There are race tracks around the world that hold famous and coveted races: 24 heurs du Mans, Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, Monaco Grand Prix to name some of the more well known. But what makes an awesome race track?
There are tracks that are called driver’s tracks, where the driver can make a difference over having an inferior car and still compete with a chance at a win.
For me an awesome track will have a flow, a Rhythm that you can pick up on. It has place where passing is possible without dive bombs. It will also usually have fast corners or sections where you need to nut up to go fast.
Here are some of my favourites.
Bumpy and flatter than a lot of the other cookie cutter ovals, Chicagoland offers speed to a driver who can hang on and steer with the throttle over the bumps without burning off the Right Rear tire.
Really wide and fast with variable banking down low that can upset the car.
3. Watkins Glen
2. Gilles Villenue Montreal
I’ve always loved the flow of this track even with the huge number of chicanes.
1. Mount Paranama Bathurst
I’m an Aussie and grew up watching the Bathurst 1000 every year. Large portions of the Mountain are driven with your breath held and it’s a razer thin line between fast and wrecked.
What are some of yours?
iRacing has released the long awaited Lotus 49.
It’s been awaiting an update to the tire model, now known as NTMv5 and is a tricky beast to drive.
Low weight, high power, no wings and hard tires make for a fun and nerve wracking ride.
One of the members was kind enough to do some hosting at Indianapolis and was running 2 lap shoot outs.
I managed to snag a couple of victories … enjoy.
I’m very impatiently waiting on my Oculus Rift Development kit to turn up. I am so convinced that this is the future of gaming that I have dismantled my triple screen setup.
The guys at CXC Simulations seem to have got it up and running in iRacing already, most likely with the help of the veiro drivers or similar.
I know the team at iRacing have a couple of dev kits on order so we’ll have native support eventually. Of course most likely it will have to wait for the consumer version to come out as the Dev Kit is relatively low resolution at 720p.
I’m working on a few game concepts and have breathed life back into my old blog to showcase some of the demo’s and proofs of concept I’m working on.
It started with a fellow Aussie, working with V8 Supercars and iRacing, the result was simply stunning and had more than one person saying it was a sample taken from a real race and over laid on an iRacing replay video.
The next car to get the treatment was the new Gen 6 Nascar.
iRacing is continuing to push out the updates to the remaining cars. The best part of the video? for me it’s the Lotus 49 as it means that in addition to the new sounds, the v5 NTM is ready, which will bring additional flex and life to all cars fitted with the new model.
Hit the jump to enjoy, turn those speakers up.
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