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About arthur666

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  1. Jeez those old cars are so fun to watch. And drive (in AC). I know it's not as popular as a few other Brit marquees, but I hope they announce Mini as the mystery addition to the Brit Pack. One classic and one modern would be fine.
  2. We can now drive the greatest street-legal Mustang ever, in Assetto Corsa.
  3. Trackdaze group at VIR Full course March 20/21 . This was my first solo drive. Ended up being a small group, so we had tons of track time. I think I had 10 hours track time over 2 days if I wanted. Only ended up driving about 6 or 7, which was plenty. Really recommend these people if you're on the East coast. Great group, chill and fun, but safe. They have instructors for some sessions too, which is how I got to eventually solo drive on an open track. No pace cars or speed limits or anything. I drove a stock 2015 Mustang EcoBoost w/Performance Package, Dad drove his Focus RS. We switched cars a couple of times. The Mustang was a very friendly track car. Enough power to not get run-over by other cars, and very neutral when pushed a little harder. Did nothing unexpected, and when the rear breaks loose, it's nice and gradual. Though, Dad spun the Mustang in turn 5a/6. If the EcoBoost had a little more power, a louder exhaust, and I had dialed in a little more aggressive camber in the front, it would be quite the dandy track car. Heavy, but still very fun to drive. The RS is like nothing I've ever driven before. So much torque. so much grip, so forgiving with its fancy AWD system. First time I've ever started to get motion-sickness while driving. I'ld put some miles on it commuting, which gave me some familiarity and respect for the car, but pushing it on track was an eye-opener. Totally nuts. I appreciated the torquey turbos in both cars, as it saved me from having to downshift quite as much as I did the time I drove a V6 Mustang, and even the V8 GT. Without an instructor in the car, I actually felt a little more comfortable, finally mastered heel/toe downshifting when braking hard at turn 1. That turn comes up fast, and before I was previously more concerned with actually slowing in time than I was with proper technique. All the other drivers were courteous and patient, which is good because moving up from beginner to intermediate meant I was no longer passing more cars than were passing me. My arm was getting tired from all the point-bys. Lots of modded Corvettes out there. I hope to get back in August. Got back and next day drove @Darren_Blythe 's VIR in Assetto Corsa. Yep, it's still just as fun even after driving the real thing.
  4. I missed too much of the race due to no good streaming. Watched qualifying and the Continental GS/ST race on Friday was a lot of fun, as always. But Fox pulled the plug on streaming this year. Grrrrr.... But in GTLM 1. Ford 2. Porsche 3. Ferrari 4. Chevy ... 8. BMW Yep, everything is in order here.
  5. As long as I get my ver10 tires on all cars, NA Miata, and Laguna Seca, I'm cool with whatever happens next. Pretty amazed AC has made it this far. And good for them. I'm glad they made some real money for a change.
  6. Thanks for the info @not_him_59 Yikes. The Next Level is $300. As far as the Omega goes, I imagined it would move a little. I am planning on putting some foam on the back of the wheel stand arms, and pushing it against the under-edge of the desk, so that should make it a little more stable. I just need to do a few more measurements when I get home...
  7. Thanks @NimRud Can you adjust the angle of the actual wheel stand? I see that you can extend it. And is the shifter mount adjustable horizontally at the base? I gots long legs, and like the wheel close to my chest. Everytime I get in a car w/adjustable pedals, pedals go all the way back, wheel gets pulled as far forward as possible.
  8. That looks like a nice, simple setup @Doug Atkinson. Also, Steelseries made the keyboard in my MSI laptop. Very impressed by the quality as well. The chair is actually more uncomfortable than it looks. Keeps me from playing too long. I wish I could have a dedicated area for my "rig", but this pulls double duty as the family computer desk. So, I posted this over at Racedepartment to ask about wheelstands. I'm likely going to order this GT Omega: and eventually upgrade to a TH8A shifter(sooner) and Thrusmaster wheel(later). I imagine I can move a seat back a little, slide the pedal section under my desk, and move the monitor to the edge. And one day, get a 34" curved monitor.
  9. For sure. The first version I drove was back in 2008, the Race 07/GTR Evo version. Ho hum, it was kind of cool, like a long road course. Didn't do many laps... But when it was released for AC, I went through a nice long addiction of driving Nord Tourist laps. Wow! The road surface was much more alive and the visual references were much more useful. I've literally done hundreds of laps, and I love it. Especially feeling a street car get light on some of the crests.
  10. Hope Assetto Corsa releases the 911 GTLM in time for the big show. Will be interesting to watch and then drive. But too bad there's not a great Daytona track mod. Otherwise, I always have to pull for Ford, for professional reasons. I'm a good company man.
  11. I just tried the custom championship last night. Great feature. Haven't had a chance to dig in yet, but the possibilities are pretty good. Can you add ballast to cars thru that tool?
  12. Looking good. I was secretly harboring a wish that they would announce a few particular modern Fords, but looking forward to Brit pack, more Ferraris, Seca. Wondering when I'll finally get that updated NA Miata. I'm guessing anytime between tomorrow and May.
  13. Cool! Glad to hear it. Nice that you can use your Fanatec gear. I'd hate to think of that stuff languishing. I'll just throw another system spec into this thread for someone's future reference: Back until 0.8 or so, I was running it well at medium settings using an old Intel Q8200, 4GB RAM, and a GTX560. with about 10 cars or so, ran fine. Did not do as well with 20 cars. I bet the current version would run better on that system, as AC is more optimized than it was in the early days. Now running i4760 16GB and a GTX970. Single monitor. Runs fine.
  14. @nhill40 I'll always endorse a Miata, wholeheartedly. I just put a cheap header and used starter on mine. Runs like a boss. An ugly, chipped, dented, faded (but straight!) boss. It won't be ready for the track for a while though. But I want to keep it street legal, since having something take up my garage hole and only get driven a few times a years seems silly. I've never done autocross, but should look into it eventually. I know "that face". My mom makes it when my dad joins me at the track (I guess she's done worrying about me ). But he gets an earful. BTW, that RS I've been borrowing is his, and hopefully he will be ripping it around VIR in March. My wife doesn't worry about me at the track, and she shouldn't. She should worry about my 30+ minute Interstate commute every day. Much more dangerous than driving on track. Nobody on track is on their phone, eating a bagel, or applying makeup. Everyone is paying attention to what they're doing. Plus, I don't wear a helmet to work. Maybe I should? @Grave , lovely BRZ!