Ferrari Virtual Academy 2010 – Mini Review

Ferrari has released their Virtual Academy 2010 simulator a few hours ago, giving sim racers access to a virtual version of their F10 Formula One challenger as well as a laser-scanned version of Fiorano for 14,90€.

Once you´ve bought the game on the Virtual Academy website, you´re offered a 145mb installation file download as well as a license key. Once the installation file is downloaded and installed, the title will ask for your email-address and the mentioned key – Starting the simulation is not possible without one, there is no demo version.

Before the first start, a configuration tool lets you specify general settings such as resolution and controller settings. The Virtual Academy works with pretty much all steering wheels, coming with pre-set profiles for all current models. Starting the game always requires an Internet connection as some data is loaded from the Ferrari servers, a measure to prevent cheating and keep their sensible physic data away from prying eyes.

After the game has started, players are greeted by a rather simplistic menu system that doesn’t offer to many options aside from either going straight to the track and watch a replay.

Before heading out on track, sim racers can choose to use driving aids for shifting, braking and stability control, all of these aids can only be used in practice mode as hotlap laps have to be set without any aids. When arriving in the garage, the first thing that can be noticed are the beautiful graphics. The preview material did not promise too much, Virtual Academy 2010 looks top-notch with a highly-detailed car model, great track modeling and proper lighting.

Experienced netKar Pro racers will instantly recognise their simulation under the hood as Virtual Academy even uses the same keyboard shortcuts as Kunos’ simulation title. Players are not given much room to fiddle with setups as the simulation provides four pre-set setups, the only adjustments can be made to the fuel load and brake bias setting. While the first setup is the most forgiving one and best for beginners, the other three make the car feel a lot sharper when driving.

Speaking of driving, that’s what Ferrari Virtual Academy is about – There are no AI cars and no competition other than the clock. Once you drive the car out of the garage, you`ll instantly feel that Ferrari isn’t playing nice with their title. The F10 is a real beast that will instantly spin out under you if you just look at the throttle wrong. The car has massive downforce and is rather easy to keep on track in a straight line, braking and cornering require some serious driving skills though.

The car will instantly spin out if you hit the curbs wrong, especially in the frighting flat-out corner the third sector has to offer. Finding the right braking points and pressure is a tricky affair and watching Felipe Massa’s replay will most likely leave you in awe – The Brazilian’s 0:57.579 laptime should be nearly impossible to beat for non-alien sim racers.

In terms of physics, the F10 feels just like I would expect an iRacing Formula One car to handle, the car handles very believable in any situation and, despite being a real monster, is rewarding to drive. Force Feedback is decent as well, feedback from the track surface is very much limited though as there don’t seem to be any noticeable bumps at all. Whether that’s because none have been implemented or that Fiorano is actually a very smooth race track is for other to decide, fans of iRacing’s bump modeling surely won’t be impressed with this though.

The package is rounded out by nice sounds and g-force camera effects that increase the realism level even more. Missing features include a damage model and weather as the virtual F10 is indestructable and Fiorano offers nothing but sunshine. Other available features include a replay mode to watch your best laps as well as a rather simple telemetry tool allowing you to compare your speeds, braking & throttling against Felipe Massa’s benchmark time.

It’s a pleasant surprise that Ferrari has resisted to make their simulator accessible to the masses by dumbing down the driving experience as Virtual Academy 2010 is a real simulator that will offer even experienced sim racers quite a challenge. Their no-frills approach is certainly not for everyone, sim racers that are looking to actually go racing will be disappointed as Virtual Academy offers nothing but hotlapping. There’s no shortage in motivation though as going against the time of real Formula One ace can be quite addictive – You´ll most likely never beat him but there’s always a chance to shave off another tenth or two with the next lap..

If you love driving Formula One cars, the 15 Euros on Ferrari Virtual Academy 2010 are very well spend as the title offers the most realistic virtual Formula One car to date.

Update: Added a great video by 6e66o showing the menu system and plenty of driving footage.

GTOmegaRacing.com

  • ZowLe

    Thanks, reading it now

  • adrian

    awesome.. i’ll buy it based on this review. 

    question… can you disable all UI elements? i dont like having distracting numbers and lights on the screen when i drive.. other than the actual steering wheel dials. 

  • Hydro_PT

    Nice review, this looks definitely interesting. :)

    I would like to give a try, I love F1 cars but lately I haven’t driven any, apart from the ones in GTR Evolution (mod). I’m anxiously waiting for Codemasters’ F1 2010 as I think it will be a great F1 game, but while I wait, this seems a nice opportunity.

  • Montoya

    Yep, that’s possible.

  • Arioch

    That’s all I needed to know, nice review. Thanks Montoya, I’m going to buy it right now.

  • Brandon Chappell

    I have not got my code and it has been an hour now…

  • IonAphis

    Can you buy this without having to use PayPal? I don’t want to have to wait for paypal to confirm my creditcard in 3 days…. I got a day off today and I sure as hell want to use it…

  • DeDios

    thanks for review! ;)

  • jimmy

    How does handling compare to the best rFactor F1 mods – CTDP, FSONE… ?

  • wakkawakka

    Only one thing :)

    The time being nearly impossible to beat by non-aliens?
    I’ve beaten it. And I’m not anywhere near being an alien.

  • shadeshift

    Thanks for the fast review!

    So, one non-user adjustable car and three tracks (two of which you have to wait for) with no racing.  F1 2010 is coming out in less than two weeks and for less money.  Buying this doesn’t make any sense.  Well there is one way it does.

    You have no plans for the next two weekends and don’t agree that Alonso is faster than you.

  • wakkawakka

    No need to wait for it to confirm. I just chose “Add card”, put in the card and it was done instantly.

  • KlosterKatten

    Bought this about 2 hours ago, i race alot of race on and LFS latley, have to say this is very cozy to drive, and im addicted.. just need more tracks now.

  • IonAphis

    I did that… but I haven’t seen the paypal confirmation code on my online summary yet…

  • jimmy

    wakkawakka: Do you have PayPal account? Is it possible to do so even without an account, just with one-off payment?

  • gniewko

    Ferrari payed for the review???

  • Simfan

    If the physic is based on netkar pro I guess nkp should be more interesting as it offer online play and around 10 tracks for 20euros +5 cars.
    I fear after a week peoples might get bored of hotlaping.. but still it’s quality :)

  • GTEvo

    When will it be converted to rFactor?..or comes it withrFactor2

    In This Sense
    cheers Holger

  • gniewko

    How come that the trees mirror on the chassis even if they are not seen in front of the car :) ?

  • Concept

    How does it feel compared to lfs?

  • Filg Popov

    Montoya, how it the physics compared to the LMT F60? I think that’s the most realistic F1 mod for rFactor, so how is the handling compared to LMT?

  • SergeantBoner

    ‘In terms of physics, the F10 feels just like I would expect an iRacing Formula One car to handle’

    What? iR doesnt have a modern F1 yet, or is this sim a joint venture of iR and Kunos? I dont understand the sentence otherwise well written!

  • Mike76

    Hmmm the pro’s are no longer the fastest :D
    1st place is already at 56″ 949

  • DeDios

    Yeah, would be nice to know some opinions regarding this one compared to best rF F1 mods :D

  • Ahmad

    haha yea.. trees in the garage

  • Montoya

    Of course, I´m driving my brand new F458 as we speak…

  • Montoya

    No, I meant the car handles how I expect the Williams in iRacing to handle once it’s out.. the physics kind of have an iRacing feel to me, that’s what I wanted to point out.

  • KlosterKatten

    Well its not as bumpy, but thats down to the track, but LFS dont have F1 cars so its hard to say.
    In pure driving feel i’d say FVA is better, but it lacks online play and the possiblity of your personal setup.

    As for compared to rFactor F1 mods, you’ll quickly realize those mods werent as true to the real deal as you thought.

    Still, those mods are probably the closest you’ll get if you want to race online.

  • Jack

    im more interested in how this compares to F1 2010

  • KlosterKatten

    Nothing like it, as its already confirmed in reviews that F1 2010 is not a full simulator, the tracks arent even laser-scanned…

  • jimmy

    Hope you have a fire extinguisher O:-)

  • jimmy

    Italians are losing so far… They should win, it’s a matter of honor :)

  • Concept

    Actually lfs do have f1 car, there is the bmw sauber f1 06. I know its from 2006 but…

  • Mike76

    Can’t compare, two different products……buying F1 2010 skipping this one.

  • KlosterKatten

    Aye one is simulation, one is a console half-arcade game. I dont think FVA was aimed at the general public anyway, but more towards hardcore simulators who spend hours gaining that 0.1 seconds.

  • KlosterKatten

    Oh yeah, forgot about that one… i’ll try it right now and get back to you

  • IonAphis

    Yeah, that’s what I’ve been looking for…

  • jimmy

    IonAphis: So you have ordered it and so far nothing?

  • stabiz

    Rather odd to suggest bribery whenever something gets a favourable review. What if he said it sucked and reminded him of poop? Paid by McLaren?

  • KlosterKatten

    Well this is my conclusion after 3 laps in the sauber 06, might not be fact but my own opinion.

    The sauber 06 is far more forgiving, i could accelerate on a rumblestrip without losing traction, i nudged the grass while going down a straight with the accelerate to the floor, still no spin. Also when i misshifted as i braked the car only seemed to wobble once but got back on track.

    Can’t comment on sounds since i dont know how a sauber 06 used to sound either.

    All in all the LFS F1 car felt more forgiving and arcadish, this was without assists, though it is probably just to stimulate the few who drive keyboard exc.

    By no means is it a bad car to drive, but it just dosent get close to the feel i got with the Ferrari.

  • stabiz

    And also people who realise this is probably as close as they will ever get to try a modern Ferrari F1 car.

  • KlosterKatten

    Never found a function for that yet, where is it?

  • Concept

    cheers

  • RedBullRacing5

    I buyed it got the code and the money hasnt been booked so far? WTF?

  • Suarez16

    Nice review, thanks!

  • adrian

    thank you kind sir, downloading right now

  • Nonstar

    ass

  • migf1

    Actually, it could be just your setup. Especially in LFS all cars can be setup to behave from one extreme toy the other (I mean you can set up the Sauber F06 to behave closely to what FVA 2010 behaves… spining when touching kerbs, etc)

  • westy

    Far better than anny of the Fast cars in I racing  ( I racing is REALY REALY bad at annything from star mazda and above  . ) 

    Only issues with the sim , 

    1) incar engine sound is really bad 
    2) no on-line racing hot lap only
    3) no sound options , no graphical options

    Not sure why the reviewer is saying its a beast , the car is REALLY REALLY STABLE and easy to drive , if you compare it to star Mazda, indi car , R factor F1 mods , or lfs cars.

    They have got the grip just right snappy and to the point , not twitchy and lose on braking like Iracing , and far more on its toes than Rfactor based F1 cars. 

    Also unlike i racing you get good FFB on braking and accell out like what you have in Iracing. 

    to sum things up its an F1car in Netcar pro with everything preconfigured.

    Not really worth the price, but at the same time if you want to drive best f1 car in a sim and want to do laps against the clock Its prity good.

  • Fokkak Menny

    Unless someone has a lotta money and will to go test the real thing, if applicable.

  • westy

    “Also unlike i racing you get good FFB on braking and accell out like what you have in Iracing.   ”

    lol going mental ( done to many laps )  I ment like what you have in Rfactor , or the slower cars in i racing.

  • Fokkak Menny

    stabiz: Lol, or by a netKar Pro fanatic.

  • westy

    Yah its pretty close to the Rfactor F1 mods , the only big difference is that the grip is tighter , hard to explain but the tires feel more rubbery and gripping and lose grip in a more realistic way,

    Rfactor F1 mods are closest thing to it out of ,  LFS,iracing,Rfactor,GTRevro,GT2  

  • 6e66o

    Good review.

    If you wanna see more from the game, watch my video on youtube.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10-m4cl3R1s

  • KlosterKatten

    Well, i know setup 1 was very stable and a bit easy-mode but the other 3 wasnt.

  • westy

    the issue with LFS is the way the Tires grip and lose grip , in LFS the tires Seem to be Really hard and less rubbery regardless of set-up, also the fastest way to drive in LFS is to totally throw the front end of the car into corners and semi drift them.  

  • 6e66o

    “Not really worth the price”

    Comeon..
    I spent twice as much last time i went to the pub,
    and i cant remember anything that happened that night :-D

  • westy

    Realy , I found all of them very predictable at a base level , I have not realy pushed yet but interms of jump in and drive , the car is allot esear for a noob to pick up and play with all the setups than in other sims out there. 

  • Pleb

    It’s one of the F keys.

  • westy

    lol , Yah but you can say that about annything ,  when looking at the price for sims I would take into acount other sims ,  if you sum up relative exsperance from what you can get for the same money from Rfactor , or LFS , its a total rip off.

    but at the same time its a one off opportunity and compared to going to a commercial simulator  (most of which use Rfactor/ rfactor pro :'(  .  its allot cheeper , + id much rather spend £12 on this than at the cinama . 

  • moschum

    well ive just done a 57.4. fastest is the usual names, 56.9.

    if you watch massa’s lap the throttle does blip on downchanges so i duno wats going on. its not auto clutch. i duno if you can change it or what – pretty stupid if you have to blip the downchanges yourself. 

  • Pleb

    “Far better than anny of the Fast cars in I racing  ( I racing is REALY REALY bad at annything from star mazda and above  . )”

    Utter nonsense.

    iRacings SM is one of iRacings true gems, and i think you should try discussing your thoughts on the SM with the actual pro SM racers who also race iRacings SM.

  • Dave

    Congrats to the animator who finally managed to allow wheel turn 360 degrees with proper hand and arm movement.
    :)

  • westy

    I found iracing fantastic with slow cars  up to radical, but anything that is largely dependent on airo just felt like crap to drive , compared to Rfactor , netcarpro.  

    The biggest issue with Rfactor is the tracks are often terrible when compared to a laser scanned track , its a shame that net car pro is not more popular really. 

  • mykem

    “In terms of physics, the F10 feels just like I would expect an iRacing Formula One car to handle’  

    I think it’s pretty obvious from the boldfaced words that it’s what the reviewer is expecting iRacing soon be release Williams F1 car to feel like.  It’s no way implying that iRacing already has a F1 car in the sim/game.  It’s a pretty fair assessment considering how close in feel netkar physics is to iRacing.

  • frigopie

    how about fps performance? i play at 60fps in iracing with medium-high graphics… i have a nvidia 9600gt ddr3…

  • Der_KHAN

    very nice. i had no idea the F-keys could change cameras.

    do you know of a way to change the fov?

  • Pleb

    iRacing had a pretty big aero update recently, thats the great thing about the service. They’re continually building on their already solid foundations.

  • Montoya

    Nice work, has been added into the story  :)

  • Pleb

    It still looks a bit odd at near full lock, but atleast they’re trying :]   It looks awesome from the external cams.

  • Nanny

    the best vid so far! buying…

  • westy

    you would hope so , as you pay through the teeth for it :P ,

    Ill give a try again when they lower the prices a bit , i dont mind paying allot , i just dont like paying monthly + paying for content ,  for me its one or the other.

  • 6e66o

    cool thanks!

    @Der Kahn
    havent messed with fov settings yet.
    But i think someone mentioned it can be changed in the fva.ini

  • westy

    It should run ok on mid systems ,

    im using q6600 2.4ghz
    6GB ddr 2
    GeForce GTX460

    game is always above 50FPS with 8x AA  1920×1080 rez

  • stabiz

    Sure, but simracers dont pay for anything. :)

  • KlosterKatten

    5260×1050 with 2xAA and reflections, 60fps solid even while recording.

    i7 860
    6GB DDR3
    XFX HD5870

  • adrian

    F9

  • Dave

    Just some questions
    Is it necessary to be connected online to start the game every time to validate key
    Has your internet connection to be maintained while playing if an internet connection is required.

  • adrian

    Anyone know how to change the FOV? 

  • jimmy

    What about LFS?

  • IonAphis

    No, haven’t bought it… I created a Paypal account (if there’s a way of buying without  doing so please tell me) and I’ve been waiting for PayPal to send me that confirmation code through my bank/credit card summary so I can confirm that the Credit Card is mine and THEN be able to purchase the game…..

  • IonAphis

    I created a Paypal account (if there’s a way of buying without  doing so please tell me) and I’ve been waiting for PayPal to send me that confirmation code through my bank/credit card summary so I can confirm that the Credit Card is mine and THEN be able to purchase the game…..
    Is there any other way of purchasing… this is killing me…

  • Gerrit

    dunno,18 dollars for 3 months with a promo code isnt too bad? ;)

  • Y E S

    ! A M A Z I N G !
    i love it!

    I’m addicted too…

    Do you know if you can register your time lap even if you change Cam? If so, I think hot lap should only register in Cockpit view.

    I’m going back to it!

  • Gerrit

    Correction, the ones who find the time to constantly complain about anything on this site don’t want to pay for anything.

  • Chad Smith

    You can’t and that really hurts the game imo. 

    I emailed them to ask if there were plans to add FOV adjustment and they replied back: 

    Hi Chad,
    at the moment there are no plans for this as we want to keep everybody with the same setting.

    Greetings.

    You can make it a little better by doing this though: 

    If you go to C:fvacontentsystemfva and the edit the ASPECTRATIOCORRECTION line to something between 0.5 and 1.0 that will help a little bit. 

    0.5 was too stetched 
    1.0(default) gives a fish eye look 
    Somewhere around 0.6 – 0.8 should be good 

  • Chad Smith

    You can’t and that really hurts the game imo.    I emailed them to ask if there were plans to add FOV adjustment and they replied back:    Hi Chad,  at the moment there are no plans for this as we want to keep everybody with the same setting.    So I went looking around the folders in windows and found out a way to make it look a little better.    If you go to C:fvacontentsystemfva and the edit the ASPECTRATIOCORRECTION line to something between 0.5 and 1.0 that will help a little bit.    0.5 was too stetched   1.0(default) gives a fish eye look   Somewhere around 0.6 – 0.8 should be good 

  • Pleb

    I hope someone can figure out how to make the steering wheel fixed, it really, really bugs me when i see it moving.

  • adrian

    thanks a lot dude, i will try it out when i go back home.

  • felipe

    I’m sure top sim racers from all sims will join this contest and it’s time to see IF Hutu is really the best of them all or is it just hype. gentlemen lets seat back and enjoy :) this!!!!

  • adrian

    by the way  i fully agree with you, the game would get a 10/10 if i could just run lower FOV. 

  • Substance242

    Anybody with Logitech Driving Force GT has working force feedback? There is no .ini preset for DF GT in c:fvacontentsystemcontrols_presets, it does not recognize one I tried to create, and creating custom preset works but still no force feedback and I can’t live with dead wheel in my hands. I asked customer support and will let you know if someone is interested too.

    And yes, it is netKar Pro which I also bought to support developer(s) but never actually started to really play since most of my free time is dedicated to Live for Speed. :)  I hope developers are smiling now thanks to some nice money from Ferrari.

  • AeroMechanical

    I didn’t need to create an account.  Paypal wants you to make an account, so they tend to make it *seem* like you need to create one, but I just entered my billing information into the form and clicked ‘continue’ (or whatever) and that, was that.  Standard online transaction.

    The righthand side of the page had a login/register box, but just ignore that.

    This might not apply to every country though (I’m in the US).

    One annoying thing was that it defaulted to Italian.  In order to make it English I had to selected United States from the country dropdown box (that is, “Stati Uniti”… which took me a couple minutes to figure out).

  • NicoloPicolo

    Well, at the moment B. Bartsch is at the top. He is Huttu’s teammate (Redline) and slightly slower in iRacing…

  • Ahmad

    proper? looks like rfactor

  • felipe

    westy are you suggesting Ferrari got it wrong and other sims got  it right *DONT_KNOW* !!!

  • felipe

    unfortunately I’m away from my wheel for fews days but still will enjoy seeing whos gonna top the leaderboards!

  • felipe

    unfortunately I’m away from my wheel for fews days but still will enjoy seeing whos gonna top the leaderboards! ps. now hes second!

  • felipe

    unfortunately I’m away from my wheel for fews days but still will enjoy seeing whos gonna top the leaderboards! ps. now hes second!  btw which sim does Mathieu Prévot race?

  • F1Racer

    that can take up to 3-5 working days for it to appear on your statement.

  • F1Racer

    a) -hole
    b) -wipe
    c) -umption
    d) -ociate

    You can still phone a friend or ask the audience.

  • migf1

    Compared to rFactor’s, LFS’s tyre model is superior (by far). They behave way more realistically. Perhaps you mean something else ;)

  • F1Racer

    Ooh let me take a guess here.  I am going to gamble that FVA is more accurate because Ferrari may possibly have access to more accurate and actual data than LMT.
    I could be wrong though.  It is possible that LMT made a more realistic Ferrari that Ferrari.

    LMT’s is pretty but in terms of accuracy its way off imo.

  • F1Racer

    Do you have one of your own to get the ball rolling ?

  • GeraArg

    Thanks a lot for the review Rob  :) :) :)

  • Chris De Luca

    From Automobilemag “Later, the Mugello circuit and the Nürburgring F1 Circuit (not the Nordshleife, sorry) will be available for an additional $12.50 (9.90 euro) each.”
    Makes me wonder if more tracks will eventually be released.  Why release the Nürburgring as that is Mercedes home GP, it would be more logical to release Monza and Imola.

  • szaharici

    Go to the “My Account” page on the http://www.ferrarivirtualacademy.com your code should be there. I did not receive anything via email so I started looking around, that’s where I found it 

  • ZJ

    Hi guys, I need help, whats your settings for the profiler for G27/G25 for this game. When I am at high speed, the wheel can’t keep still, it keeps moving left and right, can’t be steady..

    HELP PLEASE!

  • Chad Smith
  • ZJ

    When I am high speed, its even worst, the wheel keeps wanting to move left and right, I can keep it steady!! I already have the latest drivers..

    any solutions?

  • ZJ

    When I am high speed, its even worst, the wheel keeps wanting to move left and right, I cannot keep it steady!! I already have the latest drivers..  
     
    any solutions?

  • Eddie Itt

    try holding the wheel with your hands? =-O

  • Karkai6

    Nice review Montoya.. :)   And the video s awesome, 6e66o… The F10 looks amazing from the Trackside shots… And maybe its beacuse of its colour… The lighting looks incredible too… Great job guys…

  • Montie

    Does anybody know how it works with the Logitech® MOMO® Racing Force Feedback Wheel? Before I buy…

    I looks addicting!

  • ZJ

    what does centering spring means actually? can any kind soul help me explain what does all the functions, all those feedback stuff in the profiler does?

  • IonAphis

    Perfectly.. especially when turning on hardmode like was said here further down the post…

  • Simfan

    The usual suspects at the top!

    8-)

  • spazzo

    bet they’re playin this now over at codies

  • JaboFu

    Und die Massen toben wieder! :-D

  • Explosive Face

    At full lock the real drivers take one hand almost off the wheel, but in this both hands stay glued to the wheel. So it’s not quite perfect, but still much better than low-poly static arms part of the steering wheel, or no arms at all.

  • nestor martin

    My goal for the day is to be under the minute!!!

    I realy like it although I’ve bought NetKar Pro a few days ago and that one is a pearl, buy it or at least try the demo!!!

    I’ve had some problems with my Driving Force GT yesterday: sometimes it would’nt recognize it (or just the shift up/down buttons), than I fired up NKP and after all was well.
    This morning I tried the Ferrari srtaight away and it worked fine. Strange!!!

    But don’t worry I’m happy. :-D

  • Duser

    thx for nice review, 6e66o thx for vid, svaed me 15 € :-$

  • Duser

    thx for review
    6e66o thx for video, saved me few €

  • migf1

    There seems to be a bug or something with the G25 (perhaps with the DFGT also). For the G25, if you don’t have force-feedback, then select Fanatec GT3 from the profiles and right afterwards set up you paddles for shifting.

    A weird solution, but it works ;)

  • westy

    eh ? lol

    My piont is that this ferrari sim is the best F1 car sim you can play ,

    was just saying what its like compared to Rfactor ,LFS , iracing , for people that dont have it.

  • dalibor

    question:
    i bought it on paypal and downloaded 145MB setup (but i will install it this evening on my pc), where is licence code? is it in that setup file or…? cos i didnt receive anything like it on email.

  • DeDios

    LOL F1Racer 8-)

  • DeDios

    what? i don’t understand mate :) was not an offence, just for curiosity!

  • SergeantBoner

    ???????

    Anyway, thx montoya for the review! :)

  • Piston Broke

    check your email again (mine was classed as spam so was in the junk folder)

  • nestor martin

    On the download page and in your email (check your junkmail!)

  • dalibor

    yes, its there!!!
    thank you

  • F1Racer

    no no, I was just wondering if you had an opinion first so then we could follow you and see what people think.  
    Personally, as a car, its better than the mods because of the fact that more real data was used so the car behaviour will be more accurate.
    But the mods provide a full driving grid, full setups and you can race on any track you want, so they have the advantage there. 
    I get as much enjoyment our of racing the good rFactor F1 mods as I do with FVA

  • F1

    Rfactor sucks balls.

  • somebody

    Sir, gregger huttu was leader of the gplrank for years, he mastered gtr, rfactor, iracing, nr2003, gtp… it’s not hype. He is allways among the 3 faster guys in every sim he play.

  • Mattias Stahre

    Just set a good laptime and thought I’d share it for inspiration to others! The car is trickey to drive for sure but there are some techniques in drivingstyle to make it work great.

    Here is that video!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6–TPnjbLNo

    // Mattias Stahre

  • somebody

    Sir, gregger huttu was leader of the gplrank for years, he mastered gtr, rfactor, iracing, nr2003, gtp… it’s not hype. He is allways among the 3 faster guys in every sim he play.

  • somebody

    Sir, gregger huttu was leader of the gplrank for years, he mastered gtr, rfactor, iracing, nr2003, gtp… it’s not hype. He is allways among the 3 faster guys in every sim he play.

  • Ernie

    Great lap, Mattias. 8-)

  • Dave

    What im wondering is do they have agreement for all f1 tracks laser scaned ,and is that the reason that codies only have cad data

  • Himself

    We only know that the car will be updated. From FAQ:
    What is this further content?

    Every package includes a circuit, reproduced with Laserscan technology and a development step of the Ferrari F10, adding aerodynamic, electronic and mechanical functions, as well as software updates to improve the functionality.

  • RKip

    you mean 180 degree lock… as 360 would be another revolution… and have the wheel upright again!   However, it still looks good!

  • Mattias

    Thx!

    Maybe should mention laptime is 56.973!

  • 6e66o

    Great lap!

    Which setup did you use?

  • Mattias Stahre

    Setup 1 seems to be best here

  • RKip

    LOL, good one Montoya 8-)

  • f0xx

    This can only mean one thing, Mattias is an alien xD

    Great lap!

  • Mattias Stahre

    Loool, I’m pretty sure ppl will do 0.6 in a few days. That´s alien!

  • DeDios

    ah ok, sorry, i didn’t understand (i use google translator and..sometimes does some errors LOL).
    Well, at the moment i can’t drive so..i don’t tried this one but IMHO some F1 mods are really good regarding sensations. I was looking some opinions from guys who tried this and played a lot with F1 mods, but just for curiosity, not for offence modding work :) i have lot of respect.
    I’ll try this FVA soon as possible ;) Yeah i’m agree with you regarding full grid, but..this FVA is hotlap oriented so, is just an another kind of product.

  • Mattias Stahre

    Loool, I’m pretty sure ppl will do .6 in a few days. That´s alien!

  • DeDios

    wow you’re fast! :D

  • MiniMadPaul

    Downloaded game installed it but get ‘fva.exe file has stopped working’

    Anyone experienced any problems with this game ?

  • DeDios

    i want Monza LASERSCANNED 8-)

  • doggelito

    so i understand that this sim wont work with logitech momo racingwheel?

  • AeroMechanical

    You usually don’t want centering spring in a sim. That just makes the wheel return to center as though it were a non FFB wheel with springs in it.   Some people do like to use a little bit of it though.

    The settings Chad posted are generally considered ideal because they put the sim in full control of the FFB.  This doesn’t necessarily mean it is “right” though, and you really just have to play around until you get something you like.

    High speed oscillations like you are getting are usually a sign of the force setting being too high (so you might lower that a bit) due to feedback (the forces in the sim want to center the wheel, but the motors are too strong so it overshoots the center, which makes it want to go back to center the other way, repeat, and so on). 

    If I were you, the first thing I would try would be reducing the “overall effects strength” (especially if you have it set over 100%).  If that didn’t work, maybe a little lower yet.

    Personally, I’m not getting any oscillations on my G27 with the “usual” settings, Chad mentioned.

  • felipe

    then I guess won´t be problem for him toping this ;)

  • felipe

    then I guess this won´t be problem for him ;)

  • Michael

    I doubt a track is going to give exclusivity to what is essentially netkar pro. They haven’t the money to get that.

    More likely codemasters just figured the time and cost to scan the tracks wasn’t worth it. Especially not for the v1 of them getting the F1 license and releasing a game. If they keep the license for 2012 and beyond then they’ll have more and more opportunities to add stuff like scanned tracks.

    Eventually, just like codies got some cad data, the tracks will own and license their own scans of their tracks. At that point any game will be able to have a scanned version.

  • Michael

    So, in summary, I think what you are all trying to demonstrate is that any group of semi-literate halfwits can play it?

    Gud look in skule.

  • frigopie

    may be an stupid question, but i want to test it in my computer before i buy it, i am not sure it will run it at decent fps… can someone give me his serial and user only for trying it? ilofjebi[]gmail.com 
    thanks!

  • CodeMistresses

    it’s cheaper than CM F1 2010

  • Doby

    Comment of The Week :)

  • Santa Claus

    GK3OG-JJG31

    You are welcome

  • F1lover

    MiniMadPaul, only thing I can think of is that you installed the game but you were not in your admin setting… Basically you have to be logged into to your PC as ADMIN not as a regular user.. or else it will not work.

  • DeDios

    lol

  • jimmy

    It should work well with MOMO – look at Montie’s comment and IonAphis’ response.

  • frigopie

    it didn´t work lol

  • shadeshift

    I’m not gonna do the math for you.  

  • Der_KHAN

    just get the netkar pro demo. its about the same performance wise i think.

  • Gerrit

    Works fine with my momo ;)

  • Der_KHAN

    does anybody know how to change tires? whenever i go back to the pits i keep my dirty tires. right now i have to restart fva to get new ones.

  • jimmy

    I am going to buy the game today… just one question… How well is the game protected from cutting the track? How far can you go inside a turn? Do you have to be inside white line or is it more tolerant?

  • Dave

    How are they running the competition,
    Is it based on this version of the car or will you have to buy the other tracks and get the updates to the car and then do your lap counted.

  • Y E S

    I wouldn’t say that, Ferrari Virtual Academy has got only one car on track.
    I think it can run very nicely on low computers…

  • mikemav

    For those w/ 900 degree capable wheels, what setting are you using w/ this? I have a Fanatec and usually run it at 450 degrees. I have it that way in the wheel driver, so for initial testing w/ the “Academy”, I made a custom controller setting for 450 degrees in the custom tab. I may benefit from a lower setting to help make the tighter turns more easily? What are the quick guys using? Also, wonder if using the custom tab makes a difference in FFB? I was expecting a bit more feedback from the wheel- maybe if I choose the Fanatec preset it would be better? I believe they had default choices for 200, 400, and 900 degrees w/ the Fanatec if you don’t go custom. 

  • Der_KHAN

    you have to be inside the white line or else there is a message saying: “this lap has been invalidated”

    also when you go too far on a curb and the undertray touches the curb the car will get lifted and spin instantly.

  • Der_KHAN

    i’m using the real world setting of 400. and remember to enable the hardmode in the fva.ini

  • chingchel

    How does it compare to rFactor F1 mods (physics-wise), i.e. MMG, CTDP, FSOne, etc.? 

  • emir

    Mugelle and nurburgring not available right now..if they available  am I gonna pay more money for these circuits..

  • Filg Popov

    That LMT isn’t as good as the “real” Ferrari in the Academy, is quite clear. But I would like to know how big the difference is.

  • jimmy

    Unfortunately yes. 10 euros ($12.5) for every new circuit.

  • mikemav

    Is 400 like the real car? I guess it varies by circuit? I thought for some reason F1 cars were lower, like 240 lock to lock? I don’t know where I heard that, but that low often feels too twitchy for me. What does hardmode do? Does it still work w/ hot lapping? 

  • Explosive Face

    It has a very different feel to any F1 mod I’ve tried, buut I’d say CTDP is the closest (though it is still way off). MMG just doesn’t seem right at all, and FSONE is far too easy to drive.

  • F1Racer

    Im running 350 but am finding the steering quite sensitive, as I guess it should be, but Im going to try other values and see if improves the feeling.

  • F1Racer

    Is tyre wear even factored in ?

  • F1Racer

    haha, the balls on this guy :)

  • F1Racer

    hehe, the balls on this guy :)  
    Seems he ‘likes’ his own msg too.

  • JP

    must say that I like the physics – however if F1 2010 came out with these (before I tried this) I’m sure I would have thought they were too stable / simple (when comparing to rF F1 mods and to iracing Mazda)  Strange how the mind plays tricks on you

  • chingchel

    Thanks for the comment. Would like to hear from the others as well.

    I think this sim will be a great tool for mod makers.

  • F1Racer

    yep true.   I do think a lot of ppl dont realise how much grip an F1 car actually has once the downforce kicks in.  Some see that amount of grip as too easy and therefore must be ‘arcade’. 
    Its something that we have to put up with unfortunately.

  • jimmy

    Yeah, but on the other hand… most people write here that rF mods are too easy in comparison with FVR. I see from videos that wheels are heavily blocking during braking and I suppose that you have to be much more precise with throttle in turns – and that’s exactly how I imagine real F1 handling.

  • jimmy

    I also think that CTDP is the best rF mod. It’s a shame that everyone jumps on a bandwagon and wants to drive as current mods as possible (e.g. lame RL 2010) – masterpiece like CTDP 2006 is overlooked.

  • Shorel

    I think ‘aliens’ should only refer to people who use unrealistic setups to get unrealistic times.

    As this game only has 4 setups and not any of them is unrealistic, a time faster than Massa is simply because of a very good sim racer behind the wheel.

  • Der_KHAN

    i’m not sure. i guess it isn’t

  • chingchel

    Good point.

    But does this sim really simulate the real F10 or Ferrari made it a little bit easier?  I guess the only way we can find out is if someone can try the simulators F1 drivers are using, which is kinda a long shot unfortunately. ;)

  • Der_KHAN

    every good simcar i have driven seems easy to handle at first but the closer you get to the limit the trickier hey become. this F10 is no different.

  • MiniMadPaul

    Just in case anyone was having problems running the game like I did. I basically got over the problem by installing netKar Pro demo. This asked me to activate .NET via the “Turn Windows Features on or off” selected from the Control Panel. I’m running Windows 7 64 bit by the way.

    Now it seems to work fine.

    Time for a quick one.

    Lap that is. 

  • JP

    Is there a key to turn all the HUD stuff OFF.  I know you can get rid of it by playing the replay and then jumping in the car but there must be a better way

  • Der_KHAN

    F9 i think

  • F1Racer

    Can’t argue with that. Fair point.

  • F1_fan_1

    Funny to see the fastest laptime so far has been set by Bono Huis; The man who is currently kicking everyones asses in AutoGP FSR 2010.

  • F1Racer

    well with rF you can alter your brake pressure where it hardly locks up or put it up to 100%, adjust the balance and you have the brakes locking very easily.
    I know I have to be more sensitive on the throttle on FSOne09 than in FVA.

  • felipe

    yep and all iRacing big names are missing  *DONT_KNOW*

  • Sander

    Bono is an iRacing name aswell ;)

  • Sander

    Bono is an iRacing member ;)

  • IonAphis

    It is. On the manual it says when you are hotlaping, every time you cross the start / finish line, your tyres are reset (not visually, but physically) and your car is given a 2 lap fuel count (in order to be fair for all drivers on any which lap). However, from what I could figure, dirty tyres only last for a while, while tyre wear from real driving on the track gets factored in (specially in free practice, since the tyre wear does not reset on every lap).
    Hope that helps

  • adrian

    yes, F9 it is

  • Firestarter

    One fast lap doesn`t make a racingstar.

  • jimmy

    That’s true! Maybe it should be some 10 consecutive laptimes – overall differences would also be larger … soon there will be many people with totally same times…

    btw I am downloading just now and I am really horny

  • Chad Smith

    Damn felipe, you should really find something else to do. 

  • Substance242

    It works! Thank you very much. Finally happily at around 1000th place after few laps. ;)

  • Full

    I thought it would have been great… but now I can say it is SUPERB.
    Guys try spending 10 minutes looking at the track… did you notice tarmac and grass detail????
    I tried also to understand curbs, they’re not all the same, especially the triple one before the bridge (the first row). the one after the U turn is very high and the one on the fast left before last u turn, this goes under the surface of several centimeters, that’s why cars become very unstable if riding there too near the tarmac on the right (touching that tarmac invalidates the lap). And the sprinklers near the tarmac surface!??!?!? GREAT, GREAT, GREAT.

    One fast lap doesn`t make a racingstar. Sure, but if you’re not able to do one… you wont be able to do 2 and after 10 and after 50… Here there’s not setup to hassle with… Who complains probably is not fast enought… same as in real life, ahahahaha.

  • jimmy

    I am not disappointed. But now I can honestly say – if this is in terms of realism the closest you can get on PC, then rFactor F1 mods are very good IMHO, especially those from CTDP.

  • Doby

    All rFactor mods turned obsolete over night :)

  • Full

    Sure, even if I don’t like rfactor at all, I believe some mods can be good…

    I think next 2 tracks will give even more, Fiorano is not very exciting as layout, being a test track, but Mugello and Nurburgring are proper race tracks. I think we will enjoy much more there…

    And dont forget, from FAQ: ” What is this further content?
    Every package includes a circuit, reproduced with Laserscan technology and a [b]development step of the Ferrari F10, adding aerodynamic, electronic and mechanical functions, as well as software updates to improve the functionality.[/b]

    I think next update will improve the whole thing, adding more things to control, not only a racetrack…

  • ThomasH
  • Pleb

    I think you’ll find most of the top 10 are iRacing members :]

  • Der_KHAN

    this is maybe just due to different sensivity settings in fva. i’m using the nixim mod for my g25 combined with dxtweak2 and i had to use completely diffferent settings for my brake axis. but once it’s set up it’s awesome :D

  • Pleb

    BTW you can make you steering wheel fixed (if you have the same peeve as me..)  in your documents/ferrarivirtualacademy/cfg file 

    “STEER=1″

  • moschum

    ok ive done a 57.2, 4 tenths off bono.
    the key is completely in the braking and finding that bite point between getting the car to drift into the corners, especially that haripin, and locking the rear wheels.

    the g25 pedals really isnt suited to this, i really wonder what bono is using. the pedal travel is too much, what you need is a pedal with small brake travel so you can very quickly modulate the brake pedal. 
    i bet you guys any money he’s using a set of clubsport pedals. 

  • moschum

    just seen matthias’ lap
    Here is that video!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6–TPnjbLNo  

    WTF – whats with full steering lock everywhere???? this is what really annoys me about simracing games, its about finding the hack in the game. actual driving skill is maybe half the job, the other half is finding the game hack. 
    time to get to work. 

  • jimmy

    The game is from time to time unbelievably choppy on my computer. Not always, just sometimes, for few seconds, then it’s OK. It’s very distracting. It has nothing to do with gfx settings because on the lowest settings it does the same thing…

  • Pleb

    If you watch Massa’s replay and telemetry in the game,  he brakes very late and very hard, to the point where the cars rear end steps out and slides into the corners.  It’s not something you oftern see in race conditions obviously, your not going to be driving on the absolute limit for the full distance on full tanks, but you do actually see this car/driving technique/behaviour in qualifying trim in real life

    Surly they/he must be running a very rear-ward brake bias to make the rears lock a bit easier and rotate the car – but that goes against everything you hear about in real life F1 where we are told a driver will want to use a much more forward bias, to the point where the front wheels are just at locking point. (aiding understeer)

  • Pleb

    Though i agree it is odd seeing full-lock as hes going through the 1st left/right chicane in that video…

  • moschum

    yeh its a lot easier to do in real life and modulate the brake force because the brake pedal travel is minimal and you’re pushing against a surface so theres a lot more feel.

    its a lot more difficult to do on a g25 pedal with a flat linear feel and about 10 cm of travel. 

  • Vettel

    Indeed. Looks like the Monaco hairpin at every corner if you look at the steering lock. :'(

  • cheeseman

    ” the other half is finding the game hack.   time to get to work. ”

    Wtf are you talking about ? it’s not any hack, it’s a bug from the replay mode, the wheel turns a lot more. It’s not a hack, it’s just a guy who knows how to be fast.

  • Substance242

    Looks your computer is occiasionally busy with some other task, not visible during e.g. www browsing, but very visible during realtime gameplay. I’d try to find what that is, antivirus? Something in task scheduler? Process explorer (sysinternals.com) could show. Plenty of possibilities, or something completely different. :)   :( Or try win+r, msconfig and see what is starting up during boot, but rather do not disable microsoft services.

  • Jonathan Stewart

    If you don’t use 900 degrees on your wheel when you set your lap, then the replay of that lap will have messed up steering exactly like that.

  • KamyKaze

    LOL. Yeah. Maybe they will use it as a benchmark for f1 2011

  • Carbonfibre

    Heh, welcome to competitive hotlapping. – The rather pointless, unfulfilling, sometimes pitiful sport imo. But it happens in all racing games mind, and is most prominent in games with persistent stats. Trackmania:nations being a good example. 

    Yeah I’m trolling, but it needs to be said to defend the real sim-racers out there who excel in the racing environment where it counts. >:o

  • mikemav

    Nevermind, I see it in the manual: the Ferrari F10’s steering wheel ratio is 13:1 – 400° total rotation.

  • Novum

    Amazing little car sim!
    The only thing i dont like is Ferrari.. but i have to not think about that…

    Dang Massa is one FAST bugger ;)

    Thx to Ferrari
    Ps i hope you dont score at monza ds

  • moschum

    im now 18th.
    ALL THE TIME Is lost or gained on those brakes, and finding that threshold between getting the car sweetly turned in and the rear axle locking and spitting you off. 

    ive just done 57 laps, i set a PB on the 18th…and then another on the 56th. Thats 38 laps of driving round. and round. achieving nothing. 

    really WISH i could try those fanatec clubsport pedals with that trick brake pedal….i guarantee it would make a positive difference to this game. 

  • moschum

    im now 18th.  ALL THE TIME Is lost or gained on those brakes, and finding that threshold between getting the car sweetly turned in and the rear axle locking and spitting you off.    ive just done 57 laps, i set a PB on the 18th…and then another on the 56th. Thats 38 laps of driving round. and round. achieving nothing.    really WISH i could try those fanatec clubsport pedals with that trick brake pedal….i guarantee it would make a positive difference to this game. 

    this is officially now the most boring game ever, after a 100 laps you feel dizzy, sick, and tired. its become a chore now to find those 3 tenths, rather than fun. 
    what a load of ****

  • moschum

    oh another thing i noticed – half way through my stint………….the car ran out of fuel.
    even tho its not supposed to.
    so that begs the question………….is the thing resetting properly every time??
    it throws the entire thing into doubt. 

    could have been a random glitch but has anyone else experienced this? it starts me off with 10 laps of fuel also. 

  • Schmeval

    every time you set an invalid lap it doesn’t reset your fuel, so if you do quite a few consecutively it’s possible you will run out of fuel. Be interesting to no if this gives people some sort of advantage by purposely setting invalid laps until theyve got the optimum fuel load….

  • CodeMistresses

    lol

    time to shoot yourself?   :D

  • moschum

    interesting – is it the same with the tyres too?

  • ed d’agliano-luna aka eddiespag

    I use Todd Cannon’s CST F1 Pedals with the custom ‘SuperHard’ brake pedal stiffness upgrade.  I tell you, it does make a big difference with what hardware you use in your sim rig.  The CSTs use a load cell as well, so in essence I am going by muscle memory feel in my braking which is fantastic and it really makes me feel connected to both the sim and the sim rig.  Also, I have them mounted in a Hyperstimulator cockpit.

  • jay

    I can’t seem to get the accelerator pedal to work in the configurator … I have a G25 wheel and pedal set … anyone able to help please?

  • Der_KHAN

    that’s not true. FVA will always show 400° visual lock in the cockpit. if you see full lock then the driver is at full lock too.

  • Montie

    Its a great little sim, especially the graphics are impressive! Am I the only one that find the cerbs a bit “slippery”? The cerbs I have tried in real life had more “grib” on the tyres…

  • jimmy

    Why to set invalid laps purposely? If you set your best lap with low fuel – why not? Your previous best lap will be overwritten… I see no problem here.

  • jimmy

    And I think there is no tyre wear – or at least it should not be IMHO. And I am even unsure if fuel has some weight effect on your car…

  • Krazee

    Has anyone noticed the tyres getting flat spots? I spent a lot of time practicing to get my brake bias settings right and noticed extra vibrations when driving. I assume this was due to me locking up the fronts when coming into the turns. I am 3.8s off Massa’s record. Still quite slow :(.

  • cheeseman

    No, it’s not true Der_KHAN. In the replay mode the wheel is turning a lot more than ingame.

  • moschum

    yes it seems to be a common problem with ALL simracing games, for some reason kerbs are made of ice and create some magnetic field which repels your car – its ridiculous.

    in real life even on fast sweeping corners you can completely use kerbs in the dry. 

  • JACKASSHOLE

    That cost me free 8-)

  • moschum

    yeh accept its nothing like as good or as feelsome or as realistic as this netkar based f1 game. if you’re complaining that much about 15 euros just dont eat for a couple of days and use that money to buy the game. 
    christ. 

  • JACKASSHOLE

    true keep me occupied till rfactor 2.

  • jimmy

    Yeah, mod is free but still you had to buy rFactor license. :-D

  • JACKASSHOLE

    maybe not.

  • jimmy

    Officially yes.

  • JACKASSHOLE

    yeah well if you run rfactor and you dont pay for it you’re a bit of a dbag :-P

  • moschum

    0.219 off the leader. ive found the hack. 

  • Danny Roberts

    How do adjust the brake bias? Ive seen the custom settings in the controller but it’s pretty non intuitive.
    Thanks alot.

  • Krazee

    On the G25 wheel with the default controller settings try the middle 2 buttons on the H shifter.

  • RKipker

    All in all what I expected… but could a few of you post your thoughts on the sounds?

    I’ve noticed the deceleration to sound horrible.  Downshifting is almost non-existent not at all as good as the up shifting.  Has anyone else noticed this.

    Also, I think the FFB is weak as anything I’ve played.  I have used the G25 setup… am I missing something?

    Thanks
    RKip

  • Danny Roberts

    Thanks Krazee…I am using a G25 so Ill try that.
    I also adjusted the force feedback setting in the ini file from 0 to 1 but did not get any real difference.
    No biggie…I think the game is very good but is there a way to get more FF?

  • AeroMechanical

    Look under FVAcontentsystem there is a file called fva.ini and in that file is a line HARDMODE=0.  Change the 0 to a 1.  See if that helps things.

    I’m not terribly impressed with the sound effects myself.

  • Krazee

    Nope, no idea on FFB. A few of the guys in in other articles were saying the same thing, they also said the if the track is super smooth then this would explain lack of expected FFB.

    Unless it was my imagination but I was feeling flat spots on the tyres, so FFB is working I guess?

  • IonAphis

    Can anyone tell me how can Massa take his brakes from 0% to 100% and NOT lock up terribly and spin out of control…. From what I reckon, brakes are meant to be treated lightly… however the BRAKE TV Overlay from F1 on TV is always digital… either on or off, never shows you how much breaking is really being used….

  • RKipker

    Thanks Aero!

  • Schmeval

    care to elaborate? ;)

  • Michael

    Eh? Link to a real life F1 video showing the same arm movement please.

  • moschum

    actually youre completely wrong, drivers stamp on the brake pedal with all the force they can muster from high speed, the downforce helps the car brake, and eases back off the brake as the speed goes below downforce critical levels. 

    they apply a lot of force to the brake pedal. the brakes aren’t treated lightly in the slighted, the total opposite in fact. 

    now 8th. only 1 tenth to find………..

  • Ace Racer

    If you run an invalid lap it won’t give you fresh rubber and fuel until after you set your next valid lap.

  • Stranger

    I’ve been messing with the game 7 hours yesterday (!) trying to launch it, I even re-installed my Windows 7 x64 but no success ! Can you please point out which programs you activated/deactivated, because I am going nuts … Thank you.

  • Full

    Can you tell what kind of hack you found?

  • Stranger

    I’ve been messing with the game 7 hours yesterday (!) trying to launch it, I even re-installed my Windows 7 x64 but no success ! Can please someone point out which programs I have to activate/deactivate in windows components, because I am going nuts … Thank you.

  • David

    Hello Moschum,
    I’m actually in 57.5xx and I have some questions about your really fast lap time;

      I have a G25, 350°

    I’m using the #1 set-up is it the best?   brake balance 57% front.

     This is my best split times :  17.0 / 22.8 / 17.3 (for the 57.5 I have slower splits.)

      The hairpin is the most tricky part of the track to achieve a fast lap, we need to get a little oversteer to rotatate the rear end.

     If you kinf enough to give me your split times, I will see where I need to improve.

     All the best!
     David.

  • IonAphis

    Funny when I stomp on the breaks the car goes into complete lock… Even when I ease off the break after the initial deceleration…. I guess its something a sim rig cant do to compare to real life…

    Also, itd be nice to know what setup you use, with break bias and everything, because Im just feeling like an idiot having to break at 50% because if not my wheels lock up..

  • AeroMechanical

    Previously in the thread someone mentioned finding and installing the latest Netkar Pro demo helping things.  This comes with all of the appropriate versions of the .Net runtime and so forth.

    You can get it here:

    http://www.netkar-pro.com/download.htm

  • Bruno

    michael ?

  • Ivan Polyacov

    What is your maximal speed? Comparing with Massa telemetry –  I’m losing much time on straights probably because of gear changes. Whether I’m switching earlier or later – it’s always slower that Massa :(  

  • Der_KHAN

    then i don’t know what you’re doing wrong. for me it’s always the same in the replays as it is when driving.

  • Ender

    Which setup are you using? I think setup 1 has the shortest gear rations thus giving the best acceleration – comparable with Massa’s lap. If you’re using a different setup that might explain the difference.

    Other reasons might be that you’re not accelarating out of the corners well enough… which I guess as far as I can tell doesn’t seem to be the case looking at the telemetry (I’m definitely no expert in reading it though, heh). It’s more like it takes longer for you to change gears – the speed line seems more jagged than Massa’s.

    Also, I’d check the controller configuration and the throttle mapping – if you’re actually getting 100% throttle when fully depressed.

  • unklepepper

    Yea go on dont be a tease!

  • unklepepper

    Yes I got the feeling I felt flatspots so I locked up the tires on purpose for a few laps and sure enough the vibrations were very evident. Set one clean lap and as I crossed the line the tires and fuel reset and the vibrations stopped!!! The tires lose grip with dirt on them also :)

  • MikeA

    Hi,

    For those having sound issues, check (install folder)fvacontentsystem
    Edit the fva.ini and change USEOPENAL=1 to USEOPENAL=0, much better for me now.

    Also to get more FPS, set this in the fva.ini:
    SKIDBUFFERLENGTH=600
    CARSHADOWMAPSIZE=256

    Shadow mapsize can be 128, 256, 512, 1024. Higher numver is better quality.

    And in ..DocumentsFerrari Virtual Academycfg edit video.ini and test which value works best for:
    TEXQUALITY=
    Default is 4 (max) you can use 1, 2, 3 ,4 Higher is better quality.

    All helps in getting better FPS.
    Do note, when running the config tool all is set to default again.

  • MikeA

    Does anyone hear wind? There is a wind.wav but I don’t hear any wind. Would be nice to hear more noises, like wind, muffled sound due to helmet etc. Shame hardly any sim simulates good sound noises when wearing a helmet.

  • Ivan Polyacov

    I’m using the 3-rd setup.

  • virat gajjar

    hey i just install fva and i am playing this with keyboard but i cant set arrow keys as controls any one can tell me how to change keyboard control please

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