Cool Stuff for GPL Racers
VROC serves as the focus of a thriving internet-based worldwide
racing community. Many online GPL racing leagues and clubs host
their races on VROC, and most of these use WinVROC Chat to meet
before and after races.
See the Online Leagues section on Alison's Site for a discussion of some of
the leagues and clubs you can join. See also the Online
Leagues and Clubs page for more information about online
"F2" and "F3" Races
See Racing the Trainers for information
about joining the "F2" and "F3" races that
appear in VROC's race list. You can also join the VROC
Formula 2 Club.
See also Alison's Eagle Woman's Grand Prix Legends web site
for setups, setup utilities, track guides, and more.
GPL World Rankings
You can compare your best lap times with those of GPL enthusiasts
around the world at the GPL World Rankings site. This superb site
allows you to compare your skill and proficiency in driving GPL's
cars with the achievements of GPL enthusiasts worldwide.
When you upload your own player.ini, the site's software calculates
your worldwide ranking and your "handicap". A sophisticated
database and custom retrieval software allow you to compare your
times with those of thousands of GPL enthusiasts, including world
champions like Greger Huttu and Wolfgang Woeger, GPL developers
Dave Kaemmer and Randy Cassidy, and even the VROC team!
Help reduce the carnage and have a lot more fun on VROC by
downloading Alison's race setups for the BRM,
and the Murasama!
Some unsolicited comments about Alison's race
setups for the Coventry:
"The Coventry setups kept the sim on my hard drive."
"I reckon you've done exactly what was needed here. Beginners
the world over may now rejoice!!
"Your setups are an absolute delight to use. Fast, surefooted,
and forgiving. Just what the doctor ordered.
"If you know you're not yet in the absolute top rank
of sim-racers, what more do you need? Frankly, I see no need
to develop my own setups for the time being. Yours will do just
fine, thank you very much!!"
"I just wanted to thank you for the tip on your site
to try the Coventry. I'm definitely no hot shot racer. Previously
I had my best luck with the Brabham. It wasn't the fastest car
I tried, but it seemed the easiest to me to drive. My best time
at Monza was 1:40:21. I put in your Coventry setup and in less
than a half an hour hit 1:39:46 for the first time."
Some comments from readers about Alison's race
setups for the Murasama:
"Your Murasama setups are wonderful. I was able to lap
consistantly around my best times with the Eagle and Ferrari.
Without feeling on the ragged edge and out of control."
"Love your Murasama setups!"
"Today on VROC I noticed two Murasamas on the track.
...they finished one and three and smoked us all. They were using
"...the Murasama that got behind me today was frightening.
I could not believe his boldness to get by me. I had to try the
"Readers, this baby does rock. It rocks every lap.
"I get this funny feeling we are going to see a lot of
white grids soon."
See the VROC Driving page for information
about racing techniques and tactics that are especially useful
when racing online.
Also see the Driving page of Eagle Woman's Grand Prix Legends for tips about
driving and car setup in GPL.
See Alison's GPL
Hardware FAQ for more information about new hardware tweaks
which improve GPL's performance online and offline.
Bart's revised track.ini files place the cars farther apart
on the grid, which should increase the chances for a clean start.
If you host a race with these files, all starts will use the
revised grids, so clients need not modify anything.
These are widely used in online races and work very well.
The risk of collisions at the start and in the first lap is greatly
Mounting empirical evidence suggests that for many users,
GPL online racing is greatly improved when using a Universal
Serial Bus modem.
With the USB modem, the common problems attributable to the
serial port, including warping, giant warps (clock smashes),
scoring problems, frame rate degradation*, and disconnects, can
be dramatically reduced or completely eliminated.
Read Alison's USB
Modem evaluation for a discussion about why GPL suffers so
badly from the serial port and how a USB modem can help.
*When GPL is running on a Rendition card, frame rate seems
to be improved when a USB modem is used instead of a serial port
Some users, however, experience a frame rate reduction
when a Voodoo card and a MultiTech USB modem are used together
on a machine of less than 400 mhz.
The 3Com/US Robotics USB modem seems to cause less or no
frame rate degradation on Voodoo-equipped machines.
SoundBlaster Live! Value
Alison is getting much improved online performance (and great
sound) after installing a SoundBlaster Live! Value in place of
a SoundBlaster Vibra 16. Sound quality, performance, and online
racing are dramaticaly improved.
Alison can now run all graphics on at 800x600, all 19 AI cars,
16 engine sounds and still get 36 fps! Crackling and scratching
Online racing is dramatically improved. Alison can run full
graphics at 800x600 and get 36 fps almost all the time! It's
no longer necessary to get nonstop 36 fps. Clock smashes, which
have plagued her PII-350 since she built it, seem to be a thing
of the past, and disconnects have dropped dramatically.
The SB Live! makes a great companion to Patrick's new engine sounds for GPL (see
page at Eagle Woman's GPL).
Alison got the SB Live! Value for $75, which makes it a great
deal for the GPL enthusiast.
I've added a new subsection on the SB Live! in the sound
section of Alison's GPL
Hardware FAQ. If you haven't already, read Achim Trensz'
detailed discussion of the SB Live! in the hardware
section of her GPL
Reader FAQ. She's also added comments by Steve Smith and
Andy Booth on significant improvements they experienced with
PCI sound cards to this section of the Reader FAQ.
If you have an idea for improving VROC, please check out the
To Do list to make sure we haven't already thought of it.
The Link Graphics are handy if you wish to put a link to VROC
on your Web site.
Visit Stuart Boyle's GPL Links Page for links to many
other GPL-related sites.