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Dirt 5 has been delayed again – new release date announced

Published: 7/Sep/2020 22:33

by Bill Cooney

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British video game publisher Codemasters has announced that their new rally car game Dirt 5 will see its release date pushed back further to try and take advantage of the next-gen systems being released this year.

Codemasters are known primarily for their F1 racing games, but the Dirt series has been going strong in the rally car category since 1998, and fans have been looking forward to the fifth installment since it was announced earlier in 2020.

Originally, we were supposed to see the release happen on October 9, but it then got pushed back to October 16 in August, with no reason given at the time.

Now, devs have announced another delay to the release, with Dirt 5 officially (we hope) coming out on November 6, to “to take advantage of the next-generation console launches which are expected in time for the holiday season,” according to their tweet.

“It sucks, we know,” Codemasters admitted in their tweet. “The start line is now a little further away, but it’s still very much in sight.”

Those of us who ordered the Amplified Edition of Dirt 5 will still get three days early access to the game, but that will now happen on November 3, so we’ll still have longer to wait.

Apart from an annoying release schedule that keeps changing on us, Dirt 5 does look like the best installment in the series yet, with plenty of rally cars to choose from and curving, winding off-road tracks to drift and race around. Hopefully, there’s a course going through Japan at night, so we can live out our Tokyo Drift fantasies while listening to the greatest Fast and Furious theme song ever (you know the one).

For the first time ever in Dirt 5, players will also be able to design their own custom courses in the brand-new “Playground” mode, so even if there isn’t a Tokyo map, you might just be able to create your own neon-drenched street racing fantasy.

There is one silver lining to Dirt 5’s delay, however, as players who purchase the game for Xbox One or PS4 will receive a free, next-generation upgrade when those new consoles release later this year.

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SSC accused of faking 331mph speed record revealed on Top Gear

Published: 27/Oct/2020 11:53

by Kieran Bicknell

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With the automotive world rocked by the SSC Tuatara’s record-breaking run during October 2020, YouTuber Shmee 150 has raised a number of doubts about the credibility of their record.

Land speed records are nothing new – ever since the dawn of the motor car, drivers have been competing to go faster and faster in an all-out race to beat each other’s top speeds.

With competitors Bugatti having set the previous production car speed record of 304.77mph in a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, SSC has now obliterated their record… or have they?

SSC tuatara speed run
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The SSC Tuatara is the record holder for the world’s fastest production car, but many have pointed out there are issues with the footage.

Top Gear announces SSC Tuatara speed record

When BBC’s Top Gear announced the breaking news that the SSC Tuatara had broken the production car speed records, the automotive world went into pandemonium. To break any speed record is an incredible achievement, but to do so by such a massive margin is almost unheard of.

The record attempt itself was also unusual in that it was carried out on a stretch of public road. A closed-off section of dead-straight road near Las Vegas provided the setting, totaling seven miles long.

Unfortunately for SSC and potentially for Top Gear, a number of popular online personalities and journalists have now called out SSC, claiming that the record is “fake.”

SSC World Record run controversy

YouTuber Shmee150 has been one such journalist, and put out a very convincing video debunking the record attempt on October 26.

The first major issue that he identified is that the tires on the Tuatara were allegedly ‘stock’ tires. Since they were not made specifically for the record attempt (to the best of his knowledge) they would’ve been rated for a significantly lower speed than 300+ mph.

Shmee then goes further to discuss the timings between set points on the route. By calculating the distance covered and the time it took for the Tuatara to cover that distance, he was able to work out a rough average speed.

SSC Footage slowed down?

Unfortunately, the speed between the first and second point that he highlighted is significantly different to that shown by the on-board footage that Top Gear released. According to his calculations, either the onboard footage was slowed down “by around 30%” for some reason, or the figures shown are totally wrong.

He also points out that the dashboard was obscured in the first-person view footage, despite the fact the reading should’ve mirrored that of the telemetry. As Shmee points out, the car is always going faster than the calculated average speed, which is a “mathematical impossibility.. you can’t dispute [it].”

By Shmee’s calculations, the Tuatara only reached a peak speed of “around 280 miles an hour”. Given that the original video was a Top Gear exclusive, it will be interesting to see how this situation develops.