I find myself playing GPL again and I'm trying to stay at it this time. I've discovered the mods and GEM+ and other ways to make it more enjoyable. I'm currently exploring the '65 mod and have been using GEM+ to adjust the AI Speed so that I can compete in races as I get better.
I just lowered the AI Speed to 1.0 in order to face the AI drivers at their "best". Of course I expected that it would take me a while to get to their level of driver expertise (if ever). What I didn't expect was that their cars would be simply faster than mine!
Becasue I've never learned all the details of setups and I've found that hotlap setups from others are sometimes hard for me to drive, I've been driving with just the default setups from the '65 mod. I figured this was a starting point and that at least I would have the same setup as the AI cars of the same type.
I'm using the Lotus 33. In qualfiying at Monza, after setting the AI Speed to 1.0, I was the slowest qualifier. I used the replay and replay analyzer to try to learn where I lose so much speed. What I found is that the AI Lotus 33 is much faster than my car (using the default setup). From what I've read, the default setups in the '65 mod are not ideal (using some of the same settings as the 3.0 liter 67 cars instead of setting optimized for the '65 1.5 liter cars). But I figured that the AI would also use the default setup. I don't know of any way to figure out what setup each AI driver is using otherwise.
What do I mean by the AI being faster? I watched the replay of qualifying and I can see, for example:
AI Lotus 33, 4th gear, 10,000RPM, 142MPH
My Lotus 33 (default setup), 4th gear, 10,000RPM, 133MPH
The top speed of the AI car may not be quite as significantly faster, but the speed at many points where we are going "flat out" is higher. I've tried some downloaded setups for the Lotus 33 and still haven't gotten anywhere near the top speed of the AI Lotus 33. The speed at a given RPMs and gear is always higher for the AI, and I've tried this while carrying almost no fuel to make sure it's not a weight issue.
So, my questions are:
1) What is your experience with the top speed of the 65 Lotus 33, especially at Monza?
2) Is there any way to find out what setups the AI cars/drivers are using?
3) What do I need to do to get my 65 Lotus 33 to be as fast (car wise, not driving wise) as the AI cars?
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