Are you a fan of Formula 1 and want to experience the thrill of driving on the newly announced Spain's Madrid Grand Prix circuit? If so, you (and me) are in luck, because there is a mod for Assetto Corsa that lets you do just that. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install the F1 Madrid track mod in Assetto Corsa and share with you some of the benefits and features of this amazing mod.
I am personally amazed by how fast they are making this mod, with just 2 days from the original announcement from the F1 official, this mod is already done and ready to download on the Race Department website. Maybe they work the project long before the announcement but it is still an amazing work, and it's free!.
The F1 Madrid track mod is created by Tyrone - Nukedrop Mods, a talented modder who has also made other F1 tracks such as Jeddah and Las Vegas. The mod is based on the public streets of Madrid, merged with the track plan that was released on January 23, 2024. The mod is not affiliated with Formula 1 or any of its subsidiaries and is only for personal use.
The mod features I got from the download page:
- 32 AI support
- Basic Night Lights on some of the street lights (no ‘night running lights’ around the track as the developer assumes that the F1 race will take place in daylight)
- Replay Cameras
- Full compatibility with the latest PURE shaders
The mod is free to download and use, but you will need to have Content Manager and Custom Shaders Patch installed for it to work properly. Content Manager is a custom launcher and content management app for Assetto Corsa, and Custom Shaders Patch is a collection of shaders and features that enhance the graphics and physics of the game. You can find more information and download links on the developer page (link in below).
In this tutorial, I will guide you through the following steps:
- Downloading the F1 Madrid track mod from RaceDepartment
- Installing the mod using Content Manager
- Launching the mod and adjusting the settings
- Enjoying the mod and troubleshooting any issues
By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to drive on the F1 Madrid track in Assetto Corsa and experience the excitement and challenge of this new circuit. Let’s get started!
Download the F1 Madrid track mod from RaceDepartment
The first step is to download the F1 Madrid track mod from RaceDepartment, a website that hosts many mods and add-ons for racing simulators. You can find the mod page here (Madrid - Gran Premio De Espana 2026). You will need to create a free account or log in with your existing account to download the mod.
Once you are on the mod page, read all the information regarding the mod and then click the "Download" button. The mod file is about 179 MB in zip size, it is possibly higher when it's installed on the game.
When I write this tutorial the file name was "madrid_2026_RELEASE", it may change when they have new update on file.
Installing the mod using Content Manager
The next step is to install the mod using Content Manager, the custom launcher and content management app for Assetto Corsa. If you don’t have Content Manager installed, you can download it from here (Lite version) the installation process is easy but you may need a reference for some settings, you can find it on YouTube or website forums regarding this topic.
To install the mod using Content Manager, open the app and "drag and drop" the track file you just downloaded into the Content Manager window. You will see a popup from the corner that the app detected a new track file, you just need to click the "Install" button and the installation process will begin.
Once it is done, you will see the F1 Madrid track in your track list, with a green dot mark next to it (indicating that it's newly installed content). This means the mod is successfully installed and ready to use.
Run the mod and adjust the settings
The final step is to launch or run the mod and adjust the settings to your liking. To launch the mod, click on the Drive tab on the left side of Content Manager, and choose the mode you want to play. You can choose from Single, Hotlap, Time Attack, Race, Drift, Drag, and Online modes. For a quick test drive, I recommend you choose the "Single" mode, which allows you to have a quick drive on the track with AI opponents, or just drive alone with "Practice" or "Hotlap /Time Trial" mode.
Next, click on the Track button and select the F1 Madrid track from the list. You can also use the search bar to find it quickly. You will see a preview of the track, with some information and options on the right side. You can adjust the track settings such as time of day, weather, temperature, wind, and grip. You can also enable or disable the track map, the track outline, and the track cameras.
Next, click on the Car button and select the car you want to drive. You can choose from any of the cars that are available in Assetto Corsa, or any of the mods that you have installed. Next, click on the Opponents button (if you want to race against AI) and select the number and type of opponents you want to race against.
Next, click on the Settings button and select the session type and duration you want to play. You can choose from Practice, Qualify, and Race sessions, and set the time limit or the lap count for each session. You can also enable or disable the session rules, such as flags, penalties, pit stops, and formation lap.
Finally, click on the "Go!" or "Start" button and wait for the game to load. You will see a loading screen with some tips and information about the track and the car. Once the game is loaded, you will see the cockpit view of your car, with some HUD elements on the screen. You may need to set up some buttons or settings if it's your first time using the content manager app.
Troubleshooting for some common issues
Now that you have launched the mod and adjusted the settings, you can enjoy the mod and have fun driving on the F1 Madrid track. You can explore the track layout, the elevation changes, the corners, and the straights. You can also race against the AI opponents, or challenge yourself to beat your own lap times. You can also use the replay feature to watch your performance from different angles and perspectives.
If you encounter any issues with the mod, such as crashes, glitches, or errors, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:
- Make sure you have the latest version of Assetto Corsa, Content Manager, and Custom Shaders Patch installed and updated.
- Make sure you have the latest drivers for your graphics card and sound card installed and updated.
- Make sure you have enough disk space and memory available for the game and the mod to run smoothly.
- Make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection if you are playing online.
- Make sure you have the correct settings and compatibility for your monitor, keyboard, mouse, controller, or wheel.
- Make sure you have the correct permissions and firewall settings for the game and the mod to access your system and network.
- Make sure you have no other programs or processes running in the background that may interfere with the game and the mod.
- Make sure you have no other mods or add-ons installed that may conflict with the mod or cause compatibility issues.
- Make sure you have downloaded and installed the mod correctly and completely, and that you have no corrupted or missing files.
- Make sure you have followed the instructions and recommendations from the mod creator and the mod page.
- Make sure you have read and understood the terms and conditions of the mod and the mod website, and that you respect the mod creator and the mod community.
If none of these steps work, you can contact the mod creator or the mod website for further assistance and support. You can also check the mod page for any updates, patches, or fixes that may address your issue. You can also check the mod comments and reviews for any feedback, suggestions, or solutions from other users who may have experienced the same issue.
I hope this tutorial has helped you to install and enjoy the F1 Madrid track mod in Assetto Corsa, and that you have enjoyed the mod and the track. This mod is a great way to experience the new Formula 1 circuit that will debut in 2026 and have some fun and excitement with Assetto Corsa. If you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comment box below as usual. If you liked this tutorial, please share it with your friends and fellow racers, and leave a positive comment. Have a nice drive!
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