It has been teased, hyped, and now it is time to start preparing. This is the planning and sign up post for the fourth annual Oppositelock 2.4 Hours of Le Mans. In this post, I have a few polls so all of you can play a part in working out the specifics of the race. I also have preliminary BOP and race rules so you all can start practicing.
That’s right, it’s time for Oppositelock’s most prestigious motorsport event.
The time and date of this race will be up to a vote. This is to maximize the total driver count and to give as many options for as many people as possible. The vote itself is part of the sign up form at the end of this post. I’m looking to host the race on one of the weekends in June on Saturday or Sunday with potential time slots for 4:30 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00 PM EST. I’ve scheduled the options around other Forza racing series me and potentially some of you may be doing so as to avoid conflicts of interest. I also have options to run this race during the real 24 Hours of Le Mans if there is interest, though I imagine we will all be watching the race. After a week of having the polls up, I will update this post with the date you have all decided on.
Firstly, it is open to anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter how good or bad you are at the game. We have people of all skill levels regularly race with us. It results in some great racing, too. These whole series, especially the endurance races, are some of the most fun I’ve ever had in Forza. Back to the race itself, beforehand there will be a 15 minute qualifying session to set the grid. At the start of the actual race, there will be a single formation lap, where the field will form up, and the race will start when the countdown timer reaches a time specified by me during the lap. The race will be 2 and 1/2 hours long on the Circuit de la Sarthe with the chicanes. Yellow flag and caution rules will also be in effect. This is going to be a long race, but it will be handled the same way as any of our other races. Drive like you are in an actual race, and not an online public matchmaking lobby, and you will be fine. If you are new to racing with us or need a refresher, take a look at SVTyler’s post on driving etiquette. If you follow those guidelines, you will be just fine in the race. In terms of assists and lobby setup, damage will be set to simulation, collisions will be set to always on, and all assists are allowed. Also, while all assists are allowed, many of us use very few of them, mostly limited to driving line, manual without clutch, and the occasional ABS. Just something to keep in mind. Also, instead of using parties or gamechat, we are going to be using an app called Discord to communicate during the races. It is available for free on any desktop or mobile OS. Please join the Discord server even if you don’t have a mic, that way you can still hear everyone else. If for some reason we are not using the app or it fails, we will be using gamechat or party chat to communicate, and hoping for the best. HERE IS THE INFO AND SERVER ACCESS LINK FOR THE DISCORD SERVER.
We will be racing GT and Prototype cars for this race. There will be a set build for each car that you must match. Since we are running two different classes, I want to make my own notes about driving etiquette. GT cars have the absolute right to hold and use the racing line when a Prototype is approaching/passing, if they decide to do so. However, it is VERY HIGHLY ENCOURAGED that prototype and GT drivers communicate during passes and that GT cars yield to prototypes whenever possible. That being said, if you are racing a Prototype, it is highly encouraged that you have a mic so you can warn GT drivers when you are going to pass. However, I recommend that you use a mic regardless of what car you are driving. If you are in a Prototype and stuck behind GT traffic, be patient and do not force your way through, and DO NOT DIVE BOMB GT CARS. The only thing that will happen if you try and weave through several side by side cars is a crash. Just in general, do not try a high risk maneuver. Be patient and let passing opportunities create themselves. Also, be careful when exiting pit road as to avoid oncoming traffic, fast or slow moving. It is probably a good idea to call out when you are exiting the pits so the drivers passing by them know there will be slow traffic coming up in front of them. In addition, it is expected that all drivers will follow and obey track limits. Track limits will be defined as the area of the track enclosed on either side by grass, sand, varying types of tarmac, or any combination of the three. Of course, accident avoidance overrules track limits and you can go off-road in that situations. Cutting corners sharp is also fine so long as two tires remain on the track. However, driving off-road to completely skip a corner to gain a time/racing advantage will not be tolerated. Going off track at Le Mans also proves to be disastrous, as this videos shows. Additionally, driving backwards on the track is not permitted at any point. Driving backwards will result in a very probable disqualification if there is a major incident.
Before the race, there will be a timed race session with damage set to cosmetic and collisions set to always off for you to set your fastest time and determine your spot on the gird. Qualifying is not required, however not participating in it will immediately move you to last place in your class for the race start.
At the start of the race, we will briefly form up on the starting straight for a picture of the field. Then there will be a formation lap, with the race starting at a time specified by me.
Here are the rules for cautions. Credit for the original rules goes to r/redditracing, as I’ve only made minor changes. For a caution to be called, a multiple car wreck must have occurred in which both cars either spin, flip, take significant damage, or lose serious time off track. One of the involved drivers and/or a witnessing driver must call the caution. When a caution is called, the race leader should slow to about 50 or 60 mph to allow the field to catch up as quickly as possible. The race leader will also assume the role of pace car unless there is a pace car present in the race. If there are multiple pace cars, the one ahead of AND closest to the leader will go in front of the field. ABUSE OF THE CAUTION CALL WILL RESULT IN SEVERE PENALTY. The caution will last one to two laps. The field should form quickly and efficiently to reduce length of yellow. There is no passing under caution with one exception. Any cars that are not on the lead lap may make ONE lap up under yellow (if you are multiple laps down, you can only make up one lap per caution). However, they may not pit to repair damage if they take the free pass. There is also no guarantee that a free pass car(s) will catch the tail end of the field before green. The pits will always be open for the entirety of the race. The field will attempt to reach the pits during cautions, however the race may restart before this if there are no damaged cars and no one who wants to pit. Restarts will be single file at a time decided by me once the field is formed up. At the restart, the pace car will pull to the side of the track, and then return to its on-track resting point after the restart. Once there are less than 5 minutes left in the race, no cautions can be called.
After 2 hours and 30 minutes of racing have been completed, all cars will finish the lap they are on and form up in turn 1 in order in which they finished. I will then collect race results, and the you all will be free to leave or wait until the timer reaches zero.
Listed below are the cars that are eligible for both classes as well as their respective build rules. If it is not listed, it is not eligible for the race. However, if you think I forgot a car or want to plead a car’s case, leave a comment on this post on why you think that car should be included. I may be Oppo’s ACO, but unlike the real one I will actually let Daytona Prototypes race at Le Mans. In fact, pretty much any car that was vaguely a prototype or GT car from any racing series since 1998 is eligible. Also, no aspiration, drivetrain, or engine swaps are allowed unless otherwise specified.
To make the field more diverse and for better pictures, custom made or storefront paint jobs, and unique numbers for each driver are highly encouraged. It may be too difficult to organize everyone having their own number, but try and give your car a unique paint job to help it stand out. Also, if you paint your car as something that it is not, like painting the Mazda Lola as a Nissan Oreca, and want it recognized as such, please let me know or make it obvious in the design so I can name it as such in the post races. Otherwise, it will be denoted as whatever it is in the game.
One of our resident Brits, X Mr Plankton X, went ahead and made logos and numberboards for the race and both classes. They are not required, but it is EXTREMELY HIGHLY HUGELY MASSIVELY recommended that you use them.
Some Other Important Notes
- I tested all of the cars extensively to make sure they were even. In addition, I will keep testing them up until race day to make sure there weren’t any inconsistencies in my original testing.
- The build rules for any and every car are not 100% set in stone and may be changed at any point for re-balancing of the field. Do not expect changes the week of the race unless there is a major issue. All of this being said though, all of the GT cars were within 1 second of each other and the Prototypes speeds are balanced for their varying fuel economies, so at the moment I am not anticipating changing the builds unless their is a major development.
- Multiple cars have power restrictions in place to ensure parity with the rest of the field. In the pre-race lobby, you will need to move to the specified handicap player bucket if you run a car with such a handicap. In addition, remember to keep the handicap in mind when tuning your car. I tried to limit the power handicaps as much as possible. However, it was unavoidable on some cars. Thankfully, since this is a one-off event, you only need to remember to use an online lobby for testing for just one race.
- Custom rims are allowed on all cars so long as some rules are followed. For all cars, heavyweight/chrome rims (Dub, Lowenhart, etc.) are banned. Due to the build rules, the rims cannot change the PI of the car. For example, if the PI is R858, the PI must stay that way after the rims are added.
THESE BUILDS ARE NOT FINALIZED AND WILL MOST LIKELY BE CHANGED. THEY WILL BE FINALIZED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. BUILD RULES ARE NOW FINALIZED.
- 1998 Ferrari ♯12 Risi Competizione F333 SP (P990) (race brakes, 5% power handicap)
- 1998 Ferrari ♯30 MOMO Doran Racing F333 SP (P990) (race brakes, 5% power handicap)
- 1999 BMW ♯15 BMW Motorsport V12 LMR (P997) (2nd restrictor removal, max front tire width, max rear tire width, 10% power handicap)
- 1999 BMW ♯16 BMW Motorsport V12 LMR (P997) (2nd restrictor removal, max front tire width, max rear tire width, 10% power handicap)
- 1999 Toyota ♯3 Toyota Motorsports GT-ONE TS020 (P977) (max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2003 Bentley #7 Team Bentley Speed 8 (P982) (max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2006 Audi #2 Audi Sport North America R8 (P984) (max rear tire width)
- 2008 Porsche #7 Penske Racing RS Spyder Evo (P989) (1st restrictor removal, max rear tire width)
- 2009 Peugeot #9 Peugeot Sport Total 908 (P998) (stock, 5% power handicap)
- 2011 Audi #2 Audi Sport Team Joest R15++ TDI (P995) (2nd restrictor removal, 10% power handicap)
- 2011 Peugeot #10 Matmut-Oreca 908 (P998) (stock, 5% power handicap)
- 2012 Audi #1 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro (X999) (2nd restrictor removal, 10% power handicap)
- 2014 Audi #2 Audi Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro (X999) (1st restrictor removal, max rear tire width, 10% power handicap)
- 2014 Mazda #70 SpeedSource Lola B12/80 (P998) (2nd restrictor removal, max front tire width, max rear tire width) OR (X999) (rotary swap, 1st restrictor removal, 15% power handicap)
- 2014 Toyota #12 Rebellion Racing R-One (P996) (2nd restrictor removal, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 Toyota #8 Toyota Racing TS040 HYBRID (P990) (max rear tire width)
- 2015 Chevrolet #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (P994) (2nd restrictor removal, race weight reduction, 1st front tire width, max rear tire width, 10% power handicap)
- 2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype (P993) (2nd restrictor removal, race weight reduction, max front tire width, max rear tire width, race rear aero)
- 2015 Nissan #23 GT-R LM NISMO (P993) (2nd restrictor removal, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2015 Porsche #19 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (X999) (max front tire width, max rear tire width, 10% power handicap)
- 1998 Porsche #26 Porsche AG 911 GT1 98 (R867) (race driveline, 1st front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2006 Aston Martin #007 Aston Martin Racing DBR9 (R862) (stock)
- 2009 BMW #92 Rahal Letterman Racing M3 GT2 (R861) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, race driveline, 1st front tire width, 1st rear tire width)
- 2011 Ferrari #62 Risi Competizione F458 Italia (R865) (1st restrictor removal, race driveline, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2011 McLaren #59 McLaren GT MP4-12C GT3 (R864) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz #35 Black Falcon SLS AMG GT3 (R865) (2nd restrictor removal, race brakes, max front tire width, max rear tire width, 5% power handicap)
- 2011 Porsche #45 Flying Lizard 911 GT3 RSR (R864) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, race driveline, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2013 SRT #91 SRT Motorsport GTS-R (R863) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 Audi #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports R8 LMS ultra (R855) (race air filter, race intake, race exhaust, race camshaft, race valves, sport displacement, race brakes, race driveline, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 Bentley #7 M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 (R865) (2nd restrictor removal, race brakes, max front tire width, max rear tire width, 5% power handicap)
- 2014 BMW #55 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE (R865) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 BMW #56 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE (R865) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R (R857) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, race driveline, 1st rear tire width)
- 2014 Dodge #93 SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R (R868) (2nd restrictor removal, race brakes)
- 2014 Ferrari #51 AF Corse 458 Italia GT2 (R865) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, race driveline, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 Ferrari #62 Risi Competizione 458 Italia GTLM (R865) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, race driveline, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 Jaguar #14 Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar XK (R864) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, max front tire width, max rear tire width, 5% power handicap)
- 2014 Lamborghini #14 GMG Racing LP 570-4 Super Trofeo (R865) (race air filter, race intake, race camshaft, race pistons, race flywheel, race brakes, race driveline, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 Lamborghini #18 DragonSpeed Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo (R865) (race air filter, race intake, race camshaft, race pistons, race flywheel, race brakes, race driveline, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 McLaren #60 Bhaitech MP4-12C GT3 (R865) (2nd restrictor removal, race brakes, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 McLaren #98 ART Grand Prix 12C GT3 (R865) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2014 Mercedes-Benz ♯84 HTP Motorsport SLS AMG GT3 (R865) (1st restrictor removal, race brakes, max front tire width, max rear tire width, 5% power handicap)
- 2015 Lamborghini #63 Squadra Corse Hurácan LP620-2 Super Trofeo (R849) (race brakes, race driveline, max front tire width, max rear tire width)
- 2015 Nissan #1 NISMO MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (R863) (stock)
- 2016 #66 Ford GT Le Mans Race Car (R866) (race brakes. race driveline)
If you are interested in participating in this race, please click the link below to complete a very brief survey so I can keep track of who signs up and their gamertags (the only information required is your gamertag and Oppo username). There will also be questions asking what class you will be running in, if you are interested in being a pace car (though we already have someone who usually is able and willing to do that), your twitch(if you have one), and what dates you would be able to attend. If you sign up and for whatever reason are not sent a friend request by me, feel free to send me one as well as a message indicating that you intend to participate in the race. My gamertag is Corey CC97. In addition, you can get in contact with RoboRed (GT: RoboRedMdn1te) or SVTyler (GT: mackleroy45) if you do not hear from me, and they will get you set up. If you do not complete the survey or get in contact with me or the other people racing somehow, there is a very good chance you will not be sent an invite to the race on race day.
I will be posting reminders for the race frequently with links to this post. If you have questions, please leave a comment on this post or one of the reminder posts.