Project Cars will get new free cars every month


Slightly Mad Studios has announced that as a thank-you for everyone's patience—as if you had a choice—it will add free cars to Project Cars every month, beginning with the Lykan Hypersport.

It's a ridiculous name for a ridiculous car: Wikipedia says the Hypersport can hit 60 MPH in less than 2.8 seconds, has a reported top speed of 239 MPH, and has diamonds in its headlights. Accordingly, it sells for $3.4 million plus freight and taxes (I'm guessing), or roughly the equivalent of 148 nicely-equipped Chevy Malibus. It also appears, apparently rather briefly, in the upcoming film Furious 7. Feel the cross-promotion!

"We are immensely pleased to have this awesome machine in the game and to give fans the chance to get behind the wheel of a truly amazing vehicle," Creative Director Andy Tudor said. "The Lykan Hypersport represents the first of a series of free cars we’ll be giving away every month as a thank you to our fans for being so patient for the launch of the game. We’ll have more info on the full schedule of further content for Project Cars soon but we hope that this is a great sneak peek of just one way in which Project Cars is going to expand in the future."

How long Slightly Mad will maintain the monthly freebies is anybody's guess at this point, but free is free, and it's certainly a nice gesture. First, however, Project Cars actually has to come out, which is what Tudor meant when he referred to patience: The game has been delayed three times already, and is now expected to hit the track in mid-May.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.