personally i hope the Force Acceleration feature is still intact. i prefer to use key board and i found Force Accel to be best control feature for me with key board. i find it nice to be able to control the throttle output without having to use the keys, so i can focus more on the trails and obstacles.
also please do not call it "cruise control" in the game like so many people tend to do. it is not a cruise control, but a throttle control for key board users. which makes the only drawback to using a key board is that we do not have anolog steering, like with a controller or wheel.