Riverside Renovations.

Dumping eye candy on the infield…

 

The latest track has an open infield, so I touched up some tsos and swapped the fuel pumps for a pump station I had skinned a while back. I wanted some seventies rock siding and different visuals for pulling infield after test runs. I also updated the two garages inside & out, reskinning and darkening up the interior tsos for depth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside ‘WKC’

The latest riverside release for nr2003…

 

Riverside road course is one of my preferred go to tracks across sim platforms. The assetto corsa version is stunning and as close to accurate as an experience as you can have. Gtr2 also has really well replicated layouts (short & long) that also make for an immersive night driving experience on par with ac in visuals.

Nr2003 however has made due with a version that was released way back sometime mid-decade 2000s. So an update was something I was anticipating to happen for quite a while. This latest installment (author John Norton) is about as much as you’d want (or expect)  towards a near perfect layout for nr2003.

Normally I personalize a track that I keep active in my track folder. This being one of those, I added a few graphical changes as follows which can be downloaded here

I replaced the graphic on the Bosch bridge with the higher resolution graphic from assetto riverside. Flanking that I added the marlboro ad graphics from gtr2 riverside…Other small touches would include the rotating 76 ball (a bit more resolution and a deeper orange), I peeled off some of the signage along the walls (personal preference) along with swapping other various sign mips with higher res examples. Also included is some alternate load up logos for the track interface. Simply add the loose files into the tracks main folder (no overwrite necessary) – to restore the default graphics simply remove them.

Late mention, but I also updated the grand national  and iroc z28 cars on site with road course alternates which amount to relocating the fuel doors and grille mods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The straight approaching the retouched Bosch bridge from a holman moody perspective.

Forward Look EFI.

Late 50s Chry Co. EFI cars…

 

I’ve always been fascinated with Chrysler’s attempt at electronic fuel injection in production cars during the late 1950s. This was also the era of the Virgil Exner ‘forward look’ designs which resulted in the rival automakers scraping most of their design plans overnight. That backstory would require it’s own article, but the entire theme was squatheavy, wide, and jet inspired…

Fuel injection itself wasn’t a new concept even by 1950s standards, GM was successful with it’s reliable Rochester system in 1957 between the fenders of ‘fuelie’ corvettes, belairs, & bonnevilles of the period. Although it was a mechanical system; an electronic system was an entirely new & untested concept to which Chrysler attempted for 1958 only. Proving unreliable, the program was quickly abandoned, not to return widescale to production lines for another 30 years. The majority of early efi cars were recalled and converted back to carburetors at the dealerships over the span of weeks to months.

There’s an in depth article on ‘allpar’ involving the restoration of the system on a ’57 Desoto Adventurer which has circulated online since 2005. It’s been a while since I’ve read it (archived here) – from memory after rebuilding the system it was found the fail point was the wax coating on the transistors in the modulator (the primitive computer core) being susceptible to under hood moisture. There was also reports of emf ‘electro-magnetic noise’ interference from overhead power lines. Thirty-five cars across the Chrysler line were optioned & ordered with the system which was designed by the Bendix aviation corp and dubbed ‘the electrojector’…

In addition to current track car builds I have going on for gtr2 (golden age trans am stuff) I also want to put together some production models (a late 50s ‘electrojector’ car being top of that list)  I’ve decided on the 1958 plymouth fury which I’ve obtained a detailed model of and am in the process of getting  grouped & sorted. The ’58s popularity exploded in the ealy 80s with the release of Stephen King’s horror novel (and later John Carpenter screen adaption) – ‘Christine’…I’m somewhat indifferent of the cult status afforded to these years revolved around a fantasy horror novel. On one hand you had a lot of cars saved that otherwise wouldn’t have been, then on the other hand you have a situation where a horror novel has overshadowed the non-fantastical (which was pretty fantastic in actuality) – history of the cars themselves (particularly the fury), the Bendix system alone being prime example.

Actual Fury’s were top of the line performance machines of the day. They came in only one color combination (usually an off-white from ’56 to ’58), those being the pinnacle years of the fury line before they were desegregated from their own distinct model series beginning in 1959. The paint for 1958 was referred to as ‘buckskin beige’ with anodized gold trim & cocoa interiors. The paint combo was beautiful conveying the ‘crème de la crème’ offering as with the top of the line performance aspects unique to the fury line itself – it’s what separated the fury from the lesser models…The standard white over red popularized in fiction denoted the lesser offering (the belvedere)

Over the years I have seen numerous examples of owners of actual documented cars painting the bodies bright red to replicate the film cars. Being those were in some cases actual furys, the result is a red car with prominent anodized gold trim (a horrible contrast) – the overpowering red tints the gold trim towards yellow in appearance (awful clash) and a desecration of these rare years in my opinion…

The top of the line engine offering for ’58 was denoted as the ‘golden commando’ (hence again the theme of the fury which was the only model to be had with gold anodizing), although for ’58 the top engine was available across the entire line in any full size plymouth (including wagons)

Displacement was 350 cubes with ‘poly’ head combustion chamber design (the roots of the venerable Chrysler ‘B’ series engine) which later evolved into the commonplace 383 that found it’s way into almost every model line over the years. 1958 was also the second year of widespread application of the legendary ‘Torque-flite’ automatic and for the time also benefitted from superior handling characteristics vs the competitors due to torsion bar suspension.

The cars however suffered from early quality control measures which plagued Chrysler for years to come. The bodies were highly susceptible to rust thanks to high Nickle content in the steel Chrysler had outsourced from overseas (rumor was the quality of the steel suffered because it was repurposed from the buildings devastated by the atom bombs released over Nagasaki & Hiroshima) Perhaps the reason why surviving  GMs & Fords of this period outnumber Chryslers substantially.

There were two offerings of the ‘golden commando’  – the 290 hp rated twin-carbureted version, and the super rare 315 hp rated ‘electrojector’ commando. Only three furys were documented with the efi setup for 1958 out of 5303 cars produced.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note how contemporary the setup looks for 1958; electronic control box and tank submerged fuel pump looks like anything available on a dealership lot today.

 

“the fail point was the wax coating on the transistors in the modulator (the primitive computer core) being susceptible to under hood moisture. There was also reports of emf ‘electro-magnetic noise’ interference from overhead power lines.”

EFI equipped setup along with block diagram of the system. 

Rare EFI prototypes; ’58 fury & ’57 300c .

FoMoCo Aero Cars.

In depth UTC vlog detailing unique aspects of the Mercury aero machines… 

 

UTC (uncle Tony’s garage) breaks down various in depth aspects of the unique Mercury offerings built to dominate the high bank super-speedways. 

Cars featured are a super rare ‘w’ nose Cale Yarabrough cyclone with 428 cobra jet & Dan Gurney spoiler II. Interesting takeaways – the red/blue over white mercurys were painted in reverse; the white paint was applied to factory supplied solid colored cars. One glaring detail not replicated within nr2003 is the center bulge/contour towards the leading edge of the hood. This was a necessary compromise due to model limitations within nr2003 capped at four models per mod (an accurate talladega model doubles for the mercury spoiler II cars for nr2003)…

I had considered a work around using shading layers on the template (but the modeled torino hood is a bit too distinct to pull that off).. regardless, the mercury templates differ from the fords (body flares & lines) I was aware that the mercury bodies had a better drag coefficient vs the torinos and reflected that in the car file ratings. UTC is a youtube gem, especially if you’re into LA series mopar engines. Tony is a diehard mopar guy so the ford coverage is a once in a while thing. He has a history in the drag scene back east. I hit him up in a super chat a while back (he’s met legends such as Bill Jenkins) was also a content writer for various magazines back in the 80s & 90s (I probably read a bunch of his stuff in old hotrod mags over the years) sub & thumbs up…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance Of Perspective.

Adjusting field of view and camera positioning for proper perspective.

 

Chances are if you’re on this page you’re familiar with field of view and perspective adjustments available from within a wide range of sim platforms. The default driving view in nr2003 however (top view right)  – is somewhat awkward for lack of a better term. I’ve heard it described before as the perspective of driving from the backseat – of a station wagon…

 

Although there is no way to adjust & customize perspective from within nr2003 itself, there is a freeware app to overcome this called ‘nrCamHack’ by toca edit. You can download it here

For a period of time since upgrading to windows 10 I could not get the cam hack app to function within nr2003. The work around remedy to that is to download the following DLL file and install it into the proper windows 10 directory. You can find it here 

If you have further trouble getting the app to function, search or leave a comment at the nr2003 subreddit:(https://np.reddit.com/r/Nr2003/)

Bottom image right is a somewhat corrected field of view for preview purposes (although I didn’t fully dial it in) personally I would prefer a bit more raised perspective…Such adjustments of course will gain you a better perspective from behind the wheel within nr2003 and improve both lap times & track awareness.