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How To Update Your Boat

Posted by Atashi at 2015.05.12 10.45 in General

Now and then, the FW-2 boats are updated as we continue working to improve them and improve the racing experience.

New features might be added or bugs could be fixed.

To check for any available updates, just rez your boat at the Waikiti Wharf, near the start/finish line or in the pit lane.

Once you see the yellow ‘course sync’ light on the boat, click your boat for the options menu.

Update Photo

There will be an Update button on that menu. Just click it and watch for information in Chat.

If there is an update available, you will be given a new folder containing the updated boat and HUDs.

That’s all there is to it!

Get Your Own FW-2 Boat

Posted by Atashi at 2015.05.10 13.01 in General

The Formula Wai mark 2 (FW-2) racing boat is available inworld at the Waikiti Wharf.

Just next to the bridge, overlooking the start/finish line, you’ll find a table with a freebie boat giver, a freebie lifejacket giver, and a boat vendor.

Boat Sales Table

The only difference between the free FW-2 boat and the paid FW-2 boat is that the free version is no-mod. The freebie boat can be re-coloured using the built in scripts, but you are limited to the pre-loaded colours.

If you just want to race and don’t want to spend any money, grab a freebie boat and you’re all set.

If you want to customize your boat with your own texture, or you want to tweak the prims and trick out your ride — or if you just want to support the boat racing, then buy the Mod/Copy version of the boat. It’s only L$195!

Formula Wai Boat Speeds

Posted by Atashi at 2015.05.09 10.57 in Racing

There have been some questions now and then about the speed of the Formula Wai racing boat in Manoever mode versus Speed mode.

I could give you the ‘raw’ numbers direct out of the script but those numbers do not directly translate into practical in-world speeds. The SL Havoc physics engine works with a lot of factors, and the ‘raw’ numbers that are fed into the ‘engine’ do not directly turn into realized meters-per-second speed.

The only way to know for sure is emprical testing of the boat.

For testing, I went into the openspace water region Frumatay (due west from the Waikiti Wharf) and ran the boats diagonally across the region to allow the longest uninterupted path.

The figures below are the absolute maximum possible speeds that the boats can achieve on a long straight track. You are unlikely to reach these speeds on the race course because there aren’t any straightaways long enough.

Maximum Speeds – Manoever Mode

  • Driving Speed: 18 meters per second
  • Turbo Speed: 26 meters per second
  • Reverse Speed: 6 meters per second
  • Pit Lane Speed: 10 meters per second

Maximum Speeds – Speed Mode

  • Driving Speed: 23 meters per second
  • Turbo Speed: 28 meters per second
  • Reverse Speed: 7 meters per second
  • Pit Lane Speed: 10 meters per second

At first glance looking at these numbers, one might automatically assume that Speed mode should be the obvious winner all the time. This might be the case if we were racing on a course with a very long straight track with very few turns.

However, the Manoever Mode has a hands-down advantage in turns and in accelleration. In fact, Manoever Mode would probably be the winner if we were doing boat drag racing, thanks to its greater accelleration.

The Wai race course has over a half dozen turns, some of which are very sharp.

While both boats slow down in a turn — and hard turns slow the boats even further — boats in Manoever mode recover quicker, again thanks to its better accelleration.

So yes, the Speed mode is faster over-all — that is why it’s called Speed mode. Manoever mode however, has the advantage in handling and manoeverability.

Ideally, this means that at the end of the day, the two modes are relatively well matched.

Custom Boats!

Posted by Atashi at 2015.05.08 12.17 in Photos / Videos

Sandi has done a fantastic job customizing her new FW-2 boat!

Sandi gives Atashi a ride through the Magdu gate.

Sandi gives Atashi a ride through the Magdu gate.

She’s gone all-out with her own texture, engine, and sound effects.

Hopefully we’ll start to see more racers customizing their rides.