Five days before a hectic race weekend…and counting down!!!

Well the time to head back on the track is fast approaching with the Speedshow here in Auckland.

SimDeck will recreate what will now go down in history as one of NZ’s most famous motorsports achievements when Scott Dixon won the May 2008 Indy 500. With Scott’s winning car on display and a scheduled appearance it only seemed fitting that we give visitors to the show a 0.01% taste on what that incredible achievement is and for Scott’s name to go into the realm of legends.

We have made some minor upgrades to the PET250 race car in the sensory department, and have further immediate plans after the Speedshow for an additional indepth integration in some areas that will further immerse drivers, audience and race management into the virtual world. So come race weekend we expect to see many egos bruised and reputations enhanced. We will try and have the photos and videos uploaded as soon as we can after next weekend.

Thank goodness the F1 was held in Monsa and not Houston! Evenso I see the pit garages were getting flooded with water due to a heavy downpour….anyone got a spare mop:-)

You may well ask is race simulation just for kids games and boys who have never grownup, or simply those who did not have the connections, dollars or opportunities to actually race cars in the real world. 

In a break between work, young Josh could not resist jumping in the tub for a few laps at Blackwood.

In a break between work, young Josh could not resist jumping in the tub for a few laps at Blackwood.

Most associate race simulation with gaming. In itself it would not be in-accurate to call it gaming, however the SimDeck experience and others, take this to a whole new dimension. Compare it to a $100 Microsoft Flight sim programme which is actually used to teach pilots how to fly, www.flightexperience.com,  however as with a Boeing or F16 fighter pilot who train in a simulator,  many race car drivers consider training in a race car simulator crucial to their skill development for winning in the real world. MacLaren race team have a simulator that have cost in the hundreds of $1,000 ..upwards of $2mil I recall. As for the Simdeck simulators these sell for well over what most people could afford for the family car. So yes there are similarities with the gaming industry and many aspects do intersect with the race simulation industry which is a whole new breed that we are implementing for entertainment, training, team building and the like.

As an example from our friends over at www.iracing.com BEDFORD, MA (29 May 2008) — What a difference a month (and some simulation time) makes — Ryan Dalziel and Henri Zogaib finished second in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series event at Virginia International Raceway in April. Less than four weeks later, following intensive pre-race preparation with iRacing simulation software, the pair drove their SAMAX BMW Riley Daytona Prototype to victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a track that Zogaib had never even visited, much less driven.

To make the challenge that much greater, a fuel-cell leak wiped out the SAMAX team’s first practice session and much of the second, which left Zogaib, a Daytona Beach businessman, with only six laps of the circuit before he had to qualify. “It was immense pressure,” Zogaib recalled. “But with the time I spent in the simulator I was able to understand the track. I’m very pleased with the iRacing software; it was very informative in the specific details of all the corners. It gave me a level of comfort with the circuit that allowed me to do what I needed to do in a tough situation.”

A fascinating piece of simulation technology history reinforces, that race car simulation was first demonstrated and used in the 1960’s…well before computers were in common existance. First seen in public on global TV in one of the most high suspense TV series  where it featured for one episode. I’ll write about it in a future Diary entry, but it is a classic piece of history that resurfaced in recent years.

Post Show Comment: TV One Saturday 6pm news item closes with the SimDeck PET250 open wheeler race car simulator. Further full report with photos and videos will appear on this site.
Late breaking news also just released is the news that Graham McRae is relaunching his motorsports career. SimDeck hopes to have Graham in the PET250 simulator in the very near future…maybe we just might be able to give him a head start to get that precision edge back 😉

Now no entry in the the diary would be complete without some current TV replays, so check out some recent video broadcast of recent virtual world Grand Prix. These cars are being driven by real people in a virtual world and driving cars that mimic with stunning uncanny accuracy their real world counterparts. For the average person this footage could easily fool the average person into thinking this was a TV replay broadcast. So ok fellow racers prepare to impress there is a world-wide audience watching.

 

FSR 2008 WC
Hockenheim

Here at the SimDeck Sim centre we held some practice sessions on the Indy track over this last weekend with a full compilment of 2008 cars and are truely looking forward to see Scott Dixon visit the Speed Show and participate in a crowd drawing race.  Hey it is one thing to be able to win a realk world race…but can he win in the virtual world…the real test of any driver 🙂

FSR 2008 WC – Silverstone

Our new team member / driver Marcus dropped by and he gave the upgrade his approval. Our Junior Mentoring Programme is underway with young Josh spending Saturday afternoon here at the HQ Sim Office helping out and learning some new skills. Further progress ahs been made in fitting out the new sim area to cater for the demand ot manage private race parties, birthday events, driver training and demo’s for our growing list of corporate clients.

FSR 2008 WC – Round 10 Pro Series.

In a break between work, young Josh could not resist jumping in the tub for a few laps at Blackwood.

In a break between work, young Josh could not resist jumping in the tub for a few laps at Blackwood.

Well the time to head back on the track is fast approaching with the Speedshow here in Auckland and Scott Dixon’s winning Indy 500 car to be on display.

iRacing Launches Advanced Motorsport Simulation

Blurring real world and virtual racing in the PET250 model car

Blurring real world and virtual racing in the PET250 model car

The following announcement from iracing is another significant step in the development of the rapidly growing international race simulation world, which gives my career and business opportunities for continued growth. Without the virtual tracks being built and championships being created we’re headed for the bitside junk heap.

So thanks to Henry and John my future is glowing even brighter as another championship winner will be taking on drivers and teams from around the world.

Last night at a business meeting I was chatting over drinks and the comment was made that the person in the discussion had no idea that pro race car drivers regularly practice in simulators rather than the actual track. His comments were interesting in two ways… when one becomes involved having a career as a simulation race car driver you tend to think people would realise, that just like the Boeing, Virgin, Air NZ pilots who constantly train in simulators, that the same equally applies to top end race car drivers who do the same. So the public perception of race car simulation as a training tool is still low on the horizon. With the wwwiracing.com launch it further enhances and promotes our industry. However this is now no game but serious business with dollars, careers and wealth at stake.

 iRacing’s Motorsport Simulation and Internet Racing Service Driver Development Tool Now Available to Auto Racing Community and General Public

BEDFORD, MA. (August 26, 2008) – iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations today announced the general launch of its much-anticipated subscription-based auto racing simulation and internet racing service.  After four years of development and testing, virtually anyone anywhere in the world with a PC, high-speed internet access and a set of automotive-style wheel-and-pedal controls can develop his or her race-driving skills and also compete in the newest form of global motorsport – real-time, online competition, known as internet racing.

The announcement of iRacing’s public launch was made at noon today by iRacing’s co-founders and owners, John Henry, who is also principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, and Dave Kaemmer, a pioneer of motorsport simulation technology with more than 20 years experience in the field. 

“This is a moment that Dave and I have eagerly envisioned, from the day in 2004 when we started iRacing.com,” said Henry, who is also principal owner of Fenway Sports Group, co-owner of NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing.  “Development of the simulation and the service and the addition of more cars and tracks is and will be a continual process, but opening the service to all comers is an important milestone in the life of the company.”

iRacing.com was founded in September of 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry. Kaemmer was co-founder of Papyrus Design Group, developers of award-winning racing simulations including NASCAR Racing: 2003 Season and Grand Prix Legends. Henry is principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Group – the co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing – as well as an avid simracer. The iRacing.com team combines more than 100 years of real-world racing experience with more than 50 years of successful racing simulation development.

Motorsports Simulation at the Olympics

Here is a thought worth pondering…should motorsports simulation racing be an Official Olympic Games Competitive Sport.

Here are some aspects to consider:-
– Motorsports is the world most watched sport.
– Computer gaming is the world’s largest entertainment industry
– I don’t have the stats on hand but car driving is one of the most favoured means of transport.
Just try and drive in Mumbai, Central London, Bangkok and you will know what I mean.
– The motorsports girls are some of the most delightful eye candy in any sport.
– Simulation racing is a green sport and the perfect hybrid activity and carbon friendly.
– Should A1GP, Indy 500 and Formula One officiating bodies be required to all sponsor the Motorsports Simulation Olympics?
– How should the simulator race systems for the Olympics be configured? Full featured cars, on 3 DOF platforms with life size daytime display systems.
– The online racing community now has a fully sanctioned and franchised motorsports developed by http://www.iracing.com.

About iRacing.com
iRacing.com was founded in September of 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry. Kaemmer was co-founder of Papyrus Design Group, developers of award-winning racing simulations including NASCAR Racing: 2003 Season and Grand Prix Legends. Henry is principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Group – the co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing – as well as an avid simracer. The iRacing.com team combines more than 100 years of real-world racing experience with more than 50 years of successful racing simulation development.

Add your comments as to whether this is a crazy idea.

Remember though that currently for the Olympics we have sports where adults dance around a green table hitting a tiny white ball, woman dancing in the water, fit young girls jumping around with long ribbons, metal tubes being thrown thru the air, balls being bounced, hit, thrown, tossed and passed on all manner of courts. Then we have nimble young ladies jumping and tossing around on planks (that looks so dangerous), men swing from hoops, people racing on one of the first human powered personal transport machines, athletes pretending to be like the fastest fish, others bouncing on tightened sheets (I use to do this as a kid bouncing on my bed), whilst others keep running around in circles and some in a straight line, some like to test their strength by lifting heavy things, others take to brawling that would have them arrested if it occured in a night club and others really lash out punching so hard it would be classified as assault on the street. Other sports would have a full armed Police response if you played them in the average school field or or backyard and another was the cause of 1,000’s of deaths over the centuries in deadly warfare…. hmmm I thought the Olympics were suppose to be the friendly games. Still others paddle sitting, kneeling on everso narrow boats, whilst others search for a breath of air whilst holding on for Olympic glory. Some jump high backwards and others jump forward whilst others jump over fences. …seems to be alot of jumping and bouncing around in the Olympics don’t you think! Oh and then of course some athletes pretend to be older than they are, others take illegal drugs to go faster, others deny ever taking performance boosting substances and I guess some might secretly wish they had. All in all high speed simulation would seem to fit in well with all this bouncing, running, lifting, jumping and dancing.

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