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26th September 2014, 15:54 at 3:54 pm #276127
It’d be a band aid I’m afraid. The Williams isn’t popular because it’s a niche car, like the lotus 49. Except in this case it’s the opposite extreme. The downforce is so high that getting the maximum out of the car is severely difficult. A friend of mine put it this way: “there’s times where the braking point is after the turn in point.” You’ve got to be insanely committed to be fast. Add to that the fact that you’re expected to do the setup which in real life requires a whole team to master and it’s just too much for most. A new version would be popular for a few weeks and it would tail off. People have found time and again that outsiders are drawn in by the promise of cars like the Williams only to find the easier cars they’ve never heard of (the skippy, the SRF, the mx5) are a lot more fun. Thus why those cars get tons of participation while higher levels are populated by a hardcore few.25th September 2014, 7:20 at 7:20 am #276029
Their goal with GT3 is to have a large variety that are all balanced. Until a year ago, multi-make single class racing was non-existent on iRacing except for leagues that attempted to balance the cars. Which never quit worked without LOTS of fiddling at each track. I think the reason they’re feeding it is because there’s plenty of contracts to be had, people keep buying the cars and it’s VERY popular on the service. As far as them bringing on new cars, I think they’re trying to either fill in missing niches (of which there are few) or getting outdated cars updated. The DP Corvette is coming and the V8 supercar will be updated as well. And don’t expect a newer F1 car soon. The teams are so protective of that and with Williams being successful now, I can’t see them giving us another. MAYBE Caterham or one of the struggling teams would go for it. People on the forums keep asking for it and not considering the difficulties and getting a team to agree to a deal like that.24th September 2014, 16:41 at 4:41 pm #275988
I’ve been having weirdness like that, too.
EDIT: and of course the time I say that, this one posts immediately.23rd September 2014, 17:28 at 5:28 pm #275951
Donington’s actually out now. They released it last season build.23rd September 2014, 15:46 at 3:46 pm #275947
Yeah they’ve said it’s not so much the processing power as it is the man power to create every element. What I’m curious about is how far they’ve gotten on long beach since it’s tech track release. If at all.22nd September 2014, 16:10 at 4:10 pm #275767
Seeing that list kinda makes me realize how impressive iRacing’s track selection is getting :O22nd September 2014, 8:04 at 8:04 am #275633
I doubt they’ll do any official races besides special one-offs on the Nord. That’ll be more for hosted races and guys swapping hotlap times. Actually, someone made a great suggestion that the Nord have a constant time trial going and maybe swap the car each week or something so that official records can be kept. It’d be a lot of fun and I could see it being VERY popular.13th September 2014, 22:45 at 10:45 pm #274572
So while most feel that the cars are “too slow” I actually appreciate good racing regardless of the speed. Having done and watched plenty of low-level car racing in iRacing I can tell you, some of the best and tightest racing can be in slower cars. That said, I’m pretty much in line with most of the complaints: ditch the background music, ditch fanboost and for god’s sake design a track that is more interesting next year.
What struck me was that even though I’ve been a proponent of sound does not equal the most important thing in racing, I found the sound of the cars almost comical when heard from the TV camera. It wasn’t until they did some onboard views that I began to appreciate the sounds they made. Otherwise, it really did come across as a remote control car race from an audible sense. That made it hard to take seriously at first. Thankfully as the racing progressed, I began to forget about the sound and simply enjoy the great battles that were going on. One really great positive to take away from those was that cars being able to turn their power up and down to attack or save made for some good opportunities and less “save the tires” moments. Same with the aero, though I suspect that was due to the low speeds meaning close racing is not as hindered by aero wash.
One final nitpick… I watched the ITV broadcast and the opening segment quickly left me very “meh.” But when the host said something to the effect of “we haven’t seen a Prost on pole since what, ’63?” I lost pretty much every bit of interest in any point in which she spoke. If that is actually what she said (hoping I simply misheard) then dear god… get an actual racing buff in there. I could understand being 5-10 years off if a presenter isn’t an F1 fan who’s got the knowledge tucked away. But 30 years off? That’s when you get the impression they’ve hired a pretty face who doesn’t give a crap about motorsport. Only thing that prevented me from switching to someone else was when I heard Dario was in the booth. I could listen to him talk for 20 races.
Overall, I’m going to keep watching because it was good stuff out on track, but probably Fox’s broadcast next time to see how they compare.12th September 2014, 3:17 at 3:17 am #274392
down like a clown, charlie brown :D10th September 2014, 21:52 at 9:52 pm #274277
I’ve done a 2.4 as well, but we’d probably do 2-3 hour stints in long races. I guess it’s because I’ve been so involved in endurance racing on the league side that I’m not phased bt the idea of doing a real 12 or 24. If anything I’ve been excited at the idea for a couple years now. It’s kinda like distance or marathon running, yeah it’s draining but the sense of accomplishment is the payoff :D10th September 2014, 20:20 at 8:20 pm #274272
The time zones might work a bit to our advantage if we do a 12 or 24 hour race. It would mean fewer weird hours. Only downside would be having to wake someone up if things don’t go to plan and we have to make an unscheduled driver change X). And Iestyn, the more the merrier :).10th September 2014, 6:27 at 6:27 am #274210
Yeah, I’ve been following that closely :D. Would you guys want to start a F1 Fanatic team? Nothing serious, just something that would allow us to race on the same team if we want.9th August 2014, 15:39 at 3:39 pm #270230
Why couldn’t the DW12 look like that? This is how an open wheel car should look. Love this.7th August 2014, 7:36 at 7:36 am #269618
Might wanna glance at the pics in the article on GTC Week 1 ;) http://www.iracing.com/iracingnews/all-news/mustang-debuts-in-grand-touring-series5th August 2014, 18:12 at 6:12 pm #269543
I love the LTO in the Spec. Wish I had more time because I’d love to drive more cars, but I usually devote myself to competing in just one series to keep focus and not overload myself.