VRC Goes Drifting!
Drifting are hot. Do you like slamming your car door-to-door around the track
sideways? Fire up VRC, select Dual Play, and invite your racing buddy to
join your on-line rubber-burning drift session. You’ll be amazed how much
fun this is once you get the hang of it. As with all exciting things, it will take
some time to get super slick in this discipline. And when you get some good
dual- player drifter runs, save them as replay files, and send them to VRC.
We’ll take a look at them and will capture the most exciting door-to-door
action to create VRC drifter clips for You Tube and, of course, the VRC website. You can also do this yourself, of course. When you replay your run, use
the free video-capturing program FRAPS or D3DGear to record it. Use the
TV cam (F2) and the different camera positions (F3) to record the door-to-door action. Put a pounding beat under it, and you’ll have a fantastic clip to
send us and post on You Tube; success guaranteed! Kakegawa and
Cincinnati are excellent drifter tracks, by the way!
TIP OF THE MONTH
fView the AI cars racing
If you are new to RC and VRC and would like to see good racing action, just watch
the AI cars. VRC lets you view the AI cars race each other. This is how it works:
select ‘Practice,’ and set the number of AI cars to 9. If this slows down the frame
rate too much, select fewer AI cars. When the track has loaded, leave your own
(player) car in pit lane, and use F2 to select the TV View. With the numeric keys 1
to 9, you can select any of the AI cars that are running on the track. The camera
will start following the selected car. Use the zoom options to zoom in on the cars.
With F3, you can change the camera position. There are 10 positions available,
including a top view and very low infield cameras that give amazing views! Just
watching the AI cars race each other and battle for position is very entertaining.
When you’re ready to get on the track yourself, just click F2 again.
VRC RACERS SPEAK UP!
PATRICK BRADFORD (USA) wrote us:
“I was just writing to say that VRC rocks my socks. I race
1⁄10th electric and nitro touring cars in real life. I don’t often
get a chance or find the motivation to get to the track and
practice because it’s so far away and the weather usually
sucks when I do want to. A few of the guys I race with
have gotten VRC from the local hobby shop, and it’s awesome. My real racing friends are a little upset that I have
VRC. I am usually a top- 5 driver at any given event. I have
one national top- 10 to my credit. I have been obsessing
over VRC, and my lap times have gotten better. My friends
are kind of frustrated ’cause I am beating them worse
TRACK OF THE MONTH
VRC STUNT & DRIFTER PARK
The VRC Stunt and Drifter Park is one of two free ‘public’ tracks that are
available to everyone including trial users. The parking lot this track is built
on is at Tropical Park in Miami. The track is ideal to get a first feel of what
VRC has to offer, even when just using your keyboard to control the car.
The front part is a parking lot with aisles and can be used to get a feel for
driving an RC car. You can also use it to try out the drifter car. You must
select the generic brand to select a setup for the drifter cars. The back
side of the track is the stunt part with ramps to run your car over. The
large ramp lets you make serious jumps, and with throttle and brake, you
can control the flight of your car and how it lands! Choosing the TV View
and other camera positions (F3), you can also select other driving positions, or you can drive your RC car around the parking lot using the behind
or in-car view. More fun than you’d probably expect on this ‘simple’ free
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