Tuesday, November 29, 2011

GT5 Specials: Sebastien Vettel X Challenge

John Marine | 9:51 PM | | |
The Red Bull X2010 awaits you when you reach Level 30 in Gran Turismo 5. Only in a video game like Gran Turismo 5 can you experience (that's right- you EXPERIENCE; not drive) the X2010's awesome capabilities. It is the final Special Event challenge for the Gran Turismo gamer. To master this challenge, your reflexes and driving skills will have to be elevated. Your reaction time will have to be enhanced more than most F1 racers usually have. This will be the toughest challenge to date for you in Gran Turismo. Are you ready? This blog post is the last of the GT5 Special Event posts.

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--- Sebastien Vettel X Challenge ---

Gran Turismo 5 Sebastien Vettel X Challenge
^ Only in Gran Turismo 5, take on the most radical challenge of all time. Strap into the Red Bull X2010 and show your prowess.

"Take on Sebastien Vettel in the X2010 - Red Bull and Gran Turismo's jointly-created dream machine."

NOTE: This Special has a video you can watch. When you play it for the first time, you get to see this video play. You can see it again by highlighting on the image in the bottom-left hand corner of your screen when you access this Special.

Get ready to race the most ridiculously capable race car ever conceptualized- the Red Bull X2010. Formula One racing requires a great level of fitness and performance to survive a basic Grand Prix weekend. Formula One race cars are built to a certain specification. Basically, F1 is a challenge of what a great race car should be like, and it is the job of every other F1 team to build cars to a certain specification. It is simply one of the most rigorous and most rewarding forms of motorsport in the world. But what happens (or what WOULD happen) when there are no rules or guidelines to adhere to in building a race car? The answer is with this car and this series of Special Event time trial races.

You are asked to take the X2010 around three different Formula One race tracks while completing two laps around each. Each challenge begins in pit lane. From the pits, you must complete the rest of the first lap followed by completing a full lap in your second tour around each track. You will clear each challenge if you can clock lap times within the prescribed times. The X2010 takes some getting used to. Your reaction time and control of the car will be magnified when you do these challenges. According to my friends over on GTPlanet, you can have much better lap times if you race with a steering wheel rather than with the standard DualShock 3. This challenge will NOT be easy. My advice- learn the car's tendencies, take your time, and don't go all-out until you've mastered both the car and the given tracks.

And you thought video games were not capable at providing intense experiences... the mark of a great game (let alone racing) is to provide an exclusive experience only one specific game can offer. That exclusive experience is with the Red Bull X2010. As of this post, the X2011 was unveiled not too long ago for Gran Turismo 5. The insane racing originates with this X2010. The X2010 was offered as a free download as Sebastien Vettel recently clinched the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship. Racing the X2010 may be the scariest experience I've EVER had in any Gran Turismo game, let alone any racing game period.

Earlier this year, it was reported that if Sebastien Vettel won the 2011 FIA Formula 1 World Championship (which he did CONVINCINGLY), the Red Bull X2010 would be offered as a free download to all Gran Turismo 5 gamers. Use this opportunity to practice using this car in a variety of races if you haven't yet been able to utilize the X2010.


Sebastien Vettel X Challenge: Briefing.

You are asked to take the X2010 around three different Formula One race tracks while completing two laps around each. Each challenge begins in pit lane. From the pits, you must complete the rest of the first lap followed by completing a full lap in your second tour around each track. You will clear each challenge if your total lap time is within the prescribed times.

The X2010 takes some getting used to. Your reaction time and control of the car will have to be magnified when you do these challenges. You have to learn the car's tendencies immediately. There is no practice with this car. The cornering speeds are incredible. It accelerates and decelerates very quickly. Your reaction time and control of the car will have to be magnified when you do these challenges. If you want to clear these challenges effectively, my friends over on GTPlanet.net suggest you use a racing wheel instead of a standard gamepad. Bronze is not impossible, but Gold will require full concentration and solid driving. This challenge will NOT be easy. My advice- learn the car's tendencies, take your time, and don't go all-out until you've mastered both the car and the given tracks.


FIXTURES:
• the X2010 will be provided for you- no need to purchase a certain car beforehand.
• You must be at Level 30 or higher to compete in any of the events in this Special.
• Your total time is determined by the combined time of both laps.
• If you go off-course, crash hard, or knock over any cones, you will be disqualified.





--- Sebastien Vettel X Challenge (Level 30) ---

Let me try to suppress your fears if I can. You are NOT going to get this right away. You have to practice racing this car and get adjusted to racing with this machine. Prepare to screw up multiple times until you finally realize how to put together two laps to complete the challenges given. Before laying down acceptable lap times, practice completing two fast laps around the course. Once you find out how to race each course properly, try doing what you did to complete two laps... only faster and more precisely. Victory CAN be obtained! All you need to do to clear this set of challenges is to get Bronze or better. And once again- a racing wheel is recommended if you want to really dominate this Special. It is also very recommended you pay attention to the advice given to you before each of the three challenges. They can come in very handy in helping you clear each challenge.

PERSONAL NOTE: While Bronze is not what you want to obtain, there is no shame in accepting Bronze for this Special Event series unless winning Gold satisfies you more than Silver or Bronze. This Special is NOT easy!


Nürburgring GP/F Course.

For some reason, the Nürburgring has been one of my least-performing venues. I am NOT good on any configuration of the Nürburgring. You are racing the full Grand Prix configuration of the Nürburgring here. This track has many tricky depths and can be very deceptive to try to race with absolute precision. It will take some practice to get adjusted with this car and this track. Prepare to fail this challenge multiple times before you eventually find a way to lay down fast enough times to net you Bronze or better.

OBJECTIVES:
• Bronze: 2:23.000
• Silver: 2:09.500
• Gold: 2:08.000


Monza Circuit.

I actually cleared the Monza time trial before clearing the other two. This one is easy to me since Monza isn't a technical purgatory. Speed is the name of the game at Monza. Your only real concern is how you take each of the corners. While Monza is a speedy playground, the different corners that will slow down your car all have to be taken carefully to avoid going off-course or into a wall. Bronze shouldn't be too difficult as long as you race this course smart.

OBJECTIVES:
• Bronze: 2:19.000
• Silver: 2:05.000
• Gold: 2:04.000


Suzuka Circuit.

Suzuka is one of the world's most rewarding and most challenging race tracks. Having said this, you really need to be adept to clear this one with Bronze (at least). Suzuka is a twisting nightmare that will really push your X2010 skills to the limit. Drive fearlessly with controlled frenzy. This will not be easy. Actually in my runs, I cleared this one second after clearing the Monza challenge.

OBJECTIVES:
• Bronze: 2:26.000
• Silver: 2:11.500
• Gold: 2:10.000


You've completed the most difficult of the Special Events if you were able to clear all three tests! Be proud if you even secure Bronze in these challenges. This is one of those deals where you will gladly accept even Bronze honors for your efforts.





This concludes the GT5 Special Events series. All of my material was hopefully of good use to help you to take on each of the different events. Thank you for reading!

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