Racing driver Nicolas Hamilton visited Slightly Mad Studios yesterday, continuing his efforts to help make Project CARS authentic simulation on the market.
Hamilton, brother of F1 world champion Lewis, joined Project CARS back in November last year, running a highly-productive weekly feedback blog in the WMD forums and interacting with the members ever since.
Together with the feedback from over 10.000 busy members and fellow real-life racer Ben Collins, Hamilton’s input has helped Slightly Mad Studios make vast physics development progress in a very short period of time. The endless stream of feedback has helped the introduction of the complex Seta tire model that is being improved and expanded ever since its introduction.
Since nothing beats some face-to-face communication, the ETCC driver recently me the SMS team in the company’s studio near London’s tower bridge.
A wide range of topics were discussed during the busy afternoon, including:
- Driver hand animations when at full lock
- Kart visual and physics inaccuracies
- Handling when on astroturf
- Tire temperatures during a Time Trial session
- Freedom vs Realism in tuning setups
- Atmosphere during different sessions (eg.. marshals, crowd, pit box life)
- Tires – degradation, debris pickup, effect on handling
- Driving School
- Aquaplaning in the wet
- Accuracy of some tracks
WMD members can find a much more extensive and detailed recap of the meeting in the forums here.
All others can enjoy some photos of the meeting below, more footage from Nicolas’ visit will be available soon!
Born in Herfordshire, England, in 1992, Nicolas Hamilton was brought up in the motorsports world alongside older brother Lewis. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Nicolas has always made sure this wouldn’t stop him from pursing his passion for racing.
After a first try of karting at the age of 7, Nicolas’ racing career kicked into higher gear in 2010 when he impressed everyone testing a BMW M3 at Palmer Sport. His smooth driving style earned him his MSA Novice Racing License and secured him a seat in the Air Asia Renault Clio Cup. In 2013, Hamilton moved onto the European Touring Car Cup, driving a SEAT León TFSI for Baporo Motorsport.
Project CARS is coming to the PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii U in 2014. More info can be found on the WMD website.