ICYMI: This week in racing games – 03 March 2023

Welcome to Rear View Mirror, your weekly racing game news roundup. As we shift into reverse, these are the biggest racing game news stories that hit the headlines this week.

It’s been another eventful week for racing game news, with the first F1 23 teaser plus new details and screenshots for Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown after months of silence.

F1 23 reveal teased

F1 23 is just around the corner.

Ahead of the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix season opener, EA Sports teased F1 23 for the first time. No details were revealed, other than a hint that this year’s F1 game is a “fresh start” for the series.

F1 23 teaser
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We’ll have to wait until the official reveal to find out exactly what that means, but we’re hoping for a much-needed engine upgrade with improved visuals and redesigned physics.

While it’s safe to assume this year's F1 game will release on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC, Microsoft has seemingly confirmed that F1 23 is also coming to Xbox One

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown dealerships and car customisation revealed

KT Racing has been frustratingly tight-lipped about Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown. Thankfully, that’s about to change.

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown dealerships and customisation
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This week saw the first in a series of monthly TDUSC newsletter updates. The first update provided a deep dive into TDUSC’s dealerships and car customisation, revealing new details and the first in-game car screenshots. It sounds like TDUSC will recapture the classic dealership experience that

Forza Horizon 5 Horizon Wilds Takeover update

A new Forza Horizon 5 series is underway. To prepare you for the upcoming Rally Adventure Expansion, the Horizon Wilds Takeover update lets you tear up Mexico in a variety of off-road vehicles and also brings back the fan-favourite Stadium Stunt Park.

Forza Horizon 5 Horizon Wilds Takeover update
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You can check out the Horizon Wilds Takeover update patch notes for more details.

In other racing game news…

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is getting another eight extra tracks next week, with Booster Course Pass Wave 4 adding Yoshi’s Island as a new location and Birdo as a playable character.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 4 Yoshi's Island
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The Crew passed an impressive player milestone and Dakar Desert Rally got a surprise DLC pack featuring SnowRunner trucks. Speaking of SnowRunner, Season 9 Renew & Rebuild is out now, bringing a new location, new trucks and a firefighting theme.

As for game patches, the latest GT7 update fixes a pit lane glitch in Grand Valley, while Assetto Corsa Competizione’s new console patch squashes numerous PS5 and Xbox bugs.

In case you missed it…

We’ve been hands-on with Gran Turismo 7 in VR and found was a phenomenal racing experience. Find out why in our Gran Turismo 7 PSVR 2 impressions.

Gran Turismo 7 PSVR 2
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EA Sports is touting F1 23 as a “fresh start”– but some details suggest it won’t be the series reboot we were hoping for.

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