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Future Industries Test Course: Review

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I am a pro when it comes to racing. I am a huge fan, and I am acknowledged in the history of motorsport from the beginning till now. I will review in this blog post of the 1920s style racing track and cars.

To start with, some knowledge of the real life racing, back in the 1920s...

Racing was one of the most popular sports during that time. You had not FIFA World Championship of Football, back then, just the Olympics. The most dominating cars were Italian (Alfa Romeo, Maserati...), but Bugatti and Mercedes were strong competitors as well. There was a revolution in motor racing. The cars are getting quicker, go faster through turns, and circuits appear. Circuit that we're built in the 1920 were Autodromo Nazionale di Monza(1922), the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps (1925), Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry(1924), and the Circuit de la Sarthe(1923) , aka the circuit where the 24 Hours are driven. And the Nürburgring , not to forget! The circuits however, were most time no closed area, purpose built circuits as Brooklands, but plenty of track were road courses or driven on real roads.

Unfortunately, racing was very dangerous these days. It is not uncommon when a driver crashes badly and loses his life. Drivers as Antonio Ascari, Emilio Materassi lost they're lives in these devilish machines. It happens monthly that one or more drivers lose their lives. Secuirty was a minor subject in these class...

Future Industries Test Course: Review of the track

I know what circuits in these days look like, and I can tell: the test track is not very realistic. The track is made on purpose-built terrain, but the problem with the layout and the scenery looks more like a 1960s layout, because I barely imagine a grandstand in the 1920s. Sure some track does have them. But it is very uncommon and I wonder if they drive real races at this track. When there are about 10 - 20 drivers on the grid racing for the win. The many roads and the short track layout that is included does make the track more futuristic. If you ask me, the track is too muuch 2nd part 21st century, which makes thing not really correct. But the worst of all, are the kerbstones which I spotted. Kerbstone, like in real Formula 1, are to my idea not in existance those days. I think they looked different, that might be possible, but how the kerbstones look... ugh! Way, and waaayyyy to modern. And when it comes to safety this track also seems to be better organized then the Nürburgring or Spa-Franchamps, where you most time have nothing much but a fence or a barbed wire. Barbed wire's are still dangerous, though. Read what happened to Chris Bristow!

But keeping these details outside, this track looks challenging, fast, and suitable to perfrom as test track. It has got straights, fast cornes, slow corners, tight corners, tricky combinations of corners, and I believe some are even banked, which is one of my favourite sorts of corners, due to its danger, intensity and excitement. Yes, danger can be really attractive! And that it looks safe, is positive as well, which will reduce the chance of fatalities.

So, with this reviewed, I'd give this track a 4/10 due the to my opinion lack of 1920s features, but good-looking track layout. If this track will be playable for Grand Prix Legends , which I play a lot, ... that would be quite amazing...

The Cars

The race car is realistic, and matching pretty well with 1920s racing cars. But due to the lack of information I can't say very much. The yellow color is not a very common color: the UK is green, France is blue, Germany is white (but the Silberpfiele was silver (actually it has no color ^^)), Italy red, but I do not know which country has the yellow color... maybe Spain? Anyway, the colored exhaust pipes and the shaped front of the car is as well quite an exception of the car. Usually, the cars do not have coloured rims, or coloured exhaust pipes, but they are simply just (rusted) metal, no specific color.

Let's check the cockpit. A pity that it is the minor side of the car. Because racing cars are no two-seaters since somewhere in the 1920s a mechanic was no longer allowed (it was still used in the Indianapolis 500 for a longer time). Besides, the mechanic was sitting next to the driver, not behind. About the seats, I ain't sure. I believe the place, where you step in the car, should be higher, because I think this was very low. About the steerin wheel I can't really complain. But how about the meters in the cockpit? There is no picture where I can see how it looks like! Too bad, this means I can't review that. That as well counts for the engine. It's a powerful car. I am willing to believe that, but I can't review it if it does not tell me the BHP.

Overall, I'd give the car a 7.5/10, because I like the unique shape of the front of the car, which is original. A pity is the cockpit, which was not very good, because of too many seats.

Final verdict + Future of racing in The Legend Of Korra

I would say, it is not really bad. There are so minor things which makes the track to modern and the car unrealistic. I am very happy to see that racing has taken a small part in The Legend Of Korra. For the future I hope to see a slightly more attention to racing. And I mean more, much more racing tracks all over the world, as special championship, and maybe a professional driver who becomes friends with Korra. And maybe a dominating team as Alfa Romeo, or, for in the future, an ew Silver Arrows...

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