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Niels Heusinkveld Snow Physics – Test Videos

Niels Heusinkveld has released new videos showing snow physics driving in rFactor.

rFactor physics guru Niels Heusinkveld is known for his rFactor physics experiments as he’s trying out all kinds of environments in the simulation.

Fitting to the time of year, Niels has now released new videos featuring snow as we get to watch him drive a Honda NSX on the snowy Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Niels even finds time to bring some culture to sim racing as the second video features some nice classical music from Bach.

  • Anonymous

    It looks nice but honestly I don’t think snow can ever be realistic in rFactor or any similar sim because lowering grip to very low number (which is even the same for whole track) is pretty much all you can do, there’s more to that in reality like wheels digging into the snow etc.
    I tried playing with terrain files a lot some time ago and always ended with disappointment, sad truth is that all sims (except RBR) are really only convincing on dry tarmac, nothing else, even grass usually feels wrong, either too grippy or as bumpy as a minefield…

    • Big Ron

      Agree. Looks more like driving on an ice plane with summer tires than driving in snow and as long as developers do not seperate track grip level by sections, masks or similar, snow will not be very comprehensible.

    • Anonymous

      What did you think of the DiRT series in respect to snow ?

      • Professional Operator

        DIRT gave me some fun, and it’s still an enjoyable series
        but not super realistic.

        RBR is still the best

  • PetrolheadDen

    Kind of like iRacing normally is.

    • Anonymous

      Thats because they don’t have Niels on their team.

    • Matt Orr


  • Juha Mikkola

    To be honest i have never driven on snow that slippery. Looks more like wet ice with mid european “winter” tyres (without studs) 😀

  • Anonymous

    That looks arcade! Way 2 much grip 😉

  • Niels Heusinkveld

    Snow would be a bit more complex than just ‘less grip’ applied to the road. I made the NSX (for tarmac) and just had a go at the low grip Ring, and had a blast. The friction coefficient of about 0.3 compares to data I have for summer tires on snow, so unless that data is off (I doubt it is that much) the grip should be believable for at least some kind of snow with some kind of regular tire. Less grip = more fun though! 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Hello Niels! Sorry for making off-topic here, but can I ask you something about your ‘Building a DeltaWing car phyiscs for rFactor’ video physic by e-mail?

    • speed1

      You are right with the complexity of Snow physics and for those possibility you have, it looks quit good to me. Don’t let you demotivate by some beginner and i wish you a successfull happy new year Niels. Keep up your good work.

  • mclaren777

    The top video might feature a 1993 NSX, but the car in the bottom video is probably from 2003 instead.

    • Niels Heusinkveld

      The graphics model yes, couldn’t find an early model, but the tire size, weights, data etc is from early 90s.

  • Timpie Claessens

    Crappy winter we had this year, I could be doing that aswell! 😀

  • Niels Heusinkveld

    Gee is this a coincidence?


    i think id rather play gt5, rf2 looking worse all the time.