Reiza Studios yesterday released their latest update to the Automobilista Motorsport Simulator (AMS) title for Windows PC, adding a substantial change log to the base game and including a couple of pieces of new content - namely the Formula Truck DLC add-on and the free addition of the Formula Dirt car and Ascurra Dirt Track. Teased in an earlier end of season blog update, Reiza have added the surprise inclusion of the Formula Dirt car and Ascurra track as something of a Christmas treat for fans of the game, bringing yet another type of unique Brazilian race car to a simulation cram packed full of some of the more curious forms of motorsport from across the globe. Although the Formula Dirt vehicle is an off road race machine, and therefore ideal for use on some of the rally cross tracks already in AMS, Reiza have also included the Ascurra Dirt Track location as part of the new content update, giving players a perfect playground in which to enjoy the new cars. Obviously the latest update and new car / track addition are not the only highlights from the build 1.20 release. Reiza have now finally made the Formula Truck DLC expansion available to purchase. The Formula Truck vehicles are perhaps not unfamiliar to some gamers, as originally Reiza did produce the Formula Truck 2013 as a stand alone title at a similar time to when Game Stockcar Extreme was new on the shelves. After much negotiating to once again secure the official licence, a much improved and polished version of these monstrous 1200HP 5 ton racing trucks have made their way into Automobilista! With Reiza surely aware that previous owners of the game would be reluctant to re purchase the vehicles as DLC for AMS, the studio have offered FTruck as a free item to owners of Formula Truck 2013, as well as including the content for free to owners of the Season Pass or early crowdfunding beta backers. Should you not fall into any of these categories, the Formula Truck DLC can be purchased for £4.79 via the Steam store page. Additional to the Formula Truck DLC comes several circuit layouts and rulesets specific to this racing series. Automobilista Formula Truck DLC Release Trailer Automobilista Build 1.20 Release Notes Content Cars Added Formula Truck Series (AVAILABLE ONLY FOR OWNERS OF FORMULA TRUCK AND / OR SEASON PASS): Modified & incremented Caterham series structure & associated customizations - now includes 270R Road, Academy (previously 270R), Supersport, 360R Road, Superlight Standard, Superlight Sequential (previously 360R), 620R Road (previously 620R) (AVAILABLE ONLY FOR OWNERS OF BRIT PACK AND / OR SEASON PASS) Added Formula Dirt Series Tracks: Added Ascurra Dirt Track Added Extra custom Formula Truck track layouts Features & Fixes Fixed bug causing AI cars to take on full fuel tanks in timed races rather than properly estimating the right amount Added a function to prevent AI cars from taking fuel in pitstops when the series does not allow refuelling Adjusted points system for F3, Super V8, Boxer Cup, Supertruck, F-Trainer series Added option to customize number of warnings (range 0-100) for track limit violations before penalty is triggered (options both in-game & Dedi tool) Added support for Formula Truck Speed Trap rules (switch on and off from rules menu) Tripled range for in-car seat adjustment Fixed bug which could cause disappearing UI elements in Multiplayer screen Disabled option to turn Hardware plugins on/off from in-game Further adjustments to AI to reduce their aggression & improve awareness in close racing conditions Tweaked chassis ground scraping sound in Formula cars New samples & code developments for several sound effects - traction control, tire rolling / scrubbing / skidding, wind & chassis floor scraping Fixed issues with sound effect from hitting suspension bumpstops Adjustments to session UI & showroom to better suit F-Trucks Globally reduced tolerance for rev mismatch in manual gear shifts (should allow less clutchless shifts in manual boxes) Adjusted drag coefficients from various aero elements in formula cars F-V12: Slightly revised internal engine sounds F-3: Added configuration option for LCD and steering wheel type/ Fixed mirrors light exposure; adjusted mirror position; Added rev lights on steering wheel & mirrors for Tcam view; Adjusted fuel consumption Opala: Revised starter & external engine sounds Boxer Cup: Adjusted tire physics F-V10: Sligthly improved AI performance Ultima GTR: Adjusted rear damper rates & AI performance for road versions Stock V8: Slightly tweaked tire lateral / longitudinal force combining Montana: Slightly tweaked tire lateral / longitudinal force combining Caterham: AI performance callibration; adjusted fuel consumption Metalmoro: AI performance callibration SuperV8: tire material correction Lancer Rallycross: Added new Russia Team skin; Adjusted AI performance Karting: Adjusted kart tires & AI performance F-Vintage: fixed wheel collision detection; Adjusted front tire load sensitivity OBS 1: Brief explanation of Formula Truck Speed Trap rule: every Formula Truck layout has a Speed Trap in a section of the track (usually the fastest, its location being indicated by the icon on its trackmap, by the flashing icon on top left corner as you approach it while driving, and by a line of cones trackside) through which drivers are supposed to cross going no faster than 160 km/h. Exceeding 160 km/h through the Speed Trap will result in lap being invalidated in practice / qual, or an instant drive-through penalty in races. Players may opt to switch the rule off from the Rules menu. OBS 2: Formula Trucks chop off their 1st gear so it skips straight to 2nd; if you are using an H Shifter you start from 2nd, which is also very short. Typically on track you´ll only use 3rd-6th. OBS 3: F-Truck diesel smoke from the exhaust is still being worked on and has not been implemented in this build OBS 4: For those who are used to running short times races, you may have to adjust your AI settings as with fuel estimation fix they will be appropriately competitive now - consistent in fact with their practice / quali performance, as they were in lap-based races. If you have a bug to report please use the new bug report thread (make sure to check the opening post first). For any difficulties related to installing, running or setting up the game, please refer to USER MANUAL present as a launch option from Steam If you need further assistance please post it inV1.0 troubleshooting topic or email firstname.lastname@example.org (please allow for up to 1 business day for a reply). Automobilista Motorsport Simulator is a PC only racing game by Reiza Studios. The game is available to purchase now via the Steam Network. Here at RaceDepartment we have our very own dedicated sub forum for Automobilista. In our sub forum you will find a wide selection of downloadable content to discover, from some of the best add on tracks to a selection of interesting vehicles, our downloads section is a positive treasure trove of additional content for AMS. If that isn't enough, we also pride ourselves on hosting some of the most exciting and intense multiplayer racing events for the game. If you like AMS and want to take your enjoyment to the next level, head over to the Racing Club and Leagues section of our Automobilista sub forum and find out what we have on offer. Of course we love our community here at RD and to help spread the love we cover all the latest news regarding the sim, and offer you a place to share your opinions and discussion topics regarding all Reiza titles. Head on over to the AMS sub forum and join in the discussion today! Have you tried the new AMS content yet? How does Formula Truck compare to the original standalone version of the game? Do you like the Formula Dirt car? Has the latest update met your expectations? Let us know in the comments section below!