If you have watched Formula One races on television you have seen these very memorable graphics of how difficult it is for Valtteri Bottas to overtake Max Verstappen, or how durable Lewis Hamilton’s tyres still are after he says his “tyres are dead”. To display these graphics accurately, a lot of data is gathered and analysed to give the viewer accurate information.
Racing cars are very complex machines. Apart from the fact that every car behaves differently, two equal cars may behave differently as well, depending on their settings. The collection of settings is known as a car setup, a term widely used in real-life motorsports, but also in simracing. In this blog is discussed what car setups are exactly, and how they can make you go faster around the (virtual) track.
Simracing as an esport was already well on its way to becoming mainstream, but just like a lot of other online activities, simracing got a massive boost in growth due to the global pandemic. With real-life Formula 1 drivers like Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc joining in to compete, viewership on Twitch (and sometimes even national television) have reached new all-time highs.