03-03-2012 09:27 AM
I'll start with what I'm doing at the moment.
Game : GT5
Race : Tsukuba 9hr Endurance A-Spec
Car : Amuse S2000 GT1 Turbo (limited to 80% engine power to match computer AI Lap times)
Driving Aids : ALL OFF
Wheel : Driving Force GT -- Power Steering : Off -- Force Feedback : 7
Pad : D-Pad steering -- Steering Sensitivity : 7
I originally brought the wheel for the 2011 GT Academy, I received it the day the competition started, so didn't have much time to practice with it. I was using the wheel for several hours, trying to adjust to how it worked (I had been racing using the d-pad for 15 years) The wheel was lovely to use, when you got things right. But I noticed that if you just get a little out of shape how hard it was to correct the car without spinning out. Anyway, I played with a few settings, none really altering anything and as the competition was reaching its end I revered back to a pad, within two laps I had improved my time by about 2 seconds. The wheel went back into the box and was barely used again. However, since the 2011 F1 season finished, I was craving some racing action, so started playing GT5 again. And this is where we get to my issue.
Im doing a 9 hour endurance race, on a simple track in a relatively low power car. I completed 3 hours using the wheel, gradually lowering my lap times as I became more and more confident with the wheel. However, the same thing as last year. When you manage to keep everything smooth, its great. Go a little out of shape and it gets messy. After the first 3 hours, I decided to revert to the pad, and within a few laps had beaten my lap time by 1.5seconds and I could see exactly where I was losing the time. Under heavy braking, the car tries to overtake itself, with a pad this is easily corrected with virtually no time loss. With the wheel, I found myself going completely off-line just to keep the car pointing forwards. I tried braking a little earlier, and yes it stops the twitching but its also costing me time and speed. My corner apex speed was a little better with the wheel due to better throttle control but wouldn't make up for what I'd lost on corner entry. The main place I lose time though, is on corner exit. With the pad, I can just plant the 'X' button and power out, with a little countersteering costing me maybe a tenth or two. However with the wheel, If I just plant my foot on the throttle I end up sideways and just can't turn the wheel enough, fast enough. So I eased onto the throttle rather than just planting it and yes, no more oversteer, but I have lost even more time and speed, which then reduces entry speed into the next corner and so on. Its not just on accelerating or braking, if I get a little oversteer on a highspeed corner, using a pad I can quite happily countersteer and "drift" round the corner losing a few tenths. With the wheel, I try to countersteer, to try and drift.. But I just end up off the track and losing 5+ seconds. So I take the corner a little slower, and only use roughly 75% throttle rather than 100% with the pad, I can feel the car is just about to step out but due to the lower speed I maintain control... But have lost time
I've tried playing with the car setup, wheel settings etc and nothing seems to fix it. It isn't just this car, its every car I've driven with the wheel. It seems that no matter what I do, a pad will always be easier and give a faster lap time.
Don't get me wrong, I love the wheel, because its harder, it makes it more fun for me because I always end up off the track and having to fight my way back through.
I know all the best players use wheels to set fast times, but I honestly don't know how, no matter what car or track, I'm always at least 1.5 seconds faster on a pad, even after over an hour with the wheel. There is probably nothing wrong with the wheel, and its probably just my aggressive driving style that I've had for over 15 years, but is there a possibility a faulty wheel could be causing my problems?