RFactor 2 Mountain Peak Dev Preview

Shaun Cole On October 17, 2014
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Image Space Incorporated - The makers of Rfactor have really been stepping up their efforts as of late in an oval direction.  They have been working on the Stock Car add on for the game and it was just yesterday that we were showing off The Jacksonville Speeday.  Well today they have a preview of a new oval, Mountain Peak, that will have appeal that goes beyond just oval fans.  The 1.5 mile speedway also features a road coarse that uses part of the oval and an infield section for part of its road layout.  In addition they have two karting tracks at the facility, one in the infield betweens turns 3 and 4, and another on the outside of the track. 

Tim Wheatley of ISI also posted a 5 lap race on the karting track:

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Chad Brown On 2014-10-20 16:58:09
Chad Brown

Im glad to see rF2 coming out with a number of tracks that are geared toward a single series (stock car). I suspect that Tim has finally realized that the other sims coming out, Assetto Corsa and pCars, have been getting alot more attention on the race sim sites, and modding community for that matter. It is a shame that it likely is too little too late. My league has begun the process of moving toward AC as its game of choice for league races. Our league loves rFactor 2 and think it is the most advanced sim of the "next gen" sims. However, there are next to no online racers and recruiting racers has become almost impossible due to the low online numbers. I sincerely hope the recent spat of content is going to re-invigorate the interest in this fantastic sim.

But back onto the topic of this track. It looks like standard rFactor 2 tech. The track looks decent and having multiple layouts and options for racing series is a great one, two punch for its release. Tim may have been better served to have had the track rubbered in to keep the sliding down a bit. rFactor 2 is already known to be an ice track simulator. Having the Skip Barber car sliding all around the track may not go too terribly far in dispelling that opinion among those who are still staying away. Also watching the AI bounce the cars due to buggy AI routines was amusing.

The ovals are a welcome addition that likely will attract more stock car fans. No other recent sim has made an accurate and compelling stock car. While I am not really into turning left over and over, it will be a nice way to test setup skills as well as drafting ability.


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