McLaren F1 Challenge 3.0 Released for rFactor

Dave Purdy and Co. have released version 3.0 of their McLaren F1 Challenge rFactor mod. The latest version includes some nice changes and improvements to what I think is one of the best car add-ons for rFactor.

Here's a summarized list of what's new in 3.0:

• User selectable dash for both the GTR or LM cars.
• Driver change possible though upgrade.
• GTR lap times will be competitive against a certain unmentionable mod.
• LM laptimes will be competitive with some other quick cars around.
• New tires with new curves.
• Totally new and original suspension design.
• Adjusted engine heating, cooling and fuel parameters.
• New skins courtesy of Frank Amend, Dai and others.

For a more complete list of fixes and changes along with full credits for the mod, check out the readme included in the archive or visit this thread over at Race Sim Central.

Download the McLaren F1 Challenge Mod v3.0 for rFactor (68MB):
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rFactor Panoz Addon Released

Previously available only to premium Race2Play members, the official ISI Panoz car add-on for rFactor can now be downloaded by the unwashed masses. The mod includes four configurations of the Panoz including the GTS, the Esperante, the ALMS GT2, and the Panoz GTR-1. You'll find a list of download mirrors below. For Panoz setups, head over to rFactorCentral. The guys did a great job with this add-on and it's nice to see an officially licensed car like the Panoz make its way to rFactor.

"By acquiring the Esperante license, we're able to bring rFactor players the thrilling experience of driving this acclaimed auto with a level of accuracy not found anywhere else," said Gjon Camaj, Vice President of Product Development at ISI.

rFactor Panoz Addon Download Mirrors (96MB):
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Live for Speed S2 Alpha Patch W Released

The Live for Speed devs have released Patch W for their impressive racing sim. After taking it for a spin, the first thing I noticed was the much improved sound. The audio is like night and day compared to the previous version and it's a welcome change in my opinion. There's also plenty of other changes and improvements included with the patch such as being able to set up different views for specific cars, improved 2D graphics, interface enhancements and more. Check out this thread at the LFS forum for a complete list. If you are currently running Patch V, just fire up LFS and go to the "Display Games List" and you will be given the option to receive the auto-update. It's a quick download and only took about 30 second on a broadband connection. The full version of the sim is also available in the Live for Speed downloads section. If it's been a while since you've checked out LFS, now would be a good time to give it another go. The devs are continuously improving this already excellent sim and their efforts are worth supporting.

ALMS: Streaming Video from the 12 Hours of Sebring

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2012 Update: Unfortunately it appears that the 2012 60th Anniversary ALMS 12 hours of Sebring won't be televised live. There will be a short 2 hour recap on Sunday on ABC at noon EST. Here's a complete list of over the air and online broadcast info. The good news is that you can view the live video feed at ESPN3 if you have access.

There's also a live broadcast page on the official ALMS website but it looks like the stream is not available to those of us in the US. So with no live TV coverage and no access to ESPN3, this will be the first time in years I've been unable to watch the 12 Hours of Sebring live. Real auto racing coverage in the US is in a sad state of affairs. I'm just going to go ahead and blame "LAFCAR" for that.

NASCAR Busch Series: Live Streaming Video Coverage from Mexico

I just noticed that NASCAR is providing a live video stream of the Busch Series road course race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this afternoon. The green flag drops at approximately 2:00PM EST but the online broadcast starts at 1:30. Of course it will also be available on ESPN.