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'Toca Race Driver' - Updated Demo's Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 27, 2003 @ 12:11 p.m. PST

Codemasters has released more beta demos for Pro Race Driver (a.k.a Toca Race Driver, DTM, V8 Challenge etc.) , allowing you to try out their upcoming touring car racing simulation customized for various territories. All offer a test drive on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, and the US demo includes the Sears Point track, the German demo features the Norisring track, and the Australian demo sports the Adelaide track, each drivable for two laps. Read more for download links ...

Get the Pro Race Driver (US version) demo off Worthplaying (92mb)

USA Link <--> European Link

Get the DTM (German version) demo off Worthplaying (94mb)

USA Link <--> European Link

Get the V8 SuperCars (Aus. version) demo off Worthplaying (87mb)

USA Link <--> European Link

Other Mirrors

Get the Pro Race Driver demo off 3DGamers (96mb)

Get the Pro Race Driver demo off Fragland (96mb)

Please note that current code is only 80% complete and in no way reflects the quality of the final product.

Minimum system requirements

Processor Pentium 3 700mhz
Ram 128 RAM
Graphics Card Rage 128 32mb
Sound Card SoundBlaster compatible
Hard Drive Space 180mb
Operating System Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP

Recommended system requirements

Processor Pentium 4 2ghz
Ram 512 RAM
Graphics Card GeForce 3 Ti 500 64mb
Sound Card SoundBlaster Audigy
Hard Drive Space 180mb

Creative's EAX Advanced HD in TOCA Race Driver

TOCA Race Driver uses Creative Labs' EAX Advanced HD™ Environmental Audio technology to accurately simulate sonic effects such as early reflections and reverberation. The EAX acoustic models are dynamically modified as your car hurtles round the track, providing the most realistic audio experience of any racing game. EAX Advanced HD™ effects sound best on systems with Creative's SoundBlaster Audigy and Audigy2 soundcards.

Game options

1) Simulation mode controls

Simulation mode provides a more physically accurate mechanics model. This can be enabled by entering the bonus code 'SIM' on the bonus screen. This is not recommended for digital controllers, for example the keyboard, as they do not provide the subtlety required to be able to control the car well. This bonus code has no effect for wheel controllers, as it is permanently enabled in that case.

2) 5.1 Surround sound balancing

We have found some surround sound cards to be quiet in the central speaker. Race Driver can be setup to adjust the relative sound balance of the centre speaker by modifying the following parameter in the pchardwareconfig.ini, which is located in the same directory as the RaceDriver exe file.

CenterSpeakerVolumeBoost=0.000000

This parameter can range from 0.000000 (normal) through to 1.000000 (no sound from any speaker other than the centre). We found a value of 0.8719 worked for our soundcard.

3) Surround Gaming on Matrox Parhelia

Race Driver supports the Surround Gaming resolutions on the Matrox Parhelia card. Simply select your desired resolution from the Hardware Setup program and save the settings before running the game.

Note that if you wish to run in a resolution above 1920x480, you must disable motion blur in the Advanced section of the Hardware Setup program or the game will crash.

4) Flickering display on Matrox Parhelia

If you run the game in 32-bit on the Matrox Parhelia, you may experience a rapid flickering caused by the sun specular highlight on the road. In order to stop this happening, edit your pchardwareconfig.ini and ensure that alpha effects are disabled with the line:

EnableAlphaEffects=0

(by default this value will be set to 1)

Supported Graphics Cards

Radeon 64mb DDR AGP
ATI Radeon 7500 64mb DDR
ATI Radeon 8500 64mb DDR
ATI Radeon 9500 DDR
ATI Radeon 9700 128mb DDR
ATI Rage 128 32mb AGP
Matrox G400 32mb AGP
Matrox G400 DualHead 32mb AGP
Matrox G450 DualHead 32mb AGP
Matrox G550 DualHead 32mb DDR AGP
Matrox Parhelia 128Mb DDR AGP
Nvidia GeForce 256 32mb AGP
Nvidia GeForce DDR 32mb AGP
Nvidia GeForce2 GTS 32mb AGP
Nvidia GeForce2 MX 32mb AGP
Nvidia GeForce2 Ultra 64mb
Nvidia GeForce3 64mb DDR
Nvidia GeForce3 TI200 64MB DDR
Nvidia GeForce3 TI500 64MB DDR
Nvidia GeForce4 MX 420
Nvidia GeForce4 MX 440
Nvidia GeForce4 MX 460
Nvidia GeForce4 TI4200 64Mb
Nvidia GeForce4 TI4200 128Mb
Nvidia GeForce4 TI4400 128Mb
Nvidia GeForce4 TI4600 128Mb
Nvidia nForce
Nvidia Quadro 64mb AGP
Nvidia Riva TNT II 32mb AGP
Nvidia Riva TNT II m64 32mb AGP
Nvidia Riva TNT II Ultra 32mb AGP
SiS Xabre 64mb AGP

Known Issues

The game is not stable on an NVidia NForce running at 1280x1024

There is minor screen corruption when running the game with a Radeon 9700

The hardware setup program may choose unsuitable default settings on systems that have more than one display adapter (graphics card).
If this happens, the setting can be changed manually in the 'advanced settings' section.

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