08-20-2012 12:34 AM - edited 05-18-2013 10:21 AM
Monday Night Racing is a series of scheduled races designed to help introduce the broader forum membership to some PlayStation MVPs, moderators, and maybe a few special guests, who like racing in Gran Turismo 5 or any other appropriate racing simulator (for now, we will use GT). Think of it as a social gathering, too, so chat headsets are welcomed, to keep communicating efficient.
Monday Night Racing will be an ideal event for someone who has not yet raced on-line before or for any GT fans who needs good drivers to challenge themselves, too. The bar-to-entry will be kept as low as possible, so please join in expecting to have fun while racing cleanly. We will be experiencing as much different content, including new DLC, features and updates of GT as possible, so these events will also help you to learn about GT, to keep actively racing in it, and to meet new racing friends.
The posted time range is for two hours, but some nights it carries on for a while longer, so you have a fairly broad time frame in which to join in on the fun.
Please read all of this post, and the next one, for instructions.
To keep the racing organisation simple and to ensure that a broad range of cars are always used, the weekly events will be a series of general performance ranges escalating through the month (see table below). This will help to keep the racing open for players of all abilities, just so long as you keep within your own capabilities, you stay in your best behaviour, you race fairly and keep it fun for everyone.
Please be sure to know GT5 well enough, too, so that you don't hold up the racing because, quite frankly, the more you fiddle, the less we race.
Weekly race details will be in the next post.
Time: 8PM - 10PM Eastern Time (longer is more common, and please be on time for the first start)
Races: usually there will be 3-4 races per hour of ~15-20 minutes each
|1st wk||smaller street cars|
|2nd wk||smaller race cars|
|3rd wk||bigger street cars|
|4th wk||bigger race cars|
|5th wk||something random or specific, including some DLC|
A room number will be announced in the post below after the lobby is created. This way everyone can easily find the weekly group without using up your friend slots. However, only so many can fit into a lobby, so please either be patient getting in or don't hog the room if it is always full because others may be wanting to race, too. Disconnections can be a problem by losing room numbers, though, but we will just have to deal with them the best we can.
Room Number Instructions:
- in GT5, go to Open Lobbies
- scroll down to the round button beside "Create New" lobby and click it
- click the "Specify Room Number" button and enter the long room number given in the race announcement thread
This allows you to enter the correct room, if there still is room for more players.
You can also follow a friend into the room through that player's "coffee cup".
General Racing Rules:
- use normal on-line clean racing etiquette and keep contact to a minimum
- if you mess up someone's race, give them their spot back ahead of you
- keep two inside wheels on the track at all times
- no shortcuting or other bad behaviour, including foul language
- when re-entering the race course after an accident, be cautious of approaching cars
If you wish, go to the topic's options and float this thread, so that it is easy for you to find it and to keep up-to-date with timely info; or subscribe to it; or subscribe to the thread's RSS feed.
Drop by the GT forum, too, and meet the fans who play this fun racing simulator often.
08-20-2012 12:35 AM - edited 06-19-2013 03:59 PM
Monday Night Racing Weekly Details
Special Event: June 18-23 - buy the HKS Mitsubishi Evo 8 (you can break it in, no mods)
This week, we will do something completely new by adding in a special challenge to the normal racing on Monday nights. The challenge isn't too difficult, but it is similar to a good Seasonal Time Trial. You have to virtually beat a real record time using the same virtual car in GT5.
The HKS CT230R TRB (Tsukuba Record Breaker) is a very tuned, very expensive, Mitsubishi Evolution 8. The red one that we have came out of the older black TRB-02, which set track records across Japan, but was destroyed in a crash. Once the CT230R was rebuilt with an all-carbon fiber body, HKS took it back to the track and sent Nobuteru Taniguchi off to break various records at some of Japan's most famous race tracks, including Fuji, Suzuka, Tokachi, Okayama, Central, Sportsland Sugo, Auto Polis, and, of course, back to the place where the action really counts: Tsukuba. In the winter of 2006, Taniguchi beat the 54-second record he set two years prior with a 53.999, another high point of his career as he becomes the first to break into the 53-second barrier, and a month later, he beats that time with a 53.589. (The current official lap record is held by the Autobacs ARTA NSX, which ran a 51.8 second lap.)
PD honoured this car by making it a special addition to GT, since it is the only GT Award car not added through the SEMA show.
Your task is to beat Nobuteru Taniguchi's track record, send a replay file to me for checking, then you can earn a custom forum level of "Record Breaker" and have an exclusive carrot orange custom ID colour! You will have until midnight (PT) Sunday night, to send in your replays.
It only matters that you break the record time, hence your level title, and that you submit a valid replay. It doesn't matter by how much you break the record, only that you do better than the record. Beat the time and prove it to earn the rewards.
This will be a special challenge to reward the forum members who regularly support the Monday Night races, and it has a limited time to participate. The drivers who qualify get to keep their rewards for one month, to show off what community related activities can be done here and to highlight active forum members.
How to participate:
Buy a new HKS CT230R or set-up a new tuning sheet to the record-breaking specs:
- 600 PP
- 535 HP
- 1068 Kg
- Racing Medium tires
- no added power parts or weight reductions
- no driving aids, except ABS at 1 maximum
Beat the record time of 53.589 seconds in Practice/World Circuits/Tsukuba/A-spec Free Run.
Do not quit and lose your replay.
Save your "Best Lap Replay", copy it to the XMB, and then send the folder, along with your PSN ID, for verification to my e-mail address (request it in a PM when you are ready).
Ready? Set? Go!
If you need a tune, this is mine.
There will also be a regular MNR event posted for the 24th, so if you have never raced with us before, please join in on the fun, on Monday, too!
Racing will start on time, so be early and be ready.
The lobby usually opens between 7:30-7:45, Eastern.
|Date||Monday, June 24th|
|Time||8 PM - 10 PM, Eastern (or later, depending on interest)
Please get your car ready before you enter the lobby, so that you don't slow down the starts!
|Max. Horse Power||600|
|Min. Weight (Kg)||1065|
|Tires - maximum||Racing Hard|
|Tire Wear & Fuel||Normal|
The room number will be added to this post after the lobby is created, or join through a friend's Coffee Cup.
Room Number: 1472-6118-????
08-20-2012 06:50 AM
08-20-2012 07:43 AM
Since your event is between 8-9PM, I should be able to join you. I will be leaving the event immediately after 9:00 PM Eastern to host the weekly Monday BPC casual race in my lounge.
See you then.
08-20-2012 08:23 AM - edited 08-20-2012 08:25 AM
Thanks, guys. Hope to see some new members who have not been racing on-line much, too.
The time range is a bit of an experiment, not too early, not too late, depending on which time zone drivers are in.
Oh, and the title is just temporary, for a little while.
08-20-2012 03:26 PM
I will try to make it, but the time may be a bit early as I get off work at 5:30 PST 8:30 EST and that is when it has already started. Perhaps if you started 10 Eastern then more people like me from the west can make it without having to drive at mach one home
08-20-2012 04:21 PM
This is an experiment to find out when people can race. Maybe, if there is enough support, we can race longer, so check when you get home.
If players can or prefer to race later, then the schedule can be changed, or we can alternate start times.
It all depends an the amount of support this event gets.
08-20-2012 07:26 PM - edited 08-20-2012 07:29 PM
I just saw this event today. Would have attended, but I upgraded my Racing Station to the Black Diamond Edition Racing Station by SWERV_GRIFFIN Enterprises, and am assembling the new Racing Station as I type this post.
Maybe I can attend this Event next week.
Pics of the upgraded rig to follow in the Driving Rig Thread
08-21-2012 06:16 AM
I havn't raced online for 10 months. But I'll make an effort to be there next time. It looks like moving the time back an hour might work for some. And that is fine for me as I am in Los Alamos.