Caribbean International Series
I have embarked on a fantasy Caribbean cruise, a trip to find and model thrilling street circuits based on the capital cities of seven Caribbean islands. With the recent release of my Kingston, Jamaica beta, two are now out for simracer enjoyment and review.
This challenging 10.3 km circuit ranges in elevation from 10 to 299 meters, almost as great a range as the Nordschleife. In a modest reflection of that classic German track, my Basse-Terre contains many undulations and camber changes, blind corners, and several jumps and drops that may remind you of Flugplatz and Pflanzgarten.
Version 0.93 is faithful to the actual roads in and around Basse-Terre (thanks to a digital video and advice from local resident and fellow NoGrip member 'rasfigjohn') and as accurate as it can be, I believe, short of taking thousands of GPS readings and crunching them in a CAD program. Getting to Version 1.0 involves applying the many trackside 3D objects required to give the illusion of actually racing on this beautiful Caribbean island.
At just over 9 km, this is another long street circuit, but it is very different from Basse-Terre. The elevation changes are far more subtle, but still contribute to the challenge of several corner sequences.
Kingston is the home of NoGrip's 'T. Rimspoke', who worked with me to choose streets in Kingston that would provide an interesting circuit. Our one requirement was that it pass the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road, a main attraction for fans of the world famous musician. 'T.' (Earl) and his friend Colin also drove these streets and shot a digital video with a running commentary on places of note. They are now in the process of taking dozens of photographs of distinctive trackside details that I plan to incorporate in my Version 1.0, probably sometime early next year.
I am deeply thankful to 'Piddy,' who created and continues to develop Bob's Track Builder, the tool without which I would not have had the courage to try this! And to all of the guys in the RSC Bob's Track Builder subforum, especially 'ennisfargis' and 'wezloyd' who have provided so many great textures for us to use.
My scenario and mod development team includes many of my friends at NoGrip, most significantly 'snowy' and 'Alex Koda,' who are busy skinning cars, and 'doo,' who created the first two circuit selection and loading screens and is working on a street circuit himself based on his hometown of Tampere, Finland.
Next up is SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO!