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rFactor 2 – January Roadmap Update Talks, KartSim, New Licenses and Plans for 2018

The first month of 2018 has already past and Studio 397 took the opportunity to publish its first rFactor 2 roadmap update of the year, discussing all that lies ahead and even revealing a new license!

A New License?

At first glance, this is probably the biggest piece of news in this month’s roadmap update. It is a new track – Portland International Raceway! It will be a free addition to the sim and can be expected ahead of the Labor Day IndyCar race on said track later this year. As we will probably learn a lot more about the track as it progresses, we will keep it short and simple here and stick with a track video of a 911 GT3 hammering around the track.

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Portland is not the only track Studio 397 is working on at the moment. Zandvoort is nearing completion as well and will be completed towards the end of Q1 2018, including the latest resurfacing changes.

On top of that, just a few days ago, Studio 397 completed its first laser-scan using “professional LIDAR equipment”. However, we do not know just yet which track was scanned, any guesses?

rFactor 2 Zandvoort


In a couple of weeks’ time, KartSim will be released as a fully integrated part of rFactor 2. It will include three Lidar-scanned tracks, namely Paul Fletcher International Circuit, Buckmore Park International Circuit and Glan Y Gors Championship Circuit, and the x30 kart models. All of that will cost you 20€. However, a free indoor-karting track is apparently on its way too!

Accompanying the base game, KartSim Pro will also be released. It will cost 395 GPB + VAT and will include more content and an entry to the British eSports Karting Championship.


The refreshed rFactor 2 HUD has now gone into final testing and will be released together with the next update. Studio 397 was looking to keep it simple but effective. Check it out below:

rFactor 2 refreshed HUD preview

To round things off, a trailer for rFactor 2 was also put together, familiarising new users and potential buyers with what the sim has to offer. You can view it above.


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Paul Heidekruger

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