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If you ever want to write the history of online sim racing, Alison Hine would feature in Chapter One. That’s because, back in the mid-’90s, while racing via modem in Papyrus’ IndyCar sims, she was offered a position on the beta team for Grand Prix Legends and, alongside engineer Randy Cassidy and her brother Nate Hine, tasked with enabling GPL users to race for the first time over the internet. The result was the dawn of online sim racing (and the legendary VROC racing club—a “matchmaking site” which allowed users to host a race in GPL which would be posted on the VROC app and website).
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December 12, 2023

Waleed Bin Khalid (Lead Online Programmer)

Islamabad-based Lead Online Programmer, Waleed Bin Khalid, is just one more of the international group of devs at the studio working on GTRevival. We asked him about growing up with a dream, developing the online system for GTRevival, and … oh yes, what’s the deal with motorsport in Pakistan?
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November 6, 2023

Lime Rock Park

For almost 70 years, this gem in Connecticut has been sportscar racing's femme fatale. Only 7 turns, no grandstands, and plenty fast.
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November 6, 2023

Margaret Bieniek (Administrative)

Margaret Bieniek’s official title at Straight4 is “administrator”. But for everyone at the studio, Maggie is part-time counsellor, part-time accountant, part-time HR … and all superhuman.
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November 6, 2023

Doug Arnao (Lead Handling Designer)

Lead Handling Designer Doug Arnao came to Lime Rock for the first time in 1978. A few years later, he was an instructor at the track and a serial race winner in his home-brewed Porsche 914/6.
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October 6, 2023

Lawrence Whittaker On Lister And Legacy

Lawrence Whittaker, CEO the Lister Motor Company, on sourcing V12 Jag’ lumps from scrap heaps, running (and winning) against elite brands with zero budget, and pure passion. (Oh, and to celebrate that passion, you’ll find the first-ever in-game screens of the Lister Storm coming to GTRevival!) ….
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October 6, 2023

Henrique Alves on Online Racing in GTRevival

If you’ve been around sim racing long enough, you’re probably no stranger to Henrique Alves, the founder of Sim Racing System, the one-stop online racing platform. Henrique is a new addition to Straight4, tasked with bringing all the concepts that made SRS into a global online racing phenomenon to GTRevival … with a few twists …
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October 6, 2023

Peter Gentsch on AI in GTRevival and Game Changers that Change Gaming

Prof. Peter Gentsch, AI guru, on how technologies like ChatGPT and Midjourney are leveraging the gaming industry for both incredible potential as well as demanding challenges …
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October 6, 2023

Majestic Mont-Tremblant

Straight4’s Creative Video Director JonZ heads to the sacred valley to commune with an icon of North American motorsport. He came back with the sacred texts …
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September 5, 2023

A Storm Is Coming

GTRevival welcomes its first officially announced entry right here on this Newsletter … Read all about the car that inspired a generation of sim racers and a generation of motorsport fans … here we go!
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September 5, 2023

Jonz Is Coming

Jonathan Marier (JonZ) has been making some of the finest sim racing trailers since Project CARS WMD days. After much to-and-fro, JonZ’s is back at the studio, and you can find out what all the fuss is about here as the Montreal-based director talks about his favourite trailers and those he considers the best ever made for racing games …
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September 5, 2023

AI Leads To Iconic Investment

AI guru Professor Peter Gentsch invests in Straight4’s vision for AI-driven tech’ that’s set to transform sim racing …
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August 2, 2023

Ian Bell, CEO

Ian talks about WMD, CARS3, a 25-year career, and what matters most for S4's new sim
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August 2, 2023

Ash Robertson At Goodwood

If it’s summer, it’s motorsport season. Our UI & Brand Design Lead, Ash Robertson was at Goodwood and came back with some treasure … but being a lovely chap, he agreed to share a little
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July 3, 2023

David Rezac (Lead Environment Artist)

From making board games to creating game worlds of his favourite video games to his recreation of the 1971 Le Mans track for the Project CARS Le Mans DLC pack, David’s living his dream. So what’s next for the man who creates the visual feel of our sims?
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July 3, 2023

Jan Frischkorn (Art Manager)

From car mechanic to modder to 23-year veteran of the sim racing industry, Jan’s job has given him access to the CADs and internal workings of hundreds of the world’s most iconic race cars. We asked him to take us on a tour.
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July 3, 2023

Straight4 Driving Consultant

A glimpse into the kind of feedback we get from the former Stig after he drove two of the most legendary endurance cars in history—the Porsche 962, and the Nissan R90CK (with 1,100bhp riding shotgun!).
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June 1, 2023

Ivo Franic (Lead Vehicle Artist)

Find out how many months it takes to produce one car in modern sims with Straight4’s Ivo Franic, a man who knows just what it takes to destroy a race car for real!
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June 1, 2023

Ash Robertson (UI & Brand Design Lead)

From Monster Jam to Straight4, Ash tells us why there’s no replacement for displacement … or clunky UI …
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June 1, 2023

We don’t just simulate crashing!

At Straight4, we don’t just simulate racing … we get down and—in Game Design Director Austin Ogonoski’s case—dirty! Here’s Austin having some fun last weekend.
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May 19, 2023

Straight4 Studios And Reiza Studios Confirm Strategic Partnership

Straight4 Studios today announced a strategic partnership with Reiza Studios, makers of classic sim racing titles such as Automobilista and Automobilista 2.
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May 2, 2023

Ben Collins (Driving Consultant)

Jackie Stewart taught me to race with my head and control my heart
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May 2, 2023

Martino Cesaratto (AI Lead)

Martino is confident that racing sims will soon be helping real-car AI development and explains how our AI will be a lot more human than anything you’ve seen before...
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May 2, 2023

Geek Of The Month!

Can you out-geek our team’s Geek of the Month?!
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April 3, 2023

Straight4 Secures PLAION Publishing Deal

Veteran Sim Racing Developers Straight4 Studios Announce Strategic Partnership With PLAION
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April 3, 2023

Prof. Stephen Baysted (Audio & Music Director)

Scoring the emotions from the world of motorsport is Stephen’s bread and butter. So what’s coming next?
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April 3, 2023

Doug Arnao (Lead Handling Designer)

From GPL to GTR, from F12002 to CARS2, Doug talks about 3 decades of massaging the feel and handling of the cars you’ve come to love.
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April 3, 2023

What it Sounds like Onboard

Listen to the latest audio from in-game: dynamic road surface sound effects, wind buffeting, transmission whine, a range of tyre grip and traction effects, chassis sound effects, and exhaust…
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March 1, 2023

Tim Wheatley (Head of Licensing & Community Management)

From running the world’s biggest sim racing site in the ‘90s to working at virtually every single sim racing developer, Tim Wheatley's seen a few things ...
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March 1, 2023

Austin Ogonoski (Game Design Director)

Game Design Director Austin Ogonoski on why he believes it’s time to start making sims for race fans again …
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March 1, 2023

The Sounds Of Straight4

Prof. Stephen Baysted’s got some in-game engine sounds for you. Take a listen …
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January 29, 2023

AJ Weber (Director Physics and Simulation)

Physics Director AJ Weber is doing something cool: Building a new physics engine from scratch …
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January 29, 2023

Henrik Roos (Handling Consultant)

Legendary GT-Racer and Handling Consultant on the (scary) past and (exciting) future …
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January 29, 2023

Back on track

Welcome to a new studio and a new Newsletter …
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