Insiders Guide Ep28 Project CARS 2

THE INSIDER’S GUIDE

New to Project CARS 2 are both the LMP1s from the base game and the four most advanced hybrid LMP1s that the world has ever seen (in the “Spirit of Le Mans” Pack)—the Audi R18, 3-time Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid, and the fastest car to have ever lapped Le Mans, and the car that is the absolute favorite heading into this weekend’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Toyota TS050.

Getting the most out of these hybrids, though, is not as simple as it first appears. For instance, these cars boast horsepower close to 1,000bhp—but their combustion engines are good for only around 500-600hp. The rest comes from the batteries, and those need to be used in particular ways to give you the best possible outcome both in terms of lap-time and race position.

And given that we are dealing with hybrids, it’s probably a good idea to also get a look at the other “new” technologies you can find in Project CARS 2—KERS, and Push-to-Pass.

Let’s start by taking a look, then, at the various cars that have these options at their disposal, and how to use them.

Formula A and Formula X

  • Simple KERS system: Press and hold KERS button to deploy KERS energy for extra power boost. (Can be used anywhere on a lap.)
  • Regeneration of KERS energy is done via braking.
  • There is a limit to the amount of KERS you can use per lap.

IndyCar

  • Push-to-Pass system: Press the KERS button once to engage the Push-to-Pass system. This will fire a single-shot boost of extra horsepower for a limited period of time, ideal for trying to make passes on other cars on long straights or defend from an attacking car behind coming out of slow corners onto long straights.
  • Each driver is limited to 10 Push-to-Pass shots per race, no matter the race length.
  • Push-to-Pass cannot be used in Qualifying.

LMP1 (Included in base game):

  • Hybrid system controlled by throttle input: Using 90 percent or more throttle application engages the hybrid system, and you will begin using the hybrid energy providing you have available charge.
  • Regeneration of Hybrid energy is done through braking.
  • There is a limit to the amount of Hybrid energy available to use per lap.

LMP1 2016 (From Spirit of Le Mans Pack):

  • Hybrid system is manually controlled: Press and hold the KERS button to deploy the Hybrid energy (providing you have available charge).
  • Can be used anywhere on the lap whenever the driver wants.
  • Regeneration of Hybrid energy is done through braking (with the addition of the Porsche 919 Hybrid regenerating energy through waste turbo gas).
  • There is a limit to the amount of Hybrid energy available to use per lap: 6MJ for the Audi R18, and 8MJ for both the Porsche 919 and Toyota TS050. This is for all circuits.

Let’s take a bit of deeper dive into the respective LMP1s that came with the Spirit of Le Mans Pack, as they really are the most technologically advanced racing cars the world has ever seen.

Audi R18

  • 0L turbo diesel, producing 520 HP.
  • 6MJ of Hybrid allocation per lap.
  • Hybrid is both deployed to the front wheels and regenerated from the front brakes.

Porsche 919 Hybrid

  • 0L turbo V4, producing 500 HP.
  • 8MJ of Hybrid allocation per lap.
  • Hybrid is both deployed to the front wheels and regenerated from the front brakes.
  • Hybrid energy is also recovered from wasted turbo energy, meaning the car will recharge the hybrid battery under full throttle conditions.

Toyota TS050

  • 4L V6 twin turbo, producing 500 HP.
  • 8MJ of Hybrid allocation per lap.
  • Hybrid is both deployed to the front and also the rear wheels and regenerated from both the front and rear brakes.

General Pointers

  • Hybrid boost is generally best used for accelerating out of slow corners to bring the car up towards its top speed, rather than saving it for top speed boosts.
  • Use the hybrid boost up to 260-270kph / 160-165mph: getting to that speed faster is more effective than using the combustion engine alone before deploying the hybrid to gain faster top speed.
  • The Audi and Porsche are best at deploying the hybrid when the car is straight. The power going to the front wheels can cause severe understeer, so get it lined up nicely out the corner before getting onto the hybrid energy. You can get on the hybrid deployment much sooner coming out of corners with the Toyota, as the energy is deployed to both the front and rear wheels giving much better car balance when boosting.
  • The Porsche and Toyota have two more MJ over the Audi, so make sure you use that over the course of the lap to make up for the 20 HP disadvantage the Porsche and Toyota have.
  • Be careful with the amount of boost you use in the Porsche 919. As there are two methods of regeneration, the Porsche 919 often has a lot of hybrid charge available and consistently using all of it when available can easily see you reaching your 8MJ lap allocation before the end of the lap on longer tracks.
  • Most effective regeneration of hybrid energy comes from braking at higher speeds. The higher the speed you’re braking from, and the harder you brake, the more energy you’ll recover. There will be a natural drop-off in the amount of energy restored as you progress through the braking zone, and application on the brake as you start to turn-in becomes lighter and produces less regeneration.
  • Locking up the wheels under braking will provide zero regeneration. The wheels must be rotating for energy to be restored.

So, now that you’ve taken a bite of the hybrid technology available with the LMP1s in-game, sit back, recover some energy, and watch as Yorkie065 explains how best to use your hybrid systems, as well as KERS and Push-to-Pass to extract maximum lap-time and maximise your racing craft.

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