ICYMI: This week in racing games – 16 December 2022

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Welcome to Rear View Mirror, your weekly racing game news roundup. Get up to speed on all the latest racing game news from the past week. From a generous Gran Turismo 7 update to new cars in Grand Theft Auto Online, here’s everything you may have missed in the world of racing games this week.

Gran Turismo 7 update 1.27 adds five cars

Polyphony has given Gran Turismo 7 players an early Christmas present. Update 1.27 added five cars instead of the usual three, including the extraordinary Ferrari Vision GT for players who correctly answered the Viewers Gift campaign day 4 question.

Gran Turismo 7 update 1.27 Ferrari Vision GT
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Joining it is the Bugatti Chiron, Alfa Romeo Guilia GTAm, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8, and the classic Toyota Celica GT-Four Rally Car. As well as new cars, the update also adds new GT Café Menu Books and various bug fixes. Find out more in the Gran Turismo 7 update 1.27 patch notes.

GTA Online Los Santos Drug Wars cars

Grand Theft Auto Online has proven to be a lucrative cash cow for Rockstar. That’s why we haven’t had any single-player content since GTA V.

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Nevertheless, the new GTA Online Los Santos Drug Wars update arrived this week bringing new story missions, clothing, and, of course, cars. The five new cars include everything from a sports car inspired by the Nissan 400Z, a new hypercar, and even a Breaking Bad-style RV complete with a meth lab in the back.

Monster Energy Supercross 6 announced

Milestone continues to rule the bike racing genre with this week’s reveal of Monster Energy Supercross 6. A new officially licensed Supercross game isn’t surprising, but legendary seven-time Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath is making a surprise appearance in the game’s new tutorial mode.

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Landing on PC and consoles next March, Monster Energy Supercross 6 also introduces a new free-roaming Supercross Park filled with locations like an airport, mountain, and stadium to explore, as well as a Rhythm Attack and crossplay multiplayer for the first time in the series.

In other racing game news…

There were Christmas updates galore this week. F1 Manager 2022 received a surprise hotfix addressing a safety car bug, while RaceRoom’s new Drivers Pack DLC lets you race Jimmy Broadbent’s Praga R1.

RaceRoom The Driver Pack DLC
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After sparking speculation that Gran Turismo 7 could get a PC port, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has revealed the biggest barrier it needs to overcome in a recent interview.

In other racing game news, EA has broken the silence surrounding Need for Speed Unbound's post-launch plans and KT Racing responded to community feedback about a WRC Generations throttle issue.

To help you build the ultimate team, Frontier has launched an online F1 Manager 2022 driver database. One of the best recent Ridge Racer games is also drifting to PlayStation Plus Premium this December and the Bugatti Centodieci is coming to Rocket League next week.

In case you missed it…

Need for Speed Unbound has received mixed reviews. Some have praised its customisation, police chases, and unique art style, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. With that in mind, we’ve highlighted five changes that would drastically improve NFS Unbound.

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This year's F1 Esports Series also reaches its exciting conclusion this week – and what a thrilling season it’s been.

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With four drivers still in the fight, who will be crowned champion? Be sure to tune into tonight’s final taking place in Abu Dhabi to find out. If you missed this week’s races, our race recaps for Round 10 in Japan and Round 11 in Brazil will get you up to speed.

With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve put together top gift ideas for the racing game fanatic in your life from wheels to racing seats and this year’s best racing games.