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What is Brake Size?

Discussion in 'F1 2013 - The Game' started by TheWoahAlex, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. In the Setup menue there's brake balance and pressure but there's also a Brake size option that is unable to change. What is it and why is it there if it's useless?
     
  2. Graham Laing

    Graham Laing
    ...... mostly harmless Staff

    It's part of the Research & Development function of the game.

    When you first start your career the car has had little development. As the season progresses R&D is carried out which can develop things like better fuel economy, better aero packages, and better brakes, things like that.

    If I remember correctly, the number one driver helps decide how aggressively these changes are researched. More aggressive development = more likely that a new part may fail (but you get new parts more often). Usually the number one driver will get the new part first, then the number 2 driver (usually you are number 2 at the beginning). Out performing your team-mate will get you the number one slot

    You also help in the development. When in free practice, when you select the Engineer, look for the option (it's not always there) to carry out an R&D task (rather than just going out on track). The task usually involves doing a few laps within a certain time, or doing 3 laps using full throttle for 80% of the time, that sort of thing. If you complete the task, then R&D (new parts) will come your way eventually.

    One of the things that will come to you is the ability to change your brake callipers to small, medium , and large. Some tracks are better suited to certain sized brakes, it's all a question of balance of braking efficiency versus weight, versus heat. Brake pressure settings will become available too (at some time).

    Cheers :)
     
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  3. Brake size is basically the size of the brake callipers, as Graham mentioned. Larger brake stop the car more efficiently but also make it more prone to locking and lose heat more easily (if they are cold they are less effective). Usually employed is tracks that require heavy breaking like Monza. The small brakes are more useful in tracks where you need more controlled braking like Singapore and Monaco (most of the corners would make you lock up if you use 90%-100% braking input). But to be honest IMO the difference between small and large is not massive and it could only be felt in places like China (after the lock straight) or T1 in Monza.
     
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