does anyone by any chance still have the build contents for all the different Vitz races. obviously Ozi's build was only for that race and Rome circuit but what about the other races? im not so good at tuning my car and i need some pointers and possible just the build itself
plz & thkz in advance
Nice to see that after all this time, some of us are still
getting stuck in the Vitz/Pro League races.
I don't like laying down a list of settings--everyone has a different driving style and settings that work for one person won't work for another. This has been proven in the past when we used to do setup versus setup competitions.
But some general pointers? I'll help you. 👍
: keep the front anywhere from 10 to 20 mm lower than the rear. This way, the weight of that front engine & drivetrain is staying over those front wheels, giving more traction.
....the Vitz is a light car, and you don't need super-stiff springs. Most people will keep the rear springs stiffer than the front by a few notches, and this is probably what you'll want, too. Personally, I like keeping the fronts stiffer; but that's me.
front dampers softer than the rear ones. Again, this is done so that under braking the Vitz will "dive" heavily, gaining valuable traction for those front tires. AS you accelerate, the rear bound dampers will react slowly, keeping traction (again) heaped towards the front. So for dampers, try this:
Rebound: 2/between 7 and 10
(depends how twisty the track is and how much you want the rear-end to "kick" forward under braking).
I prefer not to use toe. It just slows you down as you roll down straights. But at Route 11, where there's lots of deadly hairpin turns, some toe might help. Try -1 up front and +1 in the rear. here, which might help the Vitz "swivel" into turns.
: Depends on the track. At Route 11, where it's likely you'll need to drive one tire over those red & white rumble strips, you'll want a low setting. 1/4
front/rear...something like that. This will keep one side of the car from bouncing too much (in theory) and transmitting that energy to the other side of the car; screwing up your cornering. At other tracks, you can have the stabilizers higher if you want...making the Vitz handle more go-kartish (in theory).
: For the front wheels, you don't wanna use too much. I use anywhere from 1 to 1.5 degrees up front. If you use more, you'll also begin to see less front-end traction and braking abilities. You can use whatever you like in the rear, tho. More camber in the rear = slightly more oversteer & rear-end swaying...which is what you might want at Route 11 and Deep Forest.
if you're not proficient at using the e-brake, now's a good time to practice it. Just a blip here and there mid-corner (literally....don't hold it for more than a half a second or it'll just be slowing you more than you should be) can help tighten up your cornering and give you a better angle out of corners. If you find that e-brake action is hurting your cornering more than it's helping, don't use the e-brake. It's simply a tool for fine-tuning your driving line thru some turns.
: Go with T2s or T3s if you don't want to pit. If you use softer tires, you'll (of course) be faster, but you'll also need to pit.
Personally, I just use stock or close (sports) trannys. You don't absolutely need full-custom settings to win unless you're anal. Oh, one huge exception is the race at the Test Course. If you have a FC tranny here, you'll easily win because all you'll have to do is set it high enough so that you don't run out of revs down those long straights. Personally, I skipped the Test Course race, however. 10 laps at TC in a Vitz??? I'd rather die!
: I know this is blasphemy, but as a last resort, it's okay
to use a little TCS (maybe a setting of 1) if you're having trouble with starting launches and mid-corner wheelspin. But if you use TCS, don't use a limited-slip...or you'll get even more understeer.
Finally, my grand lecture. Settings are nothing but ways to try and make a car do what you
want it to. You can tune till your fingers are raw, but even after hours of tuning, your Vitz will still be a mess. It will still understeer heavily....after all, we're putting nearly 300 horses in a lightweight front-drive!
The best solution is lots of practice. Brake into corners, but do not
hit the gas till it is ABSOLUTELY SAFE....basically, don't accelerate heavily till you're nearly out of corners, or that "Pitz" will torque-steer your way straight into the nearest wall!