We all wish LFS had grown and advanced. It was pretty much out there on its own for a year or two. If you wanted road-cars in online races, there wasn't much to choose from in 2003.
They could have struck whilst the iron was hot. Maybe, if they had, it would be the number one online racing simulation today. The development speed was, by any standard, slow, and simply appears to have slowed even further.
There's nothing we can do, I hope they don't regret their decisions, I hope LFS has provided them with the lifestyle they sought when they embarked on the project, and I have nothing but gratitude for them doing so.
I have enjoyed every minute playing LFS and continue to, whenever I get the chance.
It should be a model for all the other sims in so many ways, even down to the UI. Whenever I play a game and can't adjust every little option whilst actually on tracks, I just think, "LFS would let me do that".
It's so refined it's brilliant.
Anyway, I'm sure I've posted my frustration with LFS not fulfilling the potential we all see/saw in the past, but what I want to say here is that I'm still much happier that it exists in the first place, than I am annoyed about it not rising up to dominate the sim world as it perhaps could have.
I do also hope that whenever they do eventually release the next stage, it will be like a beacon to all the players that have drifted away. And all will be well with the world.