RaceDepartment Podcast Season 3, Episode 9 Out Now

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The 9th episode of season 3 of the RaceDepartment podcast is out now on all major platforms and discusses the F-GT Elite, Gran Turismo 7, Virtual Le Mans and the Sim Racing Expo.

The world of sim racing is always changing and growing, and the RD podcast might just be the best way to stay on top of things. Hosts Paul, Dani and Davide break down the major news items from the world of sim racing and share long form opinions on each. This is a perfect thing to listen to on your commute, at the gym, or maybe even while you sim race.

The most recent episode discusses a variety of topics, including what we’ve seen from Steve’s Next Level Racing F-GT Elite review video. The F-GT Elite is NLR’s new flagship cockpit, and looks to be a sturdy and beautifully styled rig, albeit at a price point that could turn some people away from it.

The guys also discuss the recently announced release date for Gran Turismo. The latest installment in the GT series will surely be among the best-selling racing games this decade, but we’ll have to wait a while to get our hands on it.

The Le Man Virtual Series is on now as well. This is among the biggest eSports racing series in the world, and features some of the biggest names in sim racing competing alongside some impressive names from real world motorsports.

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And the last major topic is the Sim Racing Expo. This is the best chance for fans, media and personalities from the world of sim racing to meet up and have fun face-to-face while exhibitors show off their latest wares. For many attendees, this was the first major gathering since 2019, so the mood was great, and the manufacturers were keen to show us what they’ve been working on lately.

Give a listen to any of the past episodes and click the subscribe button on your favourite podcast service using the links below.

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Mike Smith
I have been obsessed with sim racing and racing games since the 1980's. My first taste of live auto racing was in 1988, and I couldn't get enough ever since. Lead writer for RaceDepartment, and owner of SimRacing604 and its YouTube channel. Favourite sims include Assetto Corsa Competizione, Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2, Automobilista 2, DiRT Rally 2 - On Twitter as @simracing604


Lots of Gran Turismo fans want the classic GT tracks back for GT7, including myself! Some even want some one-off tracks in the franchise to return (Red Rock Valley from GT2 is popular)... I would like to see Midfield Raceway, Grand Valley, Autumn Ring, and the Special Stage tracks return (SS Route 5 and 11, especially, as well as the Clubman layout for SSR5 ;))... Basically the popular classic tracks from GT's past are what the long time fans want back for GT7 :) Oh, and Rome from GT2, complete with its night version, and Tokyo R246 from GT3-GT5 (I think)... Apricot Hill as well
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It was one of my favourite tracks in GT1, and was almost strange to see it literally grow a few iterations of the game later, but still nice to have it as that's the beauty of fantasy tracks :)
I know Trial Mountain is returning in GT7, but what about that High Speed Ring picture at the top of this article? Will GT7 have the High Speed Ring too?
There is no doubt that Gran Turismo 7 and Forza Motorsport Reboot are both going to be simcades (Not saying they're bad).
I know Trial Mountain is returning in GT7, but what about that High Speed Ring picture at the top of this article? Will GT7 have the High Speed Ring too?
Yes, High Speed Ring is confirmed (layout changes like Trial Mountain, though it's only at turn 2 as opposed to the significant overhaul the former got).
Thanks again for the podcast guys. I know it's going to be a great day when I see that 'new podcast available' icon at the top of my phone :coffee:

I really appreciate all of the time and effort you all put into them, and your discussions force me to embrace areas of sim racing that would otherwise have passed me by - great work :thumbsup:

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