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  1. KickUp said:
    tbtstt said:
    Mr @justbiglee has also updated his Twitter page cover/background to what I'm pretty sure is a photo of the rallycross track in Hell in Norway. Hint anyone?
    Good spot: definately looks like turns 1 and 2 of the Hell track! Got my fingers crossed this is a hint of whats to come.
    Is Hell the track with the big blind jump on it? If so, that would be one cool track to race on.
    Höljesbanan has a couple of blind crest/jumps at corners :)
    Holjes is such a cool track to watch. I desperately want to get there for a round of the World Championship!
  2. tbtstt said:
    Mr @justbiglee has also updated his Twitter page cover/background to what I'm pretty sure is a photo of the rallycross track in Hell in Norway. Hint anyone?
    Good spot: definately looks like turns 1 and 2 of the Hell track! Got my fingers crossed this is a hint of whats to come.
    Is Hell the track with the big blind jump on it? If so, that would be one cool track to race on.

    I think Kouvola (Finland) might be where you are thinking of; big jump which leads immediately into a hairpin right.

    http://youtu.be/EZnMZO8okUY

    The jump/corner is shown briefly at 0:20 (sorry, haven't got enough to time to find a better clip right now!)

  3. Mr @justbiglee has also updated his Twitter page cover/background to what I'm pretty sure is a photo of the rallycross track in Hell in Norway. Hint anyone?
    Good spot: definately looks like turns 1 and 2 of the Hell track! Got my fingers crossed this is a hint of whats to come.
  4. @tbtstt

    Remind me to stop trying to be clever on Rallycross with you around - you're a fountain of knowledge! :D Great spot with Petter's wing being the same design as last year - for a second I thought I spotted something revolutionary :P 

    I'm just getting into following RX so please bear with me :)

    I've re-watched some of the races from last weekend and in most of Petter's start he was not the first one off the line, but he was the first at the first corner. Could this be down to the Pipo engine?

    Do you know how taking part in WRX compares to WRC when it comes budgets? Are there any figures on cost of cars, running the team and entering events?

    Ha, no worries @MastaVonBlasta! I am always trying to increase my knowledge on rallycross, so I always like reading peoples observations on the cars or drivers: chances are someone else will know something I don't or have spotted something I haven't seen! :)

    The Pipo engine is a possibility. Having said that the Ford's are running well developed Mountune engines, so they are not exactly slow! The way he pulled them in could be due to gearing or even the mapping of the engine rather than the way the engine is built; even though the turbo inlet size is restricted (and there are a lot of restrictions on the construction of the engines) it always amazes me how much engine mapping can be used alter the performance (and power delivery) of an engine.

    I don't know specific costs, but I do know that WRC is still more expensive (for now anyway). I read a couple of interviews with Henning Solberg earlier this year where he was talking about running either in either WRC or WRX. He directly stated in those interviews that the WRC rounds were more pricey. However, if the World Rallycross Championship continues to grow (and the front running teams continue to pull bigger sponsors) then the cost of competition is likely to rise further. Perhaps then the WRC will be the cheaper option...

  5.  
    Derek Tohill, from what I remember, is driving Liam's last year's car and his wing resembles WRC car designs: 



    The wing on Petter's car seems to have undergone quite a bit of development:







    In this gallery the differences between rear wings can be clearly noticed and Petter's team have more longitudinal winglets whem compared with their competition.

    From what I know from following some F1 tech guys, having such strakes may decrease overall downforce when going straight but they make the wing produce more consistent downforce when the car is in yaw, going sideways as Petter does.

    Also in one of the slow-mo shots I've noticed that PS 110% team cars have VERY flexible front bumpers which deflect when hitting a deep rut and come back to original shape once the contact is over. By doing that they'll keep on having the design bodywork shape for as long as possible = better airflow.

    If Petter's team did indeed take on rear wing development by themselves and perfected the engine package by making it reliable (not on Hvaal's car...) and powerful they are looking serious :)

    Derek Tohill is driving the ex-Andreas Bakkerud DS3, Kristof Skorupski is in the ex-Pat Doran DS3. As far as I know Liam is running a modified version of his 2013 car. There was talk of a fourth DS3, but neither it (nor a fourth driver) seems to have materialised. I suspect the departure of Bakkerud threw a spanner in the works for LD Motorsport.

    Petter was running that wing last year, this was taken in France mid-season:

    I haven't got a clear picture of the wing in my photos from Round 1, but I think he had the same wing on for the entirety of 2013.

    It an interesting design though; it seems to take some influence from the Subaru/later WRCar wings (plus it looks cool! :D). Would be interesting to know the exact reason for the addition of the winglets; if it has some benefit for when the car is travelling sideways then it definately needs to be on Solbergs car! :D

    As far as I'm aware both PS RX cars are running the same engine. Petter was using Julian Godfrey engines in 2013, but he had a lot of problems; he actually left Sweden with minus Championship points last year as he had to change engine three times! (and it was -15 points every time they swapped the engine). He has switched to Pipo engines for 2014:


    Block is the only other driver running a Pipo engine in a rallycross car. Like I said, no expense spared... ;)

  6. tbtstt said:

    I would LOVE for Codies to get the license to this! I too have been seriously looking forward to this years Championship and I was very pleased to see Solberg finally take his first rallycross win over the weekend.

    Not a brilliant start from Solberg in the final (perhaps a hint of caution after last years jump start in Portugal) but a clear win. Great drive from the Fords, especially Nitiss and good work from Pauwels to make the final.

    Not a brilliant weekend for the Hansen team, but at least they faired better than the Albatec Peugeots. From the little snippets they showed in the hour highlight program Villeneuve didn't look anywhere near competitive.

    I think for a first event the Montalegre round turned out quite well. I was quite angry at the start of coverage, because commentary was missing! Luckily it came back once they were live for the semis.

    Petter's pace was hugely impressive all through the weekend. He completely dominated Sunday. His start in the final was rather interesting as once they got off the line he caught up! Wonder why that is? Better gearing, more torque or power? How could he catch up to the Ford next to him?

    I got an impression that Montalegre track is not the easiest one for overtaking. The gravel section has pretty much only one line and is very difficult to barge through. Then on the approach to the first hairpin covering the inside pretty much guarantees that the attacker won't get past.

    I also loved how enthusiastic the drivers were. The press conference with Petter and BabyBlue Bakkerud was good fun and it showed how hard Petter has worked for this.

    I wonder if the ratings were good for Eurosport on this as I hope this series will keep on growing.

    Hansen-Peugeot have good pace in their car - I think they will be strong contenders all year long. 

    Yeah Jacques V. has got a steep learning curve ahead of him. I was also disappointed with Liam Doran's team - while I'm not a fan of him being 'stoked' all the time I hoped that they'll put up a fight. Hopefully, they'll be in a better shape for Lydden Hill. Liam's got a Polish teammate Skorupski and I'm hoping he'll be in the mix too.

    There's one more Polish competitor and he's a bit of a joke. I think it's mostly down to his very out-dated Fiesta but still...

    Onto the next one!

    And just like you @tbtstt I really hope the next game will have an official licence for World RX

    I ended up watching the highlight programme immediately after the livestream (so I heard the full commentary), but I had read there were problems during the livestream. Fingers crossed they get that sorted for the rest of the coverage. The livestreams were really good last year, so they should be even better in 2014, not worse!

    I daresay Solbergs start was a combination of those factors, helped some very late braking! Solberg was holding the inside line and the Ford didn't really have enough of a lead to shut the door on Solberg. As an aside though Solbergs cars are arguably the most advanced in the paddock: he threw money at the car last year and has done more spending over the Winter, so they should be quick!

    Bakkerud is bonkers: he always looks happy! Part of the reason I'm such a big Solberg fan is that he is always enthusiastic.

    Villenueve looked well off the pace. Obviously the car issues weren't his fault but even so, when the car was working, his times were well off. Perhaps he'll fare better on the faster, less technical, circuits.

    The LD Motorsport situtation was a bit odd. They have done loads of testing, then both cars failed for heat 1 and 2? Very strange. I'm not a big fan of Liam, but he was fast last year and should be a front runner in 2014, so hopefully the cars will be sorted for next time out.

    Kristof Skorupski looked to be getting to be grips with the DS3 when he ran at Lydden earlier in the year, so he could be one to watch... when the car is working anyway!

    Ah, you mean Bohdan Ludwiczak? "Joke" is a bit harsh! :D The only problem with the bigger World Championship is that the financial divide between the bigger teams and privateers is rapidly increasing, so its harder for the privateers to be competitive. As I said though, Pauwels proved its still possible to be competitive and I hope the privateers continue to fight the bigger teams.

    Roll on Round 2 at Lydden: I shall be there! :)

  7. I would LOVE for Codies to get the license to this! I too have been seriously looking forward to this years Championship and I was very pleased to see Solberg finally take his first rallycross win over the weekend.

    Not a brilliant start from Solberg in the final (perhaps a hint of caution after last years jump start in Portugal) but a clear win. Great drive from the Fords, especially Nitiss and good work from Pauwels to make the final.

    Not a brilliant weekend for the Hansen team, but at least they faired better than the Albatec Peugeots. From the little snippets they showed in the hour highlight program Villeneuve didn't look anywhere near competitive.

  8. A few tracks that immediately spring to mind:

    Circuit de la Sarthe (in modern and traditional configurtion).
    Brands Hatch (Indy & GP circuit).
    Willow Springs.
    Bathurst.
    Tsukuba.

    Would definately like to see touge events added later on as well. I've always wanted to see the Gunsai touge (as used in the Best Motoring/Hot Version series) included in a game, but its not happened yet!

    Rather than listing specific cars my preference is to see whatever Touring Car and Endurance car classes included in the game represented with a good selection of real racing cars (preferably available with real liveries). In the endurance class I would especially like to see the WEC well represented with a good selection of LMP1 and LMP2 prototypes.

    I'm hopeful that WTCC, DTM, Super GT or V8 Supercars are included in the Touring Car class (hopefully all of them, but a couple will do! ;) ) and it would be great to see the modern grids from any of these championships reflected in the car line up in game.

    I see that Time Attack has been mentioned in the preview(s): would love to see some real World Time Attack and UK Time Attack cars make it into the game especially the RCM's Gobstopper I & II, Sierra Evo and Tilton Evo!

     

  9. ChokDK said:
    AND the surprise is a REAL 24 HOUR LEMANS RACE OF COURSE!!!!
    Ha! Just including the Circuit de la Sarthe is enough to keep me happy!
    Loore said:
    Taken from the Announcement Article:

    "Each discipline has a number of dedicated series within them; ranging from Touring Cars, GT, Single-Seaters, Muscle Cars, Drift, Supercars, Hypercars, Time Attack,
    Prototypes and many, many more."

    Just to confirm, but you can have Endurance races up to 40 minutes in length.
    Apologies, I missed that line: many thanks for confirming @Loore!
  10. Going back to your first post, I really do hope there are some prototype cars in the game. I really enjoyed those cars in Race Driver: GRID and it would be great to have them back.

    Ditto! I've read a comment in another thread indicating that car classes won't be mixed on track which is a shame, as I liked seeing the multiple car classes during the GRID 1 Le Mans races.

    Even racing by themselves though, I very much hope we get some prototypes in game.

  11. Well I think I heard an interview on Eurogamer with a dev and I am sure he said that Endurance is something like up to 10 minutes.

    If that is true (I hope not) then I think they need to re-read the definition of endurance! I would hope we can have races up to 40 minutes at least, similar to the GRID 2 settings.
    Yeah, I wouldn't class 10 minutes as endurance either!
  12.  justbiglee said:
    tbtstt said:

    Off topic, but give this a watch if you have a few minutes spare:

    http://youtu.be/Vg2c7Pp7H0Q

    It might change your opinion of Block; much of what he does is to keep his rally efforts funded. 

    That just reminded me of this interview with Ken from earlier this year, its worth a read and might change the opinion of some of the people that dismiss him right away.

    Good link, I hadn't read that before. Block has a segment in the "Easier Said Than Done" documentary as well:

    http://easiersaidthandonefilm.com/

    I would say the film is essential viewing for any rally fan! 

  13. Apologies if this would be better placed in another thread, but as the Touring Car element of Autosport is already being discussed elsewhere I thought I'd pop this thread up to discuss the Endurance side of things.

    Obviously we've only seen GT cars in the trailer, I wonder if Autosport is going to include Prototype cars as well? I've got my fingers crossed Le Mans will return from GRID again as well!

  14. dotmartin said:
    cromie89 said:

    Just cant wait for DIRT 4 lol, Proper, Ken Block free (Now he signed with ea/nfs) rally sim lol
    I wouldn't mind if Ken Block was associated with the game, he does a lot of cool stuff to promote a genre of racing that I love. If there is some kind of value of having a known name on the packaging Ken is as good of a candidate as any other. That said, if Codies can bring back the good ol' McRae feeling I wouldn't exactly cry either. 

    Or why not put Henning Solberg on the cover, he is a cool dude, just listen to him after finishing a stage! :) 

    I've never really warmed to Henning; he has just never seemed as likeable a personality as Petter. It would be cool to see a new game supported by a recognised driver, but it certainly won't stop me buying it if there isn't a drivers name on the box!

    cromie89 said:
    Just cant wait for DIRT 4 lol, Proper, Ken Block free (Now he signed with ea/nfs) rally sim lol

    Off topic, but give this a watch if you have a few minutes spare:

    http://youtu.be/Vg2c7Pp7H0Q

    It might change your opinion of Block; much of what he does is to keep his rally efforts funded.

     
    Its a case of working out which people prefer, do you want to "collect them all" and have 100's of cars at your disposal or do you want a small collection of cars that you feel a real sense of ownership over?

    I personally would like to see lots of cars in the next game - and obviously have the ability to drive them all - but a career mode where you have to buy (and perhaps maintain) a handful of cars could be interesting.

    NB: When I say "lots of cars" in the next game, I mean lots of genuine rally cars: not just random cars to bulk up the numbers!

  15. Great work @MastaVonBlasta!

    I would highly recommend ERC24 (http://erc24.com/) for that list, by far the best rallycross news website/Facebook of the lot.  

    Most of the content on Rallycross360 is copy/pasted from other rallycross websites and there are often mistakes in their Facebook stream: its generally the last rallycross website I look at! 

    Rallycross World (http://www.rallycrossworld.com/) isn't updated as regularly, but has some good articles on it. Rallycross Online (http://rallycross.com/) is excellent for results and quickly checking Championship standings.

     

  16. Gerbie said:
    Flashbacks is certainly a feature that should come back, it makes the game much more accessible for people than without.

    Personally id vote for a > yes.

    And no, i dont crash THAT much... :D
    Definately agree with this; Flashbacks make it easier for the casual gamers and can be switched off for those of us who like a challenge!
  17. Petter Solberg will show off his 2014 car and judging by teasers it will have a black/red/gold livery. I actually loved his bare black carbon fibre with stickers approach from 2013.
    I saw the teaser picture of his 2014 car and was actually a bit disappointed. His 2013 car was easily my fave livery in the rallycross paddock last year, I was hoping it would be back for 2014!
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