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PostSubject: TORA FM4 Stuff   Fri 03 Oct 2014, 2:10 pm

Coming soon, and already announced:

MSA TORA Porsche Supercup

Cars: Black Swan #54 and Alex Job Racing #23 with mostly grip spec upgrades.

Every other Sunday afternoon US time, alternating with FM5 GTs

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TCR Touring Masters

Cars: Group A Touring Cars of the 1980s/90s. Alfa 155, BMW 635csi, Ford Sierra, MB 190 Evo, Nissan R32 Skyline, Volvo 850R. Upgraded to 530PI

Fridays for a four week run starting Oct 17 at 5PM EST/2PM PST.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Sat 08 Nov 2014, 5:07 pm

I know you guys have a hard time making Fridays, how about a V8 Supercar 6 Hour Enduro on a Saturday? November 29th Ax4x is hosting the TCR V8SC 6H of Laguna Seca on at TORA.

4x90 minute stints, with 30 minute breaks between each stint. 2-4 man teams. 

Would love to see an EZT entry or two for this one Cool

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Sun 30 Nov 2014, 1:59 pm

4h of LeMons on the last weekend of 2014. 

This WILL be a "funduro"...


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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Mon 01 Dec 2014, 9:22 pm

I know VM has considerably cut its FM4 program, as has TORA to be honest... but I am and have been on TORA Staff as the FM4 Coordinator since early 2014, and am presently THE only FM4 Staff on the site. I am fully committed to running events and series on what I call "the better system" until nobody is left to race with or XBL pulls the plug on the 360/FM4 servers.

I just want you all to know that EZT has a friend on TORA Staff, and any misgivings you may have had in the past with the officiating there is in the past, as all other TORA Staff has moved on.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Tue 02 Dec 2014, 10:54 am

Good to hear Mikey!! I've only run the one series at TORA, but I had a great time. Venom did the bulk of the hosting, so all went well. Nice to know you have our backs though.

Would love to see another series in the US time-slot. Everything right now is based around Euro times. Even the weekend things are afternoons. Just doesn't work for me.

Check out the Anytime Racing thread above. Axe has put together a fun little race night that we are trying to get off the ground. Maybe a joint EZT/TORA effort? Right now it's more of a one off thing just for fun, but if we can get some interest it could turn into more. Even one lobby of 10-12 drivers would be a good time. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Tue 02 Dec 2014, 9:19 pm

We at TORA are working on TORA-US which should bring more American prime time racing, albeit on FM5 for now, with PCars in the future if the game is worth racing on. The XPR guys that hosted NATCC have all abandoned FM4 for FM5, leaving us FM4 Americans a huge void for now.

For FM4, my available time is Friday afternoons, with occasional weekend (days) as well. I can get more help from Europe than I can currently get from America as far as hosting series... but TORA-US is looking at ways to get more US and AU friendly timed races/series.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Tue 02 Dec 2014, 10:28 pm

Working with a TORA member to run a season of the Touring Masters mentioned in this thread's opening post on a weeknight at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific. The carlist is getting a couple tweaks, as the Volvo and Alfa were not competitive. But I can say that if you read through the initial run's opening season, this series was really good fun.

http://forums.theonlineracingassociation.com/t14146-tcr-touring-masters-general-discussion

Update: This has gotten the full go ahead. I have found a host for Wednesday evenings at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific, and been given the "By all means DO IT!" from the entire TORA Staff.

The cars are tested, first with months of testing within Ax4x then with a full run as a Friday series, and can say that the track choice offsets any strengths and weaknesses between the different cars.

One more note: since I am now on TORA Staff, there may be an issue with me posting anything at VM, but a big part of this is to entice VM FM4 Americans to jump over to TORA, it would be very much appreciated if y'all could find a way to let some VMers in on this. I know going in that if we can get a good turnout, this could be a consistent timeslot for all of us throughout 2015.

Thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Sun 14 Dec 2014, 6:51 pm


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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Mon 15 Dec 2014, 11:29 am

Sure was a lot of contact!

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Mon 15 Dec 2014, 11:00 pm

Much of that video was done in testing, so there may have been excessive buffoonery.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Sat 10 Jan 2015, 1:41 pm

Been working on a follow-up to Touring Masters... I usually try to get one done as the other starts, and it seems that NASA's American Iron class lends itself quite nicely to FM4. The only trick is the balance between easy to drive enough for good competition and challenging enough to keep interest.

But as the title implies, the carlist is very American.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Sun 11 Jan 2015, 10:07 am

Sounds interesting Mikey!! If you need any help testing the cars let me know.
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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Thu 15 Jan 2015, 12:26 am

I hope you guys had a good time tonight in Touring Masters... so far the word I have heard most used is "Intense", which is usually a good thing when it comes to racing, but also know that tends to make some racers lose their cool.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Thu 15 Jan 2015, 10:09 am

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I hope you guys had a good time tonight in Touring Masters... so far the word I have heard most used is "Intense", which is usually a good thing when it comes to racing, but also know that tends to make some racers lose their cool.
Great racing last nite!  Love the handling with the sport tires - will keep ya honest. Intense, sure - but it's racing.  Thumbs Up

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Thu 15 Jan 2015, 10:28 am

cheers cheers cheers

That is exactly what I was hoping to hear.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Sun 18 Jan 2015, 2:31 pm

EZT MAKO 6669 wrote:
Sounds interesting Mikey!!  If you need any help testing the cars let me know.

If you wish to help flush out any cars that are "too" quick or slow, here's the basics...

1985-2006 American RWD four seaters.

Weight: 2900-3000 Lbs

Power: 350-400 HP

585PI

Race Tires

Aero: May go Forza Aero mandatory, or may go Forza Aero "optional"

Prelim Car List:

Buick:
1986 Regal GNX

Chevrolet:
1990 Camaro IROC Z
2002 Camaro SS

Chrysler:
Crossfire

Dodge: 
1996 Stealth (converted to RWD)

Ford:
1992 Mustang
1996 Mustang 
2005 Mustang GT

Infinity:
2003 Q35

Lexus:
1996 SC300
2003 IS300

Pontiac:
1988 Trans Am GTA
2002 Trans Am

On the fence, (if the weight limit goes up to 3100 lbs, but even then barely squeaks in)
Cadillac 2004 CTS-V
Pontiac 2006 GTO (also requires the year to go up by one)

One last note: may remove Lexus and Infinity due to their "questionable" US status. I like the added variety they bring on one hand, but not sold on them being anything but Nissan and Toyota on the other hand.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Mon 19 Jan 2015, 11:00 am

I'll try and test some out. I would keep the Lexus and Infinity in. Toyota is in Nascar now because they manufacture here.
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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Tue 20 Jan 2015, 9:59 am

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I'll try and test some out. I would keep the Lexus and Infinity in. Toyota is in Nascar now because they manufacture here.

Too bad Turn 10 (Forza 5) is not now in NASCAR
Will Forza 6 come back to Ovals?


The Pontiac 06 was the car we used for NASCAR in Forza 1 & 2. crash

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Tue 20 Jan 2015, 10:01 am

^ Yeah. That is why I am on the fence with this, as Chevrolet is the number one car manufacturer... in China. 

Funny how that goes both ways. But for the sake of variety, as long as neither Lexus or Infinity dominates they will remain on the list.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Wed 21 Jan 2015, 11:57 pm

BTW, in light of the delays in Touring Masters, to speed things up, the next series will try a new format...

One 35-40 minute race, with a full course yellow one lap shy of midrace, followed by a mandatory pit stop, then green one lap past midrace.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Thu 22 Jan 2015, 10:05 am

Sounds good Mikey. A slightly earlier start time would be good for me as well. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Thu 22 Jan 2015, 10:30 am

Someone has brought that up, 8:30 Q, 9PM Race.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Thu 22 Jan 2015, 10:50 am

I saw that. Would definitely be better for me. With the delays last night I had to drop out and didn't get to race at all.
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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Fri 23 Jan 2015, 12:44 pm

Thats exactly what I am trying to avoid happening with the new moves.

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PostSubject: Re: TORA FM4 Stuff   Sun 25 Jan 2015, 12:48 am

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EZT MAKO 6669 wrote:
I'll try and test some out. I would keep the Lexus and Infinity in. Toyota is in Nascar now because they manufacture here.

Too bad Turn 10 (Forza 5) is not now in NASCAR
Will Forza 6 come back to Ovals?


The Pontiac 06 was the car we used for NASCAR in Forza 1 & 2. crash
 I'm guessing they might, but i doubt they will make online league racing any easier. At this point it's obvious that they don't care about this sort of thing.
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