Formula 1, Motorsport and Sim Racing News
Reiza Studios posted a new batch of screenshots of their upcoming 1.20 version of Game Stock Car Extreme.
Besides the earlier announced 2014 version of the Red Bull Ring, which is called the Austrian Ring in game, the popular PC simulator will now also include a sensational 1970s version of the circuit located in the mountains of the Alps.
As a tribute to Michael Schumacher, who has woken up from his coma, the Brazilian studios have also included a #KeepFightingMichael livery for their 2014 Formula One car, named the Formula Extreme.
The v1.20 update for Game Stock Car Extreme is expected to be released during this month of June.
If you haven't purchased Game Stock Car Extreme yet make sure to pick it up from the RaceDepartment Store for only $29,90 and enjoy the racing simulator that is considered by many as offering most bang for your buck.
Michael Schumacher has reportedly been moved from an intensive care unit to a rehabilitation ward in Grenoble hospital where the driver is being treated for severe brain injuries.
The seven-time F1 world champion struck a rock with his head whilst skiing at the French resort of Meribel in late December of last year.
He was placed into a medically induced coma in early January to aid his recovery, and he was making "small, encouraging signs" around two months ago. Doctors have so far struggled to bring him out of the coma, and German magazine Bunte said that the driver was "out of danger" but his chances of making a full recovery have diminished.
Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's manager, has made no comment on Bunte's report. Last month Kehm denied reports that the German had been moved to a rehab unit, insisting that there had been no change in his condition.
Dr Gary Hartstein, former F1 doctor, said "I'm quite afraid, and virtually certain, we will never have any good news about...
It's that time of year again, the one where you stay up for two days to watch cars go round in circles. RaceDepartment will be providing live coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans for our friends near the Circuit de la Sarthe), a high quality broadcast via our Live Stream and our chat box to discuss the LM24 events as they unfold.
Who else can describe the epic race better than two-time Le Mans GT1 winner and Aston Martin Racing driver Darren Turner?
"Every year when we go back to Le Mans there is a change - where barriers are, where the run-off is, where kerbs are - and this year is no different.
"The circuit has been busy over the winter making some safety changes, certainly at Tetre Rouge where Allan (Simonsen) went off last year. It's always easy after the event to say ‘that was an obvious place to improve' but for me it's a shame as they've changed the part where the accident happened but they've not changed, what I believe, is the cause of the accident,...
With about two weeks until Autosport's release, Codemasters have released the latest trailer showcasing the Tuner class.
Tuner, as Codies calls it, appears to be a mixture of drifting and tuned street cars. The trailer shows exclusively drifting, however screenshots suggest that the discipline may also be used on circuits and streets for standard races.
Time Attack cars such as the muscle & super modified machines are meant to be raced against the clock and not against other drivers. They are "lighter, grippier versions of street cars, which are well balanced and around 500bhp."
Drift cars are all rear wheel drive, and feature increased steering lock and short gears. It'll be interesting to see how these handle on a wheel rather than with a gamepad, which is likely what they are designed to be controlled with.
The cars are split into multiple tiers, and then split again into classes.
Ford Mustang Boss 302
Chevrolet Camaro SS
Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
There's still time to kill before the start of the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. Whilst you're waiting for engines to roar in France, check out Audi's awesome documentary about their 2011 effort: "TRUTH IN 24 II - Every Second Counts".
The Le Mans 24 Hours are a legend. They are mentioned in the same breath as the Rallye Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. Since 1923, hundreds of thousands of motorsport enthusiasts have been flocking to La Sarthe year by year to experience the one-day race. To watch the protagonists in their sports cars battle for each place and each meter of tarmac with bated breath. The drivers cover 4,800 kilometers in 24 hours – almost as many as the Formula One racers in a whole year. Every Le Mans winner has gone down in history. The three Audi drivers André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler did so in a special way with the triumph they achieved in 2011.
The film “Truth in 24 II” documents the tenth and arguably most emotional...
Kazuki Nakajima took his #7 Toyota to pole position in the qualifying session, which started early to make up for lost time earlier in the week.
Nakajima was the only racer to beat the 3m22.000s barrier. "Pole is important and to start from pole position - even though it is 24 hours - is great," said Nakajima.
"It's a very good feeling and I am really happy with the car. I was struggling with the traffic but I managed to get one lap and it was just enough.
"It's going to be a tough race but tonight I am happy."
Stéphane Sarrazin, Nakajima's teammate in the #7 TS040, said "It is amazing to be on pole again.
"I did three in my career here before. Kazuki did a brilliant job. Yesterday we had a good car but today we had a very good car. The set up was brilliant so thanks to the team.
"It is promising because we feel so confident in the car. We can push every corner, every lap. Like that everything is positive. The race will be very long, we know that, we have to be very calm and not...
So, you wanna watch the mighty Le Mans 24, but you have no idea who is who? Lucky for you, here's an excellent spotter guide for Saturday's race.
The guide features all 56 cars from each class, along with driver details, WEC stats and a neat little profile view of each car.
After Loic Duval's accident, Audi's reserve driver Marc Gene has moved from his spot at Jota Sport (#38 LMP2) to the Audi R18 e-tron quattro (#1 LMP1-H). Oliver Turvey will replace Gene in Jota Sport's Zytek Z11SN.
You can find the full entry list here.
Check out this handy graphic to work out what means what on the spotter guide. This awesome spotter guide was created by Andy Blackmore Design in partnership with Nissan.
Click here to be taken to SpotterGuides.com to download the spotter guide.
Be sure to watch the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 unfold on RaceDepartment's Live Stream
The race starts on Saturday June 14 on 13:00 UTC (15:00 CEST) with the finish a day later on Sunday 15 June 2014.
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Fans who are going to watch the 91st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 want to know who is who, so its time to take a look at this years entry list.
The 24 Hour race of Le Mans is the world's oldest and most famous endurance race for sports cars and prototypes annually held in France and consists of a massive field of various cars and classes which can be quit confusing.
Below you'll find the full entry list of this year's edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a few last minute changes due to the horrific shunt of the #1 Audi yesterday dring the first night time qualification at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Marc Gene from Spain will substitute the injured Loic Duval in the #1 Audi of Team Joest and Gene's place at JOTA Sport will be taken by Oliver Turvey.
The full field of drivers and cars are divided into four different categories, each of them wearing their own colored number plates. Red for LM P1, Dark Blue for LM P2, Green for LM GTE Pro and Orange/Gold for LM GTE Am....
Horrific scenes at the Circuit de la Sarthe today when the number 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Loic Duval crashed at high speed at the Porsche Curves during the practice session for the 82nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The driver was taken into the care of the ACO's Medical Services who were immediately on the scene, extracted from the car to an ambulance and then immediately transported to the Le Mans Centre Hospitalier where he will undergo further examination.
His condition is reported as encouraging.
Only three days left to go until the start of the race of the year, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Before the lights at Circuit de la Sarthe turn green this Saturday at 15:00 CEST its time to get you into the right mood by presenting the classic "Le Mans" movie featuring cult hero and real life racing car driver Steve McQueen.
Besides the lead role for McQueen, who has surprisingly little text in this movie, the co-stars of production are the Ferrari 512s and Porsche 917s, iconic racing vehicles with tons of visual and audio appeal to racing enthusiasts.
After its release in 1971 the film faced a lack of success with the general theatre public, but over time both racing and movie fans have embraced "Le Mans" for its authentic racing scenes, the iconic blue and orange gulf livery on the car of McQueen and above all the film breathes the atmosphere that fans experience when visiting the race, even today in 2014.
For tonight sit back and relax and enjoy the 1 hour and 48 minutes long action...
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