the first XBOX 360 game that exports user generated content…


Gamers rejoice! Today there were some really great updates in the XBOX 360 queue. The most interesting one is the update for Project Gotham Racing 3 – one of the launch titles of the 360. You finally can export the pictures you took in “Photo Mode” to your computer. Just select the picture and send it to your “Your Photos”-Webpage and grab them from there.


I straight went onto the track with the Sagaris to take some test pictures:



yes, HDR…



yes, panoramic view…


I just can say: WOW! That’s what I was looking for when I used the “Photo Mode” over half a year ago for the first time…Oh…I forgot to mention that they are also doing a competition…if you want to take part…here’s the info you need.


Source 1: http://projectgothamracing3.com/photos/PhotoGallery
Source 2: http://www.bizarreonline.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=216755

get me a Cerbera or a Sagaris…you decide

I do like two car manufacturers (well, their cars to be precise) more than all the others. One of them is Mercedes-Benz and the other is…TVR. Yes, the brits.

They make great looking powerful sports cars and I hope one day one will be mine ;) They are quite affordable compared to other supercars – for example you can get a brand new TVR Sagaris (4l V6) for 80k EURO…a pre owned 2004 Cerbera (4.5l V8) comes for about 48k EURO…did I mention they do not come below 380 bhp and weigh as much as two packs of chewing gum? (I’ll have to pay royalties to Jeremy Clarkson for that…damn!).

The fact is that the Cerbera has gone out of official production in 2004. But now TVR is auctioning the last made Cerbera on the Internet:

Yes, you can get that brand new, pepper white, 420 bhp supercar…just sign up and bid…well if you have the money (which I don’t)…

Beside the Cerbera I fell in love with the Sagaris…look how gorgeous it is:


raaawwrrr!!

I just found the sagaris video:

If you want to buy me one…contact me :-)

Source 1: http://www.thelastcerbera.com/
Source 2: http://www.tvr.co.uk/overview_sagaris.php

Masterchiefs’ Warthog is a Peugeot…


I have to admint that when I first drove the Warthog in HALO 1 my first thought was “It’s a french car! The steering is so indirect and tipsy like in every french car I drove to this point.”


And who would have thought that I was right? (well beside of moi) It’s a PEUGEOT! It’s a concept car and therefore it’s worth a lot of money…though it lacks the turret on the back…



Source: Warthog Testdrive

the gumball 3000 ’06

Every year again the “race” begins. Well it’s not a race per se – but a rally. This year the gumballers will start at sunday morning in London and arrive 8 days later in LA.

The difference this year: All of them are guided by a Windows Mobile powered device with ALKs CoPilot software. (ALK is one of the sponsors)


dreammodesomeday/dreammode

Source: http://www.gumball3000.com/

BMW 320i touring on the road…

Sixt gave me a brand new BMW 320i touring. What a great car! It could use some more bhp but it was fun to drive in every way: Fast and Slow.


Since my GPS logging tool is not working at the moment I just made a picture of the timer that comes with BMWs iDrive. So it’s 9 Minutes 25 seconds for the complete racetrack…very nice.

we want a Top Gear track in racing simulations…

For some game generations we have the Nürburgring in racing simulations. But now a new challenge: Top Gear is in my opinion one of the best car- and motor-sport magazines ever made (and coming up the next months again).

So this magazine has a test track where all the cars have to do a power lap to set a time.

And that’s exactly what I want to do: I want to set a time and compete with others on this track. Wouldn’t it be great? Even after Jeremy Clarksons Gran Turismo experiment where JC exercised on a PS2 and raced the real track afterwards…



Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/topgear

after a week: update, speakers acting, 22c3, my 360 and more…


I did not write for over a week now – I simply had no time to write – but now I want to give you a short update on what happened the last days:


2. December: the 360 arrives. I had only some time to unpack and testdrive PGR3 – in fact it’s what was promised – the next generation gaming console. (please make a firmware update so that the DVD drive is more quiet).



yes, there’s an apple keyboard attached to the 360.


To raise the pain-bar the desperatly needed XBOX VGA cable is not available anywhere around. I actually have to wait till it’s available again. Until then I am using the 360 via PAL-60 – which is – oh well …


There are some nice and some bad things to say about the 360 – one thing I just found out and impressed me: when you want to type – let’s say in XBOX live – you might want to use the on-screen keyboard. But when you attach a commonly used USB keyboard to the 360 – you can use it for the typing job … I wasn’t expecting that.


late last week I attended the 3rd “Speakers Acting” Training held by Vision Voices Executives Alexandra Schwarze and Martin Marx. As you can imagine it was a fantastic and enriching experience.



And the this weekend it finally happened: SIXT gave me my the first V6 – a Mercedes Benz ML320 – what a … hell of a car.



hmm… a SUV at >220 km/h… hrhr eat this mother nature!


Oh, I almost forgot to tell you what I did with the addictive ML – We took a trip to Berlin to meet with the guys of the Chaos Computer Club Berlin who are organising the 22th Chaos Communication Congress. As things work out we will be in Berlin at 25th of december with 10 people – recording and streaming the whole congress for you. Working closely together with the guys from congress-tv, congress-streaming… I can only cross fingers and hope that everything is going to happen as planned and discussed.



Source 1: http://www.visionvoice.de
Source 2: http://www.ccc.de
Source 3: http://www.ccc.de/congress/2005

Mercedes Benz SLK 200 Kompressor on the “racetrack”

average speed: 193,373239 km/h
top speed: 234 km/h
duration: 00:09:38
track length: 30,51 km



It’s my favourite car. And Sixt was so kind to offer me a “free ride”… this thing is awesome. Finally I got to drive one with compressor. Mercedes listen! I want one! Now!





GPS-Logfile: GPS20051121205829-568.zip (29,65 KB)

ADAC Driver Training panoramic views




on the day we had our training Daimler Chrysler had an event on the track…so they had every car Daimler Chrysler is building for fun purpose…



the reception…



pole position!



a short briefing before the fun starts…



this is a 360 degree panoramic view of the brake-test-track. Beware: it’s huge!



the gyro…drive as fast and as safe as you can … the white area is slippery … was especially fun to drive with disabled ESP … in the front of the picture you can see the cars waiting for their turn.


a short movie of the A4 in the gyro



the pylon track…and the cars waiting…



another line of cars waiting for the start…

the AUDI A3 2.0 TDI on the “racetrack”

average speed: 184,2804
top speed: 221 km/h
duration: 00:10:04
track length: 30,51 km



Speed Diagram


It was real fun to drive this car. 140hp is well…where fun starts. So this car has an amazing acceleration…the top-speed is, well okay but not great compared to the BMWs or MBs. Actually I had the chance to drive the A3 on a real race track which doubled the fun after switching the ESP off…pictures of that, soon…

GPS-Log: GPS20050626170457-604.zip (30,63 KB)

the way forza is meant to be played…

It would be great if this special build of Forza Motorsport would be available publicy…but unfortunatly it isn’t. Anyway this is the setup I would like to play in the future.

“The above photo shows you the proper way to experience Forza. Yea, those are all DLP screens…with the racing wheel. This is being played on a private build of the game that supports multiple screens. It’a a great way to experience one of the best racing games to come to Xbox.”

Source: Major Nelson

SEAT Toledo 1.6 on the “racetrack”

harhar…namenlos contacted me this evening that he wants to measure his brand new Toledo. So let’s not stand on ceremony: 

the facts:

average speed: 175,2794118 km/h
top speed: 202 km/h
duration: 00:10:21
track length: 30,51 km


speed diagram

 


track diagram

This is the Toledo:

download the GPS Logfile here: GPS20050501221915-624.zip (32,74 KB)

Source: http://blog.slash-me.net

Force Dynamics Racing Simulator

Oh this is soooo crazy… for just $20.000 you get a force-feedback Seat and Wheel that deserves the name:



“The Force Dynamics 301 is a high performance, commercial quality motion system. It is one of a tiny handful of motion simulators designed from the ground up for racing simulation, and its performance far exceeds that of systems costing many times more.”



click to watch the video


Source: http://www.force-dynamics.com/index.shtml