McLaren 720S Will be Making a Debut in Project CARS 2, New Screenshots and Trailer Released

Players will get a chance to test drive the McLaren 720S in Project CARS 2 when the game launches later this year.

on March 7, 2017 1:58 PM

Bandai Namco announced today that the McLaren 720S that debuts at the Geneva International Motor Show today will also be available in Project CARS 2 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC when the highly anticipated game launches in late 2017.

For those unfamiliar with the McLaren 720S, here is some information on the car courtesy of Bandai Namco:

The McLaren 720S

McLaren describe the 720S as ‘revolutionary’. It’s easy to see why. The chassis is an all-new, active carbon-fiber structure known as the ‘Monocage II’. This is the core of the 720S. Aside from the handling and performance benefits of the rigid system, it also allows the 720S to come in on the scales with a dry weight of only 1,283kgs (2,825.5lbs). That’s compared to the 1,301kgs (2,868lbs) from the 650S. Even more impressive is the centre of gravity that is now a full three percent lower than the 650S. This has allowed McLaren to create a car that boasts double the aero’ efficiency of its predecessor, the 650S.

The aero’ is even further enhanced with the introduction of the full-width aerofoil profile-wing that delivers 30 percent more downforce than its predecessor. The wing, hydraulically-operated, does more than just offer downforce though, and you’re going to have some serious fun messing about with this system in Project CARS 2.

The wing operates in three key conditions. Hit the ‘Aero’ button, and the 720S will automatically operate the wing in ‘Driver Downforce’ configuration by ‘opening’ it to 70-80 percent deployment (depending on your speed) for optimum downforce. The wing also comes with F1-derived DRS (30 percent deployment) which will reduce drag for acceleration and top speed. The final configuration, however, is also the coolest: the wing will automatically deploy to 100 percent for ‘High Speed Braking’—and that happens in less than half a second.

You’ll appreciate that safety-belt-contracting assistance when you stand on the carbon-ceramic brakes because the engine on the 720S has been upped to an all-new twin-turbo 4-litre V8 pushing out (in line with the car’s name) 720ps (or 710hp). What does that equate to? An unrivalled power-to-weight ratio (561 PS per ton), power and efficiency up 10 percent from the 650S, 0-100kmh (62mph) in 2.9 seconds, and 0-200kmh (124mph) in a grin-to-mildly-panic-inducing 7.8 seconds. The 720S will then just keep accelerating through its seven-speed seamless-shift ’box to a top-end speed of 341kmh (212mph).

The turbines in the turbochargers and intercoolers on the 720S are capable of spinning at an almost unbelievable 160,000RPM, while the red-line on your dash’ comes in at over 8000RPM through all seven gears.

And yes, just as you’d imagine, a throaty rasp of authority that sounds as distinctive as the 720S looks comes standard.

Project CARS 2 is scheduled to be released later this year for PC, PS4 and Xbox One with a MSRP of $59.99 USD. The studio currently has no plans of bringing Project CARS 2 to the Nintendo Switch, which you can read about here.

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