If the track is straight for the most part, you should go for the speed and acceleration boost while for the tracks having hard turns and corners, you should go for the setup that stabilizes your car at corners.
I have already written Gran Turismo 5 Car Tuning Guide. Now I will try to summarize the basics of tuning your car for different tracks in Gran Turismo 5.
Gran Turismo 5 Track Tuning Guide
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Since Monza is a pretty flat track with few turns. Your car must be tuned for maximum straight-line speed and acceleration. You can lower its height for stability.
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (No Chicane)
Similar to original Monza except for the fact that there is Chicane. So you can go with the same setup.
Autumn Ring Mini Forward
It’s a small track and straights aren’t that long so you can’t hit the maximum speed of your car. For most of the time, it will be 2nd to 4th gear. So adjust your gears in such a way that you can get more speed while you are in second or third gear.
Autumn Ring Mini Reverse
Since it’s the same track in reverse direction, you can use the same setup.
Autumn Ring Forward
Unlike a speedy track, your top speed won’t touch limits and hence keeping a smaller gear ratio might be a good idea on this track. You can adjust the length of your second and third gears (increase it) for a slight advantage at turns. Negative Camber can be useful.
Autumn Ring Mini Reverse
Reverse of the original so same setup would do.
Cape Ring North
Twisted track with some tough turns and hairpins. You need better acceleration as you leave a turn. Keeping your gear ratio small can be a good option for this. Keep car’s height to normal as turns won’t allow you to get to that speed where you need stability.
Cape Ring South
This track is slower than the North so you need more acceleration here while you leave the turns. Negative Camber can be useful.
Cape Ring Outside
Outside Cape Ring is comparatively straight as there are no inside hairpins in it. It’s speedy but not that fast that you end up oversteering too much so camber won’t do any good. You may want to improve the acceleration for some turns of the track.
It’s a pretty diverse track with lots of turns and few straights. Since the track isn’t bumpy, you can go for stiff suspension configuration. Negative camber can help you at turns.
Cape Ring Inside
It’s is the simplest among all Cape Ring tracks. Stiff suspension with close gear ratio can be helpful on this track.
Overall the track does not contain any hard turns. Gear ratio must be kept small but again, not that small that you get to the top gear in no time. Middle gears like 2nd and 3rd need more attention.
Although there aren’t any hard turns but you may want to change your suspension (specially the camber) to have more grip at medium turns in the map.
It’s quite an irregular map with some jolts and bumps. Suspension should be soft and you may need some front and rear downforce and stability. Gear ratio should be set to medium.
Snow won’t slow you down a lot. Medium-close gear ratio is recommended. You can get snow tires for better results. Smooth track for the most part but turns can be annoying so you may want to increase the downforce a bit.
Circuit de la Sarthe
The track is straight for the most part and you can easily reach the top speed of your car. You need to adjust the gear ratio such that you don’t get bumped by the limiter. But don’t make the gears too tall so that you don’t loose the critical acceleration after the chicanes. Go for medium height and suspension.
Circuit de la Sarthe 2005
This track is a mixture of long straights with a couple of Chicanes. You need to adjust the gears that you get the maximum acceleration just after the chicanes and a good straight line speed.
Circuit de la Sarthe 2005 (No Chicane)
It’s a speed track as most part of the track is flat straight. But there are bumps and jolts along so you may want to stick with the soft suspension setting. Rear and Front downforce can help a lot.
Circuit de la Sarthe 2009 (No Chicane)
You can go for the same setup as “Circuit de la Sarthe 2005 (No Chicane)” as both the tracks are quite similar.
Circuito de Madrid
Since the track is a mixture of high speed straights and slow turns, hard braking is inevitable. So suspension will play a key role while you may want to stick with high acceleration setup. Camber increment is not needed.
Circuito de Madrid—Short Course (Reverse)
Same setup as of the original track.
Circuito de Madrid (Short Course)
The track is straight for the most part but hard braking is required at turns. You can get to 150+ mph speed. Adjusting your car’s downforce for more stability won’t be a bad idea. Gears ratio should be medium.
Circuito de Madrid—Short Course (Reverse)
You can use the same setup as in the original track.
Clubman Stage Route 5
An average speed track – you may want to use the downforce to stabilize your car. Shorter gearing with stiff suspension will be a good setup on this track.
Clubman Stage Route 5 (Reverse)
You can use the same setup as of the original track.
You may want to go for gear ratio that will support more acceleration as there aren’t any high speed portions in this map. Turns can be annoying so you can impart some stability to your car by lowering the height a bit.
Daytona International Speedway
This track has a circular symmetry like a NASCAR racing track. There are no hard turns except for some long bents after the straights. Maximum speed is the key here so the higher gear ratio is recommended. Rest, you may want to adjust your car’s height for some downforce.
Daytona Road Course
It is pretty smooth so you can have the stiff suspension setting. It’s a speedy track for the most part so maximum speed is recommended over acceleration. There are turns but they don’t slow your car much.
The maximum speed you will get on this track is from 150-160 mph. Smaller gear ratio will do the trick here. In this track, you may want to Toe-in your car for some understeering depending on the nature of your car.
Deep Forest (Reverse)
You can go for the same setup but with a reduced gear ratio.
Eiger Nordwand Short Track
Not a high speed track with variable height. You may want to lower the car’s height so that you don’t oversteer down hills. Smaller gear ratio with negative Camber can be a good option on this track.
Eiger Nordwand Short Track (Reverse)
You can have the same setup as of the original track.
Eiger Nordwand W Trail
It’s a dirt track so expect your car to be bumpy. That is, your suspension should be set to soft on this track.There are many turns so smaller gear ratio is recommended. It’s a shorter track where you will have 90 mph speed on maximum. So you may want to increase your second and third gear length.
Eiger Nordwand W Trail (Reverse)
High car with close gears and soft suspension (like the forward track) should be the perfect setup here.
Eiger Nordwand K Trail
Similar to the above track so you need your car to be adjusted like a rally car. Car’s height should be increased and since your car will remain in second and third gears for the most part, you may want to increase their length.
Eiger Nordwand K Trail (Reverse)
Nature of the track remains the same so you can adopt the same strategy as in the forward track.
Eiger Nordwand G Trail
Rally car setup is recommended like other Eiger Nordwand dirt tracks.
Eiger Nordwand G Trail (Reverse)
Same principles apply – go with the soft suspension to absorb bumps with more ride height and smaller gear ratio.
Fuji Speedway F
There is a long straight before you hit a turn so your gear ratio should be adjusted for the top speed for that straight. You can go with normal ride height and suspension.
Fuji Speedway GT
You can use some downforce to stabilize your car with the same setup as in the original track.
Grand Valley East
Although there is a big straight to the finish line but since the track is short and has some turns, you need to adjust your gears so that you have better acceleration than speed overall. Not a bumpy track so you won’t need soft suspension here.
Grand Valley East (Reverse)
You can use the same setup as for the forward track.
Grand Valley Speedway
It’s a long track with lots of turn and some fast portions. Here you can either go for the high speed configuration so that you have edge at straights or you can change your gear ratio for the acceleration boost. Small downforce can help and no Camber needed.
Grand Valley Speedway (Reverse)
You can use the same setup as in the forward track.
High Speed Ring
It’s a high speed track and pretty friendly for the beginners. You need to increase the downforce to deal with high speed bends on this track. Go for the high speed gear ratio and stiff suspension will do good for you. You can use some Camber for stability.
High Speed Ring (Reverse)
Same setup though you can try some adjustments in your aerodynamics for more downforce.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Another fast track with no hard turns. High speed bends require you to adjust your aerodynamics and Camber to stabilize your car. You don’t need to lower your car as track is pretty much smooth – not bumpy.
For the most part, it’s a high speed track and is pretty smooth. Go for high speed setup and stiff suspension.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
It’s an average track with some ups and downs. So adjust your ride’s height accordingly. You can go with the normal gear ratio and suspension.
There are some sharp turns so the best thing you can do is improve car’s responsiveness. You can do it by reducing your car’s weight or adjusting the gear ratio. Toe-in a bit for better results.
You can use the same setup as original track.
This track is a real test of your car and your driving. There are so many turns and you just can’t opt for any of the extreme setup. Don’t lower the height but downforce given by aerodynamic tweaks will be useful at turns. Make sure that your car hits the rev limiter at straight if not you can decreases the gear ratio.
Although track’s outline is different from “Nordschleife”, but the plan remains the same.
There are more high speed portions in this track. You need to adjust your gears(increase their length) so that your car doesn’t tremble at high speeds. There are no high speed turns so you can settle with moderate downforce.
This track resembles GP/F (infact it’s a shortened version of GP/F) so you can stick with the same strategy. Adjust your suspension for hard banking in this track.
Nürburgring Type V
This track resembles “Nordschleife” and GP/D track. Similar track, should opt for similar setup.
You may want to use soft suspension for the inclines and declines on the track. You can adjust your gear ratio medium-close as there aren’t any high speed portions.
You can use the stiff configuration because that bumpy turn won’t bother you now. Rest can remain the same as in forward track.
Special Stage Route 5
There is a long straight to the finish line. You can make your gears taller to have an edge using this portion. Rest of the track has many turns. Some of them are high speed turns so might want to use your aerodynamics for some down force.
Special Stage Route 5 (Reverse)
Should opt for similar setup as above.
Special Stage Route 7
It’s a high speed track so you need to get max out of your car. Gear ratio should be increased and you also need downforce to stabilize your car.
It’s a mixture of alternate turns and straights. You need to adopt medium setup for the best performance. You can shorten the gear ratio a little.
Suzuka Circuit East
It’s a short track and there aren’t any high speed portions in this map. So you can stick with lower gear ratio and slight downforce.
Top Gear Test Track
You can use the medium gear ratio along with the stiff suspension setup on this track. Adding some downforce can prove useful.
Tokyo Route 246
There is a long straight across the finish line so you should opt for speed than acceleration. It’s bumpy a bit so you should use the soft suspension.
Tokyo R246 (Reverse)
No big difference, so you can trust the same setup as in forward track.
It’s a typical rally track. You should use dirt tires if you don’t have a rally car. The track is bumpy a lot so soft suspension is recommended. Your car’s height should be relatively higher with aerodynamics adjusted to provide crucial downforce at turns.
Nothing changes. You can rely on the same setup you used in the forward track.
There are some speedy corners so you can opt for some -ve Camber (to neutralize the oversteering or the understeering). Soft suspension is recommended with a medium-close gear ratio.
Trial Mountain (Reverse)
Nothing changes while racing in reverse direction. Use the same setup as in forward track.
This track has some speedy turns. You can trust on negative Camber for this one. You should have a normal suspension and the gear ratio should also be set to medium.