Suggestion: Dependability factor

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Suggestion: Dependability factor

Postby chad3006 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:55 pm

What about incorporating a dependability factor in a future SD release? Maybe a percentage could be added to the car's XML file. Say a car is 98% dependable, but there is a 2% chance of catastrophic engine or suspension failure – something like that. After all it is a factor in real racing, some cars are more dependable than others. Anyway … just thinking out loud.
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Re: Suggestion: Dependability factor

Postby ayrusida » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:03 pm

I think the damage system alone is enough, since i was a bad driver who can't do cornering smoothly and i like to bumps to the other car, damage is system is IMHO really punishing

But i wonder if we make the damage is by part/components like if you out of the track you can damaging your tires/suspension, bumping to the another car in slow speed will damaging your car body, etc. What about that?
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Re: Suggestion: Dependability factor

Postby chad3006 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:45 pm

At the time I wrote the original post, I was thinking of something separate and different from damage. The example I was thinking of was the destroked hemi engines used in Trans Am racing in the early 70's. The hemis had for a time dominated NASCAR and drag racing and were poised to possibly dominate Trans Am too. However, the destroking (to keep them in the displacement rules of Trans Am) had a negative effect – they blew up frequently. Many times Dan Gurney or Sam Posey would lead the races for the first several laps, but the engine would throw a rod through the oil pan or something and the race was over for the hemi drivers. In other words the engines had potential to be formidable, but couldn't be pushed too hard or they'd blow – so they were never really contenders in Trans Am racing.

I've read of similar examples in Formula One racing too, where a car was fitted with some new “thing” that potentially made the car unbeatable, but the new device proved too unreliable to be a consistent winner.
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Re: Suggestion: Dependability factor

Postby ayrusida » Thu May 01, 2014 1:16 pm

what about the horsepower/torque settings? Maybe we can include that, so the example cases is when we set the horsepower/torque bigger than the original set up, our rides become faster but that will decrease the reliability of the engine. Is that near?
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