News of October, 2014

VIRTUAL EURO NITRO SERIES 1:8 vs REAL ENS at FIORANO

31.10.2014   8 comments   Category: Site news   Video: 1 available

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We have done another comparison study, now between the virtual and the real Euro Nitro Series race on which we have reported already earlier because of the amazing 0.006 seconds difference between 'virtual' winner Jakub Rozycki and 'real' winner Lamberto Collari.'

We have compared the first few laps and some laps towards the end to compare speed, racing line, and also very important, the slip angle of the cars. Now this last is very difficult to measure, in fact there is no scientific data available so it is mainly guessing. Or is it? What we did in the past to study this is to play videos in slow motion but then reversed. This gives you an excellent view of the real slip angle of the car. In this video we have done this for the real and the virtual car and guess what: also these slip angles are extremely close.

And why is slip angle important? Because it is a very important factor concerning the 'feel' of the car. The other factors are acceleration and braking (trigger finger), initial turn-in into the... read more

VRC PRO is submitted for Steam

28.10.2014   25 comments   Category: Site news

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VRC PRO has been submitted for release on 'Steam', which is one of the world's biggest mainstream computer gaming portals. In order to appear on Steam, our game needs to be voted for. We need your help with this.

So please vote for us at Steam Greenlight, and let's make VRC PRO appear on Steam as soon as possible. The more racers we have in VRC PRO, the more fun it will be for everybody! And remember, mainstream gamers have gaming skills that are ideal for VRC and real RC!

Please vote for us here at Steam Greenlight: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=333029153

Thank you for supporting us!

VIRTUAL NEO14 vs REAL NEO14

24.10.2014   10 comments   Category: Site news   Video: 1 available

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Having footage available of the Grand Opening event at NEO14, and footage of the real NEO14 A-Main, called for a 'Virtual vs Real' study of the 1:8 nitro buggies, never done before. Same cars, same track, same camera position and zooming (as much as possible) so we should end up with very similar pictures. And we did. We modified the brightness and color of the VRC video a bit to match the real NEO14 which of course is at an indoor facility with quite a bit of smoke (and we don't fill our virtual hall with smoke...). We even added a touch of blur, so keep in mind that the actual VRC footage is a lot sharper, brighter and colorful.

It's quite amazing to see how similar the cars in VRC Pro behave to the real cars. It's evidence of how good the physics and vehicle dynamics of VRC Pro are, check out the video and see for yourself.

Another interesting analysis: the average lap time of the VRC Pro winner Tobias Isaksson was 28.4 sec (2 pit stops in the 20 minute race), and Ty Tessmann, winner of the re... read more

Jakub Rozycki beats Lamberto Collari by 0.006 at Fiorano...

20.10.2014   9 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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Jakub Rozycki is the proud winner of the virtual version of the last EURO NITRO SERIES at Fiorano this past weekend, beating 9x IFMAR World Champion Lamberto Collari by just 0.006 sec after 45 minutes of racing. Never ever has the difference between the real and the virtual race, on the same track been that close.

Like Lamberto Collari, Jakub Rozycki from Poland drove a perfect race, with just 1 serious mistake which cost him around 3 seconds. VRC World Champion Martin Wollanka showed up for the first time again after his debut at the 2014 IFMAR Buggy Worlds in Sicily, and finished a strong 2nd just 4 seconds down on the surprisingly fast Pole. Good old Giorgio Mingotti finished 3rd 2 laps down on the winner.

Result 45 minute A-Main:

1 Jakub Rozycki PL Pro 171 45:10.450
2 Martin Wollanka AT Pro 171 45:14.600
3 Giorgio Mingotti IT Pro 169 45:05.350
4 Antonello Parisi IT Pro 165 45:00.378
5 Holger Wolf... read more

2 EXTRA RACES AT FIORANO THIS WEEKEND

16.10.2014   7 comments   Category: Site news

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This weekend the Euro Nitro Series races their final race of 2014 at Fiorano, and we invite all VRC racers to participate in the virtual edition of this event, starting today at 18:00 hours. There will be 3 rounds, qualifying on Friday, bump-up finals on Saturday and main finals on Sunday. So a very compact schedule for racers who don't have any real racing going on this week.

We will be racing in 1:8 nitro sportscars, and in 1:10 nitro Sedans, 1 class only!

So, no real racing to do this weekend? Join the nitro on-road racing fun at Fiorano Italy.

This event is presented to you by RUNNERTIME

Check out the real Euro Nitro Seroies results at Fiorano at http://www.euronitroseries.com/

THE RACE IS ON - WHO WILL REACH 100,000 KM FIRST?

15.10.2014   15 comments   Category: Site news

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Just over 3 years after the launch of VRC Pro 3 racers are approaching the incredible distance of.... 100,000 virtual kilometers. That is a total distance of 2 1/2 times around the earth, with a radio controlled model racing car. Hard to imagine and must be a world record! Reaching 100,000 km will make them member of the illustrious VRC Pro Century Club.

The race to this milestone is between Tom Ebersole from the US with 95,491 km under his belt, Graham Raistrick from the UK with 93,952 km, and Pierre Dumusc from Switzerland with 92,690 km. Interestingly, all 3 are well over 50 and long time r/c racers, indicating that virtual r/c racing must have a great appeal to 'senior' and ex r/c racers. Maybe we should start an 'over 50' league one day... Having said that, Graham Raistrick is leading several of the rankings and ha... read more

LORIOT TAKES ROUND 1 SCT AT PATTAYA

09.10.2014   4 comments   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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by our race reporter Don Stark

Event Coverage for Pro Class Mod SC & 1/8th Buggy
I have decided after a long break that I will cover the Modified Pro Class only. I will document the results for the other classes’ top 3 but I will only write up the A and B mains for the pro class. I decided to include the B mains because of the new DNS Factor mentioned later in this article. My event coverage will cover Short Course Modified and 1/8 Off Road Buggy Pro.

Short Course Pro A-Main
After several days of heated qualifying run only five drivers lined up to contest for the trophy.
1. Bryan Van Rijnberk, 2. Nicolas Loriot, 3. Barnabás Tóth, 4. Kirby Backemeyer, 5. Riccardo Berton

When the horn sounded Bryan hesitated and Nicholas took the lead in turn one. Nicholas squared up the big burm and shot out for a quad jump only to end up on his lid while “The Ripper” flew by. His lead however was short lived as Nicholas “The Lunch Box” passed... read more

HONKANEN VS CANDY ROUND 7 SEASON 2

09.10.2014   1 comment   Category: Event publications   Video: 1 available

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This is a must see race between Hankanen from Finland and Candy from the UK. Candy got off to a very bad start but managed to crawl back to the front of the field and managed to pass Honkanen in the very last lap, but then... see the video for an exciting finish.


1 Markku Honkanen FI 33 20:17.735
2 Javan Candy GB 33 20:18.069
3 Kirby Backemeyer US 33 20:32.383
4 Fredrik Boden SE 33 20:33.271
5 Dan Marson GB 32 20:06.092
6 Jarno Halonen FI 32 20:13.598
7 Claus Didriksen NO 31 20:17.997
8 Francis Wathlet BE 31 20:18.877
9 Rob Gillespie US DNS
10 Martin Wollanka AT DNS

UPDATES AND RELEASES OCTOBER 2014

08.10.2014   24 comments   Category: Site news

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PRACTICE WITH OTHER CARS
Tired of practicing alone? We now offer you up to 9 other cars on the track while you practice! The cars are specially selected for you to match your skill and racing level. You can also select another level yourself, there are 3 levels available: easy, medium and hard.

The cars will be refreshed frequently so you could be racing with a complete different set of cars a week from now. The cars are released in random order and at random intervals each time you start your practice, so the situation is never the same!

Not all PC’s are capable of running up to 9 cars plus your own car, so we start with just 3. If your frame rate drops under 60 fps we will automatically reduce the suggested number of cars, if you have plenty of frame rate the suggested number of cars will go up. You can always try to reduce your graphics settings to improve the frame rate, lowering or turning of the dynamic shadows has the biggest impact. If you want to run with 8 or more off-road cars we adv... read more

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