I think I have mentioned this before so I apologize if it is old opinion (or maybe I just thought it and never typed it?).
For me, Sim racing is 0 help. I view it as a very fun thing to do (although I don’t do it as often as I wish I could), but it is completely separate from driving a real vehicle (kart, car, motorcycle, anything). I think of it as a completely different discipline. Again, this is just for me as many people (including professionals) have proven that you can transfer skills from sim racing to actual cars. I view this similar to someone who is good at stick and ball sports bringing their reflexes and abilities to racing. Two different disciplines where some of the skills overlap.
Stop reading here if you dont want to hear some of my ramblings on why I think sim racing only helps some people.
I think there are two different kinds of racers.
Hit your mark/visual racers.
Seat of the pants racers.
I am a #2 and I think thats why sim racing doesn’t “help” me. I cant “feel” what the car is doing in sim racing (when I am on the edge of grip, when i am losing the rear end, when the car is pushing). Now, people who can visualize that instead of just feel it, can see the car doing that in sim racing. Does any of that make sense?
Sim does make a difference. I work on consistency with longer races and really focusing on lap times and hitting my marks. And I really try to work on passing techniques and working the guy in front of me. As a newer racer it does help my patience. I also wear a heart rate monitor so I can monitor my stress levels and work on keeping cool when pressing for that next position, or starts when I have the pole!
My journey into racing involved learning how to pass. Like everyone else.
I remember not being able to get enough seat time and wanting to improve between races. So, I decided to set up big AI races with as many cars as possible.
This was a good process for me. Imperfect but a pass is a pass!
At the time @speedcraft was (just starting) coaching me (pre sim for him) so I don’t know what he made of that exercise. But, I did send him my thrustmaster rig when I upgraded and he then went bananas and got a really nice setup!
Setup is a big thing for sure which bother me quite a bit. With a g27, the fb just so poor that I cannot feel much, I have to relay on the audio to see if I am sliding or locking up. To save a car I literally have to pre-save it. If I feel it through the steering, it will be too late.
I don’t agree with the two different types of driver. IMO if you are one of the two types, you are an incomplete driver.
Simracing helps tremendously with consistency, but also when it comes to work on different techniques, like saving fuel or tires. I feel like it helps with confidence when it comes to racing other drivers.
Ooh great sound bite! This is likely controversial.
Do you think that this applies in the past or is it a “Now” thing. Ie if you have any hope of being a top tier racer you had better also have a considerable sim resume? Ie Max and the younger guys in F1?
Also remember the nascar guys who made noise about how sim sucks and proceeded to get their asses handed to them? That must have been a “hmmmm” moment for them.
I am amused at thinking of a really big racer having butterflies at the start of a sim race (like the rest of us). Oh shit, what have I gotten myself into?
I think that even back when there was no simulation, top tier racers used both visual and haptic cues. People now think you have to one of the two because they misinterpreted a quote from an F1 driver.
Simracing now multiplies your time behind a wheel and it transfers to IRL, and I think it is now a must-do in your training if you are a kid trying to make it
Ok so. One thing about sim is that in order to do it well you inevitably reach the point where you have to pay attention to grip and it’s evolution. Quite simply, sim forces you to try to be aware of grip levels in a way that you don’t irl.
Since you don’t “feel” the kart tires in the same way you have to look at the whole package: sound, ffb, visual, cues from equipment (load) Etc.
All this carries over to irl and now you are more aware. Previously you just felt tire. Now you feel everything.