WRC 9, the latest installment in the rally racing series offers fans an authentic rally experience with all the excitement and twists that come with the sport. This year, they have included a host of features including a dynamic career mode to keep fans engaged and create a comprehensive racing simulator.
Here is a list of all the new features in the most engaging and comprehensive rally game in 2020.
Rally cars have a high customization ceiling. The game offers you a high level of car tweaks that allows you to fine-tune your ride for every terrain and surroundings. In fact, tuning your car for the track you race in is crucial to getting the best circuit timings. This affects your overall performance and a bad load out could lead to a flat tire or poor friction or drag leading to more scrapes, bumps or wipe outs.
You get to choose what type and strength of suspensions you want on your front and back wheels individually. Under this category you also get to modify your car’s ground clearance. Make sure you give yourself a few extra inches on a bumpy track or tracks with different altitudes.
High altitude circuits have a lot of climbs which need a higher clearance when going at high speeds. Shock absorber rebounds can also be modified which improves driver feedback based on the differences in circuit anomalies.
The camber and the anti-roll bar can also be modified for both the front and rear axles. Camber is the tilt of a tire on a car. It can be both positive and negative, meaning that it can tilt both outwards or inwards. Though this is undesirable for everyday city commuting, it can give cars an advantage while hitting sharp turns quickly. A camber can pull a car in a certain direction depending on angle and degree of the tilt.
Depending on the number of tight turns on a circuit, you can add or remove a certain degree of camber. This will pull your car to the center of the track while you make sharp turns in the direction opposite to the centrifugal force. This means that when you make a sharp turn left your car will drift slightly to the right, pulling you away from the wall avoiding setbacks, collisions and resultant loss in momentum.
An anti-roll bar too, performs a similar function to adding camber to the tires. But this addition focuses on the axle between the tires. It helps regulate body rolls during sharp turns. This means that it reduces the tilt of the car body that happens during high-speed turns. If you see a lot of hair pin bends or sharp turns (like in Japanese circuits) you can add a stiffer anti-roll bar which stops your car from going out of control. Some racers argue that this could even make the car faster in certain high-radius turns.
In this setting you can modify torque, torque distribution and various facets of limited slip differentials. This helps you control initial torque and break away torque and how each pedal and small change you make during a ride affects your car’s directional velocity and speed.
You can modify the LSD values of the front, central and rear areas of acceleration, deceleration and braking. This is, on a very simplistic level, a sensitivity change. Affecting your car’s reactions to acceleration and deceleration. You can modify this based on personal preferences and when going for record timings. By increasing sensitivity, you can allow your car to hit turns at faster speeds with the knowledge that the brakes will kick in faster. These changes will allow you to clock faster times for sure.
This allows you to control your gearbox and the effect it has on your vehicle. This allows you to modify gear ratios for each gear on your car, allowing for extremely minute and sensitive changes that will make the biggest changes as you fitter through a complex and arduous circuit.
These changes allow each gear transmission more or less rotations around the gear teeth. These changes affect the speed at which gears kick into motion and the duration between transmissions. This impacts car momentum on straights and smoothness if overall drive improves speeds dramatically.
You can also modify your test race circuits to make it as similar to upcoming races as possible. This gives you the best practice sessions but also allows you to make crucial last-minute changes to the car settings based on the feedback you get from the practice race.
These practice races can be customized to a very intricate level. You can change the road tops by modifying factors like the type of asphalt (wet, dry muddy or snow), gravel types and type of snow.
These practice sessions allow you to familiarize yourself with your race conditions which allows for best performance during a race. This also helps you avoid collisions and analyze car performance throughout to see how it holds up in your custom conditions.
You can also randomize your track setting to try and test yourself and your new car settings on a totally unexpected circuit to see how you and your lean mean machine hold up.