Beater or Sleeper? GT6 Car of the Week Thread

Discussion in 'Gran Turismo 6' started by McClarenDesign, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Niku Driver HC

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    Suzuka, how dare you, posting those kinds of pictures to pander to the lowest common denominator... I'm definitely accusing you of AUP rule-breaking; those Airtrek engine bays are far too edgy and sexy, and are considered as car porno material.

    .......

    ...wait, is this the right thing to be saying?
     
  2. Raymond_Racer

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    Uh... No? He brought up those images for the women in the pics.
     
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  3. Niku Driver HC

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    Raymond... I'm just kidding around. Since you're new here, I'll mention this; I sometimes spend a little time joking around in a few of my posts. That's just a thing I like to do from time to time, nothing more. Call it my "quirky sense of humor". When I'm serious, I am serious. But sometimes I just want to be a little more open-minded and draw some laughs from people. ;)
     
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    If my posting of those pics has offended anybody, well, I'm not sorry. What rule did I break again?
     
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  5. Niku Driver HC

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    Ah, I'm sure most of us won't mind your pictures. If anything, you have proven that you are as good finding these pictures as McClaren himself, which is quite impressive if you ask me. :sly: :lol: And I've seen far worse rule-breaking from other members...
     
  6. McClarenDesign

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    Someone is getting banned before the day is out.

    Power Director 12 was $99, but 14 will be out in jan/feb, and built for Windows 10. 12 is patched and crashes any time the word "overclock" is heard. Wait for 14.
     
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    Those images made me ge....well you know what I mean....:mischievous:
     
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  8. Niku Driver HC

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    Be careful with your choice of words, you know McClaren is watching us with eyes of a hawk... And he knows how to use them. :sly: :lol:

    Also, Power Director is a paid program? Oh well, at least I know it can be useful if I ever get to buy it, and thanks for the tip regarding the 14 version.
     
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    Four Sprung Duck Technique :sly:

    Its that time again for another double car review, this time we're starting with the 1982 Audi Quattro.

    Packing a 2.1 liter 5 cylinder turbo, it makes around 200hp that's transferred to all 4 wheels via a 5 speed manual gearbox.

    Being the first major 4 wheel drive performance car, it weighs in at under 1300kg so acceleration is pretty brisk, but the Quattro system gives decent handling too,


    ...up to a point. :confused:

    Audi has a reputation for putting the engines quite far forward to improve cabin space, but the side effect is that the car is nose heavy, a 59/41 split to be exact.

    Couple that with the fact the centre differential is housed in the transmission making adjusting the power between axles impossible, understeer does make an appearance.

    Another complaint I have to level with the Audi is the sound, I rarely complain about sound so it's quite the mark against the Quattro.

    It just doesn't sound like a 5 banger engine, the S1 rally and Pikes peak Quattros also suffer this problem. :rolleyes:

    But discounting my noise complaint, it's still a brilliant car which made its name in rallying by changing the game completely, not many cars afterwards won a rally without 4wd.

    But the Quattro also showed that the opposite sex can drive as good as ( if not better than ) the established male rally drivers of the time. ;):tup:

    After Group B was cancelled Audi took the Quattro system to road racing and dominated the IMSA GTO race series with a rapidly becoming my favourite retro racer, the Audi 90 IMSA GTO. :drool:

    All in all, even though it's a well known Icon, it's a sleeper, it came along out of nowhere and ran away with all the wins ( sound familiar? :lol:).

    Verdict: Sleeper :tup:

    Now on to contestant number 2.

    '90' Right Hander Into School Parking Lot' :D

    The Mitsubishi AIRTREK Turbo-R, the MPV for the guy who's idea of fun is purposely taking bumpy dirt roads on the school run to entertain the family. :p

    The Airtrek is a run of the mill MPV with a 2.0 turbo 4 out of a Lancer Evo as well as the 4WD system too.

    Making around 240hp, it's sent to all 4 wheels by a 5 speed Automatic gearbox.

    Weighing just over 1.5 tons and packing a 59/41 weight distribution, it's not a barge in terms of weight, but it rolls like one in the turns. :lol:

    Power comes in quite low down the Rev range, but starts to drop off after 5.5k RPM, well before the limiter at 7.000.

    It's has some sportyness, but it's definitely more comfortable on the road than the track.

    But it's surprisingly good fun off road.

    In 2005, the Airtrek name was no more, becoming what we know as the Outlander.

    It's not the most exciting car we've driven for COTW, but it's not terrible either.

    So my verdict is Neutral for the Airtrek. :)
     
  11. Draggon

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    I'm leaning towards beater. The body roll combined with forward weight bias and CS tires makes it, for me anyway, not a huge amount of fun. After squeaking out a win over Vic at the first race Tuesday, things went bad, really bad. At times I felt like a huge rolling roadblock.
     
  12. Raymond_Racer

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    I actually kind of like the body roll and front weight bias. It helps me get a good feel for each corner as I turn in, especially on Gravel circuits like Toscana.

    While I agree with some people that it may be a bit down on power, It's not got a power:weight ratio as bad as the Pajero Rally Raid Car '03, and the Pajero costs $450,000 while the Airtrek is only $22,950.

    However, I agree that the Comfort Softs are a bit of a negative. While the body roll allows me to feel out each corner, the tyres don't give me enough confidence to push this car as far as I would like.

    Here's a little anecdote I'd like to share about this car: In Dirt Trials Race 1 (A 12-car race on Toscana with Inter.B-level AI cars in various rally cars), with no modifications save for the mandatory gravel tyres, this car came in fourth place. And I only made light contact with the AI racers twice.

    I might be slightly biased as this was my personal first choice for my COTW, but I think this just barely tips the scale at the lower end of Sleeper.
     
  13. McClarenDesign

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    "Bilbo Stiggins" is priceless MCD, made my day!
     
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  15. Raymond_Racer

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    Sorry I couldn't make the race. Difference in timezones can be a real pain.
     
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    Just doin' my part.
     
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  17. Niku Driver HC

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    That's why Mcclaren is thinking of setting up a "Euro Spec" sort of COTW lobby, where the people who have to live by GMT times can join for some racing without having to pull early morning-esque runs to join the Wednesday sessions. It's not going to be a fast process, but at least he's considering it, which is good enough.

    And thank God for that. Your part is the best of all parts around here. :):tup:
     
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  18. McClarenDesign

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    I'm glad you mentioned this, @Niku Driver HC ...

    HELP WANTED

    I need... we need a second mod for the thread/micro-culture that we've created. I won't go into too many details here, but I'd like to expand in online races, social media, and the promotion of Gran Turismo as a whole. I have a few ideas of ideal candidates but I'm not going to post what I'm looking for because I don't want to discourage anyone who's interested.

    A few things are, however, mandatory -

    1. Be honest. Screw me once and this prospect and the benefits therein are over. Your mantra should be "not even once."
    2. GTPlanet account of continuous good standing - When I did GTPodcast our talented editor ran his mouth, got banned, and signaled the end of a pretty cool thing.
    3. Know roughly how to use the internet, other than GTPlanet. I myself am a little guilty of this, as the PSX instructions have thrice caused my head to implode. Be familiar with popular forms of social media and the various methods to track metrics and reach.
    4. Be flexible and adaptable. Nothing will be constant from the moment you sign on. This isn't a job (yet), but it does require follow-through and research. Along the way, laws will change, programs will change, hardware will change, employment may change, and everything around you will change. I need someone willing to make time for this on a consistent basis and for likely greater than 1 year. You will need to commit, then be willing to adapt as necessary.
    5. Take this seriously, but don't let it ruin the fun. The skills you develop here will last a lifetime, I guarantee it.
    6. You must put up with my sense of humor. You may occasionally get offended, but I will never seek to offend. I talk a lot of (expletive), a lot of it edgy and/or not-politically correct. If I ever cross a line, you are required to notify me the moment that line is crossed so that we can reach a mutual understanding. Butthurt is not an option (trademarking that last sentence now).

    Publicly or privately, if you have questions feel free to ask here, or via Google+. I won't go into announcements or speculation on the upcoming projects that I'd like to accomplish, aside from what's already known (Project Titch That @itch!), but suffice it to say that even though it isn't solely on GTPlanet, we have been growing steadily week by week, and I'd like to continue that trend exponentially. For now and into the future, GTPlanet will continue to be the main hub for all things Beater or Sleeper: Car Of The Week related.

    I just think it's time to turn it up to 11, and I can't do it alone.
     
  19. Niku Driver HC

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    Well, would you look at that. My timing on something important was good for a change...

    Glad to hear that you're eager to continue your job as a promoter of sorts for Gran Turismo, while all I see in other threads is dissapointment and despair. You remain focused on your job, but you are also considering all the important factors behind taking things up to 11, which is way you're requesting aid from others at this juncture. And that is good, very good. A man who is eager to always step up to the task is the sort of man who can run this the best.

    But man, "Screw me once and this prospect and the benefits therein are over"? Yes, that is taking things seriously alright. :crazy: :lol:
     
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  20. McClarenDesign

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    With good reason. Basic account passwords (Instagram, as an example) may be used by myself and The Chosen One. Potentially this could also include programs that may at some point produce a dollar or two (convert to your own currency on your own time, ain't nobody got time fo dat!). Aside from my personal accounts (YouTube being a good example), should any of our endeavors turn into a profit, money may be exchanged. There's also the potential for private information (mailing addresses for winners of potential contests, phone numbers, etc) to be exchanged, which I'm sure no one wants floating out in cyberspace on a whim.

    I'm willing to forgive simple error, I'm not willing to forgive malicious intent. Simple enough, really.
     
  21. BAP_Shockz

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    Hello there, it's been a while. Remember me? :D
     
  22. Niku Driver HC

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    I do remember you, yes. How have things been, BAP? :) As you see, plenty of new faces around here, while old ones remain important and all are enjoying their time here.
     
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  23. McClarenDesign

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    We're gonna have to see some identification...

    Also, everyone welcome @CORRUPTEDDISC , whom I met on G+ but has been here as well.
     
  24. CORRUPTEDDISC

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    Hi guys. New to this forum, but here at the recommendation of MCD, since some of our content styles align. So, here's my take on the Airtrek, as featured in my now finished YouTube series called ''D.A.R.C.'' or Does Anyone Really Care? (Apologies in advance for the video quality, its the best I can do in my current circumstances)

     
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    First of all, I must give you a kind welcome, @CORRUPTEDDISC. Yes, I personally agree with the idea that us at COTW do have some similarites to your series. Most of us tend to touch personal favorites when it comes to picking cars, but some of these favorites are indeed often-forgotten cars by the community, which is also something you search for in your videos.

    As for the video, I'd say it's very solid. Video quality itself is a minor offense, some of us simply don't have the means to create 1080p, full HD masterpieces, but if the material itself is good, such a problem becomes less important. And in your case, the material is very good. Your voice is clear as water, your speech goes at the proper pace, and you provide all the important information that people are looking for in videos like this (power, key characteristics, general rivals of the car iteself). You pack as much as possible in 5-6 minutes of video, and it works very well. As a fellow GT6 car reviewer (although not one who resorts to videos, but rather text), I can safely say that your work is worthy of a :tup:.

    Also, yes, the Pontiac that you were thinking of is the Vibe. You got there eventually, haha. :lol:
     
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  26. CORRUPTEDDISC

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    Hahah that's the one. And thanks for the review of my style as a whole :)
     
  27. Niku Driver HC

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    I guess the Vibe is indeed a fellow "D.A.R.C" car, haha. Truly a forgotten masterpiece. :lol:
    And you're welcome, I couldn't help but to commend you on a job well done. :cheers:
     
  28. McClarenDesign

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    So... I missed the Thursday deadline, and it's entirely my fault. That said, I'm gonna go ahead and take this one, and I think once I'm done you'll understand why. But before we begin...

    - Special Announcement -

    HELP WANTED

    Thus far I've had 1 person express interest. If you're interested, SPEAK UP!

    Congratulations McClarenDesign! (that still feels weird, congratulating myself for missing a deadline)

    Right about now you're asking yourself what pox I've unleashed upon our respective houses. Glad you asked.

    [​IMG]

    ...It's the 1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe (Type-1)!!!

    But MCD, it has no power.
    -Don't care.

    No, seriously, it has no freakin' power!
    -Yes, well neither do you. Just look at it!

    And we're expected to race this thing?!
    -Yes. I thought we've been through this 83 times already. It isn't a requirement, per se, but it is the most enjoyable way to use the car, innit?

    Suck it up, Buttercup, this thing has more character than the French (yeah, that's right, I nearly chose French) car that we could've had instead. Also, did I mention that I was looking for some help?
     
  29. Niku Driver HC

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    Mcclaren is rigging the car choice in his favor, the sneaky smartalec. Or maybe it's his long-forgotten twin brother, who may or may not be evil. Hmm... :idea: :lol:

    And am I a tool for thinking that, right after reading "Volkswagen" in that thread title, we would be driving the old Beetle again? I was about to say "Mc, we already drove that for the Peter Sauber celebration!"...
     
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    College is relatively stress-free, contrary to what I'm taught to believe right now. Come home every odd weekend just so I could use the PC, since I don't have a laptop yet. The irony isn't lost on me, especially with me being an I.T student.

    Momma always warned me about giving away my personal information to people on the Internet.....