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The Car Mastery Update, also known as the Hot Summer Update or Mastery Update for short, is the v2.0.0 update of Asphalt 8: Airborne, which was released on July 13, 2015 for iOS, July 27, 2015 for Android, and August 10, 2015 for Windows and Windows Mobile. It added the Car Mastery game mode.

Announcement

The following text was published on the Apple Store:

Crank up the AC, because the summer wind's blowing a hot new update your way!
What's new:

New Cars

Class D
Class C
Class B
Class A
Class S

The new cars will need the following engine cards:

Game Changes

  • Car Mastery added.
  • After a race, in the screen Race Reward where you see the credits earned, a new button was introduced to Replay the current race. When farming credits, this is useful to avoid loading the race overview and selecting the same race again, which results in a gain of approximately 10 seconds per race, depending of your device.
  • Metal Effects now available for Windows mobile devices/PCs. Graphics setting should be set to "Extreme" in order for the Metal Effects to show, but the "Extreme" graphics setting is available only on high-end devices/PCs.
  • The Citroën Survolt was renamed to DS Survolt.
    • Citroën has been changed to DS Automobiles. Despite this, cars with the DS Automobiles badge still show Citroën badges.
  • The logos for Geely and Chevrolet have been updated to match their current logos.
  • New engine card: i6 Engine. Initially used on the Datsun 280Z, this would later be used for cars like the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage and BMW M2.

Trivia

Hot summer update
Pro kit boxes got better
  • The app icon still features the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4; however, it has changed from yellow to red color with a racing stripes decal available for A8Credits 43,000.
  • An advertisment stating that legendary engine cards such as the Forced-Induction V8 Engine, F6 Engine, V10 Engine, and V12 Engine cards would appear more frequently in Pro Boxes started to appear in-game. Some users reported that they saw an increase in such cards with the various pro kit boxes.
  • The Geely GC9 was released in this update instead.
  • First update since the Daily Bonus Update to introduce a new car with its own Speed Modification (in this case, the McLaren P1™ GTR has 95.90%).
  • This is also the last update where San Diego Harbor, Sector 8, and Tenerife were unselectable in Quick Solo Race.

Bugs

  • Abnormally Wide McLaren P1™ GTR Drift Radius: The McLaren P1™ GTR's drift handling was bugged, with a drift radius only slightly sharper than that of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupé Final Edition. After numerous complaints about this issue, the drift handling bug was finally fixed in the Research & Development Update.
  • Distorted Mastery Overlay (iOS): On the iOS version of the game, there was a glitch with the pre-race screen in Car Mastery regarding the layer that shows the Challenge number and car name: it was distorted. Since the Research & Development Update, this has been fixed.


Updates for Asphalt 8: Airborne
2013 Free to Play Update (v1.1.0)
2014 Daily Bonus Update (v1.2.0) • The Great Wall Update (v1.3.0)
Fuel Events Update (v1.4.0) • Dubai Update (v1.5.0)
San Diego Harbor Update (v1.6.0) • Winter Update (v1.7.0)
2015 Decals Update (v1.8.0) • More Than 300 Decals Update (v1.8.1)
Tenerife Update (v1.9.0) • Car Mastery Update (v2.0.0)
Research & Development Update (v2.1.0) • Santa's Gift Update (v2.2.0)
2016 Lunar New Year Update (v2.3.0) • Elite Cars Update (v2.4.0)
Enduro Update (v2.5.0) • Rio de Janeiro Update (v2.6.0)
Multiplayer League Update (v2.7.0) • Championship Update (v2.8.0)
2017 Lunar New Year 2017 Update (v2.9.0) • Car Blueprints Update (v3.0.0)
Porsche Update (v3.1.0) • Motorcycles Update (v3.2.0)
Munich Update (v3.3.0) • Hot Wheels Update (v3.4.0)
2018 Fall Out Boy Update (v3.5.0) • 2018 Spring Update (v3.6.0)

2018 Summer Update (v3.7.0) Fifth Anniversary Update (v3.8.0)