I don't know if anyone else out there still cares about this game, or if anyone else still plays it on occasion ... But my son found this game in my collection, installed it, and starting playing it. He loved it for the same reason I did when it first came out: it was a simulation of the Reno Air Races. I know the game is far behind many of flight sims available today, some of which have mods or modes in which some form of racing is possible. None the less, XAR is simply pylon air racing, and I've enjoyed getting reacquainted with it while racing with my son.

After racing with him one evening, I was curious if anything could be done to mod the game to add more airplanes, tracks, etc. I couldn't find any program that could open the games ."8on" file system beyond a hex editor. So I tried to figure out what could be done simply using a hex editor and discovered a decent number of partially completed airplanes and classes within the file system. The result of my tinkering is this mod ...

The mod "unlocks" the Formula 1 class in the game (with 18 aircraft) and 5 additional Unlimiteds including Tsunami, the Red Baron, and an F82 Twin Mustang. The "new" airplanes aren't perfect as many were only partially completed by the game's developers but they at least represent a few more options.

If anyone is interested you can download the mod from my dropbox account through the link below ...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/f9i8umhskk...20Mod.zip?dl=0