I grew up watching F1 races.
I became a fan of Ayrton Senna. He was so composed. Such a professional, yet very human. And he loved to fly RC aircraft models.
The late 80’s, early 90’s was the greatest period, for me. I guess this was so because of where I was in my life during those years.
Watching Senna win his first Championship in 1988 is something I will never forget.
The car that Senna and team mate Alain Prost drove in 88, the MP4/4, is one of the most successful Formula 1 cars in history, winning all the races in the season, apart from one…
Its red and white Marlboro paint is so simple, yet beautiful.
The MP4/4 is quite the legend…
So when the renowned car modelmakers Kyosho made this, for the 25th anniversary, I had to get it.
The only way was to enter a subscription scheme with the reseller, DeAgostini, in England.
I haven’t built it yet… It’s huge! 1/8 scale. Don’t know where to put it.
Anyway, and this was the entire point of this post…
This arrived in the mail, today!
Now I can finally start building
I haven’t watched any type of racing on a regular basis in quite some time but seeing these images reminds how pervasive cigarette advertising was in all forms of racing back then. When I do see any racing highlights now I don’t see them as sponsors on cars anymore.
Yes it did. In settings there is a drop-down dialog to select with Oculus or OpenVR mode. I have a Reverb so have only tried it with OpenVR (launch SteamVR before entering sim). Once you select your video mode to be a VR mode, the menus are still 2D. But when you drop into the car, you are in Senna or Prost’s McLaren in all its VR glory. The cockpit is excellently rendered. I didn’t try touch controllers, but your cursor changes to a illuminated dot. That’s fine for me, because I’ve mapped most functions to my wheel.
In the MP4/4 the seating position is perfect and feels very natural as compared to TrackIR, which I never got on well with in driving sims. I didn’t reduce my video settings when switching to OpenVR, but performance was excellent hot-lapping.
The experience in the MP4/4 in VR is frankly breathtaking. You are much more intimate with this 1000 hp beast with headset on. I found myself leaning into corners and looking further down the track as I should. I tried to capture some video but the image is distorted. Of course it looks normal in VR. Recommended for all fans of this F1 era. Should be consumed with a manual clutch and H shifter.
I’ll resuscitate this thread. I had a ball this weekend at the native Mugello track. I had an itch to drive the Ferrari 330 P4 of “Ford vs Ferrari” fame. I got it down to 2min 10 seconds. I really thought it was quick. After a rest I took the 2004 Ferrari F1 car. The track blurred past in 1:32. Holly Molly, Il love this sim.
I’ve been giving Assetto Corsa some love lately. In between flying I do some laps. VRC Modding team makes some awesome mods. I’m into F1 cars and they are too. Some are free some sell for 3 bucks. Not bad considering all their work is top notch. Last night I was lapping Monza in a Ferrari 310B. I thought i was doing well at 1:32. Then finnally got to 1:31. I had downloaded a few new cars and so i jumped in the gorgeous Renault R-25. First later netted a 1:31!!! Second lap? 1:28. It was incredible. The car dont feel fast witch means it let’s you think. It’s also very fun to ride hard. IMO, VRC is woth a look. I like having a stable of cars for less than a cheap lunch.
Keep on swimming!!!
I forgot to mention, the Mp4/4 is one of the best experiences in AC I had so far
Its RAW, its brutal… its beautiful. You’ll be in love. I play in VR but looking at a playback last night I wondered, “I can play this in 2D” AC is stunning.