This is the factor: Racing sims lack ambition. Sure, sure, these hyper-detailed recreations of Ferraris are all very good, however they do not move me. Watching them zip round Monza and Mugello does not communicate to my soul. If solely there have been a sim that noticed magnificence within the mundane, that discarded glossy curves for tough perform, that shared my bottomless ardour for the ice resurfacing automobile, the buying trolley, and the Roomba.

Oh wait, there may be. It is Assetto Corsa, the supercar racing sim from Kunos Simulazione.

Because of the tireless work of a Japan-based modder named takeyoh, Assetto Corsa’s library of beautiful supercars has been joined by way more severe automobiles, together with a tricycle and Santa’s sleigh. They’ve additionally modded in operating, which was just about humanity’s first automobile if you consider it.

Takeyoh has been modding the game for some time—simply over half a 12 months, if their YouTube uploads are something to go by—and so they’ve generated such a plethora of absurd content material for it that I am unable to checklist all of it right here. They’ve additionally uploaded some movies of, you realize, precise automobiles, however nothing so mundane might ever evaluate to the sight of a driver splayed out throughout a Roomba like Jennifer Beals in Flashdance, zipping beneath vans on his inexorable approach in the direction of future.

The modder will get their inspiration from on a regular basis life. Within the description for his or her ice resurfacer mod, they are saying they “went to the skating rink, noticed this automobile, and stated, ‘That is subsequent!'” earlier than making it “as quickly as attainable”. If you happen to can perceive Japanese, takeyoh has put out a few modding tutorial movies, which could provide you with an perception into their artistic course of.

It is the primary time I’ve ever been tempted to download Assetto Corsa. I imply no slight to the game itself, I am simply not a automobile man. Give me a shot at piloting a child stroller across the Nürburgring, although, and I am there. I’ve included a video of that under, plus a few my different favorite additions from the takeyoh archive.