When I reflect upon your posts about your investigations, it's hard not to wonder what sort of deadlines and quality control goals EA and SMS agreed to in their contract. To be honest, I think EA mismanaged the SHIFT brand, when in reality they had a golden opportunity to create a brand able to compete with Forza and GT5.
The stated goal of the CPE is to see where picking the low-hanging fruit will get us, though I am aware that the iteration of the MADNESS Engine tech used in S2U has known flaws (acknowledged and subsequently fixed in the ongoing pCARS development I might add) and that, as such, there are limits to what we as modders can achieve given S2U's underpinnings.
SMS have categorized S2U as an 'Action Racer' in the pCARS Game Design Document, even though they are very adamant that the MADNESS Engine tech is capable of competing with iRacing/NkP/LFS et al
in terms of how advanced the simulation code is. And on the basis of the evidence from pCARS (in the form of software deliverables and developer commentary), I'm inclined to take that at face value with the proviso that SMS are currently implementing various updates in the physics and FFB system in preparation for AJ's new dynamic tyre model landing probably a few months from now.
So while S2U still has some life left in it, I don't think we should deceive ourselves into thinking that we can woo the hardcore sim audience or one-up pCARS/NkP/LFS/iRacing. But on the evidence so far, I do think that S2U can be made to feel better than it did when patch v1.02 was delivered.
P.S. Yes, I'm interested in the cobalt files and I'll get in touch via e-mail shortly. I'm in the process of building a new PC and I'm helping my GF set up a webshop for her store, so everything is a bit up in the air atm.
P.P.S I'm wondering if it would make sense to begin publishing screenshots of the 'as shipped' vs. 'overhauled' 3-D suspension models to give people an idea of just how crazy the suspension data appear to be and why we're bitching so much about it? Or would that be poor form?