We’re excited when it’s time to release content, or in this case re-release content that’s been updated and improved with all the latest weather and DX11 effects – adding quality, compatible content to the track roster, is always a welcome addition!
Long time community member and hyper dedicated modder “woochoo”, has once again re-sharpened his skills, learned how to integrate the latest weather and lighting effects, and proceeded to overhaul and create a revised version of the track Longford, a track that so many of us classic fans have enjoyed over the years in rFactor 2. We decided because of this it was more than worthy to be part of the base set of tracks in rFactor 2, and also as a show of our dedication to support quality modder content.
You can login to your Steam account and subscribe to the track here: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1479307545 (note that this workshop item replaces the old one).
The real Longford Circuit was made up of 7km of public roads on the edge of the town of Longford, Tasmania. The first event was held in 1953, and the final race meeting was in 1968. The Tasman Series was a highlight in the history of the Longford events and attracted leading Formula 1 drivers of the time including Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon, Pedro Rodriqez, and Piers Courage, and cars by Brabham, McLaren, BRM, Lotus, and Ferrari.
If you don’t already know it like the back of your hand, Longford is a track you’ll need to ease into and ‘learn’ before attacking the turns – take it slow enjoy the scenery, and study those brake markers! Full of vintage trackside objects, it mixes top speeds with sharp angled turns that come up like a slap in the face – this combination creates an intriguing mix of fun and fear, it’s always a bit of gamble to overtake. Once you get into the groove however, the overall flow is uniquely satisfying, especially in a classic open wheeler.
And in woochoo’s words “Turning under the brick arch of the railway viaduct; crossing the South Esk River twice; rounding the pub at Longford Corner; speeding past houses; crossing over train lines; and pushing the top speed of a car on The Flying Mile. These features and the general high-speed character of the circuit are now available in the relative safety of computer simulation.”