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Studio 397 have released an update that primarily tweaks and fixes the BMW M2 CS but also fixes a few issues with the Vauxhall Astra BTCC, March 761, Mclaren M23 and Brabham BT44. You can view the full changelogs and their news text below, but the BMW got a complete overhaul by the look of it. There is also a vague mention that the car may also become free in the future, somehow, and that details will come on that soon…

Full Changelog:

BMW M2 CS v1.47

Added new teams
Added new sounds
Added new driver animation
Added new tires
Added new TC and ABS system
Added gearbox protection system
Tyre, slightly cooler to reduce grip loss in sustained cornering
ABS tweak to reduce locking
More aggressive blip
Reduce rear spindle friction slightly to reduce ‘rear brake effect’ and improve acceleration slightly
Increased ABS sample rate to 200hz to improve braking distance
Updates to suspension geometry, dampers, default setup and ABS parameters
Split ClubSport and Cup into their own classes
Removed aid penalty for TC
Lower default brake pressure
Tweaks to ABS system
Longer travel for helper springs
Latest spec tires
Reworked suspension, aerodynamics and brakes
Tune traction control to be less intrusive
Minor adjustment to ABS to try make FFB less ‘grainy’
Increase down-shift delay to allow revs to rise fast enough at higher RPM
Decrease fuel consumption on 350hp engine to be lower than 450hp engine
Increase base grip of wet weather tyres

Vauxhall Astra BTCC v1.67

Fixed teams

March 761v 2.15

Fixed parts not being lit by omni lights

Mclaren M23 v1.58

Fixed parts not being lit by omni lights
Fix default gear ratio’s for better performance over a wider range of circuits (mostly taller gearing)
Break wheels off more easily to match the other 2 classic GP cars

Brabham BT44 v2.69

Fixed parts not being lit by omni lights
Fixed upgrades not showing in showroom
Fixed shift light

Their news text:

BMW M2 CS Refreshed!
STUDIO 397 Announcement, News, Release

Say hello to a revamped BMW M2 CS experience, bringing the car closer than ever to its real-world counterpart!

For all the BMW enthusiasts and rFactor 2 racers, the M2 CS will be bringing you:

Performance and Handling Updates:
– New tyre model, including cooler tires for better grip in prolonged cornering.
– Refined TC and ABS systems with increased ABS sample rate to 200Hz, ensuring shorter braking distances.
– The gearbox shift protection system has been added.
– Noteworthy tweaks like a more aggressive blip, reduced rear spindle friction, updates to suspension geometry, and many more all converge to offer a drive that’s responsive, intuitive, and dynamic.
Fresh Liveries: The car will now feature an array of new teams, giving you a more varied grid and online racing choices.
Sound Overhaul: Rev up the engine and you’ll notice the distinctive, new sounds, finely tuned to mirror the roar and grunt of the actual M2 CS.
Animation & Visuals: The enhanced driver animation now makes every move inside the cockpit more lifelike.
Driver Assists: We’ve tuned the traction control to be less intrusive, letting you feel more connected to the track. An increase in ABS sample rate to 200Hz should help reduce braking distance. A further minor adjustment to ABS aims to offer a smoother force feedback experience.
Engine Tweaks: Adjusted fuel consumption for the different engine types (350bhp vs 450bhp).
In the relentless pursuit of realism, every update and tweak, be it major or minute, has been methodically tested and integrated to ensure you get the most authentic driving experience possible.

Coming to everyone for FREE!
Now, for the part many of you have been waiting for. We’re excited to hint that there will be an opportunity for users to get their hands on the BMW M2 CS DLC for free! Yes, you read that right. Stay tuned for more detailed information on this coming your way very soon.

Get ready to burn some rubber, explore the new horizons of racing with the BMW M2 CS, and as always, may the best racer win!

A few other small updates
Both the March 761, Brabham BT44 and McLaren M23 are receiving lighting fixes. The BT44 and M23 will also have some other tweaks to the default gearing ratios and now has more fragile suspension to match our other historic GP cars. Meanwhile, the Vauxhall Astra BTCC car has some minor tweaks to remove phantom teams.

That’s it for now – until next time, keep the pedal to the metal!

Happy Racing,

Studio 397

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