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Old 05-02-2015, 11:37 PM   #1
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ETCC test night and casual racing

Sunday from around 21:00 testing of ETCC cars on different tracks then a bit stock/std car racing - just dont pick ANY DLC as the tight northener living down south wont have any cars to race with
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I'll be in too.

And to everyone, feel free to pick whatever DLC you like, just that I'll be in the standard vehicles.
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I'll be in too.

And to everyone, feel free to pick whatever DLC you like, just that I'll be in the standard vehicles.

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But does make them easier to balance wether we like the sound or not

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Had a go in the Infiniti last night on the rivals challenge at Laguna. Once I'd got used to the back end trying to kick out under braking it felt pretty good, or I should say it suited my driving style. Of course, that's no indication of whether it's balanced with any of the other cars though.

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Count me in!!

And apologies now for any mistakes from me as I have now moved to in car view (thanks to Race Room) and I'm still getting used to it
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And apologies now for any mistakes from me as I have now moved to in car view (thanks to Race Room) and I'm still getting used to it


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List of cars on this thread I think? So tune car and it will list recommend tunes.....so search, I tagged tunes FMUK

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Was good racing last night, especially at Silverstone tucked up behind Jamesy for two laps.



The only car I didn't like was the Vauxhall so I won't be running that one and the others are closely matched I have no clear favourite.
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The 'will suit 1 track and not another' was very relevant on the Lexus. Was not much cop at Catalunya but brilliant at Silverstone !

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Turns out that the S3 hatch is also non-DLC so I've got that downloaded too, along with the Megane. But, from last night, particularly in regards to Catalunya:

Focus - 1:22.9 - Very good off the line, quick on the straights and very lairy in the corners. It was the slowest at Cat, but not by much, and on pace at Silverstone. One for the brave, but if you can tame it it will take some passing.

Civic - 1:22.8 - More settled in the corners than the Focus, but not the quickest on the straights. Was very good at Silverstone (over a second quicker than the Focus and Infiniti) but overall is probably balanced with the rest.

BMW - 1:22.6 - Very good off the line, fairly average elsewhere but a good all-round package. I suspect this will be decent everywhere, but probably not the top car anywhere. Seems balanced with the previous two from what I could tell.

Astra - 1:21.7 - Very quick in a straight line, but almost as lairy as the Focus in the corners. Haven't run it anywhere else so can't give a true comparison, but initial impressions are that it could do with a little nerfage (probably worth further testing first?). If I had to make a suggestion, possibly take the front tyre width down one step which would give a bit less grip but a bit more balance.

Infiniti - 1:22.3 - Very slow on the straights at Silverstone where smokin's Focus left it for dead even when I got a run at him. Easily the slowest at Silverstone too, hence us discussing giving it a boost. After some of you finished for the night, myself, Jamesy and Shanklin went for another run around Catalunya. The time may favour the Infinity compared to the others as I had two clear laps in it, but it may not need as much of a boost as we initially suggested. My gut feeling is about 10 extra bhp would get this on parity. It doesn't want too much as it handles well and so ought to be a tad slower on the straights to counterbalance this.
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Nice one Spiny

V2 tunes of the following

Infiniti - added 10bhp, jumps quite a few PI with this. Top end hasnt changed and gains about 2mph end of silvrstone straight.

BMW - a little weight off and 1 width of front tyre gain

Focus - added weight and a little grip. Still a little lairy with lift off oversteer on cold tyres! A little more stable.

Audi RS sportback - better gearing low down. Closer 5th 6th and for long tracks 7th gear.

I think thats it??? Should have written down!!
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I'll have a lobby up if anyone want a few laps later - i'll send out invites, so look out for them if interested lads
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Will do, but expect a short(ish) delay after coming online while I d/l the v2 tunes.
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I've tried to download the new tunes but every time I do the game crashes back to the dash board???
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That happene to me with the BMW on sun not tried tonight.
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Have u tried different cars I got the civic and audi will try now for others
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Bloody live issues in middle of that. Well it might be my isp dicking around as I'm leaving them? Disconnected from session but the said multiplayer not currently available? Couldn't see friends feeds either ! Anyway how you guys get on when I left ?

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I think it may have been live playing silly beggars (again). After you disappeared, I went to try and invite you and it refused to show my friends list. Fortunately, Jamesy remained so we did get some more testing in.

The main result from last night was that the v1 Infiniti is actually much better than it appeared on Sunday - I suspect I was a bit premature in discussing upgrading it (see later). The v2 is very, very strong and I would think that it would be better to return to v1 as this balanced better once things got going. Unfortunately, I was driving much better (less traffic?) last night than Sunday so times aren't directly comparable, but the only comparison around Cat Nat I can provide is the v1 Infiniti where I was 9/10ths quicker last night than Sunday. Still, here's what I got last night:

Silverstone

Infiniti v1 - I was only against the RS3 in this so not against a fast car in a straight line, but the straightline speed disadvantage wasn't really noticeable. The final time was 1:12.9.
Infiniti v2 - Didn't get a good lap in this one due to driver errors, but still achieved 1:12.1 There's a lot more in this, hence my suggestion of returning to v1 for the series.
Audi RS3 (Sportback) - The main issue with this is that the engine is so quiet you can barely hear it - more a T10 issue than ours though. Similar pace to the Inifiti v1 with a best of 1:12.9

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Infiniti v1: After Sunday's time of 1:22.3, last night I got a 1:21.4 as a best lap.
Focus v2: Lots of power, demands patience but surprisingly fun to drive. I had been tempted by the Infiniti before testing, but the Focus is definitely winking at me Matched the Infiniti pace with another 1:21.4
Megane: Much more settled than the Focus, and felt like it was going to be slower. Yet in the end I ran a 1:21.5 and was more consistent than the other two.

As you can see, for me there was virtually nothing to choose between the 4 cars tested last night if the v1 Infiniti is used. For Jamesy it seemed to be a different story as he was quicker in the Infinity and BMW than the hatchbacks.

We also discussed running one track all night with different cars to get a good comparison between cars (minimising the effects of form variation by covering as many cars at once as possible), possibly on Thursday. So is anyone interested in beating the crap out of Yas (the shorter track we ran in the GTs which I can't remember the name of)? probably in 4 or 5 laps sessions to give the tyres a bit more chance to warm up, and with collisions off to minimise the effects of traffic.
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