GTPlanet Weekly Rewind: The Race Is On!


It’s finally here, after more than four months of rest and anticipation the 2013 Formula 1 season is about to kick off, in fact for the more fussy among us it could be argued the season has already begun, what with the inaugural weekend having begun today with practice sessions 1 and 2 earlier. The opening race—considered to be the real beginning of the season by those of us less fussy—kicks off this Sunday at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. Judging by the looks of things it’s going to be a fairly close season.

That’s only going on testing during the winter, and the aforementioned practice sessions – which aren’t approximate representations of pace, so until the race kicks off there’s going to be some doubt when debating who’s going to be at the front and who’s going to be dropping off into the back of the pack. And even after the race there’s going to be initial doubt because things tend to be “odd” at the beginning of F1 seasons.

As you can tell I am definitely excited, perhaps more so than usual, but it’s definitely for good reason, but we’ll continue this later on in the Rewind, now let’s shift the focus back toward the usual swing of things. For the past couple of weeks the Rewind has been expanding and this week will be no different, however, while the announcement of the newest inclusion will be made in this week’s entry the introduction of the actual feature won’t come until next week at the very earliest. As usual, the wait will be worth it once you’ve read what the newest feature will be.

So there’s plenty of excitement and anticipation here to go around the world twofold, so without further ado let’s commence Operation Rewind!

GTPlanet Picture of the Week

This week’s featured image comes to us courtesy of Kalax3, and features Ferrari’s rear-wheel driven power sliding powerhouse, the 599 GTB Fiorano. The picture was shot underneath an overpass at one of my personal favorite locations, Tokyo R246 and looks absolutely stellar.

Have a suggestion for next week’s featured image? Drop me a private message, entitle it “GTPlanet Picture of the Week” and fill it out with your two choices and they’ll be featured in upcoming Rewinds. NOTE: You cannot elect your own work.

Project Paper-craft

A growing trend among hobbyist is the art of paper-craft, a free form of model building where the only requirements are a color printer (black and white can be done for an artistic setting), some scissors, glue (or tape), and as any hobby requires first and foremost: patience. The paper-craft project here, started by our very own Castrol96 focuses on cars found within none other than Gran Turismo 5.

There are currently 27 templates on file, ranging from the Civic Type R to the Toyota GT-One (TS020). For more information be sure to stop by the official thread here and be sure to post your own findings and perhaps even help out those of us who are new to the hobby; if purchasing that scale model is too expensive for you then this is your alternative.

GTPlanet Weekly Race Series (WRS) Week 108 – Double Shot

This week you’re in space! Just kidding, but yet I’m not – this week you’re going on an adventure with Suzuki’s very own hardtop roadster, the Cappuccino at Kart Space I. With 64 horsepower to it’s name it’s not exactly what one would call a powerhouse, but with a defined weight of 690 kg (1,521 lbs) it will be hard to not dive into a corner at full speed knowing the Cappuccino will be nimble enough to handle the demand.  The Cappuccino is perhaps being used at the best fitting course for it’s capabilities, but more on this week’s challenge from the Stewards:

“After setting your fast lap on the in-game leaderboard, start chasing that ghost for 2 laps and see how consistent you can be. The game will red-clock you on the tight corners, even if you have 2 wheels on the rumbles, so  beware. Watch out for wall taps, as it sometimes doesn’t red-clock those, but they are still not allowed.”

Stop by the official thread here and remember that you NEED to be registered before officially participating in the WRS, and that can only be done by submitting a time for the official GTP Registry Qualifier.

GTPlanet Member of the Week/Month

Yes, just as one of you blindly guessed at (you know who you are!) this will undoubtedly be the Rewind’s next premiering (and promising) feature. Ranging from racing series’ being participated in to their first post, the “Member of the Week/Month” will carry with it recognition among the rest of your GTPlanet peers, but fear not the rest of you because at current the idea will be that for every member inducted there will be several questions hand-picked by the GTPlanet community – so it’s a win-win for everyone.

The particulars for those of you who are interested, at the moment, are the following:

  • General information (no more than what’s found on your visitor; more information can be posted upon your approval
  • Contributions to the website
  • First post
  • Most popular thread
  • Racing series’ participated in or developed

As well as other pertinent bits of information still being finalized. There’s a good chance the feature won’t debut until next month, just to give enough time to iron out all of the details, but when it does make it’s debut I can almost guarantee that it’ll be worth the read. Details will posted in the official Rewind thread as the weeks progress, so stay tuned for that.

GTPlanet Vehicle of the Week

Let’s embrace the Formula 1 opening weekend with this week’s featured vehicle, the Ferrari F2007, the chassis Kimi Räikkönen drove to his first World Driver’s Championship in the final race at Interlagos. 2007 was also the final time Ferrari would bring home a driver’s title (read: not Constructor’s), having lost a solitary point in final standings to McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in 2008. The picture comes to us courtesy of SergeyShatokhin, and features the F2007 on one of my personal favorite locations, and F1 event mainstay: Suzuka International Circuit.

Have a suggestion for next week’s featured image? Drop me a private message, entitle it “GTPlanet Vehicle of the Week” and fill it out with your two choices and they’ll be featured in upcoming Rewinds. NOTE: You cannot elect your own work.

Forza Horizon – Pre-order Car Pack Now Available

If you missed out on the pre-order car of your choice for any reason, fret no longer because as of this past Tuesday, March 12th the pre-order car pack is now available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 400 Microsoft Points ($5 USD). The pack includes all five pre-order vehicles which are as follows:

2010 Volkswagen Golf R (B429)
2010 Nissan 370Z (A511)
2012 Aston Martin Virage (A555)
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (S641)
2009 Ferrari 458 Italia (S672)

These cars are finally available to everyone for collection and customization purposes, so get to it! Unlike the monthly DLC expansions, the pre-order car pack is not covered by the Season Pass.

GTPlanet Tune of the Week

You were probably expecting an F1 tune, weren’t you? Can’t say that I’d fault you for it, but no, this week’s featured tune comes to us courtesy of RKM Motorsport’s VTiRoj, and focuses on the four-wheel driven Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon WRX STi. As most of VTi’s tunes, the name instantly caught my attention and once I found out what was actually for the basis of the tune I was even more interested. The car can be found in the Used Car Dealership (UCD) but instead of me going any further I’ll just let the man himself take reigns:

“Making its return to the GT5 tuning scene is the old Bread Van of Amalfi. Except we don’t have Amalfi anymore, so instead it now resides at Eiger! Fans of the old car will be pleased to hear that The Bread Van II is very similar to the original, just with a slight power boost and sportier suspension settings.

9th Mar 2013 – Revised settings.”

The last bit, while not a comment relating to the tune itself, was necessary to include as the package has been revised and is no longer as floppy as it once was. Which is always a fantastic fix on any car, four-wheel drive or not. Of course you can find the tune here for your viewing and testing pleasures. Have fun!

Exactly like the Picture and Vehicle of the Week features, if you have any suggestions for the upcoming Rewinds be sure to drop me a private message, entitle it “GTPlanet Tune of the Week” and let me know. NOTE: You cannot elect your own work.

Brawn GP – The Most Successful Constructor in F1 History

Since last week I’ve been up and down and left and right all sorts of F1-related videos trying to find something suiting to the task of sparking interest in both those already interested in Formula 1, and those not-so-interested in Formula 1. Ranging from onboard laps of Michael Schumacher at Monaco in the F310 to Alain Prost’s onboard lap in the Ferrari 641 at Jerez. Then, just as it was time for me to begin writing this segment up it struck me: why not mention the only Formula 1 constructor with a 100% championship success rate? So, let’s get to it!

BrawnGP, heralded by mastermind strategist Ross Brawn, was a constructor for the 2009 F1 season and was the result of Brawn purchasing Honda’s F1 Racing Team and thus renaming it. With engines supplied by Mercedes-Benz and a driver lineup consisting of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button, on paper the team had all the merits to win, but would they?

2009’s inaugural race, the Australian Grand Prix saw Jenson Button qualify for pole position, with his teammate Rubens Barrichello taking second position; the race was led, from start to finish, by Button with Barrichello remaining in his second position, which gave Brawn a 1-2 finish in the first race of the year for a new team. Jenson would go on to win the rain-shortened Malaysian GP from pole. And with that victory Brawn GP would become the only new constructor to win the first two races since Alfa Romeo in 1950.

Of course the GP-001 and GP-002 were no strangers to controversy with the “double diffuser”, where a hole in the rear allowed for the increased speed of airflow essentially creating more downforce. The team had their troubles on track throughout the season as well with less than stellar results in a couple of races, however, with the fairly consistent results maintained throughout the season they were able to clinch both the Constructor’s and Driver’s Championship in their first—and only—year of contention. In 2010 Brawn GP was renamed Mercedes GP.

GTPlanet Photomode Competitions

In Week 120 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 120, Standard: Lancer vs Impreza… Colors (Head 2 Head) – zambuca, take it away: “This weeks H2H is a battle between colours rather than makes. When I think of the Lancer and Impreza I always picture two significant colour combos: either the Lancer with white rims and red body colour, or the Impreza with gold rims and blue body colour. They both look great, but which one will take the victory? To make this a little more special I will not allow Mitsubishis or Subarus in this competition. Try it out – you will find that most makes look pretty good with these colour combos.”

Week 120, Advanced 2.0: Mattematics – That’s not a spelling error, I assure you.

What are “mattematics” you ask? Look at the word closely. Are you looking? No you’re not, stop that fibbing! Mattematics. Oh you see it now don’t you?! Paint any car you want in a matte finish; blacks and grays are acceptable but creativity with brighter, perhaps even less-than-normal colors are more encouraged. Get out there and start snapping those pictures!

For all of the relevant information pertaining to this week’s challenges be sure to stop by here and here.

Closing Thoughts

Apologies for the later-than-usual delivery, but I’ve been quite busy and only had enough time to write up the opening bits during my usual time of putting this feature together. In any case, I said the wait would be worth it and I sincerely think it has been, however, don’t let that stop you from commenting on what you were expecting because I almost guarantee whatever it was you were expecting I had it in mind at one point or another.

You’ll notice that this week I’ve included 2 videos as opposed to the usual 1, but don’t worry because that won’t impact the feature in two week’s time – it’ll still be a video of some kind. I only used two videos this week because I really wanted to emphasize the excitement, and who doesn’t like listening to a high-revving V8 that could shatter windows? More importantly, the first race of 2013 is this Sunday! Yes, I am excited if you couldn’t tell. Moving away from the F1 fare, if you can recall from an entry in last month’s Rewind, I remarked that my Nexus 7 had croaked and that I wouldn’t have it replaced and would instead opt for a refund – yeah, I lied.

With that said let’s bring this week’s feature to an end, until next week keep racing!

GT5 Photomode images by GT5FREAK500 and Gravitron

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  1. EL PresidentE

    Honda is back on formula 1 teaming up with Mercedes wowzers my dream is comming to reality Yes honda is the future watch and learn Haters

  2. Magic Ayrton

    Great F1 race!! Off topic, but does anyone have a TVR Cerbera speed 6 they can gift or sell me for in game credits?? my username is magicayrton … thanks for looking :-)

    1. Pit Crew

      ^ Check the marketplace and start a request thread, quite sure its someone there that has one, plus way easier then posting here ^.

  3. Amac500

    See, F1 really does not get me going. I mean the politics and team orders are a huge turn off, but it isn’t even as much that as the cars today are just garbage. The problem is passing, it’s incredibley limited and there is even less outside of DRS zones, and DRS isn’t real passing. I mean lets face, people can scoff at push-2-pass in indycar, but all that is is a boost of horsepower that your aloud to use x-number of times per race and anywhere on the track. So with P2P there is an eliment if strategy to, because all drivers get the same amount of uses. With DRS it is only used on the straight and is circumstantially distributed. Anyone who has played the F1 video games with DRS has probably been in the situation where they are closing in a group of cars in front of you but are too far back at the line to get DRS. However, the group of cars in front of you gets DRS and goes rocketing away. It’s not a good system and even with it F1 has no passing.

    If F1 wants more passing they need to look at the cars. The cars are garbage right now, they are too long and the staircase noses aren’t attractive. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz looked like a silver platypus. The cars need to get smaller for more passing. If it were me, I make the cars shorter, widen the wheel base, and get rid of the raised noses that we see on all cars today. Eliminating the raised noses will decrease the downforce of the cars, which will open up passing. With the cars running so much downforce less time is spent under braking, and the length of the cars also attributes to it being hard to get under another driver. It’s really pretty simple: Less downforce = more time spent under braking = more oppertunities to set up a pass. Plus the cars will just look better, but those raised noses generate so much downforce by using air going over and under the car. No raised noses = more passing = more competition = better raising. But yeah, until then it’s all tire strategy poker games with no passing and I’m just really not interested in that.

  4. Blessorship

    Year after year I get excited about the WRS. then remember you have to run a GTP psn name to particupate. Shucks. Maybe that will change for PS4 [i]if[/i] they only let us use 1 account per system like the vita. Anyways, great read, as always. Cant wait for the Petit Le Mans, F1, and Bristol, baby!

  5. Amac500

    Did everybody hear who Bernie invite to run F1? Danica Patrick, who turned him down… So it looks Bernie is finally going senile. After all, Danica has such a great road course record, lol, but she does have everything it takes to run F1, money money money.

  6. infamousphil

    F1… Yet another chance for Lewis Hamilton to show his stuff with inferior equipment. Good luck to all the

    1. Both Barrels

      That’s a good observation. Any shmoe can win hands down in a runaway machine. LH is a different animal.

  7. 05XR8

    Here’s hoping Albert Park is included in the next or future GT series.
    On my way to the track. See you there!

  8. Stephanos82

    Tire pressure.. PD .. Tire pressure, I have a mazda 3 1.6 auto and a toyota corolla 1.4 diesel and I race them both at Achna speedway Cyprus –> What’s the only thing i do and it really affects my laptimes? You guessed it, tyre pressure.. No tire pressure means no tire physics means no proper sim because calculation takes out squashiness and rebounf of tire so it’s like you have plastic tires and only sudpension to act forces upon..

    1. mef

      Aehem… just because you cant adjust pressure does not mean there is no tire modeling. You can feel clearly feel they are modeling tyre dynamics, quite well actually compare to other games out there, certainly console games..

    2. Stephanos82

      I hope you weren’t implying that gt5 has better tire modelling than the “other” console game! I’ve been a fan of Gran Turismo since gt2 but I have no illussions that it has the best tyre modelling out there! I’m not gonna argue about this and don’t even want to compare gt5 to forza 4 (even though the latter at least tries to model tires.. and I’m not only talking about tyre pressure! But, If you wanna compare it to something at least take the best out there –> LFS or NetkarPro..

  9. Boosted_01_R

    PD should be at every F1 race copying the circuits…… They need to come pretty good in GT6 to get my money…. Relax on the Premium cars and focus on the racing…….. more real tracks, better AI, faster pit stop for cars with center locking wheels, manual pit entry, pitting and pit exiting, pre setting fuel loads before a race, race damage (suspension geometry, shocks, aero, etc), tire physics, etc….. just some of the things I saw Lacking when doing the 24h races was lacking….. o yeah and random part failures :)…. just though I would share before I forgot lol

    1. Amac500

      If it’s circuits you want the f1 circuit is not the place. Don’t get me wrong, Monaco, Spa, Monza, Silverstone, and Interlagos as well as a hand full of others are fine tracks, but the whole F1 track boom has created some crappy l, boring, ununique tracks, with the exceptions of COTA and Istanbul, unless its circuits like Korea that get you going. Sports car circuits I think are more suited for GT.

    1. Amac500

      Sebring is the tits! That’s what I’ll be watching. It’s part of the historic triple crown of endurance racing. If your an all around motorsports fan your probably more interested in Sebring then Alberts Park because of the tradition and prestige of the 12 hours of Sebring.

    2. Fondo458

      Le Mans Series is starting to get way more appealing than Formula 1. I’m kinda done with how exclusive F1 racing is. Unless you’re an Oil Tycoon or George Lucas you can’t get anywhere near the sport.

    3. Amac500

      Totally agree with Fondo. That and the politics are ridiculous and the completion on track just isn’t good. And I hate how orderly the FIA is and they are starting to screw up WEC. Everything is in such a strict format. No more places like Sebring and unique sports car courses when there are lame, boring, in exciting tracks like Bahrain, which is a location we shouldn’t be at anyways but hey man, politics politics! Why can’t we have some fun? I mean the 1000km of Spa was an incredibly historic race, but it has bowed out to the 6 hour format. Lets have some fun, maybe an 8 hour races, or 2000km, you could do so much. Go to interesting tracks, run a street course, and not an F1 street course like Singapore. It’s too formatted and is just bland. If you ask me the ACO could have done just fine with the International Le Mans Cup (ILMC) and I wish they never merged with the FIA. The only race the ACO actually sanctions is the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

  10. Landlord14

    I am excited as well for the F1 season to start. I’m also happy to hear the NBC Sports is keeping David Hobbs as commentator. Too bad Brawn hasn’t produced a reliable car since. And only one win with AMG Mercedes GP. I like Hamilton’s move to the team but I fear he run too fast on these tires to win.

  11. ps3finest

    I actually like the F1 picture better than the 599. Fantastic job as always on the rewind. Keep it up!

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