GT Academy: Day 2

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So far I've noticed a few things with the Nissan 370z, I does not like hairpins. The 370z is a heavy car and does not like to change its direction swiftly at all. Specifically in Vale and Club, the car will either understeer in disapproval or oversteer in rage. The car is also numb, something that seems to have carried over from last year, so correcting any slide is a challenge.

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You'll notice most of the turns I'm having trouble with are low-speed, these all require a lot of throttle modulation, which is something I've been working on, but can only do so well with a traditional handheld controller. The exception to this would be Copse, which is a high-speed, narrow and blind righthander. While I do have the breaking point down, it's the exit that is major problem. As I mentioned earlier, the 370z feels very numb and often experiences understeer midcorner. this leads to a problem through Copse, because once the angle is set for Copse, full throttle needs to be applied. This, however is a challenge because depending on how swiftly throttle is applied, the car will behave very differently. Apply too early and understeer will cause you to go wide and incur an annoying penalty, Apply too late and risk a slow lap time or oversteer.

Chapel is another area of problems, due to the cars tendency to understeer at the limit, it is very likely it will run wide and incur a penalty as there is inadequate kerbstoning on the edge of the track on the left side.

Perhaps my biggest problem is Luffeild. This medium-speed, decreasing radius, righthander is where I've lost most of my time. I'm still trying to figure out if sticking in 3rd Gear for the sake of exit speed, or 2nd for the sake of momentum is more desirable. Throttle modulation is key to Brooklands and Luffeild, as keeping momentum through decreasing radius turns ensures a swift exit speed. Brooklands, however is almost the opposite of Luffeild. While a very similar turn, the secret to Brooklands is simply breaking. The breakpoint for Brooklands feels very natural and the 370z operates very well under braking and steering, some brake modulation may be beneficial, but if timed right, may not be necessary.

Abbey is perhaps, the easiest and most enjoyable turn of the entire course. A quick application of the brakes and a very sharp turn-in is necessary, and an immediate application of WOT. For some reason, the 370z enjoys this turn which is odd, as Copse is a very similar turn and the 370z behaves very differently through each.

Overall, the aspect that hurts lap times the most on this circuit is exit speed. specifically on slower speed turns, not having adequate momentum and speed through the exit will take anywhere from 3 to 7 seconds of your lap.

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