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 the Gran Turismo 7 25th Anniversary Update to the best Black Friday sim racing deals, here’s everything you may have missed in the world of racing games this week.
Gran Turismo 7 25th Anniversary Update
This week saw Polyphony release the Gran Turismo 7 25th Anniversary Update, and it didn’t disappoint. This is easily the biggest and best GT7 update since launch.
Update 1.26 adds four new cars to GT7’s roster including the BMW M2 Competition, Ford Sierra Cosworth, Nissan Silvia K's Aero (S14), and Gran Turismo Red Bull X2019 25th Anniversary along with the Road Atlanta race track.
But perhaps best of all, the update also adds a long-requested feature: the ability to sell cars from your garage.
In addition, the update also adds new GT Café Menu books, single player events, and much more – check out the Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.26 patch notes for more details.
Mario Kart 8 Wave 3 DLC revealed
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the gift that keeps on giving. The best-selling Switch racer is five years old, but the Booster Course Pass is adding 48 tracks from past Mario Kart games until the end of 2023.
Wave 3 of the Booster Course Pass was revealed this week, confirming that eight more tracks are coming to MK8 Deluxe including fan-favourites such as Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Wii. Included as part of the Booster Course Pass or Switch Online + Expansion Pack, Wave 3 launches on 7 December just in time for Christmas.
Best Black Friday sim racing deals 2022
Of course, this week has been dominated by Black Friday sales. Yes, it’s that time of year again already.
Black Friday brings a raft of amazing racing game deals to help you start saving for the festive season. Starting today, Fanatec is hosting a one-day-only Black Friday event with massive discounts on the Podium Wheel Base DD2 and ClubSport Pedals V3 as well as ten per cent off all wheels.
There are also some big savings on PS5 and PS5 racing games in the PlayStation Black Friday sale including discounts for Gran Turismo 7 and F1 22 to name a few.
If you’re a PC gamer, the Steam Autumn Sale has slashed prices on a range of popular racing titles from hardcore sim racers like iRacing and Automobilista 2, to DIRT Rally 2 and The Crew 2.
To help you find the best deals, we’ve also rounded up the best Black Friday sim racing deals on games and hardware.
In other racing game news…
With Need for Speed Unbound racing onto PC and consoles next week, EA finally gave us a first look at raw gameplay.
However, NFS Unbound’s edgy marketing campaign stirred controversy this week. EA was forced to apologise after the official NFS Twitter account called one fan a “milkshake brain” in a heated exchange.
As part of Gran Turismo’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, Ferrari teased a new Vision GT car coming to Gran Turismo 7. Ferrari’s first-ever Vision GT concept will be unveiled this weekend during the Final Nations Cup in Monaco.
The Forza Horizon 5 auction house was also closed after players broke the in-game economy with a credit farming exploit.
WRC Generations Xbox players rejoice: the latest Xbox update finally fixes force feedback issues that have plagued the game since launch.
TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge 3 is also racing onto PC and consoles in 2023. This time, however, it's not being developed by KT Racing but will still run on the KT Engine. You can read all about it and watch the announcement trailer here.
In case you missed it…
EA has finally shown off Need for Speed Unbound gameplay footage, but it left us wanting more speed.
Inspired by Ridge Racer, Inertial Drift screeched onto PS5 and Xbox Series X|S in the enhanced Twilight Rivals Edition. It’s one of the most unique arcade racers in ages – find out why in our Inertial Drift: Twilight Rivals Edition review.
Moza is making a name for itself in the sim racing market, giving the established leaders Fanatec and Logitech some stiff competition. We’ve been putting the premium Moza FSR wheel rim through its paces – find out our verdict in our Moza FSR review.