Monday, October 18, 2004

Rally racing

Automobile racing a sport involving racing automobiles on some kind of “track” was transformed and taken to a new level with the emergence of Rally racing. This took place when modified road cars, often based on turbocharged, four wheel drive versions of standard small cars were further modified for greater power and torque, fitted with rugged suspension, and let loose racing the clock on diverse roads; ranging from bitumen roads, to different consistencies of gravel or dirt, and even snow-covered. Another interesting emergence is that a rally course consists of a sequence of relatively short timed "special stages" where the actual competition takes place, and un-timed "transport stages" where the cars must be driven under their own power to the next competitive stage. Rally cars are thus unlike virtually any other top-line racing cars in that they retain the ability to run at normal driving speeds, and are registered for street travel.

The entertaining nature of racing cars was elevated with the emergence of rally racing because in most rallies the exact route of the rally often remains secret until race day. So because the drivers don't know exactly what's ahead, the lower traction on dirt roads, and the driving characteristics of small four-wheel-drive cars, the aesthetics are much less visibly smooth and repetitive than say Nascar circuit races. In rally racing drivers are regularly sending the car flying over bumps and sliding out of corners drawing massive spectator interest. Another attractive aspect of rallying would be the fact that the vehicles are in some cases closely related to road cars available on the consumer market.

Rally racing is a great example of Emergent Play in world of auto racing Because it emerged from a unforeseen set of obstacles. Taking cars off the smooth bitumen tracks built for high speeds to knurly off-road technical curses. Or other obstacles like endurance races such as the Paris Dakar Rally, a race with Vehicles in three major competitive classes; motorcycles, automobiles and trucks, all competing together, or the Plymouth-Dakar Challenge, which is restricted to vehicles which cost their owners less than GBP100, with GBP 15 allowed for "race" preparation. The cars in this race seem like they are mostly held together with duct tape. maybe I can do the something similar with skateboarding on the hills around the San Francisco Art institute, well see.


Blogger Jane said...

Hi Elliot,
Interesting subject this week!
It seems like what you are describing here is not so much "emergent play" (unexpected kinds of play happening within a single, stable game) as "evolutionary play"-- the game itself changes over time, and is redesigned to offer new challenges and new pleasures. You've done a good job here of outlining the evolution of rally racing; I'd love to see you focus now on a single, stable event within rally racing and tell me about stuff that goes on in that event. What do players (drivers), or audiences, do that is not in the rules of the game? How does that change the way the sport might be experienced?

October 19, 2004 at 9:06 PM

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