What car would you choose, if you had to pick one, tune it to PI 222 and take it to a race? Based on the event we had at FACR the other day, you’d have to go with either the Abarth 595 or the BMW Isetta!
After som miserable attempts to get people involved in the Hot Lap Dice Challenge, and even worse options for registering and validating the results, i had almost given up on it. I relaunched a revised version, simply offering a random PI value for anybody to do anything with it. Basically any group, league, team, can use it for races, events, series etc. When FACR urged users to run event in the holidays, thought i’d give the Dice challenge a go there, and see how it goes.
It went well!
The current PI value of the Dice Challenge is 222 and i was a bit worried that it might be too low to have serious fun with, even though i knew slow cars are often a blast. A few users showed interest, and started looking into picking cars, testing them, upgrading, tuning and retesting. There are only 12 cars, that have a PI value bellow or equal to 222, including DLC. Of those, 7-8 were really not any good for racing. Personally i wanted to avoid the cliches of Abarth 595, Jeep Willys and VW type 2 bus. But there is a reason some of these are so popular. I tried all i could to get the Subaru Brat, Toyota Corolla and even the Ford Coupe to be competitive, but they all lacked a little power and responsiveness.
Based on what others were reporting on lap times, it was pretty obvious that the Isetta and the Abarth 595 were the cars to go with. Non the less, i tried the VW Beetle as that was the one i could get the best results with. On race night, it became obvious that this was a bad choice. There was 1 VW Beetle besides mine. The rest were Abarths 959 and one Isetta and they were fast!
We raced 15 laps on Long Beach west, 10 laps on Brands Hatch Indy and 10 laps on Lime Rock. These are all pretty short tracks, with no real long straight, so it all came down to acceleration. The racing though was a lot of fun, and very close! 12 racers showed up and a few more came along during the races, but we had so much fun, that we did a few races more, besides what was planned. After the planned races, we took the tiny cars to Rio full, where the bumps on the track would send the cars flying and after that we did 2 laps on Nordschleife – Nürburgring.
Comments you’d hear that evening:
-This is the most fun i’ve ever had in Rio
-I never realized how beautiful it is here in Nürburgring
-The bumps here in Rio are like hills for these tiny cars
Most of the guys who showed up, would like to do this again. Even some that couldn’t make it, seemed interested in joining it, so we’re probably going to try this again next week. One of the challenges is that a lot of time goes to waste in upgrading, tuning and testing. Even though the initial idea of the Dice Challenge was to force users to learn how to tune, instead of just picking the best tune for a specific class, it would be a big challenge for most, to have a car ready every two weeks. We’d end up using the best shared tune anyway, so the idea is to add a slight margin to the PI value (+/- 10 points) and lock it to stock cars. For the next time, we’re still going to race cars to a specific PI value, but also include a race for stock cars that have a PI value that is withing 10 pi points of the original value.
Sounds like fun? It is! If you are already a member of a team or group, you can arange your own races, based on the Dice Challenge value. New values will be up every 2 weeks! It’s up to you to get the most out of it. If you are not a part of a group you can go ahead and join FACR (Fast and Clean Racing) on facebook. Once the event is created, it will show up in the group and and you can sign up through there. FACR is a group of casual but serious racers who run races, series and HLCs (Hot Lap Challenges). They are some great and respectful people who have fun in Forza and welcome anybody who races clean and fair (no ramming, cutting corners, track extending etc)
Next Dice Challenge value will be up in a couple of days and i know that there are now a few more readers who are eager to see it!