Car Madness: Tuning a top Racer in a Racing Game

Racing games—depending on how complicated they are—have a steep learning curve. As much as it is realistic, so are the mechanics of beefing up your ride. However, this is also an experience that gamers who are also car fans want from their games. They want it to imitate as much as it can from real world situations and that includes beefing up their virtual car.

From buying a car from the dealership to entering your virtual garage, here is how you can figure out making your car go faster than the other souped-up coupes.

Enter Career mode

Career mode is where you usually create your car and where you start to tool around and see what set-ups you can do. There’re a lot of combinations, parts, and set-ups you can browse through, but the important thing is you know how to edit your car.

Check: Tires and Brakes

Tires and brakes go hand in hand in providing control to your car. Understeer is when you lose control; players purposefully lose control to enter into a drift and try to take control back when they’ve positioned themselves properly. Oversteer, meanwhile, keeps your turns sharp and crisp, running the risk of spinning out.

Check: Aerodynamics

Downforce and Weight Bias might be confusing terms when you’re checking your car’s aerodynamics. Downforce pertains to the amount of wind dragging on the vehicle. Weight Bias, meanwhile, helps your vehicle to counter weight shifting.

Check: Suspension

Have you checked your suspension? It’s one of the easier options to tinker with when checking your car for races. You’ll want to adjust the ride height if you want more stability (lowering) or if you want to create acceleration or turns (adjusting front and back sides.) Meanwhile, adjust your spring and sway bars if you want a stiffer or softer ride.

Check: Bumpers

Your bumpers also help in the over-all shifting of your car on the road. By adjusting this, you can create a stiff turn on a corner, make it easier to oversteer or understeer, and create easier handling when coming out of a corner fast. In a nutshell, it contributes to how your car handles on the road—whether you want to make it drift or forego that altogether.

Check: Engine

The heart of a vehicle. Most settings here are simple to understand. Here, you can adjust your fuel load and brake mapping, as well as set restrictions on your car. The fuel load is important for limiting speed, while brake mapping adjusts your ECU to give you more or less power when braking. The restrictor basically sets a handicap during races.

Creating a Monster

Tinkering with these settings is important if you’re into full customization. By fooling around, you get a feel of how a car rides and, in real life; you may perhaps learn how to adjust settings on your own car. Depending on how accurate or immersive a race game is, you might just be given a basic lesson on how to make your car go faster or slower.