From HIT Lab Australia
Over the course of the last eighteen months, one of our students, Shannon Woolley, has been working on a virtual replica of the old Longford Racing Track. This was primarily a side project that Shannon was working on in his spare time. During semester two of this year, Shannon mentioned the track to his tutor, James Riggall, and between them they organised to set up the track in the HITLab VisionSpace. The VisionSpace is an immersive visualisation facility, which comprises of three screens and six polarised projectors, which enable us to project images in 3D.
While the track was impressive on a small screen it really comes to life in the VisionSpace. The three screens bring your peripheral vision fully into the experience; you feel the trees flashing by you as you travel at speed down the flying mile and by turning your head, you can look into corners as you steer. The mirrors are where you expect them to be and your peripheral vision picks up movement in the mirrors just as it does in a real car.
Shannon has invested an immense amount of his own spare time into this project. He has not only built the track itself, but has spent many hours researching the track, viewing old photographs and videos and talking to people who were involved with the track during the sixties. He has also visited Longford a number of times to take reference photos of his own and used Google Earth satellite imagery to help position roads and other landmarks accurately.
The following preview videos are available online. The first set of videos show the simulation running in the HITLab VisionSpace. The second set of videos are high resolution captures of the current version of the track.
In the HITLab VisionSpace:
High-resolution screen captures:
Try It At Home
The Longford track has been created as an additional track for the existing game rFactor. The track itself is freely available, but rFactor is a commercial product and must be purchased to enable the rFactor track to run. As long as you have a relatively new computer and a copy of rFactor, you should have no trouble running your own live version of the Longford track at home!
To get the track running on your own personal computer, you will need to own a copy of rFactor and download and install a copy of the track.
To purchase and download rFactor: http://www.rfactor.net/buyonline/
To download the Longford track: http://www.rfactorcentral.com/detail.cfm?ID=Longford%201967
Neither Shannon nor the HITLab get any kind of financial benefit from you purchasing rFactor as a result of this project.
Please ensure that you check the system requirements of rFactor before you purchase it. The game is not particularly resource intensive, but it may not run correctly on some older systems.
Longford Revival Festival
If you are interested in learning more about the Longford Racing track, you may want to visit the Longford Revival Festival site.
The Longford Revival Festival: http://www.longfordrevival.com.au
The Tasman Series
This is a valuable online resource for those interested in the history of the Tasman Series. Shannon has used this site extensively while working on the Longford racing circuit simulation.
Historical Overview: http://tasman-series.com/tracks/longford/longford.asp
Some Track Photos: http://tasman-series.com/misc/lostcircuits/longford/longford.asp