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Sidekick 1.11.1

Your sidekick on the track

  1. Topuz
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    After spending a lot of time developing RaceEssentials, I wanted to try a different approach to see how it will work out. This time, I give you Sidekick, a discreet but powerful app. I've learned a lot about AC app development in the past several months and wanted to see how far I can take it. The goal was to make an app with essential data that won't be in your way, but it's still very useful, powerful and adaptable.

    If you like this app, consider buying me a drink:

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    A quick overview of how the app works and what it's capable of:

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    Besides the always visible stuff (gear, speed and rpm light), the app is divided into five sections, contents of which can be switched either by mouse or by keyboard (Alt + A to switch between sections, Alt + S to toggle available data in the selected section).

    First section is timings. Here, you can toggle current lap time, last lap time, best lap time and personal best lap time. Of course, keeping with tradition of RaceEssentials, lap validity is monitored and personal best laps are saved accross sessions.

    Second section is deltas. You're provided with advanced delta calculation using normalized spline position and interpolation for delta best and delta personal best, and a bit more simple distance and speed based deltas to car in front/behind. There's also a delta pacing indicator, showing you whether you're gaining or losing time at any particular moment (delta best and delta personal best only).

    Third section is lap number and current position, along with remaining session time for applicable sessions. Pretty simple and self-explanatory.

    Fourth section is handling fuel info. You're provided with current fuel amount, and after you complete a lap, you'll be able to check consumption per lap and how many laps you'll be able to complete. If you're in a race with a set number of laps, you'll also have info how much fuel you need to finish the race, and if you're short, how much you need to top up.

    Fifth section is all about tyres. You can toggle between tyre wear, tyre temperatures, tyre pressures and ideal values for the compound in use. The app knows ideal temperatures and pressures for all the cars currently available in Assetto Corsa and will color them accordingly.

    Besides these five sections, there are also so-called "Dominant events", where all the sections will be hidden temporarily to get your maximum attention on the message. Currently, dominant events are: major FFB clipping (the app won't bother you unless it's really significant), wheel direction detection at race start, setting a best time, setting a personal best time and "session is soon about to end" notification.

    A quick FAQ (please read before posting in the support thread):

    Q: How do I install this app?
    A: Unpack the contents of the zip file in your AC install directory and enable it in Settings. Then, once on the track, turn it on from the vertical apps menu on the right.

    Q: I've enabled the app in Settings and turned it on in the apps menu but it's not working.
    A: Try one of the following:
    - Disable all apps in Settings except Sidekick and see if it works (if that works, start re-enabling apps one by one to see which one was at fault)
    - From Documents/Assetto Corsa/cfg folder delete python.ini file, and enable only Sidekick in settings (again, if that works, start re-enabling apps one by one to see which one was at fault)
    - If none of the above worked: delete python.ini file (yes, again), delete the entire apps folder (backup it first just in case) from your AC install directory (often found in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\assettocorsa) and run Steam integrity check. After that, reinstall Sidekick only and try if it works. If all is ok, only then start adding back one by one the apps you previously had.
    - Ultimately if it's still broken, open console while in game by pressing Home key on your keyboard and paste any errors in the support thread.

    Q: What can I customize?
    A: If you open the Sidekick settings sub-app you'll find several customizable parameters including scaling, mph/kph toggle, opacity, tyre wear scale, rpm light thresholds... There's also a Sidekick car data sub-app with info about the car you're currently driving.

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    Q: How do the new optimal shift point rpm lights work?
    A: The app pulls data from the file used to draw the power/torque graph in the launcher and uses it to automatically figure out the optimal shift point for each car. On many cars, you won't notice any difference since the engines' maximum power output is very high in the rpm range. But, some cars like SF15-T, Ferrari 458 GT2 and Ferrari 488 GT3 (and many more) reach maximum power on rpms way before the engine hits the limiter. On these cars, there's a learning algorithm that triggers the first time you drive them, where the app learns the gear ratios in order to deduce optimal shift points per gear. Before all of this, the only way to know when to shift correctly on these cars was to look at their dash or steering wheel rpm lights, which can be very inconvenient due to camera choice, FOV, PP filter, steering wheel visibility settings and so on... Now, the app will detect optimal shift points and trigger the rpm lights automatically, per car, without the need to adjust anything. Also, the app detects if the optimal shift point is beyond the limiter and reverts to old behaviour in that case. If for some crazy reason you don't want any of this awesomeness, you can turn it off from the settings sub-app and also adjust the trigger tolerances (although I don't recommend this either).

    Q: Mod cars don't have colored temperature, pressure and brake values?
    A: I have no way of knowing the ideal values for non-Kunos cars. However, you can use the awesome Content Manager launcher by @x4fab, which can generate the necessary data for Sidekick automatically. You can also add this info yourself by making an *.ini file in compounds or brakes folder. An example (using Ferrari F2002) is provided. The *.ini file must have the same name as the car folder in content/cars and must follow the structure provided in the example.

    Q: Delta is not shown?
    A: You're either on an outlap, you've visited the pit in the current lap or you haven't done a valid lap yet to compare with.

    Q: How does the ERS/KERS/P2P bar work?
    A: For ERS, bar shows the remaining battery charge, it's green when the battery is being charged and blue when it isn't. White indicator over the bar shows the current ERS/KERS input while the red indicator shows how much more energy you're allowed to use in the current lap. For P2P, each "bullet" in the bar represents a single P2P activation. The bar is green when the P2P system is ready to activate, blue when the system is currently active and red when you're in cooldown period.

    Q: Does this mean RaceEssentials is dead?
    A: Yes, @Wally Masterson has kindly taken upon himself to maintain it in working order, but don't count on feature updates. Relevant thread on AC forums is here: http://www.assettocorsa.net/forum/index.php?threads/raceessentials-v1-4-6.41103/

    Q: Can I transfer my PB folder to/from RaceEssentials?
    A: Yes!
    22suns, Delta7Fox, LeSunTzu and 44 others like this.

Recent Reviews

  1. Wally Masterson
    Wally Masterson
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11.1
    An essential app for me.
  2. XRRoy
    XRRoy
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11.1
    Compact and informative, wonderful!
  3. matarazzi22
    matarazzi22
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11.1
    Thanks for your work, I use this every race.
  4. Olivier Boissel
    Olivier Boissel
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    The almost perfect all in one app, thank you very much.
    One thing I would like to see in, is my local time.
  5. alvuado
    alvuado
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Many information in a small area. Excellent!
  6. Snowmind
    Snowmind
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    With a small on-screen footprint and full all around functionality, Sidekick has made a huge difference on the VR racing experience! 5*
  7. Daniel Ouff
    Daniel Ouff
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Tidy and minimalist.
    Essential for that "I don't want to pilot the Starship Enterprize" feeling in AC, while keeping the relevant info on screen.
  8. Freud83
    Freud83
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    perfect! There are a lot of informations in a small screen area and the screen stay clean for good immersion. Thx you very much!
  9. Prenten Olivier
    Prenten Olivier
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Incredibly outstanding app! Thanks...
  10. CHR0N0SZX
    CHR0N0SZX
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Brilliant, very useful and offers a lot of important information
  11. TeknoBug
    TeknoBug
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Great update, now i can use it with the Audi TT Cup. One problem is that I always had scale set to 200% and it sometimes resets the scale with this update.
  12. themission2
    themission2
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Thank you!!!
  13. Dajonaga
    Dajonaga
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Should be part of the official apps. Excellent!
  14. RasmusP
    RasmusP
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Phenomenally coded App. Everything you need with the best performance!
  15. Bruno Pinheiro
    Bruno Pinheiro
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    A must-have!
  16. Kinex
    Kinex
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    must have App !
  17. Ret00797
    Ret00797
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Great job. Great effort. Thank you.
  18. Gers
    Gers
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Superb ... Thanks for all your efforts so far
  19. HClausing
    HClausing
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    Congratulations! Nice app. Suggestions: Could you add Track Grip, Ambient and Track temps, and Wind direction and speed ? These infos will alow us to remove "N" app's and use only one. Thanks.
    1. Topuz
      Author's Response
      If I manage to figure out a way to integrate it without increasing complexity and footprint, then yes. I'm already thinking about some solutions for one of the next updates.
  20. Fanapryde
    Fanapryde
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    This is all I need in a very compact, adjustable app.
    Fantastic job, thanks.
  21. Shaun Huelskamp
    Shaun Huelskamp
    5/5,
    Version: 1.11
    This app is perfect! Only thing I wish for is the shift light to be easier to see, maybe it's just me but I don't see the yellow as good as I see the red.
    1. Topuz
      Author's Response
      Thanks for the review, glad you like the app. The shift lights are simple images, you can edit them in an image editor to your liking.
  22. 69Harder
    69Harder
    5/5,
    Version: 1.10.2
    Excellent !
  23. Ret00797
    Ret00797
    4/5,
    Version: 1.10.2
    Thanks.
  24. DrFugazi
    DrFugazi
    5/5,
    Version: 1.10.2
    Great app, I am using it instead your previous app RaceEssentials. It is compact in size, but powerful! Awesome :)
  25. Rage9one
    Rage9one
    5/5,
    Version: 1.10.2
    Awesome app! Thank you for sharing :)
  26. Dirk Steffen
    Dirk Steffen
    5/5,
    Version: 1.10.1
    Amazinggly sleek and streamlined app with all of the essential information you want during a race.
    It is one of the few apps that everyone should at least have tried and most should really have.
    It is one of the MUST HAVE apps for me now.

    For a very long time I have resisted using any apps in Assetto Corsa as unfortunately I still suffer from massive FPS penalty with most available apps and some apps (like tire apps and position list apps) are bringing down the FPS to a slideshow - completely unusable.

    Only now have I tried Sidekick for the first time and to my absolute amazement, Sidekick is one of those few apps that is so well optimized that it has absolutely no discernable FPS penalty on my system (AMD based with custom drivers to run on a Apple MacPro).

    Sidekick allows me to see all important tire information during a race for the first time - AWESOME !!!

    It also completely replaces for me Kunos excellent live time gap app in a more compact package (I can easily see in my peripheral vision if I am on a quick sector or not).

    For the first time also I have extensive info about the session, position and laptimes - all of that in the most sleek and compact yet well readable fashion - AWESOME !!!

    For the first time I have now available to me full fuel information and tools to plan pitstops and see immediately all info to plan ahead pitstops - MOST AWESOME !!!

    The very few feature requests I would have would be to make it possible to lock the app into position (I always tend to move the app just a little when mouse clicking any of the app buttons) and to further allow to ommit app features some users may not use for an even sleeker design:

    I do not use gear / speed information (I read these from cockpit or steering wheel instruments).
    I would love if I could "cut this section off"

    Another VERY welcome feature would be to have the ability to switch the timing information to:

    left timing display: gap to racer ahead
    right timing display: gap to racer behind

    both of these with small red/green triangles (the same as the indicator triangles as in the lap time feature to indicate loosing / gaining time to the racer ahead / behind.
  27. BC23
    BC23
    5/5,
    Version: 1.10.1
    Perfect
  28. JuggernAlz
    JuggernAlz
    5/5,
    Version: 1.10.1
    It's perfect for oculus users. Thanks
  29. Lazarou
    Lazarou
    5/5,
    Version: 1.10.1
    Great App. Love it.
  30. DustKart69
    DustKart69
    5/5,
    Version: 1.10.1
    Top work!