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F1 2016 Setup Guide - Part 1 Now Available!

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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.


What will be covered?

1. Everything you can adjust on the car.
Setup Manual v0.10 - August 24th, 2016
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68342761/F1-16_SetupManual.pdf
  • Aerodynamics - Front and Rear Wing
  • 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
  • Fuel Load
2. Circuit Guides - Upcoming
  • Maps
  • 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
  • Fuel Mix
  • Brake Bias
  • 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!



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Hi Xyadas,

A very good idea indeed ! This is missing in all previous games. I don't like applying setups found on the Internet because you have to feel your car and why you should make this change or this change. I don't doubt this will help many drivers.
Could you maybe tell us which assists will be on/off ?
I'm very excited to read from you.
Cheers.

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@philappleraily All assists off. For one I personally don't like assists in a game and wont use them if the real car doesn't have them. Plus assists could mask a problem with the car and you could be making the car worse without realizing it.

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Thanks for your reply. I don't like any assist as well. Unfortunately, drivers seem to gain some advantage from them. I think I have some good general knowledge of a car handling (especially in Project Cars where I wrote a personal guide), so if you want my help in this work, maybe I can help you.
Kind Regards.

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This pretty much is what i have been hoping for. I am a okee racer but i just lack the knowledge of setups to create them myself.. wish you allready where further into your project and hope to see some results soon, gl!

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I've made decent progress with what I can. Much of it will have to wait until release before I can start writing it unfortunately. I want to make sure what I write is relevant to how it works and is implemented in the game.

I'm going to run through my own pre-season testing on release day then kick off pro-career later that day if I have time, or through the weekend. So I expect to have something released within the first week.

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@Soupy1985 awesome! I'm going to be releasing the guide as individual pdfs while it's all coming together. During that time I only want a copy of the files available here. Less for me to keep track of as the update cycle would go pretty fast. Once it all comes together into one file I'll open up distribution of it.

Thanks for your interest!

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For those wanting a timeframe update. I'll be starting my gameplay later today and all through my 4 day weekend. The first iteration will focus on the first thing in the list above, the setup of the car. That's what people are here for after all! Expect the initial guide to be posted within the next 7 days. I will update the main post above and reply here again when it's out.

Best of luck!

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I'm also looking forward to this! I've never managed to understand what I need to do with my setups to improve lap times/stability and on every couple of tracks, the AI smashes me, presumably because my car is set up like crap

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Thanks mate I look forward to what you offer. I just bought this game today and setting the car up is a daunting task for me.

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Looking forward to this setup guide. I am a noobie when it comes to setups.
Tx in advance!

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This would be really awesome!

My main problems are now:
- explainations are strange.. i mean what means skittish and terms like that lol..
- also my biggest problem is i dont know if i have to put the slider to the right of left at some settings.
Like with the camber and toe..

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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.

Please provide your feedback on any issues, concerns, or improvements to the content. Thank you!

Setup Manual v0.10
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68342761/F1-16_SetupManual.pdf

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I just signed up to these forums to say; awesome work so far Xyadas, been waiting for something like this since F1 2015!

Just thought I'd share some resources I found and applied in the past, perhaps there are some things you can take away from them for your own guide:

General guide from RaceDepartment: http://www.racedepartment.com/forum/attachments/rd-setup-guide-1-0-pdf.1638
F1 2015 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynGqqreVTWw + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pbqYGmWgHM
F1 2016 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RHIoYRmWaU

I do have a suggestion: perhaps the guide can also have some pointers regarding the different usage of setups when using a pad or a wheel? I'm a pad user myself, but have tested with a wheel in the past and noticed quite a difference for certain parts, primarily the Transmission and Suspension settings.

In case you need any further assistance, please let us know; myself and the rest of the community (I'm sure) will be glad to help to make this the definitive F1 2016 setup guide!

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Thank you to the person who done this. Set up was confusing me with what codemasters put down in game. I'm 1 secound off pace from my team mate and I think this may help me 

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I do have a suggestion: perhaps the guide can also have some pointers regarding the different usage of setups when using a pad or a wheel? I'm a pad user myself, but have tested with a wheel in the past and noticed quite a difference for certain parts, primarily the Transmission and Suspension settings.
This information will be highlighted in "tip boxes" so to speak as the guide gets closer to initial completion of the full version :)

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