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POWERTRAX Electric Series (Beta Preview | 0.37-0.39.7) 0001

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This is a truck/track beta preview of the POWERTRAX electric monster truck series. It includes two dirt tracks and three trucks with dirt/mud tires -- one from each brand. The final version will have at least 13 trucks (three versions of each) and 12 tracks. For now, the tracks are compatible with versions 0.37-0.39.7, although the trucks are compatible with newer versions as well. In the future, the entire series will work with 0.37 and up.

 

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I consider these to be Stage 3.5 racing trucks (with an all-new type of futuristic MT, Stage 4, on the drawing board). The handling and speed of these trucks are not entirely realistic by today's electric monster (BIGFOOT 20, which is under-powered and heavy), but rather are balanced between what the future could hold if monster trucks had Formula 1/WEC team budgets to explore new technologies and materials, and simply being fun and challenging to drive from a gaming perspective. They are (purposely) difficult to drive, and although each brand is somewhat different in terms of handling characteristics, it is entirely possible for each to achieve near-identical results using any of them. Results will depend on your driving style. Remember, sometimes slower is faster.

 

The two tracks included are two of the longest and most difficult tracks of the series. Round 06 has dirt, mud and asphalt, with Round 08 being all dirt. The start/finish posts have "lights" on the top -- green is for start while red is for finish (see photos below).

 

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As for rules of racing (that I like to use), the lines and posts are there for a reason. At least two tires must remain within the racing lines at all times, providing the truck doesn't benefit in lap time, e.g. two tires over lines to cut a corner is not acceptable, while two tires leaving an outside line or coming off a jump is. All four tires must hit the jumps.

 

Some notes:

  • Because this series was not originally intended to be released, each track only has a single lane for single truck runs.
  • There are no motor sounds as of yet.
  • All of the textures were made to be used in Caelum sky mode, and although Sandstorm will work, it might not look pleasing to the eye.
  • Each brand (and truck) have different handling characteristics, these three trucks best represent each brand.

 

Instructions for use:

  • Extract the ZIPs from the main one (POWERTRAX Beta 0001 - 2016-05-12.zip). I advise keeping them in the ZIPs. If you decide to extract them to a folder, DO NOT put everything in one folder as certain files might be overwritten!

  • Place them where you would put your normal trucks and tracks, or make a POWERTRAX folder. It's up to you.

  • Go racing!

 

Credits:

  • Helen Weales -- everything except for the following (all of which were modified):
    • Straker shocks & (parts of) the frame - Outlawed
    • Seats - Crazyman444
    • Driver bodies - Racing Sim Developers Group

Apologies if I left anyone out, this has been in the making for over two years so my memory might be a bit foggy!

 

I would love to hear everyone's thoughts. Personally, I think these are a blast to race, and this is only the beginning!

-HW


What's New in Version 0001   See changelog

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Gabe2304

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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Amazing work! Everything looks beautiful and the trucks are quite a fun challenge to drive. I'm able to run this in .39.5 on max settings and with all three trucks in-game I still get 150-170 frames. How is this even possible?

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Beeasy Gaming

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

its for 0.37 and up but you have to unzip the file then put it in your vehicles folder @DroppedSilver0

 

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ELAllen91801

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

amazing!!!

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Jon Cannon

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Absolutely incredible stuff. I haven't had that much fun playing Rigs of Rods in years. The effort and patience that you have to put in to drive them properly is absolutely wonderful. I know you've put so much effort and time into making these, and I thoroughly appreciate it. May I say that if you created tracks designed for two truck racing, and you started your own league or had someone well-orgranized start a league with the full series, this would be the absolute best mix between fun, enjoyment, and competitiveness, and would be exactly what Sim Monsters needs, from the fantasy of futuristic trucks and having the freedom to imagine the trucks and tracks like how you've done absolutely amazingly, with the contrast of serious racing, being that they are a handful to drive. I absolutely love them, and I look forward to seeing what other amazing things you have to show in SYP. 

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Double.D ッ

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Very cool. Keep it up!

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crazycanadian97

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I love it! interested to see the final product once everything is done, keep up the great work!

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Big Piggo

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back to the future trucks :D

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