Legendary Grand Prix circuit Charade headed to RaceRoom alongside new cars

Legendary Grand Prix circuit Charade headed to RaceRoom alongside new cars

The Drivers Pack for RaceRoom Racing Experience will arrive in December, featuring a new circuit and four entry-level racing cars.

Trust RaceRoom Racing Experience to think differently. The free-to-enter PC racing simulation is home to venues such as Ring Knutstorp, Bilster Berg and Ningbo International Speedway will soon feature the cognoscenti’s dream – Circuit de Charade.

The French venue held four Formula 1 Grand Prix, the last in 1972 won by Sir Jackie Stewart. Helmut Marko lost an eye in an incident during that same race. Back then, the Clermont-Ferrand-located venue used a Mountain Circuit route that was over five miles in length.

Jackie Stewart - Tyrrell 003 - French Grand Prix, Clermont-Ferrand, 4 July 1972 - David Phipps, Motorsport Images

In 1989, a new, shorter, layout was opened, and it’s this variant which will debut within RaceRoom. It’s still a trick venue, known for steep changes in gradient, and a flowing layout.

Alongside this new circuit, there will be four cars:

  • Crosslé 9S
  • Crosslé 90F
  • Mazda MX-5
  • Praga R1

The Mazda is a track variant of the popular open-top sports car, with the roof permanently open and a roll cage affixed.

Praga R1, Jimmy Broadbent and Gordie Mutch
Praga R1, Jimmy Broadbent and Gordie Mutch

The Praga R1 is the prototype-light purpose-built racecar by the Czech manufacturer, used by Gordie Mutch and Jimmy Broadbent to win the inaugural Praga Cup this season. It features an aggressive design, a low-slung cockpit and a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine feeding power through a Hewland six-speed sequential gearbox.

Crosslé, meanwhile, is a Northern Irish racing team that continues to this day producing modern recreations of its original designs for track use.

RaceRoom The Drivers Pack

The 9S is a low, lithe, racer first seen in the 1960s, while the 90F is a single-seater designed specifically for Classic Racing School, which happens to be based at Charade.

The new track and cars will be bundled together in a new downloadable content pack, releasing in December 2022. The final date and pricing are yet to be revealed.

Images: Motorsport Images

Featured image: Jacky Ickx, Ferrari 312B2, French Grand Prix 1972.

Source: KW Studios

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