It may be three years old, but Project Cars 2 is still one of the best racing games ever made. It walks a thin line between being a simulator and an arcade, crossing the great divide and attracting both casual gamers and hardcore enthusiast. Given its popularity, we thought we’d compile the most extensive Project Cars 2 car list ever created and tell you which cars drive best out of each category.
Right below you’ll find the complete list with cars divided up into categories by their respective manufacturer. Given there are over 180 cars in the game, you’ll have to scroll down quite a lot to reach the end. If you’re interested in reading more about each category and finding out our personal favourites, keep reading past the car list.
Here’s a shortcut allowing you to scroll down to some of the most popular car makes:
2017 Acura NSX
2017 Acura NSX GT3
1963 Agajanian Watson Roadster
1959 Aston Martin DBR1/300
2013 Aston Martin Vantage GT3
2013 Aston Martin Vantage GT4
2014 Aston Martin Vantage GTE
2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT12
2016 Aston Martin Vulcan
2017 Aston Martin DB11
1989 Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO
1991 Audi V8 DTM
2002 Audi R8
2013 Audi A1 Quattro
2014 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro
2015 Audi R8 LMS
2015 Audi R8 LMS Endurance
2015 Audi R8 V10 Plus
2017 BAC Mono
2003 Bentley Speed 8
2015 Bentley Continental GT3
2016 Bentley Continental GT3
2016 Bentley Continental GT3 Endurance
1973 BMW 2002 Stanceworks Edition
1973 BMW 2002 Turbo
1978 BMW 320 Turbo Group 5
1981 BMW M1 Procar
1991 BMW E30 M3 Group A
1999 BMW V12 LMR
2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Stancework Edition
2012 BMW 320 TC (E90)
2012 BMW M3 GT4 E92
2012 BMW Z4 GT3
2016 BMW M6 GT3
2016 BMW M6 GTLM
2016 Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3
2012 Caterham SP/300R
2015 Caterham Seven 620R
1969 Chevrolet Z28 Trans Am
2016 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
2016 Dallara IR-12 Chevrolet (Oval)
2016 Dallara IR-12 Chevrolet (Road)
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1
2017 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06
1967 Ferrari 330 P4
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Competizione
1984 Ferrari 288 GTO
1989 Ferrari F40 LM
1996 Ferrari F50 GT
1996 Ferrari 333 SP
2003 Ferrari Enzo
2015 Ferrari LaFerrari
2016 Ferrari 488 GT3
2016 Ferrari 488 GTE
1966 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback
1967 Ford GT40 MkIV
1971 Ford Escort RS1600
1971 Ford Escort RS1600 (Racing)
1972 Ford Escort RS1600 (Rallycross)
1980 Ford Capri Zakspeed Group 5
1988 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Group A
1997 Ford Mustang Cobra TransAm
2013 Ford FG Falcon V8 Supercar
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302R
2015 Ford Mustang GT
2016 Ford F-150 RTR Funhaver
2016 Ford Focus RS RX
2016 Ford Fusion Stock Car
2016 Ford GT
2016 Ford GT LM GTE
2016 Ford Mustang RTR GT4
2013 Ginetta G40 Junior
2013 Ginetta G55 GT4
2013 Ginetta G40 GT5
2016 Ginetta G55 GT3
2016 Ginetta G57
2016 Ginetta LMP3
2015 Honda 2&4 Concept Car
2016 Dallara IR-12 Honda (Oval)
2016 Dallara IR-12 Honda (Road)
2016 Honda Civic Coupe GRX
2016 Honda Civic Type-R Euro Spec
1974 Jaguar E-Type V12 Group 44
1988 Jaguar XJR-9
1988 Jaguar XJR-9 (Le Mans Version)
1994 Jaguar XJ220 S
2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR
2015 KTM X-Bow R
2016 KTM X-Bow GT4
1999 Lamborghini Diablo GTR
2010 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
2013 Lamborghini Veneno LP750-4
2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4
2016 Lamborghini Huracan GT3
2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo
2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
2016 Ligier JS P2 Honda
2016 Ligier JS P2 Judd
2016 Ligier JS P2 Nissan
2016 Ligier JS P3
Classic Team Lotus
1963 Lotus Type 25 Climax
1965 Lotus Type 38 Ford
1965 Lotus Type 40 Ford
1967 Lotus Type 49 Cosworth
1967 Lotus Type 51
1968 Lotus Type 56 Ford
1970 Lotus Type 49C Cosworth
1972 Lotus Type 72D Cosworth
1977 Lotus Type 78 Cosworth
1986 Lotus Type 98T Renault Turbo
2016 Marek RP 219D LMP2
2016 Marek RP 339H LMP1
2015 MX-5 RadBul Formula Drift
1992 McLaren F1
1997 McLaren F1 GTR Long Tail
2014 McLaren P1
2015 McLaren P1 GTR
2016 McLaren 570S
2016 McLaren 650S GT3
2017 McLaren 720S
2015 Mercedes-AMG GT3
2016 Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC
2016 Mercedes-AMG A 45 SMS-R Rallycross
2016 Mercedes-AMG A 45 SMS-R TCC
2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé S
2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W194)
1971 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.8 AMG
1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II DTM
1989 Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz
1989 Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz (Le Mans Version)
1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
2016 Mini Countryman RX
1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI T.M.E.
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX FQ360
2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI SVA
1973 Nissan Fairlady 240ZG GTS-II
1981 Nissan 280ZX IMSA GTX
1982 Nissan KDR30 Super Silhouette
1988 Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo
1989 Nissan R89C
1989 Nissan R89C (Le Mans Version)
1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32) Group A
1994 Nissan 300ZX Turbo IMSA GTS
1994 Nissan 300ZX Turbo LM
1998 Nissan R390 GT1
1999 Nissan Skyline (R34) SMS-R
2016 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 (R35)
2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo (R35)
2016 Olsbergs MSE RX Supercar Lite
2016 Opel Astra TCR
2013 Oreca 03 Nissan
2011 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster
2015 Pagani Zonda Revolucion
2016 Pagani Huayra BC
1998 Panoz Esperante GTR-1
1977 Porsche 936 Spyder
1977 Porsche 935/77
1979 Porsche 935/80
1987 Porsche 962C
1988 Porsche 962C Langheck
1998 Porsche 911 GT1-98
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R Endurance
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
2011 Radical SR3 RS
2011 Radical SR8 RX
2015 Radical RXC Turbo
1978 Renault Alpine A442B
2009 Renault Mégane Trophy V6
2014 Renault Clio Cup
2015 Formula Renault 3.5
2015 Renault Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R
2015 Renault Sport R.S.01
2015 Renault Sport R.S.01 GT3
2016 Renault Mégane R.S. Rallycross
2016 Renault Mégane R.S. SMS-R TCC
2016 RWD Motorsports P20 LMP2
2016 RWD Motorsports P30 LMP1
Slightly Mad Studios
2011 Formula A
2012 Formula Rookie
2016 Formula C
2018 Formula X
1998 Toyota GT-One
1999 Toyota GT-One
2013 Toyota 86
2013 Toyota GT-86
2014 Toyota TS040 Hybrid
2015 Toyota GT-86 Rocket Bunny GT4
2015 Toyota GT-86 Rocket Bunny Street
2016 Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar
These are cars which bear a license plate and can be driven legally on the road. Most of them have full interiors with sound deadening, door panels, and complete flooring. They’re either completely stock or lightly modified to further enhance them.
‘Road cars’ is the most diverse category in our Project Cars 2 car list, since you can find pretty much anything here, from small hot hatchbacks to massively overpowered supercars. Road cars represent the kind of vehicles you might see on the road when you’re out and about, doing your daily commute or the weekly shopping.
For many of us, these are cars which are relatively affordable and within our grasp. Owning an open-wheel formula is something probably none of us will ever do, but an Audi A1 Quattro? Now that’s a realistic and extremely exciting idea.
My pick of this category is, without a doubt, the BMW 1-Series M Coupe (also known as the 1M). It’s a small two-door coupe that’s about the same size as a Golf, but is rear-wheel driven and packs a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six under the bonnet.
With over 330 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque on tap, it’s able to spin its wheels in second and third without breaking a sweat. When it was first launched, people criticized it for having an ‘ordinary’ engine taken from the 335i, and not a bespoke ‘M’ motor.
Over time though, it’s become an icon, arguably the best thing BMW ‘M’ has created to date. The chassis is brilliant because it’s so playful, the engine has plenty of poke, and it looks killer. The BMW M2 which succeeded it is a great car but is in no way better-looking than the 1M to my eyes.
The 1M has that classic square stance which makes it look angry even sitting still. I love the ridiculously-flared rear wheel arches too. It just means you can’t ever mistake it for anything else other than a 1M. Each time I start up PC2, I have to take the 1M for a spin. Admittedly, a good portion of that time is spent looking at it and admiring it though.
If you don’t love karts, you’ve obviously never been go-karting before. They’re about as pure and unfiltered as anything with four wheels ever gets. It’s just a tubular chassis with some bracing to reduce flex, four wheels, an engine, and that’s your lot. They weigh next to nothing and offer the most amount of fun you can have in a vehicle.
The steering is directly connected to the wheels so you feel absolutely every single vibration through your hands. Half an hour spent go-karting feels like holding on to a jackhammer for much longer. Your hands will be shaking for the rest of the day, but you won’t care, because you’ll have a massive grin on your face for the rest of the week.
Most F1 drivers started out in go-karts when they were just 5 or 6 years old, later progressing to categories such as Formula 3 and Formula 2. Many of them still claim karting is the purest form of motorsport since most of the karts are closely matched and offer amazing rivalry.
When asked what the best rivalry he’s ever had is, Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest F1 racing drivers, once famously said:
“I would have to go back to ’78 and ’79 when I was go-kart driving. I had a teammate called Fullerton. He was very experienced and I enjoyed very much driving with him because he was fast and he was consistent. He was, for me, a very complete driver. It was pure driving and pure racing. There wasn’t any politics and money involved, so it was real racing, and I have that as a very good memory.”
This Project Cars 2 car list highlights the only two karts available in the game: an SMS Kart 125cc (called Kart01) and an SMS Superkart 250cc (called Kart02). I enjoy driving both, but weirdly prefer the smaller one. Yes, the 250cc engine makes the more powerful one faster, but speed isn’t always better with go-karts.
Whenever I struggle with a line or just want to perfect turn-in and timing, I get in the 125cc and just have a blast. Nailing the apex or getting your braking point always feels more satisfying in a go-kart than a road car because the margins are much smaller. Practice makes perfect, and what better way to practice than a go-kart, the purest form of driving?
Track Day Cars
Track cars are cars designed for track use which can be road-legal but don’t have to be. Given how popular dedicated track cars have become over the past two decades, more and more manufacturers are starting to offer cars capable of road use but ideally destined for the track.
In the mid-to-late 2000s, there was a huge spike in the number of people modifying regular cars just to make them more track-worthy. Racetracks are extremely punishing on a car and its components, especially if you intend on pushing your car to its very limits.
On a racetrack, power isn’t everything. Good braking power is extremely crucial since you’ll need to scrub off speed several times over the course of a single lap, and you might be out there for several dozen laps at a time. Braking oil that doesn’t boil easily also helps keep the brakes cool and it gives you better feedback through the pedal.
Suspension is arguably most important when it comes to track work. You can have all the power in the world, but if your car isn’t set up to corner properly and deal with kerbs effectively, you’ll be quick on the straights but a turtle in the corners.
One of the most hardcore track cars in recent history is the BAC Mono. Created by a relatively small company based out of Liverpool, it’s the most extreme idea of what a track car can be when you strip it of all its amenities bar the headlights and the taillights. It has a central driving position and enough power-to-weight to make it one of the fastest things at any track day event.
My personal favourite though is the KTM X-Bow R. It’s got two seats, so you can take a friend out for a drive, and despite being just as open and exposed to the elements as the BAC, it does offer more amenities and better comfort overall. It might not be as extreme as the BAC, but at less than half the price, it offers better value for money.
I know a lot of people play games like PC2 just to enjoy cars we can’t have in real life, so let’s dive straight into what is probably everyone’s favourite category: supercars. These are cars we all lust after in real life but can’t have. Not only are they extremely expensive, but a lot of them they’re incredibly rare too.
They go by many names, including exotics, supercars, and hypercars, but let’s just call them what they are: animals for the road. Most supercars are extremely good-looking and are customized beyond recognition by their owners. If you’re lucky enough to see an extremely rare supercar, take a picture, because that’s probably the only time you’ll ever see one in real life.
These are cars which are too fast for the road to be thoroughly enjoyed out on the public highway. Most of them have been designed at a track, so that’s where they should be driven and experienced. Lots of different manufacturers make supercars, from Ferrari and Lamborghini to Porsche and now even Corvette, but my personal favourite is the McLaren P1.
Built by McLaren as their first-ever road-going hybrid supercar, the P1 is a stunning example of what the automotive industry is capable of when they decide to go all out. In addition to a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8, it also employs a few electric motors, to produce an all-out power figure of well over 900 horsepower.
It’s got active aero too. That massive rear wing can retract at high speed to reduce drag, or pop up vertically under braking to create more downforce and slow the car quicker. I love the way it looks too. The rear end looks exquisite. It’s almost like an art piece or a sculpture that someone decided to turn into a car.
It shoots flames under acceleration at the top of the rev range and the turbo ‘whoosh’ is one of the best noises I’ve ever heard from any car. If I could have one car and one car only for the rest of my life, I’d probably go with the P1, as it’s the most complete car ever made for me. It’s not practical, but that just means you’ll just have to do two or three runs more, which is a win in my book.
Le Mans Prototypes – Project Cars 2 Car List
Imagine racing for 24 hours flat out, with hundreds of other cars on track at the same time all doing the same thing. Sounds nuts, right? Well, that’s exactly what Le Mans prototypes do all the time. They pound round a track for 24 hours straight, only stopping for fuel, tyres, and a driver change.
F1 is one of the exciting sports to watch, but it’s often said that true innovation comes from endurance car racing such as the Le Mans 24 Hours. Each and every car component has to hold up for 24 hours of continuous usage at the limit, and that includes the brakes, the engine, and the suspension.
This Project Cars 2 car list includes some of the most stunning LMP1 and LMP2 cars ever created, from real-life manufacturers such as BMW, Renault, Bentley, Audi, Oreca, and even Mercedes. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to pummel around a track for 24 hours straight, get yourself strapped in an LMP1 car in PC2 and find out.
My personal favourite LMP1 car is the Audi R18. Endurance racing is probably the only high-end motorsport where you’ll find diesels competing with petrol-powered cars, and often coming out on top. Things have changed recently with hybrids becoming more popular, but even just a few years ago, diesel was the way to go for events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Because they’re more frugal, diesel-powered cars can stay out on track for longer and cover more distance with the same amount of fuel. This means fewer stops over the course of the race and often shorter stops.
The Audi R18 is powered by a 3.7-litre turbocharged V6 engine, producing anywhere between 500 and 540 horsepower. The car is further aided by a 470 horsepower MGU push-to-pass boost, giving it a total power output somewhere in the region of 1,000 horsepower. If you haven’t tried it out already, I urge you to do so. It’s intoxicating.
Grand Touring – Project Cars 2 Car List
So-called GT cars, there’s nothing ‘Touring’ about these cars other than their name. Based on regular road-going vehicles, GT cars are dedicated race cars converted to racing trim by their respective manufacturers. Some manufacturers decide to enter factory-backed teams in GT championships like IMSA or Blancpain, but others only sell cars and parts to third-party teams.
The most popular form of GT racing is GT3, but feeder GT4 series are becoming more and more popular each day. The idea behind GT racing is really simple really. They offer a more affordable way of getting into professional racing without spending millions on prototypes of Formula cars.
Because they’re based on regular cars, they still use the same shell and often the same engine as their road-going counterpart, but they feature aggressive aero and race-spec suspension. The great thing about GT cars is that anyone can easily join a series, provided they have the funds to do so of course.
There’s a system called ‘Balance of Performance’ in GT racing, where a sanctioning body will restrict certain cars on the grid to level out the playing field. This is to encourage more manufacturers to join GT racing, creating a more diverse grid that’ll be interesting for both drivers and spectators.
Instead of seeing LMP cars racing which all look kind of the same, you can watch GT racing and be amused by all the different shapes on display, from BMW and Porsche to Ferrari and Aston Martin.
My pick out of all these GT cars is the Bentley Continental GT3. It is, by far and away, the most unlikely candidate out of any car to go racing, but that’s exactly why I love it so much.
Using factory Bentley backing, the guys over at ‘M-Sport’ in the UK created the Continental GT3 by shedding nearly a ton of weight off the factory car and relocating the engine closer to the bulkhead for better weight distribution.
It uses VW and Audi’s brilliant twin-turbo V8, so it’s extremely reliable and it makes a great snarling noise on upshifts. The massive wing looks mega on the Conti, and I can’t help but laugh seeing one of these things compete with a Ferrari or a Lamborghini on track. It looks so big compared to every Italian exotic, and yet it’s able to keep up.
Open Wheel Cars – Project Cars 2 Car List
If you want to drive the fastest cars this world has to offer, look no further than the open-wheel category. These are cars which are designed with one purpose in mind: to be as quick as possible on track. There are no amenities, no luxurious, and no considerations towards comfort for the driver.
Each and every part is designed to be as light and durable as possible, and the cars use full slicks to get the most out of any track surface. Most formula cars produce enough downforce to match their own weight at 120-150 mph, making them able to, quite literally, drive upside down if they wanted to.
The world of open-wheel racing encompasses more than just Formula 1 one though. My favourite from this Project Cars 2 car list is the Formula Renault 3.5, formerly known as the World Series Formula V8 3.5.
It’s a feeder series for Formula 2 and Formula 1, and a lot of the current F1 driver’s lineup used to compete in it. Because Zytek (badged as Renault) is the sole supplier for all cars on grid it levels the playing field and puts the fate of each driver in their own hands.
There’s no hiding behind a good car in Formula Renault 3.5. You and your rivals all have the same car, so it’s up to you, your skill, and your talent, to shine and prove you’re worth it. A lot of winning (and losing) in F1 comes down to the car, but not so here.
That’s why Formula 1 teams always keep one eye on feeder series like Formula Renault to scout any upcoming talent and enlist them before their rivals do. If you prove yourself in Formula Renault or even Formula 2 for that matter, your chances of reaching Formula 1 are extremely high.