From: Andrew <tangles@y7...> - 2009-07-24 03:38:54
Well, hymie's reign as a 36GP driver was short lived - due to numerous issues with his overtaking/braking behaviour I had to drop him. Fortunately I made some vital improvements to USR's raceline calculations that enabled it to drive a lot faster/safer on most tracks with minimal configuration.
So ... usr_36GP is back, with setups done for all its cars - it took about a week to get them all done (about half an hour per car), so that's what I'm hoping will be the case with supercars and trb1. There are some track-section-specific values, but I kept it to a bare minimum, only making changes where the default algorithm simply couldn't handle a track section for whatever reason - think the bumps on ole-road or the horrible hairpin approach on wheel-2.
The skilling is likely broken - I'll look at that next - so for now it'd probably be best driving with a global skill level of 0. I also want to check to make sure that the new team manager functionality works as advertised, and then I have some ideas to reduce the load time on race startup (all of this will directly benefit usr_sc and usr_trb1, which are my next targets).
Oh, and the 36GP car setups are also complete - I really really don't want to touch them again. Wolf-Dieter, please feel free to start simplix setups for these cars when you have the time. Btw I listed the laptimes (first lap from a standing start, full gas tank) for each car in the XMLs under usr_36GP/cars/36GP-maserati6C34 - this is with the skill code disabled so there's no slowdowns involved. If you can get the simplix times into a similar range that'd be great, but if its too difficult to get close please let me know. By way of reference, the mercedes should get laptimes roughly similar to the alfa12c, perhaps a little faster but not much.
Lastly, if anyone sees any problems with these robots in race conditions please let me know. I haven't done much in-race behaviour testing of them yet, as I've just been going all-out on the raceline code changes and then getting the setups done.
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