Simbin: WTCC Spa 2014 Reference Trip

Shaun Cole On July 5, 2014
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Simbin recently sent a group of its team to Spa during the WTCC event.  They were there scouting and taking thousands of pictures of the track and the cars for their sim.  Here is the story that chronicled their experience.

No matter how many times you’ve been there, arriving in Spa is always impressive. From the parking, the vertiginous sight of Eau Rouge is enough to remind you who is the boss here. Being my native country, every trip in Belgium is a bit special to me but this fifth time at Spa was not less emotional.

Three days is not too much to grab some references for such a big circuit plus the WTCC 2014 cars, but thanks to the Eurosport Events organization, everything went smooth.

While my two team-mates were taking thousands of pictures of the track, I was shooting every details of the WTCC cars, cockpit included. The task is tricky because a lot of people are working on the cars. And they’re fighting for a world championship, even more this year with the new regulation, which means that they need to focus 100% on their own tasks. No need to say that everyone in the paddock and the garages was very busy but there was no place for excitation or panic. Only cool heads here.

I still needed to grab the best shots possible to reproduce these new bolides as accurate as possible in the game.

All the teams have been extremely cooperative though, something that I’m sure you guys will enjoy while driving these cars.

Of course, I was not in Spa to take some pictures only, and as a sound designer, I recorded a lot of audio material, from the cars themselves to the track ambience and announcer. Such precious files to provide a proper immersion in the WTCC world. Cherry on the cake, the new WTCC cars are loud, which I like and that is becoming rare in motorsport.

By chance, the Spa WTCC event was also supported by the GT Tour (french GT Championship), which gave me the opportunity to grab more GT3 sound references, especially some loud backfires and gearshifts. Only music to our ears!

From Wednesday to Saturday, days were pretty hectic, grabbing gigabytes of reference pictures, videos and sounds, but it’s already time to say goodbye to the wonderful belgian hospitality, and leave for the second most popular track in the world : the Nurburgring and the 24 Hours race are waiting for us…



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