Here’s a Christmas gift for you all. I’m uploading in part so I stop fiddling with the tune for more than a day.
2018 Gryphon Gear Jormungandr
Yes, you read right, this:
One could be forgiven for doubting that I could actually make this thing kind of work or that I wasn’t completely lying about making “a Bugatti Chiron like hypercar that could actually do 500km/h in Beam while returning reasonable mileage and being drivable beyond a drag strip”. But the proof is in the pudding, and, well, here it is.
You’ll need a rather steady hand to actually get it to 500km/h in Beam because of some front wheel shake issue, but I assure you, it’s very doable with a stock setup. I’ve now been informed that it’s actually quite stable with a controller.
I also customised the ESC modes myself. There’s no wet-weather in Beam but the “Wet” mode is a nod to Walter Rohrl’s comment saying the Carrera GT “…need(ed) one button for the wet and one button for the dry.” Except this has 4: Wet, Street, Sport and Race. Obviously in order of less intrusive. In Wet and Street modes it is virtually impossible to provoke a spin unless you attempt a massive Scandanavian flick at 450km/h. It’s got Koenigsegg levels of self-correction. Sport and Race are designed to let you drive it fast and feel the actual character of the chassis. I would recommend only using Race on properly surfaced tracks. On rougher road courses the car will become unsettled. You can also turn ESC off but I wouldn’t recommend that until you really know what you’re doing. With 2550hp it will light up the tyres at any speed under 300km/h if you use too much throttle.
Things that are missing: active aero. The exporter obviously can’t do that, so it’s presumably set to a default angle. Also, actually active dampers. And active E-diff with active power redistribution. I did what I could with the diff settings in the file but I’m not sure it’s very much. The transmission is a dual clutch but I removed the auto and sport modes because they’re virtually useless in a car like this.
Finally: this car is also very heavy. 1877kg in Automation to be precise. It only uses +2 semi-slicks and doesn’t have all that much downforce because it’s designed to hit 500km/h and be street livable. If you drive it fast, it needs a vastly adjusted braking point and a very gentle right foot. You will not be able to take most sections flat out, not even straight segments. Sometimes it feels like a ballistic missile. You’ll know when you’re getting used to the car when you can reliably turn in 1:55-56 from a standing start around the Automation Test Track. For reference I have cars with less than a third of the power that can do the track faster than that.
also a timely reminder that the EOTY Awards are currently on ho ho ho