How comfortable does a video game make you for the track? | Part 2
The halfway point to 10 laps a day on VIR in Forza.
Recap from last time, I will be attending a track day at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in my BMW E92 M3 this summer. VIR will be the first track I will drive on that is actually in a video game. I have been driving 10 laps a day in Forza Motorsport in a BMW E92 M3 on the VIR track to see just how comfortable it will make me for a month leading up to a track day at VIR in real life. Road to VIR Day 1: https://youtu.be/7NHqtWCcwko
So where we are now, this video is 15 days after my first video above - the halfway point of our journey. The craziest thing to note is after 15 days I am now faster on the standing start first lap than I was on the fastest flying lap during my Day 1 recording. Fasted Standing Start Now = 2 min 15.544 sec, Fastest Flyer Then = 2 min 16.018 sec.
Beyond that, my times on my flying laps are getting drastically faster. I am now consistently in the 2 min 10 sec to 12 sec range. In the video, my fastest lap was lap #9, where I hit 2 min 10.437. That has not been my fastest lap in the 15 days of driving though, that honor went oddly enough to the day before where I hit 2 min 9.274 sec. I must have hopped a curb or something during that lap.
Cutting time in a game with no risk is one thing, but after 15 days I now know all the corners of VIR in my sleep. Part of the problem with becoming so fast in the game is I can tell I am already driving beyond my risk threshold I would in real life. My M3 isn't exactly on daily driver duty anymore, but it still holds personal value to the point as I might not be hitting these curbs like I do in the game.
Be sure to check out the laps above and comment your analysis, if you want to skip straight to my fastest lap, skip to the 18:00 mark. I welcome all analysis and suggestions to cut more time off my lap times.