If there’s one thing the sim racing community can usually agree on, it’s that running a dozen hot laps all in the name of further improving your skill is the very definition of fun. While sounding tedious to some, the thought of learning the track inside and out, pushing the car to its limits and gaining familiarity with what can and cannot be done is an adrenaline boost.
Taking that one step further would be the chase for world record lap times, and that’s exactly what carracerptp has gone about doing in Assetto Corsa. In the first video seen above, a Lotus Elise serves as the first example, darting around the “Home of British Motor Racing” Silverstone Circuit.
With a targeted time of 1:07.835 Travis set out on the first lap, crossing the line with a recorded time of 1:08.470, subsequently followed by a second, more aggressive lap bringing it down to 1:07.479 — already beating the targeted time. The improvements didn’t end there, dropping further down into the 1 minute, 7 second range, the Elise quickly came into its own after a few adjustments and would ultimately lap the track just under that at 1:06.651.
Jumping ahead to the sixth video in the series, this time behind the wheel of an entirely different beast: the 500 horsepower rear-wheel driven Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Gunning for the world record time of 1:58.836 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the GT3 RS would prove to be an expected challenge only blitzing around the track in 1:59.287 in the first stint.
With a few adjustments to improve its stability, the Porsche was back on track, bringing the split down to 1:59.114, just over 1.7 seconds shy of the world record. Becoming more familiar with the 911 and its penchant for aggressive power and subtly abusing its grip thresholds, the final lap would steer clear of the targeted time, setting a new lap record of 1:58.668.
There are more videos in the series, including the latest attempt featuring all-Italian duo of the Maserati 250F and Mugello Circuit, on Travis’ YouTube page here. For those looking to discuss the series, there’s an accompanying thread aptly titled Chasing World Records featuring the BMW M4, Cayman GT4 Clubsport, and the above GT3 RS.
Featured image courtesy of RacingManiac.
The 2017 season of Formula One looks to shake things up in a considerable fashion: wider tires, a more aggressive look for the cars across the starting grid, and the guarantee of a new drivers champion by season’s end. Before the inaugural race kicks off in just over a month’s time, we’re going to recap the chassis reveals competing in this year’s circus.
Williams Martini Racing FW40
Williams Martini Racing was the first up to bat, revealing computer-generated imagery of its 2017 contender, the FW40. Revealed in earnest today, this year’s in-the-flesh contender reveals a more aggressive shark fin than the renders, revised sidepods and air intake, with other details remaining identical to last year’s car.
The relationship with Mercedes will continue, leading one to believe the FW40 will be more than capable of maintaining its position among the top-5 finishers this season. The FW40 will be driven by the eighteen-year-old European F3 champion Lance Stroll, and a returning Felipe Massa.
Originally retiring from the sport at the end of last year, the Brazilian was quickly prompted for a return to the team after the original driver lineup was abruptly shaken-up by Mercedes acquiring previous driver Valtteri Bottas, replacing the retired drivers champion Nico Rosberg.
Next up is the C36, Sauber’s entrant for this year’s activities. Now solely owned by the Swiss investment firm Longbow Finance, this year’s car sports an entirely new blue, white and gold accented livery. The Swiss team is looking to re-establish itself among the top-10 contenders this year, and as such the C36 is an entirely new car.
The team has revealed that this year’s chassis has been ‘redesigned from scratch’ with no parts of last year’s chassis adapted to the design. However, the team will begin the season using a 2016-spec Ferrari engine as optimizing the aerodynamic package took precedent. Focused on reducing drag, the radiator, sidepods and bodywork were designed to be as slim as possible.
Heading the team will be Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein. It will be interesting to watch how the team evolves throughout the year under the ownership of the little-known Swiss firm.
Renault Sport R.S.17
Following suit, Renault revealed its hand with the RS17. Maintaining the yellow and black livery from last season, the French-owned team is hoping for a significant leap in performance compared to last year’s chassis, and have targeted a fifth place finish overall. “For 2017 our performance targets are clear. We want to take a definite, tangible step forward in performance and results. Fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship is our goal,” says Renault Sport president Jerome Stoll.
With 35 wins, two drivers and constructor’s championships under their belts, respectively, the team will take advantage of a top-10 finish, looking to push further up the grid order. The team of Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer behind the wheels of the two cars, and four-time champion Alain Prost serving as the team’s special advisor, Renault is poised for a number of significant changes in the future.
Sahara Force India VJM10
Celebrating its 10th season under the ownership of Vijay Mallya, and last year’s fourth place finish — the best in the team’s history — Force India unveiled its trump card for this year’s events, the Mercedes-powered VJM10.
Considered to be a “cracker of a car”, Force India has high expectations for this year’s effort, aiming for a top-three finish with the new aerodynamic rules in-effect. Containing few carry-over parts from the previous chassis, the car’s on-track performance is reportedly seeing gains of up to six seconds.
With Nico Hulkenberg having departed the team for Renault, the driver lineup undergoes its first change since 2014, with Esteban Ocon joining the team after his series debut with Manor in the second half of the 2016 season. He will be joined by veteran driver Sergio Perez.
At the tail-end of 2015, Turn 10 quietly snuck the 1966 Nissan Silvia into Forza Motorsport 6, mated alongside the Mobil 1 Car Pack released just two days earlier. Not formally announced, players quickly identified that the CSP311 could only be obtained through the game’s career mode.
Entering Volume 1 of the career, players could select any of the series, and then chose the Classic Compact division. Here, a pre-tuned version of the CSP311, tuned to the top of E Class could be obtained, though the parts could be removed after purchase — with a full Forzavista experience to boot. Shortly thereafter the Silvia would disappear from the game with nary a mention.
For those that missed out on the original opportunity, the first generation Silvia is now available to all on the Microsoft Store at no additional cost. Making its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in September 1964 as the Datsun Coupe 1500, the hand-built machine was based on the Fairlady convertible. With 554 units produced, all powered by a 1.6-liter Nissan R series Inline-4 engine sending 96 horsepower to the rear wheels, the first-gen Silvia was capable of a topping out at 103 mph.
Interestingly enough, the first-gen Silvia won’t be made available to Forza Motorsport 6: Apex players and while it’s a strange omission, Windows 10 players can take solace in the fact that the Silvia is likely to be included in this year’s Forza Motorsport 7, which will have a full-featured release on PC.
UPDATE: Reports are coming in that while the Silvia is available on the Xbox Store, it still isn’t available in-game for players to purchase. False alarm — when/if Microsoft fixes this issue, we’ll update this post again.
Hat tip to ALAN ULTIMATE for bringing this to our attention!
Forza Motorsport 6 is currently available on Xbox One.
While there’s not been a lot of news trickling out about GT Sport as of late (we’ve had our hands full with Project CARS 2 instead), the next Gran Turismo game is confirmed to be featured at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC).
GDC has been around since the late eighties (when it was held in a video game designer’s living room) and is directly aimed, as the name would suggest, at video game developers. Unlike the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3), which is directed at the press, GDC primarily showcases new technology in developer workshops, aptly named “Tutorials”.
However, the event also features keynote addresses from major games companies such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. GDC affords these companies the chance to show off their new hardware, as well as offering those in attendance the chance to try out their new software. One of those new pieces of software is Gran Turismo Sport, and a playable demonstration build will be at this year’s GDC.
While this won’t be as grandiose as E3, big announcements have been made at previous GDC events. Back at the 2014 show, Sony revealed PlayStation VR (known back then as “Project Morpheus”) for the very first time to the public.
The Horse Thief Mile at Willow Springs as featured in GT Sport.
In fact, virtual reality will be a big component for Sony at this year’s GDC, with its Tech Kiosks showcasing the evolving technology. One can expect the new build of GT Sport to include the new “VR Tour Mode”.
New cars and tracks, updated sounds and updated graphics have previously made their debuts in past demos. While Polyphony Digital has yet to tease any developments, we’ll be on the look out for any progress since the last major event (the Taipei Game Show last month).
Those hoping for a release date shouldn’t hold their breath: while GT Sport will be playable at GDC next week, PD will not be holding a keynote, making a reveal on that scale unlikely. It seems more plausible that the developer will be present in Geneva the following week for the unveiling of the latest Vision Gran Turismo vehicle.
The full list of games that will be at GDC 2017:
- Dino Frontier
- Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
- Gran Turismo Sport
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- Full Throttle Remastered
- Nex Machina
- Gang Beasts
- Cosmic Star Heroine
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Nidhogg 2
- Rain World
The 2017 Game Developers Conference will be held in San Francisco, California and will take place between March 1 and March 3. Check out the official website for more info and stick to GTPlanet for everything interesting coming out of GDC 2017!
Gran Turismo Sport is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4 consoles later this year.