GT Sport Time Trials: Stratos Fear

GT Sport players have a new set of Time Trials for the next two weeks and, after the slightly unusual and seemingly unplanned change last time out, things are back to normal. There’s two events to choose from once again this time round, with both a fixed car and settings event and a more varied affair in the other trial.

In fact there’s quite a lot of variety in the second of the Time Trials, as you’ll not only have free rein on your vehicle settings but one of the widest choices of cars in the game. You can pick from any of the Gr.3 cars; that’s the GT3-equivalent racing category, featuring high performance machinery usually based on pretty potent road cars but commonly sharing very few components at all.

It’s something of a classic event too, as you’ll need to tune your machine to take on the Green Hell: Nurburgring Nordschleife. The class Balance of Performance is switched on for this event, but with total control over car settings you might find the usual pecking order is not a reliable indicator of performance. You’ll probably want a car that can maximize the pace down the long Dottinger Hohe straight too.

The fixed-setting time trial might actually rank as marginally scarier than going flat-chat in a tuned GT3 at the Nordschleife. It takes place at one of the shortest tracks in the game, with the Lago Maggiore circuit hosting the event at the tiny Center layout. However the car itself is what might cause a rising feeling of dread.

You’ll be taking charge of the Lancia Stratos for this time trial. It’s one of the most famous and successful rally cars ever made, but you’ll be in the seat of the roadgoing version. The Stratos packs the same Ferrari V6 as the Dino 246 GT, but it’s rammed into the rear of a lighter, shorter, and wider car with a shorter wheelbase. That made for a car very eager to turn, even when you don’t necessarily want it to, so keeping the Stratos under control will be the main challenge for a fast time this week.

GT Sport’s Time Trial mode is a global competition, ranking your best time against all players worldwide, rather than just those in your region as with other Sport Mode events. This time trial will run through to March 11, when further events will replace it.

Lancia Stratos Super Lap

Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore – Center
Car: Lancia Stratos ’74 – Garage Car
Tires: Sports Hard
Power/Weight Limit: N/A
Settings: Fixed

Gr.3 Super Lap/Tuning Allowed

Track: Nurburgring – Nordschleife
Car: Gr.3 – Garage Car
Tires: Racing Hard
Power/Weight Limit: N/A
Settings: Adjustable

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