Originally Posted by Snowcat
A challenge for the resident Aliens :- Below is the settings file I've just used for 20+ laps of hell. DON'T CHANGE IT. Use it and let's see those 1:47's again.
Originally Posted by Geoffers
OK Snow, I gave it a try & just got into the 1.49s after about 8 laps. I think it is not a bad setup but it is easy to upset the car & get out of shape, especially over the kerbs. Try running the suspension softer so it soaks up bumps better & use less power diff (20 or 30%). I would also turn the brake bias a little more to the rear as it tends to lock the fronts & won't turn in with the brakes on.
+1 to everything Geoffers just said, especially the bit about how easy it is to get out of shape. When it does let go it is hard to get it under control again, but this might be down to the high steering lock you're using. You might be using a more lock in your wheel than me though, in which case it might not feel so bad to you. I'll try again tomorrow with reduced lock to see if this is why it feels so twitchy to me.
I did reduce the fuel load when I took it out for a spin though, because I was barely getting into the 47s in the race with full fuel, so I treated it as a quali run so I could compare it with my quali times in the Escort.
Anyway, after about 25 laps, once I stopped trying to drive it like an Escort, I finally managed to get it down to 1:47.4. It's worth noting that the best I could do with my
normal Healey setup was 1:48.1, so go figure
I think the difference in times here could well be down to the twitchiness, it can be used to one's advantage to make the car change direction very quickly, but if it goes just a little bit out of line then it's into the gravel trap. I had this with other cars before, an "unstable" setup can lead to a quick laptime, but it's not worth risking that setup in the race as I've learnt to my cost before now. It's much better to go for stability in the race.