F1 2011 Car Setups Tweaks and Tuning Guide


Confused by all the options you get in the car setup menu ? don’t be. Remember we walked you through Forza 4 tuning and car upgrades, we are going to do the same for F1 2011. This time, we will also give you different car setups to try for different manufacturers on top of explaining all the car setup tuning options.

Table of Contents

  1. Tuning Guide
  2. Dry Track – Car Setups
  3. Wet Track – Car Setups

F1 2011 Tuning Guide

F1 2011 gets the formula and perfect recipe from F1 2010 and improves it. If you have played F1 2010, you shouldn’t have any problem understanding these tunes and car setups.

Balance
Balance is the only option you can tweak in the roll bar settings this year. If you are not content with the default options, remember that a high front value will lead to a more responsive car which will understeer in corners, whereas higher rear bar will lead to less understeer and more corner grip and traction without sacrificing tire life.

Suspension
Suspension has been completely overhauled in F1 2011. First, don’t have high stiffness all the way because it won’t lead to fastest car and scrapping the plant underneath the car won’t lead to penalty but will slow the car down.

Lower values of ride height are better if you want more grip but it may lead to vehicles bottoming out and scrape along the floor resulting in sudden speed loss. Try to make your car as long as possible but remember that too much would lead to speed loss. Trick is to set the lowest possible value and then move up until your car hits the floor.

Spring stiffness determines whether your car will hit kerbs when cornering or not. High value at the front will result in more understeer but quicker handling and better traction, but reduces the grip in corners and increase tire wear. Rear spring stiffness generates oversteer, reduces traction, and increases tire wear. If you increase the value here, if you want to car to feel loose around the corners.

Alignment
More front camber – high-speed turns and general turn in. More rear camber – better low-speed turns and hairpins as it allows the car to accelerate out of the corners quicker. If you opt for high-camber setup, the tire wear will be centralized in a smaller area of rubber resulting in quick wearing out.

If you set this value in negative figure, it would result in sudden grip losses, slower turn-in, while opposite would be true for rear grip levels, with low settings resulting in oversteer resulting in-car feeling like it would swap ends when you accelerate out of the corners.

You need to balance these two values for a perfect setup. The best part is, you can see the difference after tweaking this option, straight away so you shouldn’t have trouble tweaking the option.

Toe
This is the wheel angle of your car to the center of your car. Tweaking this option, you can change how a car handles. Increasing front toe
results in quicker turn-in, but make sure you don’t set the value too high, because it would lead the car to struggle in chicane or quicker corner to corner traction.

Tweak the rear toe-in correctly can get your quickly go around hairpins, but setting the value too high will lead to car swapping ends. Trick is to place more emphasis on the back-end of the car because there is more to gain. You can set the value between 0.15 and 0.05.

Adding more to the front will also negatively affect the rear and vice versa. If your car is unstable on breaking or to swap ends at any moment, you should tweak these settings.

Brakes
You can tweak brake size, Pressure, and Bias under Brake Options. Tweak the brake to make it react quicker and move on to pressure. Set the pressure as low as possible, it will help you during corners.

If you tweak the rear bias and put more emphasis on it, it will you turn in during corners but any extreme change would lead to brake distance gradually creeping up. Trick is to not shift the preference more than 60% in any direction.

If you somehow made these two values different from each other, you will result in making the car unbalanced. There are no hard settings here – you will have to tweak these to best suit your driving style on a particular track.

Engine
You don’t need to bother about the engine settings before you hit the track. I mean, if you jump down and see car setups, we have left it alone in all the car tunes. If you insist, you can play with fuel mixtures to increase engine performance.

Gear Ratios
You can tweak your gear ratios to either get the top speed or get the top acceleration. You should tweak the first gear to equal the slowest corner, last gear should be set for the top speed, whereas you should tweak the remaining gears for steady acceleration.

The trick is tweak the gear ratios to make sure your car hits the speed limiter at the end of the long-straight just as you are about to hit the first corner. Again, there is no hard car setup here, you want to tailor your car to your driving style.

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By Afnan Mir

We've got a lot of guides and FAQs here, and you can thank Afnan for providing many of them. It's him who does the research and assembles our FAQs before we can publish them.

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