Featured Best of Simracing Mods: “Watkins Glen International” for Assetto Corsa

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  1. leon_90

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    “A commitment to excellence”.


    I quite like something about American tracks. They are technical, they are usually fast, they are always challenging and they ask you to be absolutely precise and consistent in your lap times to be at the head of the pack. There is something raw, something wild about them. Each has a unique character, has its own soul and somehow it speaks to you. I am a European guy, who admittedly does not know half of the American states and surely would have a hard time pointing at them correctly on a geographical map. Never been to the US, never seen any of these beautiful locations in my life. However, simracing has had yet another positive impact in my life, as it made me discover something I would not have known otherwise. Every time I get to virtually be in one of these tracks, I can immediately feel it communicating with me. Through its colours, through its layout. It might sound weird. No, it definitely sounds weird. Let me tell you something still: Sonoma, Indianapolis and Road America. These are just three, very well known, American circuits. Now, tell me that each and every single one of them doesn’t have an original story to tell. Tell me, that even through textures, it has not a different sky above your virtual cockpit, different colours in its surrounding, a completely different experience when racing. In comparison, European tracks lack something. They used to be as unique as American circuits, but now they have all been standardised, simplified, levelled. There are just a few who still defend their primal and feral soul with jealousy, even though they have already been amputated here and there. They bleed, yet they still stand.

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    Watkins Glen is another one of the new world’s tracks that has something to tell, but not many would listen. Probably, many of us first came to grips with this dangerous course in the good old GPL. What a blast it was to push those cars along this high-speed arena. Apparently easy, yet again deceiving as these stars and stripes tracks usually are. Nailing each corner right was a matter of experience and fruit of many hours of setup beyond the preparation of the race.

    After the 1971 renovation, things became only more interesting. Without altering the nature of the track, on the contrary strengthening it, the second section was overhauled and improved making this track even more challenging without losing its proper attributes. Speed is still king, and perfect corner entry while managing the frequent deep and steady changes of elevations is still key to get low lap times.

    It was a shame that such an iconic venue was not available, at least in a proper version giving fair credit to its real counterpart, for one of the most played sims we have like Assetto Corsa.

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    To everyone’s aid though came LilSki, with his stunning recreation of the Glen for it. Based off LiDAR data, ensuing so the best accuracy possible, LilSki made one of the best mod tracks available for AC and certainly the most complete at the time of writing of this article. Featuring not only dynamic rubbering and racing groove, support for Time Attack and a few more extras, even lighting for night time competition is included. Taking full advantage of the latest evolution of the notorious “Shaders Patch” and of additional bundles like the “Assetto4Seasons” and “Good and Bad Weather Suite”, Watkins Glen is fully compatible with the 24h cycle that is now being implemented thanks to modding into Assetto Corsa.

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    Modelling and texturing are the work of a master craft. LilSki managed to render a near perfect transposition of the Glen racetrack environment in his mod, with an army of cars, campers and vans parked on the grass; the tribunes, the tents and lodges scattered throughout the place. It looks incredibly alive, which is amazing considering the “static” nature of Assetto Corsa, which is rarely able to convey that sensation of vitality typical of a big racetrack, and has exactly the kind of feeling you would expect from it. It sounds as original as every American track does, unique in its own and giving you that powerful emotion that makes it stand apart from every other circuit. You feel immersed in the environment, thanks also to simple but effective details like the Good Year blimp hovering around, and brings that little happy smile on your face of when enjoying something good.

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    The AI is challenging, fast and competitive up to the point it makes for a fun alternative to multiplayer racing. Cameras make replay watching entertaining, and surely provide a great help to content creators on all platforms trying to get the perfect shot or some live action for their videos.

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    It looks like LilSki really thought of everything when making his rendition of the Watkins Glen. It appears to be as not only a work of love towards a beautiful American venue, detailed up to the single blade of grass, but also towards the Simracing community. He took care of every aspect that could have been of importance to every kind of simracers: the hot lapper, the offline racer, the competitive driver looking for a new circuit to race on online, the video maker or streamer. He put additional effort into supporting a still experimental patch. So when you consider about maybe downloading this track, or when you already did and you are pushing your absolute limit on it, think, even if just for a moment, that all this was possible thanks to someone who did not want to make something just for himself, but for everyone of us, including you. He thought not only of his needs, but also of those of all his fellow sim mates. That is what makes being part of this community great and rare. This track by LilSki is what simracing is, and always should be. Thanks Kevin.

    All pictures and screenshots were kindly provided by LilSki.

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  2. VernWozza

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    Another must try! Good stuff. Any rf2 mods that you can recommend?
     
  3. Tom Blackett

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    The bar has been raised with track. Stunning work. Can we start a crowdfunding campain to get Lilski cloned atleast a couple of times please guys n girls?
     
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  4. Jayenn

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    Well deserved praise. Everything about the track screams quality.
     
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  5. Joradson Rodrigues

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    Awesome job, congratulations!
     
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  6. Dreamliner

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    Thanks for that well made review.
    It is stunning what people are able to. This is an absolutely master piece in terms of nearly everything.
    And the same track is available for rFactor2 with permission of Lilski and that´s awesome as well.
    I'm always happy and thankful if I´m driving around this circuit and it doesn't matter which day time.
    Great thanks to Lilski for sharing his passion for simracing ;-)
     
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  8. Jurld

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    One of my favorite tracks. I will definitely look at this one as the AI in PC2 can't hack it at all.

    Is there a good mod for the pre-1971 configuration?
     
  9. Wedge

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    One of my favorite tracks ever. Had so many fun and good races in iRacing at this track!
     
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  10. Jordan Dion

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    What a master piece!
    Honestly, RD should raise a campaign to get fund and for creating track like this.
    Its like a real DLC for AC.

    Thank for that track!:thumbsup:
     
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  11. Andy-R

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    While the new surface is a bit of a downer for simracing (for me) the track is very very well made and a welcome addition to AC. Watkins Glen has a great flow to it. Here's to hoping LilSki does go ahead and create a historic bumpier, less grippy and curbaceous (definitely a word) version of the track! If not, I can appreciate this version for being a very good representation of the Glen as it is now and enjoy it for what it is.
     
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  12. Wolfzz

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    How can you download it?
     
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  13. Motowntom

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    Nice job Kev. where are you gonna race now that we lost NAGP.
    Cheers
     
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  14. AnyModder7

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    This track is up to rF2 too and are one of the bests too!
    There is some amazing mods for rF2 too as the ones created by McNolo (tracks) as Bahrein v1.58 and Monza (steam workshop) and ASR2 (Formula 2 2017 car) if u want to try!
     
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    With the premium membership on RD
    Here....
     
  16. protonv5

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    "Watkins Glen is fully compatible with the 24h cycle that is now being implemented thanks to modding into Assetto Corsa."
    Now this is a funny statement. Because this is not possible. Stefano said so. Lol. Day/night, rain: All not possible in Assetto. And he cursed me out and banned me from the Kunos forum. Lol. I insisted it is possible to add Day/night, he insisted it's not and that we need a new game. Hence ACC. Looks like Stefano is like EA and most other Game companies out there. It's just funny to watch this all unfold, that's all.
     
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  17. Tbear

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    This mod has everything but The Bog ... and the burning tour bus (story HERE). I tried to get lilski to incorporate it onto the track as a historical reference, but he wasn't having any of it.

    Perhaps it's something to replicate in the privacy and comfort of your own backyard!

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  18. henrisal

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    It's still same old 12h + night time. At least I haven't seen proper 24h cycle yet. Rain is just slippery tarmac with some effects. Some other games rain is like that but you can't really compare it to ACC weather. All those kinda works without constant adjusting in single player. So far it has been pain to use these features in multiplayer. Hopefully these mods will continue evolving. I can see why Kunos went for different system instead of butchering old one.

    Watkins Glen is a great mod. I wouldn't expect anything less from LilSki. :thumbsup:
     
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  19. Tbear

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    Yep! Rolling starts and Safety cars too.:thumbsdown:

    I don't call it greed, I think maybe Stefano simply lacked the skills.
     
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  20. bsmooth

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    Yep american tracks are pretty much still the same, albeit safer. I think only Monza and Spa have what european tracks all used to have, and thats character.
    Laguna Seca, VIR,Road America, Mid-Ohio(good next project,Wink, wink), Lime Rock,etc. These are landmarks to racers as well known as Niagara Falls, and the Empire State building.
    I'm glad it finally is finished as it truly is a fine piece of work. Thanks
     
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