Do you like driving fast? Do you like driving cars made in Automation in BeamNG.Drive? If, like me, your answer to both is “Hell yeah”, then I have a proposal for you!
Note that I haven’t opened the board just yet. I need your opinions on a few rules:
How it Works
- Export a car from Automation (or use a Beam vanilla car)
- Pick a Beam track (mods allowed as long as the link is provided)
- Drive around it in time trial mode (if possible)
- Record your replay and grab a screenshot of the final time
- To submit a claim, make a post and attach the car, include the essential info, the link to the track used, the time screenshot, and also either your recording or a link to the replay file.
- The car must have a positive reliability, the exception to this being if it is zero due to suspension bottom out because of downforce.
- For the claim to be counted you must attach/ link to all of: the track mod, the car file/mod, the screenshot. An actual recording of the lap would be ideal. .rpl file needs to be provided if requested.
- All entries must be driven as directly exported from Automation. NO JBEAM EDITS on pain of being excluded from the leaderboards
- The only exceptions to this is if you’re bypassing the wastegate because you don’t have enough processing power for Beam to calculate the boost right or making edits to the electronics.jbeam file, as the automatically generated ESC sucks. However if you do edit the electronics you must post a link to the mod file of the car, not just the .car file
Great Engineer Terrible Driver option
- Killrob does a segment called Great Engineer Terrible Driver, where he throws a car around the Automation track and compares his time to the Automation Sim driver’s time to obtain a GETD coefficient. If you’re using the Automation track you therefore have the option of doing the same, which may be handy for crude car/driver calibration.
- However I recommend only doing this for lower powered cars with no more than one or two wings/lips. It goes quite awry in cars with significant aero kits, because Automation and Beam treat aerodynamics very differently. Having worked it out with some help, I will write up a post explaining how shortly.
- This will only apply to the Automation track. Due to changes in the sun between builds most of the custom tracks haven’t been correctly calibrated so the rating will be misleading.
- For circuits, I suggest doing a 2 lap time trial to get both a standing start and a flying lap. The standing start lap is most applicable for the Automation Test Track and Dunsfold Aerodrome (for Top Gear reference times), otherwise it would be optional
- The essential information for each car would be the MY, format of the drivetrain, the power, the weight and therefore the power to weight ratio (don’t use Automation’s given value as the unit conversions make the calculations go weird) and Automation’s 0% markup price, because I am hoping to put these all on a spreadsheet and divide the performance into car classes. Also do specify what controller you use.
For those who like pictures
First export the car.
Then load up Beam and set your challenge, as an example below:
You want the replay app to be active (Beam will still record if you don’t have it on the UI, just hit Alt + R to start and stop recording). This is just to demonstrate that you can find it on the UI Apps menu
Do the drive, screenshot your time and don’t forget to stop recording after:
The .rpl file can be found here:
excuse my Beam UI colours I played around with them for shits and giggles
If you can, record and upload the video replay. Then make a post about it that includes the screenshot and the car. In this case the text will read something like:
Company: Armada Motors
Trim: RX Competition
0% Price: 38095
Controller: Logitech G27
Track: Automation Test Track
Lap time: 1:49.363 (standing), 1:47.841 (flying)
In this case I’m not going to make a GETD time because the aerodynamic changes ruin the comparison.
What do you think? I have a couple of questions and need some feedback before I actually open the challenge:
- For simplicity should the rules be no driving aids whatsoever, or ABS only? Or allow TCS and ESC but no .jbeam edits whatsoever?
- Should there be tyre rules for any class below Race/Unlimited?
- Should there be rules for allowing other people to drive your cars to try and beat your time?