SimRacing604: rFactor 2 Spa-Francorchamps first impressions

Mike from SimRacing604 samples the new virtual version of Spa-Francorchamps DLC for rFactor 2 by Studio-397, after teasing us with the McLaren of Kimi Hakkinen early on, he then tackled the track with a McLaren Senna GTR and gave his impressions of another iconic pixel edition of the great Belgian circuit.

About Spa-Francorchamps by

The original, triangle-shaped track was built in 1921, with designers Jules de Thier and Henri Langlois van Ophem using public roads between the towns of Francorchamps, Malmedy, and Stavelot to create an amazing 14.9km circuit taking in the forests and rolling hills of the beautiful Ardennes region. The track was redeveloped in 1979, and although the new circuit is only half the original’s length, it’s still the longest on the current calendar at 7.004km.

Having hosted a non-championship Grand Prix as long ago as 1924, Belgium’s iconic circuit was one of just seven to be part of Formula 1’s maiden championship in 1950. That race was won by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio, who led home an Alfa Romeo one-two ahead of teammate Nino Farina.

The venue is also famous fro 24-hour races, as well as WEC rounds. Considered by many as one of the most challenging of the old school circuits modernised to state-of-the-art safety across the venue

Spa is among racing drivers’ most loved tracks, with its mix of long straights and challenging fast corners allowing them to push their cars to the edge of their capabilities – if it’s dry, that is. The size of the track and the nature of Belgian weather means it can sometimes be raining on one part of the track and dry on another, meaning grip can vary from one corner to the next.

Challenging is the thrilling Eau Rouge, arguably the most famous sequence of corners in the world, as the drivers flick left, right and then up the hill through Raidillon.