I eventually became a fan of the slightly parallel universe Sega Rally by SRS on 360 / PS3. The mechanics were spot on, the 3 laps idea was ok, inline with the slightly over developed laying of grip and tyres idea.
Sounds like they are doing a Outrun Online Arcade, the "Online Arcade" basically giving them latitude to release the same game again, but download only and slightly streamlined. And if we get the Sega Rally 3 tracks I am all for it.
Having just picked up a PSP and Sega Rally on that (and the vital component video cable) that version is also totally fine also, another parallel universe take on Sega Rally, by Bugbear Entertainment, with better execution of the different tyre types in terms of availability and exposition. Its like a version of a version. Like a remake of a remake, but some how retaining the handling and relevant levels of fun.