Setup Develop Guide

I am not designed to finish 2nd or 3rd... I am designed to win. - Ayrton Senna

This is the car setup develop guide. This guide will help you trough the complete process of setting up a car from scratch. 
Continue to the first step or jump to specific sections of the guide. We recommend to walk trough each section though.
If you need to solve some specific issues you may want to try the Setup Problem Guide

BOTTOMING OUT ALWAYS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the ride height or stiffen the springs

CAR DOES NOT BOTTOM OUT

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Lower the ride height or soften the springs

CAR BOTTOMS OUT ON HIGH SPEED

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Nothing to complain about!

FRONT OF THE CAR IS MUCH LOWER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the rear ride height or increase the front ride height until the rear is slightly higher then the front.

FRONT OF THE CAR IS SLIGHTLY LOWER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • The ride height is OK

FRONT OF THE CAR IS THE SAME THE REAR

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the front ride height or increase the rear ride height until the front is slightly lower then the rear

FRONT OF THE CAR HIGHER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the front ride height or increase the rear ride height until the front is slightly lower then the rear

MINOR UNDERSTEER SPRINGS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the rear springs or reduce the front springs
  • Increase the rear anti-roll bar or decrease the front anti-roll bar

MINOR OVERSTEER SPRINGS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the front springs or decrease the rear springs
  • Increase the front anti-roll bar or decrease the rear anti-roll bar

MAJOR UNDERSTEER SPRINGS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the rear springs or reduce the front springs with a large step
  • Increase the rear anti-roll bar or decrease the front anti-roll bar with a large step

MAJOR OVERSTEER SPRINGS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the front springs or decrease the rear springs with a large step
  • Increase the front anti-roll bar or decrease the rear anti-roll bar with a large step

NEUTRAL SPRINGS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Nothing to complain about!

Weight Setup 1/1

We can create more traction on corner exit by moving the weight of the car more to the back. Also by doing so you will have less chance of overheating the front tyres. Eventually you will be faster in and out of the corners.
Moving the weight more to the rear, what effect does this have?

MINOR UNDERSTEER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Go back to the Spring setup to restore the balance in the car

MAJOR UNDERSTEER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • There is to much weight to the rear, reduce slight by putting it more to the front

I CAN NOT ADJUST

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • The distribution of the weight seems OK

NO CHANGE

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Move more weight to the rear with small steps.

Tyre Setup 1/1

The more contact the rubber has to the tarmac the more grip you produce. Due to camber, toe, tyre pressure and tyre compound tyres can have different temperatures.

The tyre setup is something you have to keep a close look on everytime you change your setup and everytime the weather in your game changes.

We measure tyres at the outside (O), middle (M) and inside (I). The difference between each may vary around 5 degrees. So a tyre with a temp of 85(O) 80(M) 80(I) is okay.

Take a look at your tyres. From outside to middle to inside, what is the temperature output? (O)utside, (M)iddle, (I)nside

O IS MORE THEN 10 DEGREES HOTTER THEN M

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the negative camber

M IS MORE THEN 10 DEGREES HOTTER THEN O AND I

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease tyre pressure

M IS LESS THEN 10 DEGREES HOTTER THEN O AND I

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase tyre pressure

O, M AND I ARE ALL TO HOT

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Change to a harder compound

O, M AND I ARE ALL TO COLD

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Change to softer compound

I IS MORE THEN 10 DEGREES HOTTER THEN M

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease negative camber

Caster Setup 1/1

Caster is the fore or aft slope of the steering axis. Positive caster is when the bottom of the steering axis line is in front of the tire's contact patch. Zero caster is when the steering axis is at 0 degrees.
High static camber minimizes the contact with the tarmac under braking and on the inside tyre when cornering. This is where changing the caster can help.

Decrease 1 or 2 steps negative camber on the front and replace this with 2 degrees of caster.
What change do you feel?

LESS FRONT GRIP

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Reset to the old camber settings and only set 1 degree of caster.

MORE FRONT GRIP

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • It looks like we are getting more grip by removing camber, continue on adding more caster until you are completely satisfied. Use small steps.

NO CHANGE

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Try some bigger adjustments or reset to the old situation

ONLY GETS WORSE

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease caster instead of increasing

Toe Setup 1/3

Toe is the angle the tires are rotated around their vertical axis, looking at them from above the car. You have no toe if the tires are parallel to each other, along the direction of the car. You have toe-in when the tires point in towards each other, and toe-out when they point away from each other
What is the reaction of the car on turn in?

MINOR UNDERSTEER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase front toe-out

MINOR OVERSTEER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease front toe-out

TURNS IN OK

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • All is fine!

YES FLOATING

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease front toe-out

NOT FLOATING

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase front toe-out

SLIGHTLY FLOATING

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • The front toe is OK

UNDER CONTROL

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • The rear toe is OK

MINOR OVERSTEER ON POWER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the rear toe-in

STANDING START AND OR PITSTOPS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Change the first gear and final ratio to the highest setting
  • Change the final gear for the max speed that can be reached on the straight

ROLLING START AND NO PITSTOPS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Change the final gear ratio to the highest possible where the final gear will meet the max possible speed that can be achieved on the straight.
  • Find the slowest corner on the track, maximize the first gear so that you have to shift to second after succesfully exited the corner.

Gearing Setup 2/3


Do you have to shift to the next gear right before the braking point is reached of the next corner?

YES SHIFT BEFORE CORNER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the gear so that you do not have to shift into next gear before the corner

NO SHIFTING NEEDED BEFORE THE CORNER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Gear is OK

Gearing Setup 3/3


Are the revs dropping too much when getting into the two top gears?

YES THEY DROP

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Change the two top gear so that they rev sooner.

NO REVS ARE OK

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Gear is OK

Differential Setup 3/4


What is the general feeling of the car when coasting from corner entry towards the apex?

Differential Setup 4/4


What is the feeling of the car on power when exiting the corner starting at the apex?

CHICANES / HAIRPINS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the diff power

LONG FAST CORNERS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the diff power

MIX OF CORNERS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Go for a midrange diff power setting

YES SPINNING

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the diff power to prevent the inside rear tyre from spinning

NO

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the diff power and increase if it does not feel right

NEUTRAL COASTING

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Diff coast OK

SLIGHT OVERSTEER COASTING

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the diff coast

SLIGHT UNDERSTEER COASTING

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the diff coast

SLIGHT UNDERSTEER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the diff power

SLIGHT OVERSTEER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the diff power

NEUTRAL

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Diff power OK

Aero Setup 1/1

After the full mechanical setup if finished we can try to reduce the drag to get some faster laptimes. 
Reduce some of the front and rear wing equally and check what effect this has after running some laps.

SLIGHT UNDERSTEER EXITING CORNER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the front rebound or increase the rear bump

SLIGHT OVERSTEER EXITING CORNER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the rear bump or increase front rebound

NEUTRAL EXITING CORNER

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Dampers OK

SLIGHT UNDERSTEER ON BRAKING

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase rear rebound or decrease front bump

SLIGHT OVERSTEER ON BRAKING

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the rear rebound or increase front bump

NEUTRAL EXITING ON BRAKING

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Dampers OK

BOUNCES ON BUMPS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase the front and rear fast bump and rebound

GRIP LOSS OVER BUMPS AND CURBS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease the front and rear fast bump and rebound

OVERSTEER OVER BUMPS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Decrease fast rear bump or increase front fast rebound

UNDERSTEER OVER BUMPS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase fast rear bump or decrease front fast rebound

NEUTRAL OVER BUMPS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Fast damper settings OK

FASTER LAPTIMES

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Reduce some more wing settings to see if you can get faster again!

SLOWER LAPTIMES

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Increase some more wing

NO CHANGE AT LAPTIMES

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Reconfigure previous steps like ride height, gearing, camber, tyre pressures etc.

CAR HANDLING IS A MESS

Try one of the following steps to fix your problem. Adjust only one setting with small steps. Run a few laps to see if the problem is solved, otherwise adjust the setting slightly again or try the next setting in line.

  • Solve the handling by changing the Spring and damper setup.

CAR SETUP FINISHED

You have completed all the steps to create the best setup for your driving style and car. Restart the setup to build a new setup or try the Setup Problem Guide to solve specific issues.

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