iRacing 2023 Season 4 is just around the corner, and with it comes a new Championship to the game. With rumours swirling that 2023 Season 4 would be receiving the Super Formula series, iRacing has today confirmed that to be the case.
Super Formula coming to iRacing in 2023 Season 4
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), iRacing has confirmed that 2023 Season 4 will launch with the Toyota-powered Super Formula SF23. The post includes a video over three minutes in length showcasing the Super Formula racer darting around Suzuka and Fuji International Raceway.
The SF23 competes in the Super Formula series based in Japan. With both Toyota and Honda providing engines to the series, Super Formula is a true ‘best of Japan’ racing series.
Formerly known as Formula Nippon, Super Formula has produced some incredible racing talent over the years. Jean Alesi, Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine, and even Michael Schumacher all raced in the series at some point during their careers.
iRacing will become only the second game or sim racer to feature the SF23 when 2023 Season 4 launches. The SF23 was introduced to Gran Turismo 7 back in April, but with the SF23 now in iRacing that leads to an important question.
Will Super Formula continue in Gran Turismo?
With iRacing now featuring the SF23, what is the future for Super Formula in Gran Turismo? It’s unlikely the SF23 will be removed from Gran Turismo 7, especially after being introduced so recently, but that doesn’t guarantee the series will feature in future Gran Turismo titles.
Gran Turismo already lost the FIA Motorsport Games event to Assetto Corsa Competizione last year, during arguably the game’s most turbulent time. Losing the Super Formula series would be another major blow, especially considering the fact Gran Turismo is also Japanese.
iRacing lost the rights to IndyCar last year, so bringing in Super Formula could be seen as a new era for the online sim title.
We will have to wait and see what the future holds for Super Formula in Gran Turismo, but at least we can rocket around in the SF23 in iRacing for the foreseeable future.
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