Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Test Drive Tuesday Videos

On the run up to my exams, I am going to have to scale back video creation. Priorities are priorites. When I can I'll still do the Test Drives and record their times on the Hotlap table. This is what I've done for the McLaren M6GT and M23. Check out the page to see how the cars stack up!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty Eighth - A retrospective review

Game: B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty Eighth
Publisher: Microprose
Developer: Wayward Interactive
Released: 2000
Cost: $5.99 (Good Old Games)

So this is my first fully video review. B-17 is one of my favourite games of all time. Hope you enjoy the video!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Test Drie Tuesday - McLaren MP4-28

Honestly, I had bought this as soon as it came out that it was the TDT car this week! I've been waiting for a modern F1 car for some time on Simraceway (affordably anyway), and I was not at all disappointed with my purchase!

Being an F1 car, there's not much to say about its performance other than it being completely fantastic. Stability, speed, braking are all superb, as you'd probably expect from the pinnacle of motorsport. It does take a while getting used to the sheer pace of the machine, but once you get to grips with it, the pace is fantastic. The only car that comes in comparison is the 1988 McLaren MP4/4 which we did a few weeks back. Despite being 25 years older, the MP4/4 is surprisingly on the pace of the MP4-28, but still the advances show, with the MP4-28 being faster on more of the tracks.

The mechanical perfection of the F1 car makes it very difficult to talk to about. You point it in a given directions and so long as you can keep it bolted down on braking or accelerating - thats where it goes. It all then boils down to just how aggressive you can be without losing control. I tried a 30 minute time trial at Silverstone. The fastest time was 1:32.0 which is roughly on par with pole at the 2013 F1 Silverstone GP. At that race, the 107% time was ~1:37.6 and I managed a time of 1:36 - so I would have made the grid but not well!

I've included the full track day on my youtube channel. That and the hotlap and crashes videos are below too: