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Bigsteviet
24-05-2015, 17:26
I mean, I love the idea of them, but I've hated driving them in every game - and PCars is no different!

I mean - c'mon, I got to grips with the classic Lotus F1 (eventually!), but the Caterham?!?!?!? I've worked out you need the front lifted under moderate acceleration to turn, but is it this hard IRW?

LADY GEMMA JANE
24-05-2015, 17:31
I found them OK

Srt8 300c
24-05-2015, 17:34
Which Caterham?

Aldo Zampatti
24-05-2015, 17:48
The thing is that in real life, you have the fear factor, as soon as you feel the accelleration, you would probably lift off the throttle.
Normally, behind a computer monitor, people tend to push the pedal to the metal. And that's when the true personality of the car appears.

Try to driving it as you own it, not like you stole it.... At least at first :)

Nemesis X2
24-05-2015, 17:57
Like most cars in the game they just take some getting used to. Find their limits and there are some cracking races to be enjoyed.

Bigsteviet
24-05-2015, 18:02
Which Caterham?

Seven Classic.

Srt8 300c
24-05-2015, 18:13
Thanks

Darth Bambi 83
24-05-2015, 19:15
Go into the settings and give it -1 or -2 degrees toein on the rear wheels, helps alot as most of the cars seem to have + toe on the rear wheels and that makes them very hard to control.

Mowzer
24-05-2015, 20:17
I think they are twitchy in real life too mate from what I've heard :).

madmax2069
24-05-2015, 21:10
Well in the game they are quite easy to roll on command

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXvUGgnOchE

Bigsteviet
25-05-2015, 14:04
Slept on it overnight, next Caterham event, put it on pole and won the race :)

OG 420
25-05-2015, 14:18
Why do they make the cars handle like that? Some of the cars are really easy to flip I don't think that's very realistic. I was racing in an escort and I barely touched another car and it sent me rolling which at worst should of spun both of us out and the other car (AI) just drove off like nothing happened.

Ian Bell
25-05-2015, 14:20
Why do they make the cars handle like that? Some of the cars are really easy to flip I don't think that's very realistic. I was racing in an escort and I barely touched another car and it sent me rolling which at worst should of spun both of us out and the other car (AI) just drove off like nothing happened.

The Escort had a sub-optimal collision mesh. We're fixed it. It's coming in a future patch.

OG 420
25-05-2015, 14:25
The Escort had a sub-optimal collision mesh. We're fixed it. It's coming in a future patch.

Thanks for the very quick answer I tried that race 10 times before I got through with no crashes some of them were pretty funny though.

gtFOOTw
25-05-2015, 19:01
Go into the settings and give it -1 or -2 degrees toein on the rear wheels, helps alot as most of the cars seem to have + toe on the rear wheels and that makes them very hard to control.
(+) or (positive) is toe-in. This makes the car more stable, if you are familiar with tuning in Forza, they had it backwards.

Lotusnut
25-05-2015, 20:20
This is my baby. Believe it or not, she was my daily driver for over a year. She's now become a weekend and track day car. It's an incredibly fun car to drive and things happen insanely quickly, you really need to pay attention. She only weighs 600kg and there are no driver aids whatsoever. Having said that, as long as you stay alert its a seriously fun car to drive and actually pretty easy.
I find the classic on the game incredibly difficult so will definitely give the suggested tunes a try. What I don't like especially is the tendency to oversteer under braking. The real car is not nearly as hard to drive at speed. Then again, I'm way better at driving real cars than virtual ones. A car like the caterham gives you so mucch more feedback than anything else you've ever driven. You literally drive it by the seat of your pants. I think that's why I struggle with the game car. Just a wheel can never give you ALL the sensations. Could just be that I suck though :)

204477

milliotseb
26-05-2015, 05:39
I had some issues with the Caterham R500. But I was able to drive quite well the Caterham classic
I will try to rear wheel toe in next time I drive the R500

Kinna39
26-05-2015, 06:50
I'm not an expert tuner, but try stiffening up the suspension a bit (or all the way) too... I found that helped a bit - still haven't mastered the car though by any means

Sankyo
26-05-2015, 07:56
This is my baby. Believe it or not, she was my daily driver for over a year. She's now become a weekend and track day car. It's an incredibly fun car to drive and things happen insanely quickly, you really need to pay attention. She only weighs 600kg and there are no driver aids whatsoever. Having said that, as long as you stay alert its a seriously fun car to drive and actually pretty easy.
I find the classic on the game incredibly difficult so will definitely give the suggested tunes a try. What I don't like especially is the tendency to oversteer under braking. The real car is not nearly as hard to drive at speed. Then again, I'm way better at driving real cars than virtual ones. A car like the caterham gives you so mucch more feedback than anything else you've ever driven. You literally drive it by the seat of your pants. I think that's why I struggle with the game car. Just a wheel can never give you ALL the sensations. Could just be that I suck though :)

204477
Sounds like you'll need to fiddle with the coast diff and perhaps brake balance/pressure?

Lotusnut
26-05-2015, 18:21
Sounds like you'll need to fiddle with the coast diff and perhaps brake balance/pressure?

Thanks, that makes sense. I was going to start with break balance and move it forward a bit.

MULTIVITZ
03-06-2015, 06:29
After watching that video he may want to read my ARB post and take up the suspension stiffening others had suggested, and maybe make sure the tyres are more supportive. Use the tracking after things have settled down? Theres going to be some mad races in the scary beast, whos idea was it to include that in the game? Lol