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GTR2 is a sports car racing simulator developed under license by Blimey for SimBin for the x86 PC and is a sequel to GTR. Since its release in September 2006, it has received widespread acclaim. The game simulates the 2003 and 2004 FIA GT Championship racing series.
GTR2 offers many different game modes - Championships, Single Races, Practice, 24hr Races, Time Trials and the Driving School. The Official Championships consist of the 2003 and 2004 FIA GT Championship series. However, unlike its predecessor, GTR2 offers smaller unlockable championships as well as the ability to create custom championships.
Another major addition to the game series is the inclusion of a driving school. This teaches the user racing techniques, and allows the user to practice them, unlocking rewards in the process.
The 24hr races demonstrate the new dynamic day and night cycles very well. The transition between day and night is seamless and steady, unlike in the original where the race had to be paused whilst the new time of day was loaded. The day and night cycles can also be experienced by changing the speed of which the time of day passes during a race weekend. Selections here can be accelerated up to 60x.
There are more than 27 models of car included, spanning all the classes involved in FIA GT racing. They range from 600 hp GT class, to 400 hp NGT class vehicles. Other classes included G2 and G3. However, with the ability to create your own content, many more vehicles have been created by the dedicated GTR2 community.
Here is a list of the 27 models originally included in the game:
- BMW M3 GTR
- BMW Z3 M Coupe
- Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
- Chrysler Viper GTS-R
- Dodge Viper Competition Coupe
- Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge
- Ferrari F360 Modena GT
- Ferrari F360 Modena GTC
- Ferrari F550-GTS Maranello
- Ferrari F575-GTC Maranello
- Gillet Vertigo Streiff
- Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT
- Lister Storm GT
- Lotus Motorsport Elise
- Maserati MC12 GT1
- Morgan Aero 8R
- Mosler MT900R
- Nissan 350Z GT2
- Porsche 911 GT2 (993)
- Porsche 911 GT2 Bi-Turbo (996)
- Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (996)
- Porsche 911 GT3-R (996)
- Porsche 911 GT3-RS (996)
- Porsche 911 GT3-RSR (996)
- Saleen S7-R
- SEAT Toledo GT
- TVR Tuscan T400R
- Zhuhai International Circuit,
- Hockenheim (GP, National, International),
- Barcelona (GP, National),
- Oschersleben (2003, 2004, b course),
- Brno (2003, 2004),
- Donington Park (2003, 2004, National),
- Valencia (GP, National, Long),
- Dubai Autodrome (GP, Club, National, International),
- Enna Pergusa,
- Anderstorp (GP, South),
- Spa-Francorchamps (2003, 2004),
- Monza (2003, 2004, Junior),
- Magny Cours (2003, 2004, National).
There are hundreds of add-on tracks available. Highlights of these included the legendary 22 kilometre Nordschleife, Laguna Seca, Macau, Circuit de la Sarthe (host of the Le Mans 24 Hours), and Bathurst.
One of the reasons GTR2 has been so popular is the ability to create custom content for the game. This has led to a large community of players who create new vehicles and tracks to race with.
There have been several user community mods released to the public. Many mods are based on the missing championship years, but two are missing (1998, 1999), and which 1998 is W.I.P. Some popular examples are:
- FIA GT 1997: Features cars such as - Callaway Corvette LM-GT, Chrysler Viper GTS-R, Honda NSX, Lister Storm GTL, Lotus Elise GT1, Marcos LM600, McLaren F1 GTR, McLaren Fr GTR-LT, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, Morgan Plus 8 GTR, Nissan Silvia 200SX, Panoz Esparante GTR-1, Porsche 911 GT1, Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution, Porsche 911 GT2 (993), Porsche 911 GT2 Evolution (993), Saleen Mustang RRR, TVR Cerbera GT, and Venturi 600LM.
- FIA GT 2000: Features cars such as - Chrysler Viper GTS-R, Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge, Ferrari F550-GTS Maranello, Lamborghini Diablo GTR, Lister Storm GT, Marcos Mantara LM600, Porsche 911 GT2 (993), Porsche 911 GT3-R (996)
- FIA GT 2001 - 2002: Shows cars such as TVR Cerbera Speed-Six.
- FIA GT 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009: Features cars like Aston Martin DBR9, Chevrolet Corvette C6R, Audi R8 GT3 LMS, Ferrari F430 GT2, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR and Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R.
- Power and Glory: features authentic GT racing from the 1960s and 1970s. (Converted from GT Legends)
- SCC Prototype mod v2.41: Features Le Mans Prototypes such as the Zytek 045, the MG Lola EX257, and the Audi R8R. and the (LMP1 and LMP2) from 1998–2008
- Super GT GT500/GT300: features cars from Super GT since 2005, currently features all GT500 cars and partial GT300 cars in these seasons, mod released in separate category.
- V8 Supercars 2006: features V8 Supercars championship in Australia.
- World Super GT: features 7 GT cars - Aston Martin DBR9, Aston Martin DBRS9, Ferrari F50 GT, Ferrari FXX, Maserati Trofeo Light, McLaren F1 GTR Longtail and Ultima GTR. Completed in high quality.
Other than GT/Touring Cars, several open wheelers mods are also released. Some popular examples are:
- F1 2009: All Cars from the 2009 Formula One Season.
- F1 2008: All Cars from the 2008 Formula One Season.
- F1 2007: All Cars from the 2007 Formula One Season.
- Champcar 2005/2006: Features all the cars off the Champcar 2005 and 2006 season, converted from rFactor by RMi
- F1 1979: Features all the cars and some tracks of the 1979 formula 1 season, converted from rFactor by RMi, a beta has been released, featuring 4 cars. (A conversion by Goresh is also available for download with more cars)
Other than pure race cars GTR2 has several streetcar mods to offer.Some popular and recent mods are:
- RMI Supercars mod by RMI and the most recent addition Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4SV mod by StreetSim Development Team.
Most of the configurability of GTR2 is in the PLR file. While difficult to dig through, changes here can help improve the frame rate on a host of systems.
- IGN's award for Best PC Racing Game of 2006.
- GameSpot's award for Best Driving Game of 2006 as well as the Best Game Nobody Played of 2006.
- Gamespy rated it the 9th best PC game of 2006.