Introducing the #2 Slightly Mad Studios Chevrolet SS

It’s finally time to reveal what we’ve kept under wraps for a solid four months: we’ve turned the website into a race team.

Thanks to the support of Ian Bell and the team at Slightly Mad Studios, PRC is now much more than just a highly controversial sim racing blog – with myself taking over the driving aspect, and crew chief duties handled by former ARCA OK Tire Series Late Model winner/competitor turned iRacing Peak Anti-Freeze Series virtual crew chief Dustin Lengert (whose iRacing team Simworx have swept the opening two rounds of the 2017 season, and whom you readers know under the call-sign of Maple), the #2 Slightly Mad Studios Chevrolet SS is the pinnacle of hardcore sim racers crossing over into reality.

While sim racing publicity stunts traditionally consist of past online champions receiving little more than a private test session at a closed facility, this right here is the real deal. With our 2017 schedule set to take us all over British Columbia following the WESCAR Late Model tour (formerly the ARCA OK Tire Series) and miscellaneous one-off events at non-tour tracks, potentially taking us into Washington or Alberta as well, it’s going to be a chaotic summer to say the least.

Thanks to our familiarity with the world of sim racing, what we plan to do throughout the season is give our readers a bit of insight into our adventures from a sim racer’s standpoint – so this’ll include on-board footage with spotter audio, voice-overs, articles detailing virtual setup changes versus reality, discussions on what driving skills transfer over from sim racing to a legitimate competitive environment, and at the moment there are talks to have a guy with a camera come follow us around for a few weeks. Planning this stuff is a giant pain in the ass so don’t throw a hissyfit if something mentioned above doesn’t come to fruition, but the idea is to take PRC into a completely new and exciting direction; aside from the typical news and opinions you’ve come to know/love/hate from us, we’ll do our best to take you inside the cockpit when it’s time to step away from the computer monitor and put on the firesuit.

Obviously this venture would not be happening without the help of Ian Bell, and before the comments section turns into a nuclear wasteland, it’s important to clear up any misconceptions that may arise from the announcement of this partnership. After we interviewed Ian in July of last year, he began seeing PRC in a bit of a different lightgenuinely appreciating some of the lengthy critical posts about Project CARS written by myself or anonymous Reader Submissions – and we began conversing in a somewhat productive manner. Wanting to progress my own amateur racing career beyond econobox racing, and with Ian needing a creative way to promote his upcoming game – which you now know as Project CARS 2 – a sponsorship deal made a surprising amount of sense.

Along with the race car sponsorship, we’ve all been brought on-board by Slightly Mad Studios to help poke holes in Project CARS 2 before it hits store shelves – which regardless of how you feel about the Project CARS franchise, it’s a pretty genius call to recruit the most notorious nit-pickers in the sim community for that task.

In the interest of maintaining transparency with our readers, I am indeed paid by Slightly Mad Studios for my internal feedback, and they have provided me with a complimentary PC to experience the pre-release versions with as little performance hiccups as possible. However, I have it in writing that the abrasive style that fuels entries on PRC will not be hindered by our new partnership with Slightly Mad Studios, and there are no quotas enforced in regards to publishing X amount of viral marketing pieces. Given the non-disclosure agreements in place and all of that fun stuff I have to dance around, you’ll only hear about Project CARS 2 or other upcoming titles by Slightly Mad Studios if there’s an overwhelming request for it, or something major has happened that warrants an opinion piece. It’s certainly going to be tricky to navigate and refine, but everyone involved in this knows that sim racers like reading PRC for the off-the-rails format, and it would be wrong to drastically reshape that.

Lastly, I think it’s important we do everything in our power to prevent sim racers on the outside looking in from believing this opportunity is all the result of pie-in-the-sky thinking and the Lord above merely granting our wishes. What you see in the pictures above is the product of many things going right in our respective personal lives over a period of about 36 months which allowed us to pursue something like this in the first place, as well as enough appropriate real-world racing experience across a variety of cars, tracks, and classes to make this a viable option.

We were not handed a race car for winning a private sim racing competiton, nor are we merely YouTube personalities with a lot of ad money and little in the way of knowledge to tackle the challenges of campaigning a Late Model Stock Car; Dustin is a former race winner turned crew chief in a series that has produced drivers who have eventually made it to ARCA and the NASCAR K&N series, and I paid my dues & proved jumping in some kind of a real car wouldn’t be a complete disaster by winning Rookie of the Year (and nearly the championship as well) in a smaller class. While to the uninformed it may look like we found a magic genie to make our late night Teamspeak pipe dreams come true, the reality is we worked our asses off to grow the website into an entity that made waves within the community, marketed ourselves to a sponsor who viewed the size of our audience as an asset, and then had the means to put it all together lined up when the funding came through.

The idea behind this adventure is to represent sim racing to the motorsports world in a way that legitimizes sim racing as a driving tool, and reversing the multiple PR disasters that have been created thanks to placing computer nerds in the seat of high performance race cars when some of them didn’t even possess a valid driver’s license.

Welcome to the show.

 

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372 thoughts on “Introducing the #2 Slightly Mad Studios Chevrolet SS

    1. Fuck you Austin. Fucking sellout. Can someone else now make their own blog shitting on SMS and PC2? We need this now that these PRC faggots have dropped the baton.

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      1. That’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. ‘Can someone else make their own blog shitting on SMS and PC2?’ I’m assuming you’re an adult but that’s just plain sad and pathetic.

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          1. But, you’re asking someone to start a blog shitting on PC2, a game not even released yet. That, by any definition, is sad and pathetic.

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  1. Ah, so you did also get the sweet job gig on top of the driving? That’s a very nice and lucky double-positive whammy. #jealous

    But really do your best to keep off the sweet talking from overseas, losing impartiality and credibility is nearly impossible to regain (unless you’re a sim developer).

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  2. You didn’t win that EIR title, and you won’t win this one, so take that taxi cab and shove it where the sun don’t shine. And a warning from the dirt ovals in Alberta:

    STAY AWAY.

    Regards,

    The Castrol Raceway Sportsman Sprint Cars

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      1. Kalispell Montana, Montana raceway park. Our big ones late in july, 15k to win. Ya know if ur interested in running with real racers and not ur fellow Canadian wannabees 😎

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    1. Unfortunately, it appears this blog went ahead and cashed in on its notoriety as soon as it became advantageous to do so. What does this mean in practical terms?

      It is now impossible to take seriously any criticism of racing sims other than PC2. It’s also impossible to take seriously any glowing reviews (or really, anything) written here about PC2 itself.

      Austin, you can’t have it both ways. I’ll still drop by for a while but I suspect you’ve made the decision already to pursue racing instead of blogging. The problem is with the way you’ve done it. You have quite literally cashed in one for the other. Best of luck.

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      1. Kondor999 has good points. “Nothing to see here, let’s move on as usual” won’t and cannot work. The best solution and honourable thing to do would be closing the blog or turning it over to another operator.

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        1. Austin, I can appreciate what you’re trying to do, but you simply can’t expect people to take seriously anything you write about, for instance, Assetto Corsa from now on. It’s not about people being “mad”, it’s about your own credibility.

          You took the money. Nothing is free. And I’m sorry, but you’ve lost your independence at this point, whether you realize it or not. It’ll be extremely difficult for you to continue these acerbic commentaries about PC2 competitors when everyone knows you’re directly involved with that sim, to the point of taking their money.

          Put even more succinctly, PC2 stands to *directly* benefit from any criticism you level at its competitors in the marketplace. They have a vested interest in those sims not doing well.

          And now, so do you.

          My advice: Devote the blog to this entire crossover from sim to real racing narrative. Dump the critical commentaries (that no reasonable person can now take seriously). Unfortunately, PRC was just beginning to achieve some recognition and appreciation for the former, and the latter has somewhat limited appeal since you’ll be doing oval racing (not a focus for most PC2 customers).

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          1. Yes can’t see how he can continue in the same style but to be honest i think its run its course anyway, there is only so much shit you can ring out of being a notorious internet troll. I would much rather read up on informative blogs about comparing ffb engines or something about the history of sims & sim to real, versus reporting on somebodies bitching in a forum or whingeing about ac’s lack of features again.
            Its so fucked up that James made his name out of the trolling of project cars so Ian bought him out, not sure whether Ian or James has the least integrity there.

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        2. Congratulation James.
          But I have to say that in some awkward way you have worked hard for this.
          Hehe look out for your behind – you never know with that Mistar Bell 🙂 🙂

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      2. Hey Kondor, of all people you should still retain a modicum of objectivity. I haven’t always agreed with you but I do expect more from you than a knee jerk reaction. Surely progression dictates this outcome or was this site to be our ineffective hidey-hole for ever? It’s a symptom of previuos marketing this cynicisim. I’m just taking the optimistic view, if I’m wrong hey ho, it won’t be the last time and PRC and SMS will now suffer more scrutiny than a psychiatrist at a Vallium convention

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        1. I can see your point here, and it’s probably the point Mr Bell made when talking to Austin: “There’s only so much you can accomplish by throwing firebombs”, or something to that effect.

          If what all this means is that Austin has a more prominent voice in the future development of PC2, then it’s worth the sacrifice (in my own, rather unimportant-in-the-grand-scheme opinion) of the perceived objectivity of this blog.

          I don’t have the time to do anything like what Austin has done with the blog. As far as I’m concerned, he has done a great job of articulating the dissatisfaction of lot us had/have with the current state of affairs in sim racing.

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  3. HAHAHAHAHA YOU SOLD OUT YOU CORPORATE SHILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In all seriousness, it’s nice to see how far you guys have come along since 2015. Congrats on the sponsorship, and good luck to your racing endeavors.

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      1. I see your sensitive about making people believe you “earned it.” Nice try. You didn’t earn it you bought it just like the ones we see on tv but at a local late model level.

        Nothing wrong with taking advantage of your financial opportunity to drive so congrats.

        What i was dismayed at was you taking shots at online racers having earned a shot through virtual racing. There is a big difference between earning it through driving and buying. But you already new that.

        I guess if your dad was rich enough to buy the denver nuggets basketball team and he made you the starting point guard you would “justify” having earned it because you did play basketball on the middle school basketball team.

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        1. Writing however many thousands of words a day about this hobby (or anything else, really) for nearly two years is no mean feat.

          Add in the readership cultivated, and I’d say he’s earned the right to cash in.

          Continuing as a racer will obviously require some serious skill, so let’s hope Kondor’s wrong about their transference from sim racing.

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      2. Project Cars 2 feeling like rF2??? LMAO, that’s the biggest lie ever. After reading this comment at the latest it is evident that James is only writing what Ian Bell tells him to. Sad to see that he cannot be trusted anymore.

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        1. It’s quite easy for anything to drive better CartoonFactor 2, it really doesn’t have the best physics at all, it’s just their little fan boy group that says cartoonFactor2 as good physics, that’s 0.5% of the total simracing community I’d guess.

          Yes even more people say Project CARS 2 physics are better than CartoonFactor2

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      3. OMG! James, here’s some complaisant advice for you: The less you write about Project Cars2 from now on, the better for PRC, your credibility, and the simracing world. Thanks in advance.

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  4. Congratulations, Austin!

    It’s obvious you’ve put an extraordinary amount of effort into building PRC, and even though I disagree with many of your opinions, I’ve always enjoyed your writing, and wish you the best of luck in your racing endeavors.

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  5. For starters Congratulations James and the Crew , pretty impressive stuff indeed !

    Now me and Ian have had some pretty monumental disagreements’ , I also congratulate him for thinking outside of the box …….Well done Ian and SMS …..

    I will finish off with Ian is or comes across as a very confident person and this just tops everything jumping on board with the most critical simracing website on the planet , I will take from this news that Ian is super confident of the product that will be project cars 2 and I look forward to seeing the end product come September ish 🙂

    Congrats to all involved ” I personally think its pretty dam monumental ”

    Well done gentlemen, well done !

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      1. That’d be wicked, track looks pretty amazing. I’d be curious to see how well the stock car guys would do there… Here they’ve actually taken off the lone road course from the schedule, both for budget reasons (half the car needs to be rebuilt to accommodate basically, rip), and because there was like two guys who were half decent, with most of the field being 4s+ off pace, one guy being 14s off… On a minute long course. RIP.

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  6. This is unexpected. I’m honestly not sure what to think of Ian Bell bankrolling all this. I still think he’s a nasty person and I probably won’t buy pCARS 2, but on the other hand, he seems to want to make improvements to his product and is willing to listen to you, a traditionally harsh critic.

    Anyway, best of luck on track this year. Hope you have fun and bring home some good results.

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  7. Congratulations and best of luck to you guy’s
    I’m not so sure I can trust you reviewing pcars2 though.
    But time will tell.

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  8. Congrats,and I must say if what you say is true about Ian not imposing and rules to restrict your usual brilliant tact of reviewing titles,then I must say,that’s a stand up decision by him,takes balls to do what he has,pls prc do not change,it’s such a breath of fresh air,and it’s also fun to see articles on certain games and communities,to then jump in that games forum to see the people react to those articles in the very manor your highlighted.
    Cough cough iracing

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  9. I gotta say this is one of the craziest things to ever happen in both my sim racing and real life racing career, hope to give Austin the best car and I can week in and week out and hopefully get a win out of it, as well as be in the championship chase with a rookie driver. Hopefully the sim experience will prove itself to be useful in the right hands.

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  10. That’s pretty cool… are you going to mod a sim version so you can train more specifically, or just assume general skills are close enough to be of use?

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          1. Dude, he’s not allowed to answer your question. That’s the price he has to pay for having his toy financed by Ian Bell. Get it?

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  11. Fantastic news, congratulations and well done. If i were any more jealous I’d explode.

    It may be a great PR coup for pcars 2 and SMS but ignore the tossers belly-aching about selling out. It’s a proper grown up fucking race car.
    It looks the business I’m looking forward to hearing all the stories 🙂

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  12. Congrats to James,PRC and SMS.Sounds like a great deal for everyone.

    That Chevy SS looks like it has 100% simulation value.

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  13. See that´s the problem, nitpickers get anything, true fans not complaining get nothing and lastly that´s why simracing is full of assholes. 😀 Good luck and dont crash

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    1. “True fans”.. lol at that. Nitpickers are usually very productive, they DO stuff.. like James. Have you ever considered how much work it takes to write a well written article of anything?? Now look at the amount of stuff they share here on PRC.

      People who “do” and are seen, get anything/everything. People who complain on forums and are lard asses with neckbeards, get nothing. _as it should be_

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      1. I don’t see this kind of appreciation to the devs but suddenly PRC is hard work and must be valued. The ones to be valued are the devs and the people who report bugs, problems, suggestions in the respective forum, so that the game gets better. Sensationalist blogs are here to leech of others.

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  14. And people say Ian Bell is a bad guy… 🙂
    A bad guy would have given you half of the car and a fake firesuit. 😀
    Please, start a YT channel and make some vlog showing everything, from the preparation of the car to the race and its rules. Would be very interesting.
    Best of luck with the races.

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      1. Great news and I’m so excited. That’s gonna be the best thing ever. A great step for a YouTube personality!

        Check RARChevette’s YouTube channel:

        “I’M GOING TO CANADA! Introducing Real Adrenaline Racing Productions”

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  15. i can only imagine how Austin would react if they bought a car for another blog that is critical to sims. The word “hypocrite” comes to my mind.

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  16. A big congrats to all involved, here’s to a successful year for ye. It’s also nice to see the positivity in the comments too, maybe we’re not all a buch toxic so and so’s after all

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  17. Lmfao, look at all the asslickers congratulating him on selling out, some months back the same retards were threatening to murder him and his unborn child if done so.

    What’s wrong? Did Ian shuff his throbbing cock down your throats too?

    This article and the comment section is the definition of hypocrisy.

    Don’t forget to thank Ian after he pulled his dick out of your bloody asshole James.

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    1. I congratulated them for getting to this point in real life racing.

      I really really hope PRC keeps flinging shit at pCARS2 whenever they think something’s wrong with the game and I do really really really hope that producers like Sector3 and SMS actually take that criticism and make better games. Then again I’m just a bystander, so I’ll grab some popcorn and see where this ends up.

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  18. “with Ian needing a creative way to promote his upcoming game – which you now know as Project CARS 2 – a sponsorship deal made a surprising amount of sense.”

    I knew that pcars2 “leaks” were a dishonest publicity stunt from the part of this blog and sms.
    Congratulations on this partnership, one shady entity together with another shady entity. SMS buying youtubers, website news, blog news, they tried to buy racedepartment too. Creating a media empire in sim racing. More shady and unethical stuff from the buyers and the ones that got bought. Congratulations.

    The image that guy posted above is gold. i mgur.com/1AsaBG0.jpg

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      1. My words weren’t kind but I get the sarcasm.

        All you see in PRC and Virtualr is promotion for SMS games. Less articles and good information about competing games, less promotion for them.

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        1. You ignored my point. You said I tried to buy out RD. I never did. The rest of your points then must be judged against this. Show us metrics and data and not vague guesses and false accusations and you might get some listeners.

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          1. Be advised Mr Bell that all you’re doing by going around buying out these blogs is fueling further ill will against you personally and SMS as a business. This is likely the death of this blog (congrats).

            VirtualR soon became worthless (they now run PCARS trivia and 3 week old news exclusively) after you bought them out, so you’ll forgive us readers if we have little confidence in this latest move by your viral marketing department.

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            1. Be advised Kondor999

              The bullshit in your comments is beyond stupidity

              I wish you cancer and that you quickly die from it, cause individuals like you shouldn’t be able to reproduce and spread their stupidity!

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              1. I see. Care to provide some specifics?

                I still think it’s bad publicity for SMS and fits well into the overall narrative of SMS simply buying out blogs as part of their marketing budget.

                This will backfire.

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                1. If Austin wants to continue with his “blog” is his decision. And has nothing to do with the readerbase (which is tbh rel. small). Austin himself said he will continue. So this “blog” isn’t dying. At most he will have less readers.

                  SMS isn’t killing sim racing journalism, that has iRacing (and as a result the mislead fanbase) already done. I mean look at InsideSimRacing, look at Racedepartment, etc.
                  iRacing objectively seen is (maybe since last patch was, didn’t test sofar) a very unrealistic game, but every critism (even constructive one) was followed by a shitstorm by the fanboys and a lot of lies by the iRacing staff (see articles of PRC).

                  Sad effect is, you can’t even say anymore how realistic a game is, you can’t trust handling consultants anymore …

                  Imo for Austin, if he keeps shooting big holes into games, then he stay more or Less objective … if he suddenly writes only the very best about SMS … then he isn’t anymore.
                  Sofar there is no proof for second one and first one can’t happen yet as he is under NDA – he can only write about what is publicy available (infos, pics, vids) and even then its WIP.

                  So again I stand to my comment … your comment Kondor999 is really stupid. You didn’t think 1 tiny bit. You just went MAD and wrote stupid comments in here.

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                  1. My “really stupid comment” (since you appear to have lost the plot) is that overtly buying out/sponsoring/funding blogs isn’t a smart marketing move because it deprives those outlets of whatever influence you were probably hoping to buy in the first place.

                    Go back and dig up all the negative comments about VirtualR (when they were purchased by SMS) on this very blog for plenty of examples of the blowback I’m talking about.

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      2. Ian Bell wrote: “I’ve never tried to buy Racedepartment. Thanks for the rest of your kind words though.”

        Sev, what exactly made you click the Like-button for this post? Because you and Ian are bff? Care to elaborate?

        This place has really turned into shit.

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        1. Yes me (Sev) is Ian’s Bitch. We practise BDSM together, he is the dominant monster in the constallation and I’m his Android.

          Get cancer please and die quickly, before you can reproduce

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          1. You really need to come up with something besides this “get cancer before you can reproduce” schoolyard taunt.

            You’ve been over-using it badly, and it wasn’t especially clever in the first place. Then again, I suppose it suits you.

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    1. Ian Bell seems very insecure and does not seem to put much trust into the sim value of his product if he has to buy his critics. Be very wary and do not pre-order PC2!

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  19. The only ones I can trust now are bsimracing and racedepartment. Not that I trusted virtualr and prc before. But is important to read both good and bad places to make my own opinion of the whole picture. Watch out also for some youtubers too politically correct with pcars.

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    1. I bet virtualr didn’t trust prc before as well, what will they do now, will they whitelist prc links in their comments? Since they are working under the same owner.

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    2. Racedepartment? You kidding

      Where AC fanboys are all around? Where staff does not delete insulting comments and accept harassment? Where Premium Members get away with every insult? Where in the comment section of PCARS articles 90% of the written are just straight out wrong or even lies …

      Omg you must be dumb to believe anything on Racedepartment .. they have nothing to do with good and objective journalism

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  20. Master stroke by Mr Bell. If PC2 fails to excite the hardcore section of the sim racing community then he has James as a scapegoat with all of his nitpicking…

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        1. Just PM Vittorio on the WMD forum. You’ll have your refund sent today. I doubt though you’re even a member. The response to Austin’s feedback has been resolutely positive. He’s doing a great job and the amount of ‘likes’ his posts are getting attest to that. So I’ll be back in a few hours expecting at least two requests to Vittorio for you to be removed from the early access program. Else, you’re just making noise. 🙂

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          1. I m not a WMD member, i m an abused customer of PC1 which was let down for PC2.
            With the number of like, with the army you have of viral marketters, it is not surprising. that s part of your strategy. And that s you and your army who are doing noise, exactly the same way that people did on your official forum against people who are arguing. 100% Bell strategy…

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            1. ‘An abused customer of PC1’.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHH. Oh my life this is hilarious. You poor poor person. Did you ask them for a refund or was it a full on lawsuit for being personally abused??

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        1. It appears that any corrective, positive and gentle response is a ‘trigger’ event for you Martin… I do hope you’re all OK… I’m calling it like it is here. No one, since that post, has asked for a refund and an exit from WMD, which Austin and others are actively engaged in. Now, I’m sitting here smiling at how silly you sound.

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  21. “The idea behind this adventure is to represent sim racing to the motorsports world in a way that legitimizes sim racing as a driving tool,”
    ————————————————————————————————————————–

    And if you lose, it just proves that you are fools to think that a computer game makes you a better driver. LOL

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    1. I doubt that sim racing gives you any legitimation for real racing. And I wouldn´t ever believe that average Joe in an armchair could estimate how a real car behaves and feels through his monitor. Either you have talent to learn real cars and racing or you just stay average Joe. A computer will do nothing as long as you doesn´t use full professional simulatiors like F1-drivers.

      It´s like studying a profession. Being in school and just learning theories is way different than actually working for real on a daily basis on site. Just the ongoing real work will make you a good worker and not the theoretical stuff.

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      1. I agree with this completely, alot of accomplished sim racers have done nothing and other have done extremely well, it’s all about how you use that information regardless of which sim/tools you use. This would have never happened if James didn’t do so well in his rookie season of feature stocks, that proved he used the information he gained correctly and could adapt it to the real thing.

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      2. Sim racing games are not outright replacement for real racing experience but it does help. If I were to have won let say a day of lapping in a Formula F at Laguna Seca. Practicing for a week beforehand would definitely help me tremendously in both getting up to pace and having a faster pace in the end. It would absolutely help you finding the racing line and braking points or at the very least get you in the ballpark.

        Switch Laguna Seca for the Nordschleife and it becomes invaluable.

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  22. AUSTIN I AM YOUR NEMESIS BUT I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU.

    YOUR BLOG IS IRRELEVANT NOW BUT YOU HAVE A SHINY RACECAR TO SHOW FOR IT. IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT.

    THIS WILL BE MY LAST VISIT HERE SO CONGRATULATIONS AND FAREWELL.

    BE AWARE OF AUSTIN’S PROJECT CARS 2 SHILLING THIS YEAR! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED…

    😉

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    1. It´s by far the biggest joke the blog-author could have cracked: pretending to be the most critical whatever in the sim racing community and then taking up with the studio which was the most often target for his so called critical articles. That´s just a pathetic move and excuse to finance his passion.

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      1. Bunch of hypocrites here, who would NOT grab this chance by the nutsack. You’re spending years pretending to be racing cars. You are offered a car to drive and team to do it with. Which arsehole would say “nah thannks I’m behind my fake steering wheel” for fucks’ sake…

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    1. It´s a happy ending for both sides. James sold his soul to the evil to finance his car and Slightly Mad Studios have found a new whore to advertise their game (or just muzzle up any critics).

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    1. Yorkie065 drsstically restructured his YouTube channel. We have been given free reign to do as we please. That’s the key difference.

      November 8th was when the deal became official. The first article I put up after the “Ian Bell era” started ripped on pCars for not being able to handle full length races. IIRC I also went after the lack of driving skill from press event attendees. Go back and you’ll find more. This has been a done deal for 4 months and it’s been business as usual on PRC.

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      1. And today you dropped that it feels like rf2. I have a couple of friends that are in WMD and they laughed when I asked them about it. And no, they are not slow drivers that cant tell the difference.

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        1. You really don’t because the common consensus is that it feels as good as or better than RF2 to all who are playing it. This is all over the WMD forums…

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        2. Some cars are significantly better than others.

          For example, the GT3 stuff is surprisingly good. Feels sort of like URD rF2 cars.

          The kart, on the other hand? Needs lots of work.

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        3. Liar.. haha. Dude you sound like a little kid (perhaps you are one?). The consensus is, even from hard pC1 critics (like me), that the tire model is infinitely better than it was before and is indeed at a very high level.

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        4. There has been quite a few comments on Race Department claiming Project CARS 2 physics are better than rFactor 2, by people that are testing it, you just chose to ignore them.
          rFactor 2 does not have the best physics, otherwise its users would be using the default ISI content, but as far as I can see, no one is using the default content, they would rather use ripped subpar mods.

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      2. This has been a done deal for 4 months and it’s been business as usual on PRC.

        Did you really just try and act like no one has called you out over your totally changed stance surrounding Project Cars 2 this year?

        Every single Project Cars 2 article you wrote people called you out as an obvious shill, it’s interesting that you never mentioned this agreement then though.

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      3. Hope you will give us an honest review on pcars2 on console as well. And not just on your elitist pc that mr Bell has bought for you

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  23. Its nice that you have got your car and all. Its the hypocrisy about this whole thing. I know it have been jokes about you being bought, but i never thought that would actually happen. I dont like that game developers buy into “media outlets”.

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  24. Wow such a shame the unbiased subjective and total factual reviews we all come to PRC for are going to come to an end. We’ve seen from Austin’s posts that PRC has been compromised for some time now, I hope it’s not long before someone else makes a suitable replacement website.

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  25. The comments for every PRC Project Cars 2 article this year

    “Austin is shilling for Project Cars now”

    Today:

    “This has been a done deal for 4 months and it’s been business as usual on PRC.”

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  26. First off congratulations on securing vital sponsorship and a bangin racecar livery that is understated and cool at the same time.

    But what the actual fuck is this? You attacked other websites for shilling and viral marketing SMS products. You attacked small fry wannabe racers for trying to get real sponsorship. You attacked developers for dodgy marketing tactics with youtubers/pretend racers.

    And now you are another cog in that hype creating moneygrab scheme system. You’re going to tell me how this is not going to affect the PRC view on things, I suppose. You’re going to tell me how this is not VirtualIR happening again. You’re going to tell me how exposure in several events in the huge continent of British Columbia is vital for SMS and they didn’t just do this so make sure you don’t keep smearing their image.

    This is so conflicting! On one hand I am genuinely happy you guys turned a little group of dudes chilling with sims into a real racing team, on the other hand the circumstances around this go against so many things you were preaching. Really hoping I’m wrong and you won’t turn into some regular sellouts.

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    1. Some article names after the November 8 deal:

      – pCars can’t handle full length races
      – Reasons to be Skeptical of pCars 2 (not to mention Im obviously not deleting any comments)
      – forget the name, but an article on the shitty driving at the pcars 2 (and dirt 4) press event

      I know what youre saying, but remember this has been a done deal behind the scenes for many months and our tone hasnt changed. Hell even on my personal YouTube channel, I’m uploading pCars 1 glitch videos.

      What I’m saying is give us a chance to do it right and prove this wont interfere with PRC.

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      1. Quit pussying around you gay fagboy. Those articles are childs play compared to your earlier gems of shitting on PC1 and Ian Bell. What happened to the faggot who stalked developers, started forum wars, leaked actual interesting news and was unbiased in his shitting on everything? We need that faggot back Austin, we need that faggot back. Now ur just a fucking sellout. Way to shit on your fans. Stick to ur roots.

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        1. Wow I bet your mother wished she had killed you at birth, maybe she should have flushed you down the shittah at birth, I would have if I was her.

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      2. 1. I doubt they care too much about criticism of PC1 at this point
        2. Yes, and this is how you ended that article:
        “There are a lot of reasons to be skeptical about this game, but rather than busting out the one-liners, calling it a scam, or dreaming up new nicknames for Ian Bell, personally I’d rather see things evolve to the next level of online warfare – proper discussions.”
        Funny how the tone is completely different than a year ago
        3. Yes, there was bad driving at a press event; that will certainly hit PC2 sales

        Ian Bell has already said on FB that it’s worth the sponsorship in order to change your tone.

        I don’t blame you at all; who wouldn’t sell out a shitty blog for the opportunity? And I don’t blame Bell either; assuming someone else doesn’t attempt to create a similar blog to do the same thing.

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        1. “Assuming someone else doesn’t attempt to create a similar blog to do the same thing.”

          You guys miss one very important point when making statements like this. Very few people (none that I know) could produce the quality and quantity of copy, negative or otherwise, that Austin can. You can’t simply ‘start another hate blog’. You need skills, talent, determination and dedication. A ‘hate blog’ that is just a litany of unjustified abuse won’t prevail.

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  27. So, you finally come clean with what’s been going on with all the pCARS 2 stuff on here lately.

    Austin, you say nothing in your agreement with SMS restricts your right to post whatever you want, and that may be true, but the fact is, Bell has gotten to you, given you money, a car, a new computer and a “job” testing the game, and that will influence your views, whether you’re conscious of it or not. “Sellout” is such a cliche thing to call someone, but it’s apt here.

    Ian Bell seems to me to be a bit of an egomaniac. He wants to control what’s written about his game as much as possible. In a way, I understand that. Negative views hurt sales and he’s out to sell his product. But that’s not the way the world works, Ian. Austin, I can’t believe you can’t see what’s going on here. First the viral marketing shills, then VirtualR, and now you. I suppose even you, one of the most staunch critics of the first game, have a price. I doubt you feel like a hypocrite, but that’s what you’ve become.

    Ian is also a lot smarter than you. I suspect he realized quite early on what your insecurities and ambitions are (you put way too much out there about yourself), and how he could take advantage of that to suit his purposes. What he’s done, is not only shut you up, but made you into a billboard as you trek around Canada in your new car, and all it took was a little cash, which he clearly had no problem sparing.

    Look, I’m glad you get to race, but maybe this just isn’t the place for me anymore. Was fun while it lasted.

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            1. Of course it exists.. but it’s disrupted by childish behavior. You should probably get a few mirrors in the house and you’d probably see how foul you are. Now go away.

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  28. Top job Austin, Congrats from the UK and i hope it goes well for you and the team. Ian Bell is a decent bloke and to clear something up which a lot of people don’t understand is that the Pcars forums are paid for by him. If you had any problem with the game all he wanted was you to be grown up about it and discuss it like an adult, Not “This game is fucking shit and the devs are retards” Why the fuck would he be expected to put up with this sperg shit, Would you? Also the people that helped fund Pcars1 more than got their investment back so Kudos to him for keeping his word and doing more.

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    1. I think you have missed the point to why many of us are critical about this. We dont want to read sim racing blogs and news that are sponsored by specific game developers. Im sure that Ian is pretty smart, hes a businessman after all. That James even think he will play on the same field as Ian just proves how fucked up this situation is and that this site is pretty much lost.

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            1. I’m not James’ fanboy, sometimes I differ with his opinions. The original intention of the Twitter was to find funny stuff (both in and out of context) as well as “scrub quotes” from sim racers who lurk.

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  29. Congrats for you, man. But that’s sad the PRC won’t be the same anymore. It was fun when it felt like the Infowars of sim racing. It was getting milder over the few last months, but now you guys are turning into a buzzfeed with driving skills.

    It was a good run while it lasted though.

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  30. James and Ian Bell teaming up. This is the coming of the antichrist for sure.

    Let’s enjoy this while it lasts. Ever since reading that piece about you going out and starting shitbox racing I was thinking there is something more to you than shittalking and an overdue haircut, James.

    Good luck, you magnificient fucker!

    Also thanks Maple for the setup advice on this blog. Make James fly, will you?

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  31. You are on here (internet) doing stuff and now you’re out there doing stuff. Good for you and Good Luck!!!!
    Don’t shit your pants first turn. Over here, we call then “Bollox”.
    For simracing you don’t need them but IRL you’ll sure as heel need a pair, jeez!!!!

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  32. Well, I’m positive that the money involment (sponsorship) will pe paid of by “positive thoughts” on SMS latest product. So , good for you James ,good for you Ian/SMS/Namco, but you know someones got to pay all that sweetness and that will be those who will buy the ****.

    Truth, if this PC2 thing comes out at least as a relative bug free product I’ll probably pick it up sometime along the line.Looks decent, there are some features I’d really like to try … But … the thing is , I bought SHIFT and it was kind of lacking things and buggy product. Two years later came a game that was going to stomp on GT,FM , even simulators were endangered species … called SHIFT2. Same bugs ,same glitches or should I say even more bugs and more glitches than in original, since they expanded ingame systems. So a year or so later there come FERARRI thing . Same engine as in SHIFT, only that this time cars were only Ferrari models. Hm… let me see. same glitches and bugs as in SHIFT,SHIFT2. Now lets skip 3 years forward . There comes PC, a game made by sim drivers for sim drivers. Dream of them all and by SMS own words a 99’9% finished product then delayed for some months by some unexpectable occurence. . Now , I already keep repeating myself , but so are SMS repeating their ****. Same bugs , same glitches, driving model /ffb is total mess… You see a patern here ? It is called “bad foundation”and no makeup or plastic they put on will change that. And now SMS will be releasing a game that has even more things to “simulate” , and despite this time they had only 2 years to develop this ,they have fixed everything that they couldn’t fix in 10+ years and 4 games ?

    Maybe, just maybe….

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  33. Ian Bell and SMS want to control as much of the dialogue surrounding their game and sim racing as possible. I have serious problems with their buyouts of VirtualR and now PRC, to say nothing of their viral marketing tactics. Now any time PRC slags off AC or iRacing, it’ll be “that guy with the SMS car says the other sims suck.” That will translate positively to sales and public opinion of SMS products. This website’s credibility and objectivity have been obliterated by this development. I am convinced now, more than ever, that the sim racing community should not support this SMS and Ian Bell.

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      1. Exactly! It’s the dishonesty and lying of Austin which annoys people. But this point goes over the head of the fanboys and they don’t want to see it.

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  34. You entitled haters make me laugh. This isn’t war. This isn’t elected politicians that got bought out. They don’t own you shit. Let’s get one thing straight. This is nothing more then a blog by some dudes that wanted to air their not so mainstream and popular thoughts regarding their favorite hobby and paid out of their own pocket to do so. Turns out their rants and work for the last couple of years got them recognition along with sponsorship that will allow them to live out their dream. The same dream that the sim is trying to duplicate. Not only that but it gives them a platform to help fix what they spent the last few years complaining about, which got them the label “worst thing to happen to sim racing”. But no, they should turn down all that so some nobody that does nothing to contribute doesn’t feel “duped”? lol

    And to all of those that said “I hope someone picks up what PRC let down”. Why hope buddy? If you are here commenting then you have everything you need to grab things into your own hands: computer and internet. No need for hope. But what? Do you suddenly realise that doing it is actually hard work? That while any idiot can start a blog, not just anyone can be successful at it? Afraid to try and fail miserably? Suddenly coming to the realisation that nobody gives a shit about what you have to say would be too much of a blow to the ego? Since the lowly PRC guys could pull it off, what would that say about you?

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  35. Great news! Congrats on your racing deal! Here’s hoping you’ll follow the career steps set by great racers like Neil Bonnett, Rodney Orr, Kenny Irwin Jr. or Dale Earnhardt Sr. as soon as possible.

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  36. Ian Bell buying his critics is a massive red flag for Project CARS 2. I will be avoiding it.

    Also this blog is dead now but it will be a nice place for the Project CARS fanboys to congregate.

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      1. What he said. All these hobbyist drivers pose an imminent danger. There’s only hoping James doesn’t hurt anyone on the track.

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  37. If you’ve got a website like this, you have precisely 2 ways of monetizing it:

    1) Advertising.

    2) Build up the readership, develop perceived influence within your audience, then sell that influence to an interested publisher or developer.

    Personally, I am really happy for Austin. It’s the smart move.

    As a reader of PRC, I am saddened by the loss of an independent voice in a community where such voices are badly needed.

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      1. I’m still betting on Austin here. This guy gave a lot of like-minded enthusiasts a voice. I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt, even if it’s not going to be easy.

        Then again, building up this site couldn’t have been easy in the first place, and he’s taken a ton of shit along the way. I certainly wouldn’t bet against him somehow pulling this off.

        Should be fun to see how he does in the racing series at least.

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  38. Congrats on the race car deal, you’ve been brave enough to talk about the problems SMS and many other companies – especially Kunos – would like ignored and buried.

    Ian Bell is a lot savvier than I thought too playing the ‘keep your friends close and your enemies closer’ card. We now just have to hope Ian and his team were listening and PC2 is a big step forward.

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    1. I don’t get your logic of why we should have hope. As has been written above, Ian Bell buying his critcs should be a red flag and set the alarm bells ringing.

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      1. Why? Good companies listen to critical opinions and react. Maybe Ian values the opinion enough to see the worth of opposing opinions. Some money toward racing for the insight he gained might be worth it. Listening and learning from your biggest critics yield rewards, most are too offended to do so (yes Kunos I’m looking at your entire ego driven team).

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      2. Proof is definitely in the pudding. Hopefully they’ll have a demo available this time so all you skeptics can check it out and then not waste any money.

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  39. Good for you Austin, but I would like to announce that I have also started a sim racing team with Associat0r and Hexagramme that will be funded by ISI to promote the greatest sim racing game of all time, rFactor 2. Our pure simulation value will crush your simcade team, and we will be taking home the WESCAR title this year.

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    1. Until now prc has been the no. 1 morality police regarding shilling in simracing and taking great delight in pointing out missing transparency of sponsorship. No wonder there’s now a deserved big backlash backlash against them. Practice what you preach…

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  40. I’m late to the party but I’m so happy that btfoing loser fanboys on team speak at 3am turned into real race cars for you.

    While I haven’t always agreed with the personal attack on specific individuals, the consistent btfoing of each developer and community and winning in most cases( it refund) you deserve this vindication.

    Best of luck fam

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    1. What’s this idea lately that people are into sim racing to progress to real racing? We are here to play a game with realistic simulation of the cars. The same about sim racing esports. Do you think the idea behind esports in sim racing is for a proving ground to real racing? That’s not it, people want a career in esports playing these games, not a career in the real motorsport. Who wants a career outside starts as a kid/teen in karts and low spec formulas, and then advances if skilled and rich enough.

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  41. James, did you guys get the car before the deal was made? Did you have any driving time in it before SMS put money on you? Or are they just trusting that something good will come out of this?

    Either way congratulations. Looking forward to see how you do. I know you said you wanted to keep personal stuff out of PRC but is it still the case or will you update your progress here? I guess it would make sense.

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    1. Ha ha, why do you want to know? All these James fanboys make me sick. Get a life and stop your worshipping. You scum, I spit on you.

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    2. “I know you said you wanted to keep personal stuff out of PRC but is it still the case or will you update your progress here?”

      You didn’t read the article, did you?

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  42. I would love to see the email trail!

    “No ian fuck you! PRC has always been impartial”

    “ill buy you a racecar and fund your career”

    “TAKE ME IAN”

    Not that i would have been any different, but you gotta see this is amusing. Congratulations on the drive and please dont lie about pc2 because that will really fuck with your credibility.

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    1. Do he have any credibility left? He have been complaining about people that do the same thing as he did now. Inside Sim Racing cant even talk about a Gran Turismo patch while wearing iRacing shirts according to Austin himself. Will Austin be able to talk about games when his fucking car have Project Cars 2 stickers on it?

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  43. Well played sir. Well played. You’ve timed this sponsorship to end right about the time Project Cars 2 comes out so you can blast it, Is there anywhere to livestream the events? Would be nice to have an actual late model driver to root for

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  44. *Slow clap* Well done Ian Bell, showed him some cash, James sold his soul.
    Credibility zero now on this “site”
    Bookmark deleted…….

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    1. Hi Ian, serious question: Do you really think sponsoring racist and misogynistic Canadian hobbyist driver Austin Ogonoski in a oval racing series no one cares about will deliver good PR for SMS and PC2?

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  45. Still highly sceptical of PC2, but i gotta admit the IMSA Nissan 300ZX Turbo screenshots are looking very tasty. Let’s wait and see how the overall driving physics will work out in the released game.

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  46. We won t forget, need to publish that SMS is buying any media (2 exemples PRC , virtualR) who does not go on his direction. That is called corruption.

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    1. I dont know if it could be called media but they hired Yorkie so he couldn’t cover anything else than pcars on his youtube.

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      1. Top guy, who has been open from day 1 when he got the job and published an “I Have A New Job” video on his channel instead of going the James way and using sneaky undercover tactics for months to pushing a shilling agenda. Scroll up, he has already been mentioned.

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        1. I know he have been mentioned and I have mentioned him too. Just thought it was important to mention him again when the subject was brought up.

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          1. So … hiring a guy, who fits a position in a company best, is now called corruption? Or how does Yorkie fit in this idiocy?

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            1. That is not just one guy! A youtuber, OK to have his experience in a team, but other medias like virtualR, this PRC blog now. What would you think if a politician buy a newspepper ?? 2 answers :
              – To make is own publicity (if it was good)
              – To shot him down (if it was bad)

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  47. Congrats James,

    we all know racing is expensive and there is nothing shameful with being poor white trash. I do not mind if you have to sell your soul to the devil to go racing. Not everybody can be Lance Stroll.

    Good luck with the races and have fun on the track!

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  48. This comments section is hilarious. Most of you guys do realize you are writing complete bullshit which equals only to the worst conspiracy theories, right? Maybe try the game first, before accusing Austin of selling out, shilling for PC2 etc.? Or maybe just picking your heads out of your own asses would be enough. What if Austin did not get the sponsorship and yet still would find pCARS2 to be good? What would you all accuse him of then? ……. and worst thing is, probably most commenters here are not kids … just complete idiots.

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    1. So basically you’re also condemning James all the time he called others as fanboys and shills? Because he calls that to many people who don’t agree with his views about sims. How wheels have turned… prc apologists are in full force here. Look, another word james used to call people.

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        1. Pull the string and you’ll wink at me, you’re my puppet
          You’ll do funny things if I want you to, you’re my puppet

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  49. Somewhere in the above comments, I just read “simracing esports” as “simracing ESCORTS” … was terribly disappointed on second pass.

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  50. Did Ian also lent you a drone to take that aerial picture next to the car? Damn, how many more goodies have you sold for? Is fine by me, selling or not selling yourself, I didn’t believe the shit you said before either way. Unfortunately some received a heavy wash on their brains from this blog that now are trying so hard to find excuses for this stuff. At least be glad, now you managed to ally yourself to the world of mass development, those marketing puppies. Hey, you’re now one as well 🙂

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  51. Good luck and be careful A. Ogonoski….

    Really very happy to see your dreams being realized.

    That fucker Bell just won’t go away though! Almost like he’s trying to make a good product…

    “Featuring input from kind of angry blogger/local short track racer for physics and ffb tuning.”

    That’s not a particularly strong marketing move but it is one that I support.

    Seriously though, I think PCARS 2 may need to reign in the focus. I’m concerned that there’s too much for them to polish.

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  52. Ian is a very intelligent man, the cat to your mouse. He’s basically spotted a weakness and dived in like a man possessed. Silencing his most vocal critic with shiny things and a ticket to the promised land. Sure he’ll let you have your day in the sun in his shiny black toy car, but my money says he’s going to enjoy publicly firing you even more when the realisation is exposed that a half decent virtual racer does not transform readily into a real competitive race car driver.
    He’s in a position where he’s fortunate enough to have the financial means to teach you a lesson.
    And it kinda looks like you fell for it, which is sad.
    That said, good luck with the racing. Prove everyone wrong.

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  53. So, you have a guy that just gave you your own race car, gave you access to his game and pays you for pointing out things you don’t like about it.
    Yeah, you’ll absolutely be shitting on that guy publicly as much as you’ve always done when you actively disliked him.

    Sorry, but every article pulled out by this site – even if it is somewhat negative – about pCARS 2 from now on is going to have to be treated with utmost caution, no matter what you say. Because if you’re even close to a normal human being, you simply won’t bite the hand that feeds you.

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