With America celebrating its birthday this weekend it was probably easy to forget to watch the British GP on Sunday morning. Especially if you were still recovering from copious amounts of BBQ and blowing stuff up. As per usual we are your motorsport wing man and we have you covered for the quick results. There is also a race review video from NBC sports below as well to make sure you see all the important bits.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!
2015 British Grand Prix Results:
1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sebastian Vettel
2015 British Grand Prix Recap:
2015 Formula One World Championship Driver Standings:
1st: Lewis Hamilton -194 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg -177 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel -135 points
4th: Valtteri Bottas -77 points
5th: Kimi Raikkonen -76 points
Codemasters F1 2015 is coming out soon and we are definitely excited for it. We had a taste of it at E3 2015 last month and while it was just a short experience we enjoyed it. Now, it is obviously still possible that once the full game comes out there may be a pile of things we hate about it. But, that seems unlikely at this point. Today, just before the British Grand Prix weekend Codemasters has released a new trailer which lists off some of F1 2015’s game modes and features as well as demonstrates the kind of imagery their new game engine can muster. They also released some in-game Silverstone screen shots as well. Check out the trailer and the screen shot gallery below!
What? More E3 stuff? Yep! Although admittedly we are reaching the end of our E3 content so if you’re sick of it then take heart because its almost over! If you’re loving it then unfortunately we’re nearing the end! Anyhow, lets get down to business. There was no way we were going to leave E3 this year without playing the new Need For Speed game which is making its re-booted return after a two year “hiatus”. I use the word “hiatus” lightly because its not like Ghost Games (the development team behind Need For Speed) were taking a break. Need For Speed’s publisher, Electronic Arts decided to take their marquee racing title off its yearly release schedule to give their dev team more time to work on each title.
The newest Need For Speed is the first game to come from this new dev cycle and it definitely sets itself a part from previous titles. First, lets address the elephant in the room. The reason why this Need For Speed is simply Need For Speed with no subtitle is because this is a complete reboot of the series and it contains elements from many other previous Need For Speed games. You’ll find flavors of Underground, Rivals, Hot Pursuit and more all wrapped up into this new title. Second, lets get to the important stuff such as gameplay, looks, and experience. Luckily, I have all that wrapped up in a video below. I also had a chance to interview one of the producers from Ghost Games and pick her (Yes HER. Girl power mofos) brain about some of the creative and design choices the team made on this new title. Enjoy it all below!
Miss out on some of the racing this weekend? No worries we got you covered! We’ll start off with the results from the Indy Car race this weekend at Auto Club Speedway here in sunny California. There was a surprise win at the MAVTV 500 this year. Who was it? Scroll below to find out!
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!
Indy Car MAVTV 500 Official Results:
1st: Graham Rahal
2nd: Tony Kanaan
3rd: Marco Andretti
I bet that wasn’t the podium you were expecting was it?! If you think that’s crazy check out the highlights below.
Sometimes people imagine things that make perfect sense and yet do not actually exist in any official capacity. Why isn’t there a telephone booth that doubles as a time machine? Why isn’t there a high-tech suit of armor that allows the wearer to fly and fight evil along side other super heroes? Why hasn’t Mazda actually built an MX-5 roaster with a rotary engine? While not always the case, sometimes imagination and ingenuity can provide tangible solutions to those questions. Surely if necessity is the mother of invention then imagination must be its father, yes?
Anyhow the point I’m getting to is that sometimes if someone else doesn’t make the thing you want, then you can make it yourself. That is exactly what Japanese tuner FEED did with the Mazda MX-5. Considered by many to be a near perfect car when it comes to power and balance, some felt that it was missing one essential ingredient to actually make it so: a rotary engine. For some mysterious reason Mazda never saw it fit to equip their peppy roadster with their tri-point engine. Thus, FEED did it themselves and with quite successful results. In the video below, Japanese drifting legend and accomplished circuit racer Nobuteru “N.O.B.” Taniguchi pilots the FEED Rotary MX-5 in an all Roadster battle. The video is just a taste but its a tasty taste. While just an excerpt from Hot Version Vol 127, the full video can be digitally rented or purchased. In the meantime, I suggest checking out the preview!
If you are into racing games, and I mean like really into them, then you likely know the name Fanatec. If you know the name Fanatec then you know what they do; which is make high quality racing wheel peripherals for PC and consoles. If you know all that then you also know that Fanatec wheels aren’t cheap! Because of their, well let’s just say “premium” pricing, buying a Fanatec wheel can be considered more of an investment than anything else.
Having said that one could imagine how bummed out Fanatec owners were two years ago when they realized their Fanatec wheels would not work on Xbox One. Fast forward to E3 2015 and a few things have changed. Fanatec worked closely with Microsoft and worked out a solution. It is a pricy solution but a solution nonetheless. The Fanatec Club Sport V2 wheel base is the flag ship product from the brand and is meant for the most serious of sim racers on console or PC. It has the best of the best components inside it and features a design that allows for using various wheel rims via a quick-release hub.
Fanatec has created a special Xbox One compatible hub that attaches to the Club Sport V2 wheel base! Yay! This is great news for those who already own the $600 Club Sport V2 base and $299 Club Sport pedals. Xbox One compatibility is merely an extra $399 away which the purchase of a Club Sport GT steering wheel which comes with the special Xbox One hub. However, those who don’t already own the wheel base are looking at a roughly $1,300 total price tag. Just for reference that is more than three times the price of a current gaming console or about equal the price of a nicely equipped gaming PC.
$1,300 bucks is a lot money. Is it worth it? Well that all just depends on how much one cares about sim racing and quality of sim racing products. I had a chance to use the new Xbox One GT steering wheel at E3 and did a quick video on my thoughts on the brief user experience I had with Fanatec’s latest. Check it out below. If you want to drop the cash for this set up just visit Fanatec.com to order the Club Sport V2 wheel base and Pedals. However, the Xbox One wheel/hub will not be available until August 31st, 2015 so you’ll have to wait on that part. While a two month wait sucks, that is still plenty of time before Forza Motorsport 6’s release date (September 15th, 2015).
I got to play plenty of racing games at E3 this year but the game I was really looking forward to getting my hands on was the new F1 game from Codemasters. F1 2015is the first Codemasters F1 game on the new crop of gaming consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One). Not to say that the previous F1 games haven’t been awesome but I always knew that if they had a more powerful console at their disposal the team could really create something cool. So, how is it looking so far? Check out my gameplay impression as well as a quick interview with Mr. Lee Mather who is the Principal Game designer for F1 2015. You can also click the thumbnails for HD screen shots!
Did you miss the F1 race while you were hanging out with your dad for Father’s Day? No worries, we got you covered. Simply scroll below for the official results of the Austrian Grand Prix along with a two part-race re-cap by Will Buxton.
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!
2015 Austrian GP Results:
1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Felipe Massa
2015 Formula One Top 5 Points Standings:
1st: Lewis Hamilton 169 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg 159 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel 120 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 72 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 62 points
Rally is one of the most popular motorsports in the world. Why? Because despite having to often trek to difficult terrain and/or put themselves in dangerous situations, there is nothing better to a rally fan than being super close to a purpose built race car going full on at speed right past them at close range. Watching a driver tackle a course with corners flying at them at full tilt is truly a sight to behold. Which is why I am bringing you such a sight. In the video below, rally driver Roger Feghali takes on a Lebanese hill climb with full aim for a course record. I’ll tell you right now whether or not he breaks the record is irrelevant. Just merely watching the man’s attempt is pure satisfaction. By the way, there is an anti-lag system on this car so you’ll want to turn your volume up when you watch the video so you can savor all those tasty pops and bangs!
Sebastian Loeb Rally Evo was one of the first racing games I played once I arrived at E3. I was lucky enough to get an appointment to test out an early build of the game and even speak with the devs. Since I didn’t know much about this game I took the opportunity to get some questions answered and dig up some more info about the game in the form of an interview below. If you also want to know what my first impressions are based on my short gameplay time you can check that out below as well. If you can’t be bothered to watch either video here are the cliff notes:
-8 different environments
-Cars from several eras of rally racing; from vintage to modern.
-Tracks were painstainkingly re-created from real counter parts using camera cars
-Rallycross will be featured in the game including the Staples Center Los Angeles course from the X Games
Ok that’s enough notes. If you want more then you have to watch the videos!