How the On The Edge DLC shows what RaceRoom does best

The open-access sim racing platform RaceRoom Racing Experience has been a little quiet in 2023 so far.

Sure, there was the NGK SPARK PLUG and eWTCR eSports competitions – both very entertaining – but in terms of new content or quality of life changes, tumbleweed.

But that’s game development sometimes – it takes time to create new content, and now developer KW Studios is about to wake up from its hibernation.

The battle begins with this downloadable On The Edge Content Pack, featuring three (or four) race-worn machines.

While each is a worthy addition to the title, one stands out for us – the Mazda RT-24P DPi.

Used in American endurance racing between 2017 and 2021, originally built in partnership between Mazda Motorsport and Multimatic Motorsports before being run by Joest, it managed to claim multiple podiums and seven race wins.

Not an easy task, and while in the GTP age it might seem like a small bonus to launch a DPi car, its retirement doesn’t matter once you hit the track.

It’s also worth considering that RaceRoom has been sadly lacking for fast prototype vehicles, with the now aging Audi R18, some older Daytona prototypes and a few fictional creations being the only models worth mentioning. So this is a step in the right direction.

The sound of thunder

As soon as you step out of the pit lane, this Mazda gives you a feeling of confidence. Granted, the cockpit view can be claustrophobic, but once you realize that the functional rear camera and display system is on your side, you’ll feel at ease.

Then there’s downforce, which running through full dogleg at Daytona, for example, is so easy it barely tickles your amygdala. Steering is direct, with benign balance and plenty of traction exiting corners.

In fact, the biggest challenge is building up speed and hitting the accelerator early enough – the large grip areas combined with the realistic traction control system make it impossible to turn with power.

Mazda RT-24P DPi RaceRoom on the sidelines

However, the Mazda is not fully pliable. Overshoot the brake markers just a little and it revs with a tendency to capture the careless sub-summit.

Approachable handling characteristics belie how aggressive the RT-24P can be. On paper, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is hardly appropriate for a top-of-the-line prototype, but my goodness is it tough.

It sounds grittier than Peaky Blinders’ Arthur looking for revenge. It’s angry and highlights one of RaceRoom’s leading skills – the sound.

Mazda RT-24P DPi RaceRoom interior

The displayed resonance, mixed with the wind noise, enhances your experience as you cruise around the bank of Florida’s premier “Roval” at 300 km/h, giving an almost unparalleled sense of speed.

Every gear engages with a satisfying metallic thump, every rev is finely tuned, and the sound of tire rubbing lets you know of impending understeer.

It’s a shame, then, that this new addition sits in its own class, racing against itself in one of 27 AI or online liveries. However, this DPi is at least set for ranked online racing appearances in the coming months, and for multi-class events like the Daytona 2.4H, this should guide the way.

Woking is the best

One car that is certainly not in a class one is the McLaren 570S GT4. Packed with competitors from the Lotus Evora to the Porsche Cayman, this category marks the eighth GTR 4 squad member.

Simultaneously with the launch of this model, the development team made it their mission to further balance the category with improved chassis kinematics and new base setups.

As with the Mazda, its time has come in the real world, though in this case not by changing the rules – the UK-based supercar supplier has a new Artura GT4 on the way soon.

Select RaceRoom McLaren 570S GT4 Livery

Although it’s not quite finished yet, the 570S will still be used in many racing series around the world in 2023.

Behind the driver sits McLaren’s ubiquitous M838T V8, used in various stages of tuning and development in each of its cars produced since the 12C.

Putting that performance on the road is an open differential controlled by electronics, another Papaya specialty.

In action, this is an easy-to-handle car. There’s no jerky oversteer that can sometimes plague a mid-engine layout, and understeer is the order of the day when you’re near its limits.

McLaren 720S GT4 Team Brit

Walking around in a pack of equal competitors, you’ll notice its small size. A BMW M4 GT4 makes him seem like a heavyweight versus lightweight boxer. But despite the compact dimensions, a low scuttle allows for excellent visibility.

The eight-cylinder engine is fairly muted, in typical McLaren fashion, but there’s a deep, throaty rumble somewhere in there. The power delivery is anything but harsh.

Combined this is an ideal entry point into rear wheel drive racing cars and if you are new to RaceRoom this should be one of your first purchases.

Wild Child

Rounding out this package is the KTM X-Bow, in both GT2 and GTX form – from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Primarily aimed at amateur drivers, this low, canopied, custom race car enters the GT2 European Series operated by SRO.

KTM X-BOW GT2 RaceRoom inside

Holy moly, it’s fast compared to a GT4 car, and the view of the exposed framework inside (read: roll cage) is unnerving. At the next hairpin bend, we continue straight ahead, we guarantee that.

Mid-corner, and this Austrian supercar is a darling that never misbehaves. Once accustomed to straight-line performance, the X-Bow is rarely planted out.

KW Studios worked directly with Laura Kraihamer, Head of Marketing and Motorsport at KTM but also a real competitor with the GT2 variant.

KTM X-BOW GT2 RaceRoom charade

Having tested this version, it’s no wonder it starred in the 2022 ADAC 24h-race Nürburgring.

Its brakes squeal, wastegates flap, but the way it drives is surprisingly approachable, plus there’s the “bonus” GTX version with less power for branded racing.

What’s next?

The On the Edge DLC pack includes the three cars above for €7.50 and is due out this week.

Alongside the new cars, rebalanced GT4 and GT2 classes, work has been done to accurately replicate real world braking systems. The slower of these two categories considered factors such as disc diameter, weight, cooling, pad weight and brake pedal travel length.

McLaren 570S GT4 race room

There is no doubt that these new models will also be part of the upcoming online playlists. For now, the rest of the RaceRoom experiences remain unchanged, including its genre-leading sounds – but these new vehicles aim to “lay the groundwork for more cars to come.” [be added] to underrepresented classes” and the platform is shuffling its future content release strategy.

This new set is a must-buy for any RaceRoom user. Let’s hope it’s a sign of what’s to come in 2023.

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