At ForzaTune, the mission has always been to make a tuning app that hits the sweet spot. Something that mixes realistic formulas with the game’s physics and community feedback. This lets ForzaTune give you a reliable way to drive faster.
After the launch of Forza Motorsport 2023, the initial ForzaTune updates were well-received. But there was fairly regular feedback: many argued the tunes had too much understeer by default.
At first, I encouraged people to dial in oversteer using the tune customizers. But it became obvious there needed to be a shift in the default Motorsport tunes.
Finding What Needed to Change
I ventured into the broader Forza community, engaging with more players and gathering more data on tuning in the new FM 2023.
It became clear we could do things a little differently with dampers, ARBs and differentials. I was making relatively minor changes but seeing big improvements in my times and feel. But why?
More Benefits of the New Tire Model
It was so obvious once I realized what was going on.
My mindset was still too much in the old Motorsport’s physics.
For anyone not as familiar: in FM7 and earlier, just looking at the curb would send your back end spinning around. So we had settled on tunes that were safer and more likely to understeer.
The higher-fidelity tire model in the new Motorsport allows for more agile handling with less risk of losing control. Now, we could default to slightly more oversteer than before and not worry as much.
It was time to build that into ForzaTune.
New App Update
Version 6.1.0 of ForzaTune Pro introduces a series of small, yet significant changes. These include more aggressive damping, stiffer ARBs, and a wider range of differential values to shift the balance towards oversteer.
And where the old default formulas created a tune that might put me in the top 150 of a leaderboard and 1-2 seconds off the top time, the new formulas put me within tenths of the fastest lap.
The new tunes deliver the rotation needed with much less tune customizer adjustment. And some improvements were impossible to get with the tune customizer alone.
Ready to Experience the Changes for Yourself?
ForzaTune is great for someone who wants to make their own builds, which are fast and fun to drive–and not necessarily limited to leaderboard cars.
Now these tunes are even more competitive with relatively little work.
If you tend to use the same tuning customizer settings, take these updates for a spin. And then revisit or test your usual adjustments moving forward.
For anyone newer to ForzaTune, remember this is a tool to make tunes that match your own style. Enjoy the process of making each tune your own!
Version 6.1.0 of ForzaTune Pro is rolling out now (starting December 6th). Also keep an eye out for similar updates to the free ForzaTune in version 5.1.0, plus more guides and tutorials as we wrap up the year.
And if you don’t have ForzaTune or ForzaTune Pro learn more here.