Late last week, Slow Motion Group released the Predator Formula Promotion mod for rFactor 2. Predator Formula Promotion includes two versions – “factory” and “sim” – of the Predator PC010K, an entry level formula style vehicle. Originally created for rFactor by S.RW., this mod has now been converted for rFactor 2 by Slow Motion Group.
To give a little background, the real-world PC010K is an entry level open-wheel vehicle designed for use on short tracks as well as kart tracks. With a chassis built from square tubed steel and a 750cc Kawasaki V-twin engine these race cars offer a reliable open wheel driving experience at an affordable cost. While the power plant produces only 25hp, front telescopic strut suspension along with street-sport tires provide loads of grip in tight corners. The Predator PC010K is also available for rent in certain locations, making it popular among newcomers to the world of auto racing.
The Predator Formula Promotion version of the PC010K feels right at home digging through tight curves or gliding across steep changes in elevation. Tight, hilly tracks like Barber Motorsports Park or the Kart layouts at Atlanta Motorsports Park – both available in rFactor 2 – provide the perfect proving ground for this agile single-seat race car. The PC010K’s solid rear axle performs surprisingly well when it comes to putting down traction, however early downshifting or a bit too much throttle on corner exit may lead to an abrupt loss of rear tire grip. Loss of grip comes on quick with this car, but it is relatively easy to control. Sufficient momentum and a quick flick of the steering wheel can be used to slide gracefully through longer sweeping curves. Low curb weight along with four wheel hydraulic disk brakes allow for late and heavy brake pedal application with little fear of locking the tires. In terms of aerodynamics, the Predator Formula Promotion mod allows adjustment of the front and rear wings from 0 to 5.5 degrees, higher settings proving useful on tracks with high speed corners. Both PC010K versions included in this mod sport a 6-speed sequential transmission, the “sim” version being equipped with taller gear and final drive ratios.
While we don’t know how close the virtual vehicle specifications come to the real thing, there is no question this little car is a blast to drive. The Predator Formula Promotion PC010K seems to reward “dirty” driving, allowing the rear end to slide through corners will often be the fastest way around the track.
The Formula Predator mod for rFactor 2 is available at the Steam Workshop.
For more information see the release details below.
rFactor2 version by Slow Motion Group – 3D is Property of Predator’s Owner – Initial porting under full authorisation of S.RW.
Templates are stored into your “Templates” folder: …\Steam\steamapps\common\rFactor 2\Templates
PLEASE NOTE: the mod comes with 2 classes, Factory and Sim… Factory is like the real world car, Sim has few different finals and less lasting tires for online purposes.
READ CAREFULLY: THE CAR WAS MANUFACTURED FOR VERY SHORT TRACKS, in real life Italian tracks like Varano, Cremona, Cervesina that unfortunately aren’t yet available in rFactor2. I strongly suggest to use tracks like Mores, Adria and similar karting style tracks for feeling how the real car behaves, in fact the car hasn’t differential, nor traditional left and right rear suspensions and axles, so, in few words, the car turns more or less increasing or decreasing the front ARB; there is also only one central spring in front and the steering wheel is VERY VERY LIGHT! The typical behaviour of the real car is that the perfect path in “fast” corners (fast for that car, lol) means to feel the car “floating” on the surface. To achieve this perfect behaviour you need to push the throttle in the right moment and right rpm, to avoid the under steer and, on the contrary, controlling the over steer to have the “floating” effect. It needs few time to well understand how doing it. Another “feature” is that you must drive the car in a dirty way entering the corners, to be faster… and you MUST WORK A LOT WITH THE STEERING WHEEL. All these are peculiarities of the Predator’s PC010, no faults. If you want to use the mod in “normal” tracks, you could find useful to add 1 or 2 degrees to the wings and increase stiffness of front ARB, otherwise you will have only mechanical grip. Be careful vs. AIs: they are very aggressive but perfectly tuned for short tracks… to fight at Mores is very very awesome!