8/26/2016 - After sitting back for a couple of days and planning the next few phases of development of this guide I realized that there are quite a few major problems with how I've been handling the guide and the objective it is designed to meet. The end objective is to be beginner and first timer friendly to the world voodoo art of setting up a race car, but advanced enough for the beginners to keep on going and those with a firm grasp of the fundamental knowledge to learn and progress to the top. Seeing the initial direction I've gone and reviewing the plans thus far, I feel I am straying from meeting both objectives. So expect a fair bit of time to go by before another update rolls out. This time more in line with the objective of this project. Stay tuned!
8/24/2016 - Part 1 of the guide is now available! Please keep in mind that this is a
very early version of the document and not complete. This is intended
to be a functional, informative early release version of the guide so
people can get started learning about the setup parameters.
Hello everyone! I am going to be creating a comprehensive setup guide for this new game. The goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need to make setup adjustments to whatever car you are driving that are tailored to your driving style. So why go to all this work instead of just creating setups and posting them? Well, the most obvious one is that each car is different. That is further compounded by R&D if you are in career mode. The not so obvious reason is what I mentioned just a moment ago. The setups would be tailored to my driving style, my controller and my controller settings.
"But Xyadas," you say, "would it really make that much of a difference?" Well, first off, I imagine driving a car with a wheel and pedals versus a controller would feel very different and require a different attitude in the way the car drives. Then there's also wheel settings and what kind of response and force feedback someone prefers. Then we get down to the personal differences. Some people want to steer a car with both ends with a mix of throttle, differential and brake settings. Some people prefer an aggressive pace or are on an aggressive strategy and thus can afford to extract more performance from the tyres at a cost of wear. Or even at a circuit that is balanced as far as emphasis on cornering or straightline speed, one driver might want to extract more cornering performance and another might want to extract more straightline speed. Some prefer understeer, some prefer oversteer. The variables are far too numerous to present. Such is the reason I have opted to focus my works on this approach.
A driver that does not wholly trust their car and what it will do will be unable to extract the maximum potential from it.
Transmission (Differential) - On and Off Throttle Settings
Suspension Geometry - Camber and Toe
Suspension - Suspension, Anti-Roll Bar and Ride Height
Brakes - Pressure and Bias
Tyres - Pressure
Weight Distribution - Ballast
2. Circuit Guides - Upcoming
Analysis - Sector by sector break down of straights, corners and types of corners and other noteworthy features.
Circuit Specific Setup Suggestions
3. Setup Theory - Upcoming How I build setups for myself and the reasoning behind why I do what I do.
4. Race Strategy - Upcoming Don't wing it. Make a plan for the race, then make a backup plan, then set rules that will govern the decision making process for uncontrollable events, ie: safety cars, weather.
5. Tyre Compounds - Upcoming
Seven Compounds - Explaining the usage and differences of each compound, five dry and two wet.
Allocation - Choosing your allocation for a race weekend.
6. In-Car Adjustments - Upcoming
Differential - For those who want to extract even more performance corner by corner.
Front Wing Adjustment (During a pit stop).
7. Complete Race Weekend - Upcoming How I put together my entire weekend.
FP1 to FP3 - My personal goals for each session, adjusting the setup and meeting team objectives and assignments.
Q1 to Q3 - Finding that ultimate lap. It's go fast time!
R - The showcase of all the hard work.
So there you have it! If there's anything specific you want to make sure I cover let me know. Questions, comments, concerns? Feel free to let me know. Best of luck!