If you’re one for driving all sorts of virtual cars then you’ll possibly be thrilled to know that Project CARS 3 is on its way.

It’s the first instalment in the well-received driving sim franchise – this is no crash and bash racer – since 2017, and promises all sorts of improvements to an already slick package.

There’ll be over 200 cars to take out for a spin and possibly wreck (without all those real-life insurance hassles), and more than 140 circuits from around the world. The latter will also exhibit full 24-hour cycles, with real world weather effects.

New to the franchise is a career mode, which will see drivers own a stable of motoring masterpieces. Racing prowess will allow drivers to upgrade their cars with authentic performance parts. There will also be a wide range of customisation options for cars, including wheels, tyres and rims.

Best of all, developers SLightly Mad Studios are promising that this iteration of the game will be more welcoming to rookie drivers.

“It’s been quite a journey watching the Project CARS franchise go from strength to strength these last five years, and we’re delighted to finally lift the wrap on Project CARS 3,” said Ian Bell, founder and CEO of Slightly Mad. “While realism and authenticity continue to be at the core of the franchise, we’ve added a host of new options to ensure that Project CARS 3 is also the most accessible game in the franchise’s history. We really couldn’t be more excited to show off our new Project CARS game to both fans of the franchise and those who are ready to experience racing at its very best.”

Project CARS 3 (the ‘CARS’ is capitalised as it stands for ‘Community Assisted Racing Simulator’) will be available for PS4 and Xbox One later in 2020. Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.