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    Nicknamed β€œThe Glen”, Watkins Glen International is a historic road course found in New York State, roughly 260 miles northwest of New York City, which opened in 1956 and is surrounded by rolling hills. The first half of the track comprises high-speed sections with mid to high-speed corners, with the latter half features tight, technical turn combinations. The undulating track is also narrow which encourages high-intensity racing battles. The back straight leads to a high-speed chicane, immediately followed by a right turn into a banking section (Outer Loop), which is one of the track’s primary highlights. From there, the long course will run into the technical section known as β€œThe Boot”, while the β€˜Short Course’ bypasses this segment entirely.Β Β 

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    Suzuki V6 Escudo Pikes Peak Special ’98

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    Returning to the series for the first time in a decade, the legendary Suzuki V6 Escudo Pikes Peak Special ’98 is a monster machine developed specifically to compete in the most extremely harsh conditions for any race car in conquering the treacherous hill climb. The frame is of an all-new design using an aluminum space frame. To maximize performance, the powertrain has been extensively modified, moving the engine from the base model’s front position to a midship configuration. The fully tuned 2.5L V6 engine has been fitted with twin turbochargers allowing it to produce a maximum 981 BHP and 95 kgfm maximum torque.Β Β Β 

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    Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.3 Version)

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    This model is a realization of Suzuki’s motor sporting prowess, extensively tuned to meet Gr.3 regulations. The base Suzuki VGT uses the 1,340 cmΒ³ (1,340 cc) Hayabusa engine linked to 3 high-power electric motors on an all-wheel drive powertrain. This Gr.3 version however has been changed to a simple front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout with a V8 twin-turbo powerplant comprised of 2 Hayabusa engine blocks for a total displacement of 2,680 cmΒ³ (2,680 cc). In this form, the monstrous engine can produce a maximum 577 BHP at an astoundingly high 10,000 rpm. Compared to the base model, the design aesthetics have been altered to achieve increased downforce, featuring an enlarged front spoiler as well as the addition of front and rear diffusers, a GT wing and air ducting on the bonnet.Β 

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    1932 Ford Roadster

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    In the world of customized cars, the US is often number one in terms of quality, volume, and genre. The oldest genre of these, now an iconic part of American culture is the Hot Rod. This was a movement that originated in the 1930s, where the Ford Model T and the later Model A’s and Model B’s were heavily modified by their owners. Extensive exterior modifications were performed on these cars such as removing wheel arches, bonnets and cutting the body to make chop-top convertibles. More and powerful engines were then added to the cars as technology improved over the years.Β 

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    Gran Turismo CafΓ© – Extra Menus

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    The following 3 Extra Menus have been added:

    • Toyota 86 Collection: Opens at Collector Level 20
    • Honda Type R Collection: Opens at Collector Level 20
    • Rotary Engine Collection: Opens at Collector Level 32

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    Always loved the Pikes Peak, wonder if it will be still as broken and good to see a new track with the Glen, looks like a good update.

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  2. 10 hours ago, Junker said:

    The one at Nurburgring racing onto the night with a random rain shower thrown in was honestly one of the most thrilling races I’ve done in this or any racing game.

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    That race was amazing, only beaten by finally getting gold on the Spa test.

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    End of the first lap in 7th place and it starts to rain as I'm coming up to the pits, nobody in front has pitted so I come in for wets thinking finally some good luck. Rain is brief so I get maybe a third of a lap before it's back to slick territory, but there's more rain on the radar but who knows if it will hit or if it will be just another brief shower. So do I listen to Brundle and pit to always be on the right tyre, or gamble and stick with the wets in the hope the weather comes back to me. I decide to stick with the wets and just hope I don't lose too much time or burn through them.

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    Whilst it's easy to drive a wide car around parts of the ring I still end up losing places and time, I think I fell down to 11th and maybe 2:30 off the lead. Then towards the end of lap three the rain came in, even better the heaven's opened and my tyres where still in great condition. So I went from struggling with wets in the dry and falling back to flying on the last lap, taking huge chunks out of those ahead each sector, I got really dialled in.Β 

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    In the end I was 3rd I think 15sec off the lead. So in the space of a few laps I went from Vettel making his early bold gamble to Russell on Saturday then finally to Schumacher dancing in the rain.

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    The Le Mans races in the Nations and Toyota cups have also been great. Which just adds to the annoyance, there's possibility for so much great racing but it feels like they don't mix it up much. Give us a daily race D, make it 25min with variable weather and light conditions.

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    Have they ever said why there's only three daily Sport races?

  3. 6 hours ago, Varnsen said:

    SuperGT's complaints are more about the fact the Sport mode races aren't setup very well. Rolling starts on a 5 lap race where if he starts in 4th, depending on the track he'll be 10 seconds off the lead by the 2nd corner. All the usual but the fact is it's not moved on from Sport and indeed feels worse as a result. Also just variety of events, the BOP, tuning exploits, it's messy and unrewarding and so on.

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    This week is a great example of this issue, start 7th or lower at Spa and you start in the Bus Stop. I didn't set a time for my first race so I was at the back of the grid, I was still in the Bus Stop whilst the leaders where going through La Source, kills the race before you even start.

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    The variety is a real annoyance, feels like Brazil, Austria, Suzuka and Spa are on rotation for Gr.3 and little mixing it up with weather and laps. Then instead of adding a daily race without DR/SR as I thought they would they've just changed Race A, so if like me trying to improve DR is a driving factor it's one less race.

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    Still enjoying it, I just wish there was more choice.

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    In more positive news I got a BMW Z4 GT3 engine swap for my roulette today, which I could drop into an M3 '03. The M3 is ridiculous now, well in a straight line, far too much power for the chassis in the corners but still fun to drive. Was only a couple of second slower than a Gr.3 911 around Monza.

  4. 5 minutes ago, TehStu said:

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    Don't open if you haven't played Odyssey.

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    Technically possible, right? I have no idea what AC Infinity is going to be, but they could have Kassandra in pretty much any time period time.

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    Yes I guess it should be technically possible if infinity is going to focus on multiple locations and periods they could go back to her.

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    It's a while since I played it so not sure where the main story ends and the DLC starts, so I'll not risk spoilers by speculating.

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    I just really enjoyed the Ezio trilogy and always wanted something similar with another character. Syndicate and Evie Frye where great but she got left behind, at first I was disappointed at the Odyssey announcement as I thought Origins perfectly set up a Bayek and Aya sequel. Odyssey did then go onto be one of my games of the generation with Kassandra but then we got Valhalla, which I'm fine to leave behind.

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    Now it's onto Infinity which is years off and an unknown change and who knows what could change along the way.

  5. I found the DLC fairly substantial, 12hrs roughly for First Blade and 20hrs for Atlantis, that was after about 100hrs in Odyssey scouring the map which I absolutely loved. I did find myself starting to get burnt out in the DLC, First Blade wasn't as fun but Atlantis is much better, so take a break before that if needed.

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    Still disappointed Ubisoft don't stick with a protagonist but especially so after Odyssey, a Kassandra trilogy would have been brilliant.

  6. 16 minutes ago, Fretnoise said:

    Oh and... if you're struggling to decide which Gr1 to buy, the Le Mans Time Trial lets you borrow any Gr1 car and take it for an extended test drive.Β  Those Group C cars are crazy in comparison to the more modern ones.Β  220mph in a bath tub with no brakes? Yee-hah!

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    I didn't like it at first but the Toyota GR010 turned out to be pretty great at Le Mans, top speed of the Group C cars but much more stable, doesn't want to kill me when I tap the brakes unlike the XJR-9.

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    Used it for the Nations race at the weekend, I was quite surprised when I breezed past a 919 down Mulsanne, I thought they must have been doing some extreme fuel saving but I kept passing them with ease. Checking the replay after the race and the Toyota was consistently 20-30 mph faster, I was slower in the corners but that's likely more me than the car, that straight line speed was key to the win.

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