Forza Horizon 5 hosts a wide variety of racing disciplines – road racing, rally, road racing, cross country, and stunts to name a few. Another form of racing that gets more attention in the latest entry in the series is drag racing, with numerous drag strips across the map.
Drag races are unique in that they don’t require any real steering, so you can forget about handling and off-roading and just focus on getting as much power into your car as possible. There are two phases to this – building the car and tuning it. This guide will walk you through both so that you can get the best possible performance out of your car in a drag race.
How to build a drag car in Forza Horizon 5
The actual choice of car doesn’t matter as your opponents vote on your vehicle type and ranking in single player and online matchmaking is still responsible for the class – Just try to build your car so that its PI ranking is at or near the top of the class. If you’re just drag racing fanatic in the open world with no restrictions, choose something fast and powerful to really get the upper hand.
As for upgrades, Takeoff and acceleration are your top priorities, followed by speed. Handling, braking, and off-roading can all but be ignored as they have little to no effect on a drag race. The biggest upgrades to watch out for are drag tires and the widening of the tires your car uses to accelerate (rear for RWD, all for AWD; FWD isn’t really good for drag racing so maybe take a look Tags on if your car has FWD in stock).
Another good option is the rally suspension. This may seem confusing at first, but it gives you a higher ride height which reduces your downforce (Downforce is crucial for normal races because of the handling power involved, but again, you can ignore the handling for drag racing). The higher you are above the ground, the greater the thrust for speed and acceleration. Another part to grab is a gearbox that unlocks gear set-up, as this will be an important part of the whole process in the second half. If you’re using an AWD car, a differential to unlock the full differential set might also be a good idea.
Then just go through each option and add anything that improves acceleration and takeoff, as well as speed, if possible. There is no magical option that works for everything as it varies greatly from car to car – the production parts may even be the best option on some high-end cars – but just pay attention to what each part does and you “become.” Well.
How to do a drag car in Forza Horizon 5
The basics of tuning can be found in this guide – It’s a good idea to have an idea of what tuning is about before moving on to more specialized tunes. Some areas of tuning are largely irrelevant to the Resistance, so we’ll go over the most important ones here and everything else should require at most minor tweaks, based on your preferences.
For the tires on a RWD car, high pressure is best for maximum grip, although lower pressure at the rear and higher pressure at the front can result in harder starts. With an AWD car, just look for maximum grip across the board, although this may vary based on the diff tuning – you can use the middle diff tuning slider to send more power backwards than what it is forward into a “kind” of RWD, so the greater the force that is directed backwards, the closer your tire set-up should correspond to that of RWD vehicles. This principle applies to all tuning sections for AWD when it comes to front vs. rear – start somewhere in the middle and approach RWD recommendations the more your central diff favors the rear.
Another area worth adjusting is your ride height – don’t be afraid to increase it to minimize annoying downforce. You won’t be cornering at all, so the drag benefits will be lost in handling anyway. For the same reason, you can ignore tuning like ARB, alignment, brakes, etc, although making your suspension softer to keep your tires on the road is not a bad idea; Lower all suspension sliders except for Numbness Stiffness and Front Rebound, which should be adjusted. These rules of thumb apply even more to AWD cars as their power is divided into four ways instead of two. So it’s even more important to keep every tire on the ground.
The most difficult thing to tune is the gearbox. You have to find the right balance between speed and acceleration – too much speed and not getting out of the gate fast enough, too much acceleration and you will leave everyone else behind first only to be overtaken when your car’s speed is at highest is off. A quick start is important, as we’ve seen with upgrades, but you still need sufficient top speed to stay competitive so you can’t completely forget about it.
There is no perfect setting for tuning here – just choose somewhere relatively in the middle for the final drive slider and test it out, then tweak if you feel that your car could use more of one or the other. You can play around with the individual gear shifters as well – longer gears mean less time to shift early, but can affect the efficiency of your overall acceleration. A long enough first gear to ensure that your tires have found grip before shifting for the first time and minimize burnout is certainly worth considering. Again, trial and error lead to the answers. Playing with manual gearbox with clutch is best for resistance as it allows the fastest gear changes. So, if you think you are up to the challenge and want your times to be the best of the best, give it a try.
Once you have a basic setting for each of these sliders, give your car a try and tweak it as needed. Tuning is an iterative process, so don’t be afraid to revise or revise it if you think changes would benefit your car. Once you have something that you are happy with, you are done! Your specialized build should allow you to easily dominate races with your friends, and you will be a force to be reckoned with on the drag strip.
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