1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Killin' the Wiggle
November 09, 2011
I spent a little time in Forza 4 the other night dialing out some of the rear-end twitchiness. Without any tuning, the back tires were prone to losing grip in an instant, which often led to some lap-killing tank-slappers.
Dialing out oversteer and rear-tire nervousness is fairly easy, and every generation of Forza allows for very detailed tweaks. In this first round, I simply reduced the spring rates and stiffness in the dampers and roll-bar. It made a world of difference.
I ran a few laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as a benchmark. After the rear suspension adjustments, I easily bested the baseline by four seconds. Feel free to grab the car from the Inside Line car club and run a few laps. Post your best time in the comments here and we'll see who tops the hot lap board. And yes, these are hot laps, not a standing start lap.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor