Drivers on rFactor 2 are set to receive the option of their first Le Mans Hypercar, in the form of the Vanwall Vandervell.
The car will be part of a paid downloadable content drop releasing at some point this month, November 2022.
It’s a combination of bespoke chassis and a 4.5 litre Gibson V8 to create a non-hybrid LMH. It has been designed to confirm to the latest Hypercar rules implemented by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
While it did not race this season, it has tested with the likes of Tom Dillmann and Esteban Guerrieri behind the wheel. The German ByKolles Racing team aims to enter the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and 24 Hours of le Mans in 2023.
Within rFactor 2, the reveal trailer talks about working with the real-world team on data acquisition and physics accuracy.
The team also supports the Burst Esports squad in the 2022-23 Le Mans Virtual Series, with two cars entered: The #4 Floyd Vanwall-Burst and #444 Nextview Vanwall-Burst. Both Dillmann and Guerrieri have participated in the Monza round this virtual season ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual in January.
It will be only the second LMH vehicle available in the virtual world, following the Toyota GR010 Hybrid ‘21 within Gran Turismo 7.
The WEC, and US-based IMSA, championships are set to explode over the next two years, with Vanwall Vandervell, BMW, Acura, Porsche, Lamborghini, Cadillac and Ferrari all set to join – and in the case of Alpine, re-join – Toyota, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and Peugeot in some capacity, with either LMH or LMDh/GTP models.
The pricing and release date of the Vanwall Vandervell LMH are yet to be revealed, but it will become available alongside the BMW 330i BTCC car and the Bahrain International Circuit.
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