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The importance of a good setup cannot be stressed enough. The driver who understands how to setup his car well has a distinctive edge over the competitors who do not. A 'good' car will drive around the track almost by itself - it will eagerly turn into the curves, regain balance in just the right moments and make the best of the available grip. Only seldom will you have to enforce your actions on such a car.

By Ivanhoe Vasiljevich

It is for these reasons that you need to understand how to setup your car properly if you want to compete for the lead in a race or drive record-breaking qualifying laps.

I wish to thank Ivanhoe Vasiljevich for this guide. He gave his kind permission for allowing us to publish this.

Explanation of Terms

RPM is the abbreviation for 'revolutions per minute' and revs is often used as another short-form for this expression.

Setup notation (e.g. 64/36 14R 27,34,43,51,58,64)
The first number is the front wing setting, followed by a slash and then the rear wing setting. Next is the Brake bias value and a letter that describe Front Bias or Rear Bias. The following set of 6 numbers relates to the setting of the gears 1 through 6.

Shortening the gears, Lengthening the gears
Making a gear shorter means changing the transmission ratio in a way so that the engine revs up faster. Going from a gear ratio of 34 to 32 means that the revs at a speed of 150 km/h will change from 12000 to 12750 (arbitrary numbers). Likewise you can reduce the revs at a given speed by using a longer gear (a gear ratio of 36 will leave the revs at 11000 in the above example).

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