On FH4, at least it was a mostly full screen graph, but it still had still had issues with how it was displayed. It never scales with the performance of the car, and the lines signifying hp/rpm weren’t labeled, there was no way of knowing where you’re reading was. You knew the start, which was obviously 0, you knew the top end, and you knew where the torque/hp crossed over, because torque and hp ALWAYS intersect at 5,252 on a dyno chart. The issue is, you would never actually KNOW the real numbers of your power band, so you could tune your gearing to keep peak power through every gear. It’s was always just guesswork for the closest estimate…
The gearing graph has the same issue, and the lines here are COMPLETELY arbitrary. The graph stays the same size/shape, and only the middle and end number change, depending on your vehicle and it’s max theoretical speed, and redline. These lines have NO meaning, they are completely different values for EVERY single car.
These 2 issues make it really stupid, frustrating, and a lot of guess work trying to perfectly set up your gearing for optimal shifting and retaining power. A graph should be consistent and properly labeled.
Now, this brings me to FH5. We have ALL of these exact same problems, but this time it’s even WORSE. Now you no longer even get to have a full screen graph while installing mods on your car. It’s a tiny little thing in the bottom corner, just like it is with your gear ratios. Additionally, and I can’t remember if this was a thing or not on FH4, but on FH5, if you have a vehicle that doesn’t have any mods that increase torque or HP, it never even shows you the graph… AT ALL. It straight up hides it.
WHY is it so much to ask just to have properly labeled, functional charts, that we can maximize to see clearly, and properly tune our cars? We have all these tuning options, but some of the most IMPORTANT data we need to clearly see for a good tune is obscured for absolutely no reason. Even if just every OTHER line in these graphs were labeled, and the gear ratio chart always had a consistent value to each line, it wouldn’t be perfect, but it would be close enough.
When someone tunes a vehicle, they tune it exactly according to the data. They don’t just just take a guess, based on poorly organized data. This is one of the most important aspects in maximizing performance, so there’s no reason for it to be taking a back seat.