I bought the Impala and Silverado last weekend and I think they are horrible to drive. They just keep snapping around on me with no warning whatsoever, I'm not exactly new to oval racing either. Is it just because I'm using the default iRacing setups or something? I was thinking about going for a year subscription after my one month is up, but these two cars really turned me off to the game, they feel terrible to me.
I don't know the Impala, but apparantly it's a bitch to drive in real life. Most drivers complain that it's just completely different to anything else they know.
The Silverado I'm finding really quite fun to drive on the bigger ovals like Lowe's f.e. which is on the schedule currently. I have, however, not used one of the default setups on the intended track. Last time around at Lowe's the setups for Las Vegas and Texas worked pretty well. This time I'm using the one posted by Brandan on the forums and it's really nice to drive, imho. I found that you have to be very gentle with steering inputs, but once used to it, it's actually possible to catch it in time if it steps out on you (most of the time anyway). I wouldn't describe it as "snapping" at all, though. It feels rather gradually to me, but it's still easy to mess up when you try to correct it.
What tracks did you try them on? Just asking, because I couldn't really get to grips with the truck when I tested it at Milwaukee. I'd assume that it would be similar on other short tracks. It's just very hard to run safe but fast there it seems. I assumed that it was just my lack of talent, though.
Silverado needs some tweaking in setup department to fit different driving styles, it's probably the same thing for Impala. Almost every Silverado defaultset has huge amounts of corner exit oversteer which I cut down first, not all of it however because car tends to get little tight as time goes on.
Impala I haven't really been driving that much yet, but initial impression on Phoenix was that it pushes like hell. Was pretty fun car around Lime Rock Part though, too bad it has piss poor brakes which makes T1 entry "exciting".
I tested it at Lowes and Texas actually, and hated it on those tracks. Then I tried out South Boston and enjoyed it there, so pretty much exactly the opposite of you. Its possible I just need more adjustment time on the bigger ovals.
I hated the stock setups for that car... I've gone in to the setup forum for the silverado and downloaded a couple of setups from there and found them to be much better..... make sure to warm the tyres up some first before going for the 30.6 on Lowes
The default sets for both the COT and truck are insanely loose on exit. They also added ridiculous amount of toe, which just makes it worse. The car only snaps around quick on the big ovals if you get on the throttle too quickly (not early, but slamming it down), because it'll compress the rear end too fast and just snap around.
Setups are very important like always.
I'm getting back into the oval setup world (after stopping NR2003 in 2006 I lost my touch IMO) and have learned how to make good handling and long lasting sets using no rear toe.
Yup, I never could figure out how to make setups but now it somehow fell into place and I'm really enjoying that aspect. I spent last weekend making Mazda setup from scratch and it was so rewarding to score a solid finish in first race filled with super fast guys, car handled beautifully and it didn't slip away even once, just got 1x inc for "incorrect parking" after race.
While it was "just" 5th place finish, it gave me 155 points for that...
My pc is no where near good enough to run iRacing at a sufficient level for me to get enjoyment out of it, yet everytime I look there is something telling me to come back and be reckless....it tempts me in the same way a Donar Kebab tempts me on a friday night after a few drinks down at the local watering hole.....I know I shouldn't but I want too so much....
Balls I'm going to have to upgrade and sign up......I hope your all happy now, I've ruined my social life (again). Oval racing here I come.
Couldn't agree more. Watching the Kyoto 250 the other week said oval can be great for LFS but it desperately needs a new couple of purpose made oval tracks like lanier or martinsville style to add to the KY1! DOn't tell Doorman though or he might have to go back to his true racing sim, trackmania
But in real life if you put a wheel off and lose it, you could hit a wall and end up paying thousands of dollars to fix your broken race car. I think iRacing is just trying to make some kind of consequence for over aggressive driving. Whether or not you like it, you do have to agree that the system does make you consider how hard you should push the car when you're coming out of a turn, knowing you could be punished if you go too far, and I think that was their goal.
It isn't the exact same as real life because it can't be, but at the same time I think you're going through the same thought process as real life where you know there is a consequence for the decision you're about to make.
It's definitely the centre line of your car over the edge of the racing surface (or raceable surface to be more precise). Every single time I thought the system had done me wrong and I looked at the replay afterwards, I had to admit that the 1x was in fact deserved.