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  • Dirt2: Vehicle Setup Explanations

    Found this in the Dirt 2 Manual

    GEAR RATIO

    On fast, open tracks you’ll want a long gear ratio to allow for a higher
    top speed. On tighter, twistier tracks, a short gear ratio will help
    accelerate out of all those corners.

    DOWNFORCE

    Increasing the downforce increases a vehicle's grip which can help with
    cornering and increase acceleration. A lower downforce reduces drag
    and so allows for a higher top speed – again, useful on open,
    fast tracks.

    SUSPENSION

    On stages with rough surfaces, a softer suspension will improve grip by
    ensuring the tyres stay in contact with the ground. On smooth surfaces
    however, a stiffer suspension will improve responsiveness and grip.

    RIDE HEIGHT

    Lowering the ride height will improve the responsiveness of the car
    on smooth surfaces and will increase the grip. Raising the ride height
    will give more clearance on rougher surfaces and will increase the
    tendency of the vehicle to slide.

    DIFFERENTIAL

    In 4WD vehicles, this controls the strength of the central diff; in RWD
    ones it controls the strength of the rear diff. A strong setting maximizes
    the power being transferred to the road, but will encourage oversteer.
    A weak setting will promote understeer, reducing the tendency to spin
    out, but less power is transferred overall.

    BRAKE BIAS

    Shifting the brake balance to the rear will improve control whilst
    braking and encourage oversteer. Shifting it towards the front will
    encourage understeer and reduce stability

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    Good find. I generally like to tighten the diff a bit and shift the brake bias rearward, but leave suspension settings fairly neutral. You typically want your accelerator and brake inputs to promote oversteer so you can pull the nose in on command, while allowing the car to drift neutrally or even mild understeer when you're not touching either pedal.

    If your setup is right, you should be steering a car as much with the pedals as with the wheel.

    Of course, there's only so much you can do with the limited setups and physics in dirt 2 :)


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      Re: Dirt2: Vehicle Setup Explanations

      Great find MK



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      • #4
        Re: Dirt2: Vehicle Setup Explanations

        Great find MK, this helps out a lot.
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