32 Welcome to Fastestlaps

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It may look unusual and rough around the edges, and you might encounter a bug (or twenty) here and there, but don't let this new look fool you - this is not an automotive "facelift" - this is a fully fledged "Mk II" generation of Fastestlaps.com.

It is a brand new website from ground up. Everything was built from a clean slate - from database to the website itself.

This allowed me to introduce several important new features. And in the process I also retired some of the less crucial old features.

Let me start by listing what has been lost, and why this new version might actually be worse than previous:

  • No polls. No "quickvote" widget, no ability to create polls, all existing polls are lost. Unless I reintroduce this feature and import them back from the old database.

  • Less specifications in model pages. No cylinder bore, stroke, fuel capacity, compression ratio, front and rear track width. If you want the most detailed specs, look elsewhere. More specs mean more problems for FastestLaps, as model pages here are meant to represent small model ranges, not fine-grained year-specific variations.

  • No FL Rank. No rank page and no rank displayed in model pages. May reintroduce, but this is lowest priority.

Now lets turn our attention to the positives. And there are a good few:

  • Dedicated pages for all acceleration times.

  • Community moderation for acceleration times.

  • Multiple laptimes or performance figures of same type per vehicle. No more deleting slower times. Everything will be preserved and appropriate data displayed.

  • Ability to show best laptimes by driver, vehicle, or both.

  • Laptime, performance figure or vehicle page addition only allowed for registered members.

  • Only approved laptimes, performance figures or vehicle pages will be displayed throughout the website. No more "drive-by shootings" where some anonymous idiot would post a one minute Nurburgring time for Opel Micra, only to be removed a couple of days later. This will boost the credibility and trustworthiness of our laptime charts.

  • Ability to create model pages and submit laptimes and performance data for motorcycles.

  • Quick preview popovers showing closest rivals for any given laptime, performance figure or certain meaningful vehicle specifications, such as power, weight and power to weight ratio.

  • No legacy code, new front end code, compliant with modern HTML5 standards.

  • Support for flying and standing start types.

  • Proper Unicode support.

  • Experimental: Ability to submit laptimes and performance data set by modified cars and motorcycles. Such laptimes and performance data must specify that the vehicle was modified and list all the modifications. Vehicle must still be road legal - no race car laptimes.

  • Experimental: Certain users have special "source" status and are considered to be data sources. There are such special users for major car magazines, but any user, in theory, can become source. Tests verified by sources are immediately published.

6y ago by FastestLaps
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Shaggy  6y ago

They must be stock, though. No tuners.


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mrft  6y ago

oops, sorry theyre already there what about the velociraptor? is that c;lassed as a mod car?


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mrft  6y ago

@FL what? right, here come the raptors EDIT: oops there's only the velociraptor to put on


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FastestLaps  6y ago

Trucks and vans are, of course, allowed, as they are still refered to as "cars" in most of the civilized world.

"Truck" itself is a very "esotheric" term. In America, for example, it could mean anything - even a a Nissan Juke could be refered to as "truck".

If there was a rule that said "trucks are not allowed", one would first have to define what a "truck" is. And that is an impossible task. Vehicle classification in general is impossible, and the vehicle types we use are just indicative and it is not the end of the world if you select type "compact car" for VW Tiguan, or "SUV" for Nissan Juke etc.


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Iggz  6y ago

oh you refer to it as Terms of Service. Trucks and Vans are allowed with at least 5 BHP to summarize. Ok gotcha !


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Iggz  6y ago

Name of site is FASTESTLAPS right ? What is the definition of a car that has the right to be posted and displayed on the FASTESTLAPS site. You got some GT&Cs ? Or at least give me that definition, I'm curious.


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lafars  6y ago

@fastestlaps

see video below


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lafars  6y ago

finally i managed to find a video of the LFA vs SL65 AMG BS on vaalerbanen:

http://dbtv.no/autofil/4121189154001#Disse_bilene_er_tilsammen_verdt_mer_enn_ti_millioner._Gjetter_du_hvilken_som_er_raskest?


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FastestLaps  6y ago

Will there be a place for admins to review all the outstanding times etc?

There kind-of is such a page (for batch-reviewing tests). I have yet to add a link to it in user menu.


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Wads  6y ago

FL..... don't take these suggestions as complaints, they are not meant to be moans just constructive feedback :-)

We all appreciate the massive amount of time and effort you put into the site and its continued development!


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Wads  6y ago

Will there be a place for admins to review all the outstanding times etc? I like to come in and do batches at the same time so it would be much easier than going through hoping to find stuff that needs approval..... just a section of everything that still needs to be verified? :-)


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luckyluke  6y ago

Hey FastestLaps, I have found an error. You have changed the maximun character count from 500 to 1500, but if you want to edit your post, you can't edit and submit more than 500 characters. The rest of your post would vanish.


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FastestLaps  6y ago

For those who where complaining about not being able to see latest laps and cars - now there is a widget in home page (below latest articles) with just that.

And I repeat - everything is still available in the sidebar, in one list (with posts), latest on top.


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rtss  6y ago

I liked the ranking that you used to have...site looks good though.


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Anonimity is great  6y ago

VW cheats


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benni275  6y ago

Would be nice to see the sidebar where you have an overview of the new laptimes again, or as a replacement a "new section" where all new vehicles/laptimes are listed.


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BR2+  6y ago

Agreed, The side bar from the last 1.0 was MUCH easier to use and see, Everything is just so gongeeled here, Could be because we are just getting use to it, Im also no fan of the 500 letter maximum..


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phavyarden  6y ago

Well, i've to say that i miss the sidebar with all the new laptimes, cars, and data Now i think is a little bit messy with all that information being added showed at the sidebar with no order at all.


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manone  6y ago

i mean that yesterday on my computer i was seeing words split at the end of the lines in the posts. but today is no longer the case. you probably fixed it or my computer fixed itself ;-)


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FastestLaps  6y ago

Plus the auto line-break in the typing boxes does not work...

What is "auto line-break"? You mean the simple ability to create a singel line break?

Well, its no longer easy. Comments now use markdown (hidden feature lol) and, to do single line break, you have to append two spaces at the end of the previous line.

Then
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... single line break. Google Markdown if you wanna know how to do blockquote, bold or italic.