I’m the first to admit I’m not the greatest driver - my joy comes from just buying the car I need to race in that division and racing. When I select a car, I tend to go for the ones with close to the highest top speed and acceleration stats. I figure I can overcome my ineptitude in the cornering department by getting off the line fast and going fast in the straights. I win almost all the time against Expert drivatars so I’ve been trying to play against Pro drivatars and I win sometimes - probably where I belong.
So here is what I noticed today. Going back to the first part of the Forza Cup, I decided to redo the Modern Hot Hatch division. I already had what the stats tell me is the best car for my style - the Honda Civic Type R with TS = 6.5 and ACC = 7.5. After a dismal start off the line a few times and not being able to catch up to the others, I then try the VW Golf with TS = 6.0 and ACC = 6.9. It takes off from the line way faster than the Honda. What?
With the Honda, I would get passed by the car behind me before the first turn. With the VW, I would pass one or two cars before the first turn. After a few laps in the Honda, I was 1000+ feet behind the leader. With the VW, I was never more than 1000 feet behind. These results are after a minimum of 3 restarts on each car.
I then try the Audi RS - which has similar stats to the VW Golf - and it’s even FASTER off the line and I am able to catch up to the leader even MORE (still finish in 3rd place, though).
Why does this happen? What am I missing?