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Is this real-life racing or the Project Cars video game?


Project Cars is a video game with a difference. Developed by Slightly Mad Studios in the UK, this intense, astonishingly good-looking driving sim for PC, PS4 and Xbox One was crowdfunded on It might be an independent game, but it has all the detail and polish of an AAA title.

Featuring over 100 courses in 30 locations, Project Cars lets you race a wide variety of motors — from 125cc go-karts to growling Ginetta G40s; beefy Le Mans racers to exotic supercars such as the W Motors Lykan HyperSport and the Pagani Huayra.

Which of the photos below are real and which ones are computer generated?

The game is a showcase for powerful processors and the developer recommends a 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7 3700 with NVIDIA GT600 series or AMD Radeon HD7000 series graphics to get the best visual experience. The faster the hardware, the more photorealistic the racing — up to 12K resolutions are supported on PC, with up to 45 offline opponents on track at once.

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you’re looking at a real-life racing still or a Project Cars screenshot. See if you can spot the difference between the images below. Which one is a photo and which one is an image captured from the game?

Is it real or Project Cars?
Images courtesy of and © Robk23oxf / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 / GFDL.

Eurogamer calls Project Cars a “motorsport game for the people, at once flexible and uncompromising: a single-minded hymn to the gritty thrills of the pit-lane and the back straight.” Want to drive a lap of the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium or hurtle around Oulton Park in a Mercedes SLS? This might be as close as you can get.

Which one of the two images below is the real one? Answers at the end…

Is it real or Project Cars?
Images courtesy of and © Morio / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 / GFDL.

As PCs and console systems get more powerful, they can deliver unparalleled levels of detail.
“The leaves whipped up in the wake of cars ahead of you,” wrote IGN in its review. “The shards of light stabbing through tree tops obscuring a low-hanging sun, or the bobble of the rubber marbles accumulating just outside the racing line as cars rumble past.”

Which is the real supercar below and which one is just beautiful pixels? Answers below…

Is it real or Project Cars?
Images courtesy of and

So how did you do? Did you spot the real racing images from the Project Cars screenshots? Here are the answers.

In the first collage, the left image is the real one (touring cars racing at Thruxton). In the second collage, the left image is again the real one (showing a race at the Suzuka track in Japan). In the final collage, the right image is the real one (a Lykan Hypersport).

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