Monday, 9 June 2014

A bit more speed next season, but a bit more stability

That Ruf C-Spec just doesn't feel right.

I know that there's at least one Porsche driver that says its accurate, but even with a tight setup it is just such a handful mid corner. Even on corner exit. It just feels "out of balance" all the way through the corner.

And what a complete failure my setup work turned out to be. It wasn't until I compared the setups I'd created to a few taken from the iRacing forum that I realised just how little I understand how to set up. Or perhaps I just don't have a grasp of the peculiarities of iRacing setup.

I have the sense that much like their cars that don't quite drive right you need to "game" iRacing setups.

And I have also come to the conclusion that I need to follow the cars that iRacing has right, rather than choosing a car based on what interests me from the outside. The Skip Barber is almost the car it should be. It's certainly not the beast that it was with the "old tyre model", and early iterations of the "new tyre model". The C-Spec is, in my opinion, a work in progress. I just don't enjoy driving it.

The SR8 Radical, on the other hand, has always been a joy. I always thought of it as a Skip Barber with a higher top speed. That's painting a pretty broad canvas, of course, but it's so much fun. What put me off driving it before was low participation. But even if I don't actually race it next season I've decided that will be the second series I participate in. I need more experience with faster cars.

The rest of C class isn't appealing. The Star Mazda seems messed up, with drivers reportedly drifting around corners. Much fun for those so inclined, I suppose, but not much sense for a simulation. The Lotus 49 is a white knuckle ride. That really only leaves the Radical, after discounting the C-Spec.

But that's how you choose a car in iRacing: based on what the staff haven't messed up.

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