simulators.