Project CARS tips and tricks
Project CARS, aka Project Community Assisted Racing Simulator, is not a game for everyone.
If you are looking for an arcade racer where you can slam opponents into walls and slide around corners, this is not the title for you. This is a racing simulator. It is a game made for racing fans, by developers that are deeply involved in racing. You don’t just hop into a race and hold the gas down, you need to tune your car properly, know the correct tire type, select the proper engine, and more.
If you are looking for something simple, Project CARS is not the game for you. If you are looking for something devoted to the art of cars though, this is your game.
It can be overwhelming at times though. There are so many stats to learn, and so many ways to approach a race that it can be tough to know where to begin. With that in mind, welcome to our Project CARS tips and tricks guide!
Below are just a handful of things to help you make sense of the game and get the most out of it. Project CARS isn’t about winning and losing races, it is about driving. Know the best way to approach that though can help.
We will update this guide with more tips and tricks soon!
Choose your starting point wisely
When you begin a career, you can choose what class you want to start in. As a gamer, you’ll probably be trained to start at the first option, which in this case would be karts.
Starting with the karts can give you a good grasp of the game’s mechanics, but it can also be really, really tough at first – especially if you are a veteran of several other race simulators. They move differently, so it can be a bit counter-intuitive. If you do choose this option, you may want to lower the difficulty level until you are comfortable and confident.
Instead of the karts, you may want to choose a mid-level class like the Clio Cup. It is far more forgiving. Once you get a sense of how the game moves, you may want to give karts – and especially superkarts – a go. Be warned though, if you are using a breaking line, it doesn’t always adapt to the karts; you can generally break much later.
You can adjust the difficulty level as you play, and you absolutely should.
Project CARS is not an arcade racer, so if you aren’t prepared for the rigors of a simulator the game may feel a bit unforgiving. If so, lower the difficulty and just focus on the racing. Once you understand the nature of the game, and the way that it plays, you’ll get a sense of how it was meant to be played.
Try out different levels based on different types of cars. A little change can make a huge difference, so be prepared to experiment. If you are losing all the time, try 50 or 60-percent and go from there.
As you get better, raise the difficulty to improve the challenge.
Listen to advice
Throughout the game, you’ll come across tutorials on the different modes, menus, and even how you should race. Pay attention to them.
It’s easy in games like this to tune out everything besides the races, but there are some good tips. The game is complex and there are a lot of options. Race tips can be especially useful. If the game tells you there is something you should be paying attention to, you can bet it’s important.
Prepare to tune
One of the most important features in Project CARS is the garage. That is true of all racing simulators, but it is even more so in Project CARS.
How you tune your car determines how it moves. Simply jumping in a stock car can be fun, but customizing it for the track you are on, including the conditions, will make a huge difference. In fact, it will feel like a completely different car.
You’ll need to be patient with this game. Even if you are a gearhead, you will need to see how different setting change different cars. There’s no substitute for experience when it comes to tuning cars in Project CARS.
In many racing games (difficulty level depending), you can generally hold down the throttle, then take corners by taking your finger completely off the trigger and mixing in the break. In Project CARS, it’s a good idea to learn to control the pressure you put on the trigger.
Depending on what cars you are driving, you may want to control your speed more than in most games. Keep the trigger at midway or less on sharp turns. You still want to give it some speed, but it is more realistic than many games and reacts accordingly.
You’ll also need to keep checking on your car during a race (based on your settings). Brakes wear down, and tires are only good for so long. Use the D-pad to check during a race.
It’s such a simple thing, but the condition of your tires can make all the difference in a race. The color coding is simple enough, and it is based on the heat of the tire. Too cold and they are stiff, too hot and they slide.
- Blue= cold, keep driving
- Green = warm, optimal
- Red = Hot, change the tires
The tire pressure can affect this. If you lower the tire pressure, there is more of the tire pressing on the track. This can cause the tires to heat up faster, especially if the conditions are warm.
The track conditions can also make a huge difference. Night makes for a colder track than during the day, and it can change how your tires react.
The type of tire will also determine the life of the tire.
- Soft tires are fast, but wear down quickly.
- Medium tires are average in both speed and durability.
- Hard tires are slow, but last the longest.
Choose your tire based on the race conditions, length, and type.
More Project CARS tips and tricks coming soon!
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