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Engine wear -> power loss

Discussion in 'F1 2011 - The Game' started by ENDR, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. At what % of engine wear does the loss of power become noticable?
    I have an enigne at 87% (after 3 whole GPs) and I'm wondering if I could use it in one more race without being low on power.
    I guess I could take it to Monza, as the circuit doesn't require accelerating from very low speeds.
  2. 90% you lose about .500 of a second on the lap
  3. Why? You want a fresh engine for Monza since you will be at full throttle for most of the lap!

    I'll assume you're racing long weekend, so you should use this engine for practices only (keeping in mind your gearing might be affected while doing setup). However, be aware of potentially screwing up R&D objectives. If you go to a new GP and you're given R&D to do then use the current engine to complete the R&D before switching to the practice engine for P2. Complete P2 and P3's R&D sessions before switching to a race engine. That should get you your R&D completed while still allowing you to use the practice engine.

    I haven't bothered with this process since I haven't dived into career mode yet so I can't say if this works or not. If you're worried about saving your engines you could practice in Grand Prix mode so that all you have to do in Career is R&D and qualifying on your engine before the race.
  4. Exactly, so you don't need that much power for accelerating from almost halt, like in, say, Monaco.
    Besides, I'm in a Lotus - I won't be making any max speed records anyway :p

    That's what I've been doing so far and I haven't had any problems with R&D. Btw, you can't change the engine during Qualifying sessions, right? It needs to be done during practice?
  5. Guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this:D
    Good to know that works, thanks. Yes you can only change engines in Practice.
  6. Graham Laing

    Graham Laing
    ...... mostly harmless Staff

    I am with glight on this one. Any track where you spend a high percentage of your time at high throttle settings, deserve the best engine. To me it's the gearbox you would worry about at tracks like Monaco, but we don't have to think about that in this game.

    At Monaco it's short bursts of high power and a lots of braking, so the older engine should be selected IMHO, at Monza you would be spending a lot of time at continuous full throttle.

    But hey, different strokes for different folks ;) :D
  7. Andrew Bortz

    Andrew Bortz

    Yup any high speed circuit you need a decent engine, Monaco does not need one because as soon as you have accelerated your at the next corner already.
  8. I wouldn't change my engine whenever there's an R&D in progress, I'm pretty sure it's caused me to fail one at Montreal. When I got it again at Nürburgring, I didn't change any, and this time passed it fine.
  9. So far I've had 6 R&D sessions and I passed all of them even though I changed the engine at about halfway through the first practice session. If THIS is what made you fail your R&D, then why does it work fine for me?
  10. second half of the season i find my engines start stuttering in the last lap of a race..just like it runs out of fuel (but it doesn't)..i guess that must be engine wear as well..weird..
  11. David O'Reilly

    David O'Reilly
    A bad quali means I can go forwards in the race.

    For my 5 pence worth I have to agree with glight in that Monza should be an engine critical race. Tracks such as Monaco poss Hungary where a higher % of time is spent braking or part throttle should shift emphasis away slightly from raw power to areas such as braking and chassis balance.
    It is hard to argue that with the highest % of full throttle application that what comes out the other end of that throttle (HP) doesn't matter too much.
    Just as a a tiebreaker on the monza HP debate guys, On the game instructions for 2010 I think it did say to save your fresh engines for key HP races (Hint-Monza).
  12. Mark Greenall

    Mark Greenall

    I'd have thought monaco too? high d/f so high drag, and the engine has got to pull it up quite a hill!
  13. Andrew Bortz

    Andrew Bortz

    Yeah but when do you normally get to overtake on that hill.
  14. Mark Greenall

    Mark Greenall

    I'v overtaken there a few times, I think its one of 2 decent places to overtake. The other one being the swimming pool braking zone.
  15. Lowe's hairpin as well...just ask Lewis Hamilton :D