Handling Tutorial for ForzaTune 6

10 Oct 2015
by Anthony Curtis
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Here’s the first in a series of tutorial videos we plan to release. The full transcript is also included after the jump.

If you want to start building your own tunes instead of using locked ones, or if you’re an experienced tuner who wants to save time creating a base tune keep watching. We’re going to show you the quickest way to create a handling tune using this GTR as an example.

But let me take a second to cover why handling and gearing tunes are so helpful in Forza. Forza’s suspension and gearing settings do not change with your upgrades. If you add race springs and then lighten the car the springs will still be set for a heavier car. When you add cams or a turbo your power band changes but your transmission gears no longer match the power band.

Not re-baselining your tune after upgrades is like adding time to your laps. Some people eyeball a base tune, while others break out the repetitive math and suspension formulas. We give racers like you a trick up your sleeve with ForzaTune 6. Less guesswork and less hassle so you can spend more time fine-tuning or racing which are the fun parts!

Here’s how it works:

In Forza go to the Upgrade section and then the front tire menu. Here you can click up to view information on your car like weight and more.

Open up ForzaTune 6 which you can get for iOS or Android.

Enter the weight which is 3047 lbs, the front weight which is 55% and the drive type which is AWD. For this video we’re going to do dry tunes so we click on the sun icon. ForzaTune also gives you rain and drift options.

We are already in the front tire menu. The width is the first three numbers of the tire size or 245. Copy that into the calculator and then jump over to the rear tires. It looks like the rears are the same at 245. If these are different ForzaTune will automatically adjust your base tune to take advantage of that.

For balance I’m going to go for a little more oversteer or 98% since it’s AWD and I race more with RWD cars.

For stiffness I’ll leave it at 100% since I’ll probably use this tune for all tracks. If you were building a setup for short tight courses you would bump this up a bit. For longer, sweeping courses you might lower it a bit.

Hit next on the top right or “Recalculate” on the Android version and you’ll see your results update.

You can copy these results:

Tire pressure is usually 27.0 for dry and will change based on tune type.
Gears we will cover in the next video.
Alignment is usually the same starting point and based on drive type. We will cover fine-tuning alignment in a follow-up tutorial so be sure to subscribe.
You also get anti-roll bars, springs and recommended ride height.
We can then copy over damping values.
The app also gives you recommendations on braking force and balance which helps control the transfer of weight under braking.
Lastly, we get differential settings for both front, rear and center balance.

Take the car out for a spin and give yourself a few laps.

After upgrading our handling and gearing this car lost 1.3 seconds which is pretty impressive for a lower class car on a short track. Stay tuned for the next video where we walk through how we set the gearing.

So what else do you need to know to get started?
Make sure you have upgraded your brakes, suspension and anti-roll bars to race. You’ll also want to upgrade to a race differential.

Whenever you change weight or weight distribution you’ll want to run a new base tune.

You will also want to turn off assists like ABS, TCS, and STM since we can’t control how they’ll change the handling of the car. You also get higher payouts without them!

This is Anthony, developer of ForzaTune. Thanks for watching.

You can download ForzaTune 6 on the App Store and Google Play. Start saving time tuning and shaving time off your laps today!

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