On loading you are presented with a generous options screen that as well as offering you the standard gear and control method choices, also enquires politely as to whether you would like to "improve with Mansell" or take lessons in "driving school" before launching yourself into the full race season.
After dispensing with all the frills and inconsequentialities it was time to get me some action. Every track from the 1992 Grand Prix circuit is here in all its macadamised glory - you can choose to race a single circuit, in which case you take your pick, or pack some clean clothes and a couple of new engines and opt for the full GP season.
The full season begins in South Africa and culminates in Australia as does the real thing. A handy intro screen gives some indication as to which bits on your car you should tamper with by outlining the nature of the track - bends, straights and so on.
For your money, Mansell's World Championship provides you with an arcade-style racing game with the ability to tweak the cars (to a limited extent), and two practice modes. The first is a simple drive-around against the clock, on a circuit of your choice (the full season's 16 tracks are there). It's dead boring, and there are no other cars to jockey with.
All right, let us talk about the game. It is a bit of a halfway house, being a cross between a simulator and an arcade game. You play Nigel Mansell, although you can change your name if you want, and you take part in the full 1992 Grand Prix season. As well as going for the full season you can also choose to race one circuit, from any of the Grand Prix tracks, in a one-off. If you are new to all this, like me, then you get a chance to practice a course without the hindrance of other cars, and there is also an option to improve your driving with Nige himself. Unfortunately, this is a bit crap. You go round the track and a picture of Nige appears on the screen to tell you what you are doing wrong. There is a track line to give you an indication of where you should be on the road, which is very handy, but Nige's comments are mainly restricted to completely obvious things like "keep on the road" and "go on, speed up". Thanks, Nigel.
The Williams and Renault teams encountered many ups and downs in their different histories before hitting on the succesful partnership which provided the basis for Mansell's dominance of the 1992 World Championship.Although Renault won the first ever French Grand Prix, way back in 1906, it left Grand Prix racing two years later and didn't return until the 1970s. Renault achieved several high positions in the Constructor's Championships of the early 1980s (2nd in 1983, and 3rd in 1981 and 1982), but, on the whole, its performance was less than might have been hoped for and its team did not contest Grands Prix after 1985. In 1989, however, Renault returned to the Formula One scene by supplying engines to Williams.The first Formula One Williams car was sponsored by an Italian model company named Politoys. Politoys FX3, as it was known, suffered the ignominy of crashing after only seven laps in the 1972 British Grand Prix, staged at Brandis Hatch. Williams' perseverance was rewarded in time, however, with the company winning its first Constructors' Championship in 1980 - an achievement it has repeated in may subsequent years.This season has seen their best achievement yet, with bot the teams' drivers, Mansel and Patrese, coming first and second in the Drivers' Championship and the team itself winning the Constructor's Chamionship.
"Etrusco Unico" war der Name des offiziellen Spielballs der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 1990 in Italien sowie der Fußball-Europameisterschaft 1992 in Schweden.Wie die meisten anderen Fußbälle internationaler Sportwettbewerbe wurde auch der Etrusco Unico von Adidas hergestellt und vertrieben. Er war der erste Ball, der sowohl bei einer Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft als auch bei einer Fußball-Europameisterschaft verwendet wurde, ohne speziell weiterentwickelt worden zu sein. Außerdem kam der Ball auch bei den Olympischen Sommerspielen 1992 in Barcelona zum Einsatz.Der Name des Spielballs ist auf das antike Volk der Etrusker zurückzuführen, das einstmals auf italienischem Boden lebte. So wies auch das Aussehen drei etruskische Löwenköpfe auf jedem der 20 Panels auf.Stichwort Panels: Der Etrusco Unico setzte sich zusammen aus 20 Sechsecken, zwölf Fünfecken, also insgesamt 32 Teilen. Diese wurden von Hand zusammengenäht mit 1.800 Knoten aus einem 18 Meter langen Kunststofffaden.Der Ball stellte die nächste Entwicklungsstufe synthetischer Materialien dar. Es handelte sich um den ersten Spielball mit einer inneren Schicht aus schwarzem Polyurethan-Schaum. Dadurch war der Etrusco Unico vollständig wasserabweisend.Umfang: 68 Zentimeter. Gewicht nach FIFA-Norm: 396 bis 453 Gramm.Das offizielle Replikat des Spielballs wurde Primo Etrusco genannt und hatte als wesentliches Merkmal eine blaue Farbe der Verzierung. 2b1af7f3a8