Before anything else, before I even advance into my usual introductory diatribe I want to preface the entire Rewind with wishing the late and great Carroll Shelby a belated happy birthday; he would have been 90 years old this past January. For those of you (and I’m one of them) who are of the opinion this entry isn’t long enough, fear not because we’ll revisit the subject in May where I’ll put together a lengthier tribute.
Now as of today, March 1st, 2013, therein lies sixteen days until the beginning of the 2013 Formula 1 season, and let me tell you: I can’t wait. This is supposed to be the final year the sport uses the V8, because in 2014 the regulations will call for a switch to a turbocharged V6 platform – awfully uninspiring stuff if I do say so myself. Isn’t Formula 1 supposed to a plateau for the best of the best driving the best of the best? It’s slowly becoming nothing more than an über spec series. Now it’s worth acknowledging that the V6 platform being used isn’t new as the earliest use of such a platform—that I can recall—was in 1977 when Renault used a V6 Turbo.
However, and my memory of the subject isn’t really the best to go by so please feel free to correct me, the situation then compared to now is moot. There still may be some hope but my gut tells me that’s just the optimist in me wanting to hear the fantastic howling banter of the V12′s and V10′s from the past. Needless to say I’m still excited about the forthcoming season and just as always I’ll be pulling for Mark Webber; a driver whom I sincerely feel should have at least one Driver’s Championship to his name, much like the departed Rubens Barrichello.
More of this later on but for now let’s get this Rewind underway!
GTPlanet Picture of the Week
This week’s image features an audacious Graphite Grey Viper GTS blitzing down the longest straight on the mainstay Trial Mountain Circuit and was recommended to us by Fyshokid and is courtesy of ShaolinMasta,
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GT Academy Team Iberian (English subtitles)
I’m well out of my comfort zone with this one considering I don’t follow Academy-related news so I’ll jump right to the point: GT Academy finalist Hugo Araújo has translated all nine episodes of the GT Academy special aired in Spain, the first of which can be found here. The remaining eight parts can be found on the same page in the panel to the right of the video.
GTPlanet Vehicle of the Week
The Brera was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro in collaboration with the Alfa Romeo Styling Centre and has a strong personality with a succession of traditional Alfa Romeo styling cues: the rear window is reminiscent of the Giulietta Sprint from years past, the bonnet (hood) is reminiscent of cars from the fifties, and the impression of powerful sports car via the large rear light clusters and four exhaust outlets. At the heart of the Brera lies a variety of platform options, but the cream of the crop is the 3.2L JTS V6 making 260 horsepower.
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GTPlanet Tune of the Week
This week’s tune, recommended by danbojte for the second week in a row, focuses on the GT Academy Special Nissan GT-R SpecV done by resident tuner praiano63, and is relevant to all events allowing 550PP-tuned track monsters. Wait, it gets better because the tune not only applies to the GTA SpecV but any SpecV. The tune can be found here.
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Audi Quattro Sport S1 Rally Group B “Total Tribute”
Another carryover video but trust me, you won’t mind one bit.
Nine minutes of unadulterated bliss; nine minutes of crackles, pops, chirping, and the unearthly howl of that Straight-5 which is all too reminiscent of today’s Gallardo. In the Group B era of rally it was as much of a spectacle as it were a pleasure to watch, it’s come a long way since then but the cars are a lot more tamed and environmentally-friendly these days, and while it may be capable of retaining lifetime fans, nothing today can come close to the tenacity of the cars from this era. While the video may be lengthy it’s entirely worth it: the sights and sounds of the S1 and S1 E2.
GTPlanet Photomode Competitions
In Week 118 of the Standard and Advanced competitions you are to put your best foot forth and show the community just how seriously you take your in-game photography. All you need to know is as follows:
Week 118, Standard: Spring In Your Step – I’ll let this week’s judge, Miklad, take reigns on this one: “Yep, looks like Spring has finally arrive in the UK. The sun is out, the birds are singing and there’s no better reason to finally take your roof off and have a hoon in the country. So what better reason to get the Caterham out the garage and break the speed limit? Do it – only limiter is I want trees in the background. So no cities or buildings please. Keep it in the countryside.”
Week 118, Advanced 2.0 (Head to Head): Kazunori’s Army – If a Skyline jokes comes to mind the second after reading that you won’t be off base, however, this week is what you make of it. Literally. Side with Kaz and select any Japanese vehicle in the game, or go the way of the rest of the world and choose a vehicle from anywhere that’s not Japan. Any car, any location, it’s your canvas – go crazy!
So many games have come out in the past 2 months it’s ridiculous. Yes, italicizing that entire sentence was indeed necessary because short of me yelling into each and every one of your ears, there’s simply no way to punch in or emphasize the point being made, short of saying “I place emphasis on…” or some variation thereof, of course. This month on the 5th lies the release of Crystal Dynamic’s reboot of Tomb Raider and I’m going to be all over it the day it releases, now whether or not I can tear myself away from Crysis 3 is an entirely matter. Or the Assetto Corsa Tech Preview. Or Project CARS. Or Dead Space 3. I’m certain you see the dilemma now.
As a PC and console gamer it’s a problem I absolutely love to have and I would appreciate it happening far more often than it does now because after this month there’s nothing on my horizon for several months… at least that I can currently recall. Although that may change with the apparent foregone conclusion that Gran Turismo is bound for the PS3 and not it’s upcoming successor which sets off a few alarms in my head because for one, unless the game itself is streamlined to an outstanding degree it’s going to be limited the same ways GT5 is, and two, is it really the best move to shoehorn GT6 onto PS3 when PD themselves have been involved in the PS4′s hardware development seemingly to circumvent those very shortcomings?
I don’t know. In any case I’m still looking forward to Forza Motorsport 5—which reminds me, ForzaPlanet and GTPlanet will be combining into one on May 10th, which means you’re possibly going to be seeing a lot more of me around here. How many times have I said “possibly” today? 12 times, possibly?
“Possibly” has been brought to you by GTPlanet. And on that bombshell it’s time to end. Until next week keep racing!
GT5 Photomode image by Kodje.
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