Release Notes 0.8b 09/05/15
To coincide with this weekend's BTCC meet at Thruxton, I am very pleased to finally present the first public beta of my scratch made Thruxton circuit. Although fairly polished please remember it is still a work in progress and there may be areas that are in need of improvement, or as yet undiscovered issues. The track surface / elevation itself is pretty much final – I have worked closely with someone with many years experience working at the racing school at Thruxton to ensure that the track is as accurate as reasonable without a laser scan, so I am unlikely to make more changes to it based on YouTube videos anyone may have seen with wildly different FOV’s and shaky cameras! It may not be perfect but it’s pretty close.
Any major issues people are having I will try to address quickly with minor updates, and I will also collate and address any feedback I feel is valid in due time for the full release.
There is much I still want to do to add more details and make it better, and I have already put hundreds if not thousands of hours into this track so any donations are much appreciated!
Huge thanks go out to Fordman for his excellent videos and support and for pushing me on to get this far! David Hornsey for his vital inside knowledge of the real circuit. FestaPWR for testing everything to destruction! Norbs for yet another set of great cameras. Bill Wiskins and Az Edwards for reference images that I have consulted hundreds of times, and also to Nobby76 and Rigel for the useful items in the resources thread.
Since this release, some have reported an issue with laps not being counted if you go off track at the final chicane - I will investigate as a priority.
Time Attack - although Time Attack mode is working, checkpoint graphic is incorrectly positioned.
There’s an inadvertently added small bump on the approach to Club that I don’t think is there IRL – I will smooth for next release.
Load times are quite lengthy - I will try and get this shorter for final release.
Graphics - White lines may blur out too much in distance on lower AF settings.
Some trees need UV’s adjusting due to visible edge at distance
Some penalties / off track areas may need tweaking.
Due to hi res textures and poly count I can’t promise it will perform well on all systems, but I have done my best to try and keep performance levels similar to those of the official AC tracks, at least on my system. Please let me know if you have any issues so I can see what can be done.
Most of the distant infield buildings require proper modeling and texturing.
Start lights are not yet implemented but should be in a future update.
The track has a kind of track day rather than race day feel at the moment – I will add more trackside objects in future, or perhaps even do 2 versions.