I'd like to comment seprately on this! Low steering rotation hurts badly your tyres, epsecially with understeery cars. When racing this may be a huge disadvantage.
In hotlapping, low rotation surely helps in corner entry (notably in slow corners) but it also ruins corner exit (notably fast, medium bended ones). In hotlapping, optimum tyre temp is crucial for the good laptime, so using too low wheel rotation you risk to screw the exit of the most important corners (those who preceed straights) because tyre heat occurs much much faster (low rotation = prone to understeer).
Now don't get me wrong, low rotation steering does help in general to improve your laptimes, but it does so in the short run. Also, in a lot of tracks and especially with fwd cars, when your fighting for the last couple of hundrends (or even tenths) low rotation steering becomes more of an enemy instead of a friend
Yeap, it's like auto blip which was removed for a reason I guess in recent patches. The script is external to LFS and makes gearshfting super fast effortlessly. When you're playing with hundrends and tenths of seconds, It's a tremendeous boost only to know that you always get perfect shifting with no room for shfting error whatsoever.
On one hand, public availability of setups is a very good thing for the community and can be a serious advantage for a (potential or not) simmer to pick a sim over another to spend his time on. On the other hand from a league's pov, sharing setups is not a very wise thing to do
I don't really have an answer. But I do know that public availability of setups played an important role in my decision to stick with lfs. However, in our team we don't give setups away when there's a league race pending. After the race, we happily share any setup we might have with everyone asking for it.
EDIT: forgot to point out, that a good setup is solid base to start with, but even if you don't change a tiny bit of it, it takes time and effort to achieve top laptimes.
My, my... I lived in the dark all this time. I had no idea there's a script making you change gears much faster, along with a button clutch. Is there a way to spot this by watching a replay, other than watching the timing of the gearing?
In any case, arco I know exactly what you mean when you say how hard it is to make a laptime in the top-3 of the charts, even more hard for a wr. And I surely understand the disappointment you feel. We're about the same age, meaning our reflexes and memory are not the same as they're used to be some years (even decades) ago.
However, I would urge you to re-upload your hotlaps. IMHO it's not a solution to throw away all the hard work you have put into them. Anything in the top-3 to the top-10 of the chart (depending on the popularity of the combo) is well respected by those who know
Throw those hotlaps back, plz! Let all those... scriptobuttonclutchers think they deserve to be respected, they don't. At least not by those who matters.
Actually it's not present in Autocross either (or the Blackwood parking). Let's orginize a league on those tracks
@Gil07, my bad! I should say you don't seem to find SO too bumpy (which is not a bad thing at all).
Anyway, anyone is entitled to his own opinion as long as he's not offending others. I still think (and I have already stated to other topics too) real life tracks would give an enormous boost to LFS and I insist that the built-in ones are too artificial. I don't demand new content, I just wish for it!
Actually what EVERY built-in track has in LFS is at least one (unrealistically) nasty chichane, no matter how long or short the track is. Add to that, curbs that look & feel like pavements in Fernbay and bumbs on almost every corner in Southcity, so I wouldn't exactly call them "well thought"!
Sometimes it is not a matter of quantity, but of quality. As far as tracks are concerned for example, almost any known (and a lot of unknown) real life tracks are much more interesting than any of the tracks we have in LFS.
It's my understanding that GTR2 already supports marmbles and variable track grip (online only), along with dynamic weather (it needs an external app to activate this). I hear GTR Evolution (a Race07 mod, expected real soon now) will also feature those things. Do we have a clue whether i-racing supports them too?
I have absolutely no problem with critisism! However you... blued out two uneven parts of my post. The correct ones are: "once they drive it (the XRR)" and "even if they drive it (Westhill) hundreds of times"
Edit: Good post Becky (although I do like hotlapping )
Guys, the opinions I expressed above are just my opinions, are what turn me on, what I'd like to see in the future in LFS, what I consider important in its evolution. I don't demand, I don't shout, I don't want people to like most what I like most.
I'm over 40 years old and I'm hobbying racing sims since GP2. If LFS was the only sim around, all I would know by now would be Blackwoods, Astons and Fernbays, which automatically takes away a great part of realism. Due to the existance of a lot other sims I can connect myself to the rest of the racing world (rl or simulated) with words like "Nordschleife", "Kyalami", "Spa", "Laguna Seca", "Goodwood", etc. I hear or read about Eau Rouge and unconciously I'm thinking "I've driven it, I know what this guy talks about". This is what I call immersion
The name XR GTR says nothing to people, yes, but once they drive it, it says a lot, and properly set it can be easily connected to the behaviour of a lot of rl GTR cars, while Westhill says absolutely nothing to anyone outside this community, even if they drive the track hundreds of times... it feels (and is) completely isolated to the rest of the world.
Sure, I can find real tracks in other sims but it was my understanding that this topic was about the progress pace of LFS, along with what we'd like to see the devs giving priority to.
PS. I have already mentioned dynamic grip change on the track surface, in my previous post
For me real tracks are of equal importance with physcis, ffb and online racing in a simulator.
Real tracks not only give a huge boost to the immesrion part of the sim, but most importantly they are the absolute common ground amongst anyone and everyone involved in ANY KIND of racing (real life or simulated).
Saying "I lapped under 2 mins in Monza with the XR GTR" makes much more sense to so much more people than saying "I lapped under 1.08 in Blackwood with the XR GTR". And there's no need to have zillions of rl tracks. 2, 3 wisely chosen tracks, with configurations, can provide so much immersive thrill for a long time (both offline and online). And track development is physics independant, meaning each one of them is moslty one time project (once it's done, no need to change it with every patch).
Cars on the other hand don't bother me being fictional, as long as they come in a variety of types and with setup options, since most of the attempeted simulated real cars don't really live up the expectations (in other words, variety of car types along with setups options and good physics, can yield in simulating any real life car's behaviour). Which reminds me to suggest Scawen to allow the user/server admin to optionally lock/hide car setup options, in an effort to preserve some basic characteristics of a car (i.e. expanding the Baby UFR idea and making it generally available ingame).
That being said, I am also bored with LFS but not to the point to completely abandon it. However, I feel the devs owe me nothing, since they have over-deleivered all these years compared to the money I paid and the fun I was (and I occasionally am) having!
Real life tracks (even just one, well known) and a proper damage-model (external and internal parts) are the highest 2 things in my wish list. Dynamic tarmac grip, day/night transition and dynamic weather (in that order) are the rest of the most important things missing from LFS, imho.
Am I willing to wait? Yes
Am I willing to pay? Yes
PS. Am I willing to pay $20 for demoing iR 1 month? No
I couldn't help noticing that you all guys are demo users. From patch Z all users (incuding demo users) must have an account on lfsworld.net in order to race online, so that may be your problem. Have you opened an account on lfsworld?