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Old 04-18-2012, 06:36 AM
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I'm wondering what kind of a process people take to develop a setup for a new track? I've just had my first more serious race at a new track and I struggled all weekend trying to get the car to work.

So, assuming your already on the right tyre or a control tyre, where should you start with setup? And what order would you tune in?
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Change one thing at a time. That is your best chance of isolating what changes make a difference.

It's time consuming, but the more time you spend on it, the better you understanding of how your car reacts, and the better you will be able to respond to changing track conditions in the future.

Springs, dampers, cambers, top links are all changes that are easy to do on the day. Changing roll centres can mean a bit of rebuilding so I try and avoid that unless I'm getting nowhere with the easy changes.

Bear in mind that tyre prep is just as important as the tyres themselves. So experiment with that too.
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You need to be analitical in your approach, start by asking yourself, what is the problem, then describe the problem in detail. From there you can then make changes apropriate for the situation. Start with the biggest issue first and then do as the poster above me said and make one change at a time and see how that works out, paying attention to if it makes it better or worse.

I generally look at my lap and find the places where i am loosing time, on the straights, fast sweepers, tight sections, on the turn in, on the drive out, on the changes of direction, on breaking, on power. Then look at that one point in detail, whats the car doing there which it could be doing better.

Say I am lacking rear grip in the middle of a fast sweeper, i go to my trusty list of settings and the effect thay have on the car and find ones that are going to effect rear grip. If there are a couple of things that effect what i am trying to fix, i will start with the one that has the most effect on that and make a change, test, make more changes and test again.
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It depends on if your car is a little bit off, or a lot off, if it is a lot, and there are others with the same car, ask if you can see what setup they are running, chances are there maybe a few key differences. (for example, going from a high grip track to a low grip track could net completely different roll center and camberlink options) Start with that. If the car is "working" just off pace, then it is better to take the one change at a time approach as to not risk making the car undrivable.
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Originally Posted by MikeXray View Post
It depends on if your car is a little bit off, or a lot off, if it is a lot, and there are others with the same car, ask if you can see what setup they are running, chances are there maybe a few key differences. (for example, going from a high grip track to a low grip track could net completely different roll center and camberlink options) Start with that. If the car is "working" just off pace, then it is better to take the one change at a time approach as to not risk making the car undrivable.
Alot of good information here.

Just like real racing... always start with a neutral setup.
That's the stock kit setup that comes with the vehicle.

Try one adjustment at a time and test.

Get to know your car.
Knowing the different settings/adjustments can help tune in your vehicle faster.
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