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Champcar Championship v2.0 Racing Manager GameChampcar Championship v2.0 runs in the BATracer game engine.
Based on classic ICR2 racing game with updated car and track graphics and a full complement of liveries. Miami and Indianapolis are also included!
LolaLow drag and optimised for fast corners, but not well balanced at lower speeds.
PenskeBuffeting and general instability at high speed mask an otherwise good performer.
ReynardConsistent and solid performance despite comparative extra weight and drag.
FordBest overall engine but statistically most prone to failures.
MercedesPoor top end power performance but good torque. Exceptionally reliable.
HondaMost powerful but heavy, good reliability.
GoodyearDry Soft - Regular tyreDry Medium - Regular tyreDry Hard - Regular tyreWet - Wet weather tyre
FirestoneSlick Fast - Normal tyreSlick Normal - Normal tyreSlick Durable - Normal tyreRains - Full wet tyre
Bicentennial ParkMiami - 5th March
Temporary street track located on Biscayne Bay. It was used before ChampCar moved to the oval at Homestead.
Surfers ParadiseAustralia - 19th March
This is the only event outside of North America. A fast street circuit, mainly consisting of long straights joined by chicanes which can catch out the unwary. Narrow and can bite if you lose concentration.
Phoenix International RacewayArizona - 2nd April
A very tough short oval with limited space off the groove, the corners vary both in angle and banking. The hot Arizonian desert adds a further challenge. A pleasure to fast lap on, but can be a miserable venue if you go into the race with a poor setup.
Long Beach Street CircuitCalifornia - 9th April
A venerable event - flat and fast for a street circuit. Popular with the drivers, over taking opportunities present themselves at the end of long straights or into the final hairpin .
Nazareth SpeedwayPennsylvania - 23rd April
A tri-oval, but because each corner has a different radius and banking it's more like a 4 or 5 corner circuit. The layout calls for a lane for exiting and leaving the pits that covers almost an entire lap.
Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayIndianapolis, Indiana - 28th May
The Brickyard is one of the most famous tracks in the world. Built in 1909 from 3.2 million bricks (thus giving the track its popular nickname). The circuit is nearly rectangular oval essentially unchanged since its inception. Important: This event uses aggregate qualifying - the sum of all 4 of your qualifying laps!
Milwaukee MileWisconsin - 4th June
Originally a dirt track for horse racing, fortunatly a concrete surface has now been provided for champ cars. 9 degree banking and deceptivly easy.
Belle Isle ParkDetroit, Michigan - 11th June
A twisty tight course, requiring huge skill and also a good dose of luck. Located on an island surrounded by the Detroit River. Passing is possible with considerable aggression, but collisions usually result in a retirement.
Portland International RacewayOregon - 25th June
This cracking road course features a classic pit and back straight linked by some challenging corners. A chicane at the end of the main straight can cause problems on race starts and restarts.
Road AmericaElkhart Lake, Wisconsin - 9th July
The longest course in the championship, a fast circuit with several elevation changes. A real challenge to the drivers - it is very satisfying to win here. Developing a setup that is good for a race distance can be tricky.
Exhibition Place TorontoToronto, Canada - 16th July
A moderatly quick street course with hairpins, the first of the Canadian venues. The main overtaking points centre around the turn one hairpin and the tight bend after the long drive down Lakeshore Boulevard.
Burke Lakefront AirportCleveland, Ohio - 23rd July
An airfield circuit and the fastest "road" course on the calendar, the track is a fully functioning airport throughout the rest of the year. The high speed corners can cause tyre over heating.
Michigan International SpeedwayMichigan - 30th July
The fastest race track in North America, a key event in the calendar. 18 degree banking and a very wide surface greet competitors for this mamouth 250-lap event. The most significant of the ovals in the championship, a win here is a massive achievement.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseLexington, Ohio - 13th August
Hairpins and elevation changes make this one of the toughest courses on the calendar. Blind corners catch out the unwary. A good setup is essential.
New Hampshire International SpeedwayLoudon, New Hampshire - 20th August
A modern facility with three wide racing, but narrow corners banked at 12 degrees. The last of the ovals in the championship, teams who favour these races will be looking to finish this one highly.
Pacific Place VancouverBritish Columbia, Canada - 3rd September
Unusually for a street circuit, some of the corners were constructed specifically for the race. This is the second Canadian race, and the penultimate race of the season. Not particulary easy to overtake on.
Laguna Seca RacewayMonterey, California - 10th September
Famous for the fearsome "Corkscrew", the season finale often seems too small a circuit for the large champ cars. Tight initial corners lead to high speed corners with elevation changes. Good luck!
Champcar Championship v2.0 Racing Strategy GameCredits
This is an update of the original carset put together by the BATracer developers. The update was done by Mariusz Pieczar (templates, shading, liveries and tracks) with help from Jef Beyens (liveries) and Shane Van Rooy (RGB-liveries).
Miami and Indianapolis now feature in the season, Indianapolis acting as a championship race on the calendar which you can earn points on.
This is a 4-lap aggregate system. You must run all 4 laps, one after the other, all on the same tyre. The total lap time from these laps is aggregated into one, which determines your qualifying position. This introduces a new element to qualifying quite removed from the classic banker lap + fast lap(s) strategy which many players adopt. Minor mistakes are more common in this qualifying format - most real world racing drivers rarely drive a "perfect" lap - and this is reflected here spread across your 4 laps. SUccessfull players must now find a good blend between performance and making a clean run. Qualifying ultimatley doesn't make a big difference on a 500 mile oval race but there is still a point up for grabs as well as the prestige of being on pole for the Indy 500 and the fastest driver of the day.
An original idea for this carset was a Nations Cup as with real champcar. However, we considered this a worthwhile another idea to propogate to all the other carsets given the international nature of BATracer. We use an average points score per nation to determine ranking within the championship.
Original Series Info Document
The BATracer Champcars carset is based on the seasons 1995-2005. For posterity, the season calendar is based on the Papyrus game "Indycar Racing 2" - a precursor to Grand Prix Legends!
For non-oval races, you get two laps to compete for pole. For oval races, you get just one lap.
In champcars there are three types of tracks:
Road Course - This is your typical race circuit with grass run off, the occasional gravel trap and armco.
Street Circuits - Usually difficult to pass on, and an absence of run off areas can result in a high rate of accidents and retirements.
Ovals - 200-250 laps of slipstreaming action - this is where having a good strategy pays off.
1st - 20
2nd - 16
3rd - 14
4th - 12
5th - 10
6th - 8
7th - 6
8th - 5
9th - 4
10th - 3
11th - 2
12th - 1
Pole - 1 point
Most Laps Led - 1 point
Fastest Laps - 1 point
Unlike some of the other BATracer series, there are THREE different dry compounds to choose from with different durability and grip levels. As you shall see, some of these compounds are unsuitable at certain tracks, or for performing test laps with.
Stagger / Differential
This series has an additional setup parameter - "Stagger / Differential". Unlike the other parameters, no engineers advice is given. Stagger is used on ovals and essentially makes the car want to continually turn left more easily. Therefore, expect a mid to high setting on oval circuits, and a very low (or zero) value at all other venues.
Special Notes and Hints
Qualifying order for ovals is almost irrelevant. Instead, oval qualifying forms a special mini-competition to win the point for pole.
Pace cars (safety car) are very common in champcars, particulary on oval racing. Often the field will bunch up.
Of all the major single seater series champcars is highly competitive, full of lot's of overtaking and mishaps. Luck can play a big part, but successfull drivers claim you make your own luck.
Getting consistent results rather than outright wins could secure a championship.
Unlike many of the other BATracer series, it is often not possible to obtain a 100% setup. The perfect setup may lie outside of the range of your sliders. The net result is that from one event to the next teams may have slight advantages / disadvantages over their competitors. If one or more of your sliders are set to their minimum or maximum values - your car may be underperforming slightly. This effect is less common at ovals.
F1 2013 inspired GP Manager Game( More Info on GP 2013 )
The all new GP 2013 Season, featuring updated cars, calendar and stats. Yet more close racing.
F1 2012 inspired GP Manager Game( More Info on GP 2012 )
The updated GP 2012 Season, now tighter and more competitive than ever! A mammoth 20 races and the introduction of a new US circuit.
Constructors Stateside( More Info on Constructors Stateside )
An entirely new game mode to extend BATracer, in which you can design your own car to a high level of detail. This version carries a champcar theme.
F1 2011 inspired GP Manager Game( More Info on GP 2011 B-Spec )
The updated GP 2011 Season, now with a new tyre model, more compounds, and easier overtaking.
F1 2011 inspired GP Manager Game( More Info on GP 2011 )
The GP 2011 Season, featuring different tyre behaviour, DRS and the return of KERS.
BATracer Constructors( More Info on BATracer Constructors )
An entirely new game mode to extend BATracer, in which you can design your own car to a high level of detail.
MS GT Challenge( More Info on MS GT Challenge )
Short-mid duration GT races, for those that enjoy playing LMES but are not fans of the endurance format! Split-class racing.
V8 Supercars 2010( More Info on V8S 2010 )
The exciting V8S 2010 Championship is one of the toughest Touring Car Series in the World. The fierce Manufacturer Battle rages, with supporters as passionate as any, this diverse championship is a tough one to master.
F1 2010 inspired GP Manager Game( More Info on GP 2010 )
The GP 2010 Season, featuring the most anticipated season for a decade or more. New teams, new rules, more cars on track, no refuelling.
Classic Trans-Am( More Info on Classic All-American Series )
Classic American muscle cars from 1966-1972 racing on the old format tracks. 10 different custom-paintable cars each with their own traits.
Formula 3( More Info on Formula 3 )
Custom Formula 3 themed including a climax at the Macau GP. Unique features: Build a custom team from 64 unique combinations of chassis, engines and tyres. No single combination is the best! Up to 4 cars per team.
GP2( More Info on GP Two )
GP Two is inspired by a real life F1 feeder series. Race in equally matched single seaters at many of the F1 venues - Sprint and Feature races. Build up a new team from the beginning.
DTM( More Info on German Tourers )
Inspired by a famous European championship - featuring weight ballast "success penalties" and single car teams. Build up a team from the beginning.
F1 2009 inspired GP Manager Game( More Info on GP 2009 )
The GP 2009 Season, featuring the most radical shakeup in years. New rules, a new team and the new Abu Dhabi circuit add to the action.
Indy 500( More Info on Indy 500 )
The Indy 500 race - 200 laps spread across 5 x 40-lap stages allowing you to modify strategy and hone your setup mid-race. 37 entrants but only 1 winner. 2008 car data with gameplay enhancements. Unique Features: Multi-Day Single-Race Oval
2008 Indycar Series( More Info on 2008 Indycar Series )
The 2008 IndyCar season - the first season after reunification of the two North American open wheel series. Features large grids, close racing, multiple liveries per team and more.
Champcar Championship v2.0( More Info on Champion Cars v2.0 )
This is an updated edition of the original carset, but with updated car and track graphics and a full complement of '95 liveries. Miami and Indianapolis are now also included! Based around the classic PC game Indycar Racing 2.
GP 2005 Strategy Simulation( More Info on GP 2005 )
The 2005 GP season. A unique year in modern racing, where only one tyre is provided over the course of a race, and drivers must pick their race strategy before qualifying.
GP 1999 Grand Prix Championship Season( More Info on Classic 99 )
The GP 1999 Season. A good competitive F1-style set of the old school. Single tyre supplier helps level the field all the more.
F1 1997 Championship Game( More Info on Classic 97 )
This 24-car GP '97 set has a good spread of competitive cars both at the front - and at the rear with 4 teams squabbling over the wooden spoon. There are lots of upgrades throughout the season directed toward certain teams.
F1 2008 F1 Manager Game( More Info on GP 2008 )
The GP 2008 Season, featuring 2008 car data, new teams and liveries, as well as the new Valencia and Singapore Street Circuits.
MR2 World Series( More Info on Mid-Engined World Series )
A world tour of racing, in a series of wildly differing events. Road / Race classes offer 2 very different challenges for race strategy.
Unique Features: 2 classes and Variable race format.
F1 2007 Racing Manager Game( More Info on GP 2007 )
The GP 2007 Season, featuring 2007 car data, One tyre manufacturer, new teams and liveries, Fuji Speedway and Spa on the calendar.
Le Mans Endurance Series( More Info on LMES v2.0 )
Build your own GT team. GT, GTS, LMP1 and LMP2 classes. Unique Features: Long endurance races, 4 different classes on track at once, unique rules, 22 cars to choose from!
Classic 1986 GP Manager Game( More Info on Classic 86 )
A classic 1986 Season, featuring long races without safety cars or refueling. High failure rates can be frustrating, hence:
Warning! - this is not a series for the beginner!
V8 Supercars( More Info on V8S )
The highly competitive V8S championship inspired by V8 Supercars, featuring sprint, endurance and reverse grid racing.
Warning! This is a very long season, only join this game if you have the commitment to complete a full season.
A1GP Grand Prix Manager Game( More Info on Formula Nations )
An A1GP-inspired championship, consisting of individual drivers driving for their nation. Unique features: A1GP-style race format, no teams, no excuses - identical cars! Warning - not for the inexperienced player, this can be a very frustrating series.
Champion Cars( More Info on Champion Cars )
Based around the modern Indycar/CART period 1995-onwards. Unique Features: Choose chassis, engine and tyres. Team sizes from 1-3 cars! Fragile cars. Circuit and oval racing. Custom car painting!
British Tourers( More Info on British Tourers )
Build your own touring car team. Touring and Production classes based on current and recent seasons.
Note: Old Batracer v2.x legacy series.
Unique Features: Split class championship.
BAT Seven Challenge( More Info on BAT Seven Challenge )
Race a variety of Seven type cars around Bookatrack.com race and airfield circuits.
Note: Old Batracer v2.x legacy series, some graphics and gameplay elements may be of reduced quality.
Unique Features: Lack of qualifying session maximises the racing. Many team creation options and ways to win; unique circuits.
GP 2002 Fantasy Grand Prix Racing Game( More Info on GP 2002 )
The GP 2002 Season. Classic points system.
Note: Old Batracer v2.x legacy series.
Unique Features: Fixed team setup as per real season. Challenging array of car setup options: for experienced players only.