Jeff Gordon Tries Chevy’s Professional NASCAR Simulator

A very interesting new video has surfaced on Youtube, showing retired NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon in action in Chevrolet’s professional-grade NASCAR simulator.

The days when stock car racing in the US was truly low-tech are long over as computer simulations for car development and driver training have already become part of NASCAR’s culture as well.

Gordon, who made his debut in 1992, made the way up the ranks without computer help. How will he fare in the simulator? Find out below.

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  • MC

    Hope they kept the receipt.

    • Marc Collins

      Notice Gordon’s comments about the authenticity of the response. That’s what they are paying for, not eye candy graphics.

      • MC

        Right, so that looked like realistic car behaviour to you?

      • Marc Collins

        Don’t ask me, ask Jeff Gordon. But I assume you know more than he does about what a stock car should feel like.

      • MC

        You do understand the concept of promotion right?

      • anonymouse

        Promotion or not, a setup like that is worth more than what the average armchair racing driver can afford. You don’t spend that much money (in the thousands of dollars) on something like this just to make promotion videos.

        If they chose it, it means it does what it’s supposed to do: to simulate a race car and its behaviour on track. If you have a better suggestion for Hendricks, give them a call. I’m sure they will laugh you out of the door.

      • MC

        Other (software) setups do exist, the Dallara simulator for example. The difference’s when a certain product’s involved everyone has to make excuses and act like there’s something special going on underneath.

      • anonymouse

        Oh, you could’ve said it sooner that you don’t like rF2 and can’t accept that professional teams worldwide stick with ISI products (expanded with their own systems) rather than something else.

        What does Dallara have to do with this anyway? Their own simulator runs on a proprietary physics engine, which has nothing to do with the graphic engine (AC).

      • MC

        Who said I don’t like rFactor? It took 5 words to troll you lot 😀 It’s not a case of sticking with anyone, it’s that there hasn’t been any other software customisable enough, although that’s changing with Dallara as an example which you want to ignore.

      • Marc Collins

        Who is promoting what in this video?

      • MC

        *checks video title* Do you expect him to say actually it was rather naff and not very realistic? Josef Newgarden talks positively about Forza 6 and the community call BS, yet here it’s automatically a genuine endorsement…

      • Marc Collins

        anonymouse already answered this 2 days ago. The simulator hardware and software wasn’t built for a feel good Jeff Gordon moment. It is used by a bunch of well-funded teams and built by a well-funded engine manufacturer that has a major interest in the success of the teams using their branded engines. I guess all those people involved in the real world spending all that real money know nothing compared to you. I already made that sarcastic point as well, days ago, so from now on you are talking to yourself since you have no ability to distinguish reality from fantasy.

      • MC

        Flounce away 😉 You expect an honest unbiased opinion from someone used to being paid to promote stuff, I think you’re the one living in fantasy land.

      • Marc Collins

        Are you really that dense? Jeff Gordon’s opinion is ultimately irrelevant–we all agree.

      • MC

        I thought you were ‘done’? I love how you can always troll one more response 😉

      • Benjamin Beacock

        collision reactions are not important in that sim. The only thing that matters is on-track grip and it’s very sensitive to steering feel and visual/motion cuing. The tire models also don’t work well at excessively large slip angles/ratios because they don’t need to. ie. if you get that far out, you’ve ruined the lap anyways. Disclosure: I work for the engineering company that set up that rig and have driven it.

      • MC

        Up vote because interesting. I’m surprised they would be considered unimportant, because they’re in ‘home simulators’, but I appreciate it has a different application.

      • Oliver

        It’s interesting because it confirms the inability and difficulty of simulating diverse aspects of the tire and other physical aspects. So the “correct window” may be narrow but within that spectrum, the behavior is as it should be.

  • anonymouse

    Is that rF2 ui?

    • Tim Wheatley

      Its the rf ui

  • http://www.simracingpaddock.com/ WilliamSRP

    For the record, this was a video feature from Fox Sports:

    http://simracingpaddock.com/rfactor2/check-jeff-gordon-behind-wheel-simulator/

    You can find the original video in this tweet too: https://mobile.twitter.com/NASCARONFOX/status/855042390209560577/

    • Marc Collins

      Do you have links to VirtualR.net stories on your Website?

      • http://www.simracingpaddock.com/ WilliamSRP

        As a matter of fact, yes 😉

        http://simracingpaddock.com/pc-racing/is-simraceway-dead/ (Referenced VirtualR article regarding SRW boycott)

        http://simracingpaddock.com/opinion/conversions-helping-hurting-community/ (Referenced the VirtualR Article when DRM put Version 3.0 on hold)

      • Marc Collins

        Great. Just wasn’t sure what the point of your post was.

      • http://www.simracingpaddock.com/ WilliamSRP

        Well part of it is that it’s kind of irritating to see an article like this, citing a source that uploads it to YouTube with NO reference to the original source whatsoever, just stating that the video “surfaced”…

      • Marc Collins

        Well , I looked at the so-called original source @Fox/Fake News. There is no indication in the video that Fox had anything to do with it. The video itself is strangely devoid of branding. So if the video was done by Chevrolet or NASCAR they are not too concerned about it. If Fox produced it, they forgot to plaster their logo all over it, which they manage to do with everything else.

        You seem like a sincere guy, so not trying to pick a fight. Just be aware your post looks like spamming for your site as much or more as this site failing to give credit to a completely unmarked video.

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