New server setup

G’day Folks,

I’m excited to announce that we’re moving to a new server, one that lets us host others and give great service and rates on everything from Domains to hosting and custom themes.

It should also allow more time for writing guides and helping take your racing to the next level.

Keep the sticky side down.

Shane

5 Awesome Race Tracks

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┬ádriver’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.

5. Chicagoland

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.

4. Michigan

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?

Site updates 2014

G’day Folks,

A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes lately. I’ve just uploaded the latest version of the Busta Wrench Guide, and have been working on the site layout.

There was a lot of good feedback on the last update with the darker colors. I thought the theme was a little restrictive and wanted to use more of the screen. Most of us have big or at least wide screen monitors and there was a lot of wasted space.

I’m moving to more of a community feel and if you want to contribute and participate, that would awesome. The more feedback we get on setups, tools, site etc the better resource this site will be for the Sim Racing Community.

I’m really excited about this year, with the Ruf releases for iRacing they’ve really stepped up and those cars are a blast to drive. DriveClub is due to drop sometime mid year for the PS4 and that is something I’m looking forward to, especially looking forward to having a few folks playing together for giggles.

I’ve finally got hold of Gran Tourismo 6 and that’s been a blast too.

This year we should also see RFactor 2 go more prime time and the release of Project Cars all really good stuff.

Drop a comment and let us know what you’re looking forward to. I’ve reopened site sign-up and you can log in using Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

Cheers and have fun out there.

Shane Lowry

Busta Wrench

 

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August 2013 Autox WRX

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWCU1i0zMfo

 

Here is my best run from my first go at AutoX.

I managed to get another race in 2013 which included taking Stacey on a couple of runs which she enjoyed a lot.

Looking forward to 2014 and several more runs.

My Wife is on record as saying that @iRacing www.iRacing.com has made me a smooth fast driver.

She could really tell the difference between those drivers that were sawing away at the wheel and those who had more time behind the wheel.My car is a stock 2013 Subaru WRX.

Ok, now back to setup work.

iRacing Lotus 49 Indianapolis Fun

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.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IsTXf6PN8w

Drive Club E3 Preview

The attention to detail these guys are putting into Drive Club is insane.

As a die hard car guy, I can’t help but be impressed that the lead art director rejected a car because the screw heads were wrong on the floor mats.

I’m loving the idea of the social aspect of the game. Race with or against your mates, form a club and race against clubs all over the world.

This Drive Club E3 Preview doesn’t go too much into the social aspects of the game, I’ll have a dig for that interview but it does show some of the amazing level of detail in the car models.

Now for the gratuitous lasciviousness of the E3 Preview video.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXeeDTZg6Tk

Here is a more in depth look going more into the social bits and bobs.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zc0JumLloA

Oculus Rift in iRacing

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.

www.slowry.com/unity

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p_NEqwoZic

iRacing New Sounds

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.

Enjoy!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9zQ-dSlQ_g

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