Eastbound & Down

Project CARS • Run the California Highway in under 9 mins in a US car • 20G • 0.30% of gamers unlocked this

At the moment I’m driving my parents’ Holden Commodore (I’m not sure what the American GM branding is) and I had a moment at the traffic lights tonight where a sneaky fellow driver thought he could sneak into the lane beside me and overtake me when the light goes green. This sort of behaviour has been making me irrationally angry lately, so I wasn’t having it tonight after a heavy training session and a ravenous hunger to sate, and so I put the pedal down when the light went green and was delighted at the power that the engine sent to the wheels as the Commodore lovingly pushed off the line and sped ahead of Mr. I-think-I’m-better-than-everyone-else.

This is a rather convoluted way of saying: It was a moment of joy in an otherwise high-pressure and busy, busy day – so in an effort to rekindle, or recapture that feeling, I took to Project CARS for my digital fix of racing, and hunted through the achievement list to see what was doable in the half-hour before bed.

It turns out that speeding down a highway in an American car does the trick nicely.

It was a fairly tight race in the end … I only set myself up against one opponent (because who needs that much extra challenge), but he still came in four seconds behind me. That’s dedication from the AI.

There’s a few other achievements which look reachable in Project CARS, but I think I’ve gotten my fix from this session tonight. Best not burn the euphoria out too soon.

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