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Think you're fast? Feel like you're too slow? Here's a little secret. You're right! You are only as good as your competition. If you only run against AI, or unskilled lobby players, you may get faster, but you may never get fast. Don't be afraid to test yourself against the best. You may surprise yourself with an unknown skill. Or at worst, get humbled and learn your weaknesses. There's more knowledge in failure than success.
Want to test a tune or an upgrade? Need a consistent driver? Try a bot! Set your assists to Fully Assisted Braking and Steering, Assisted Throttle, and Automatic shifting. Then set up a Test Drive and set him loose. Let it run a lap or two, make your changes and repeat. Watch your changes in real time, and you know what effect each one makes akmost instantly.
Gear shifts giving you problems? Got an Elite controller? Try mapping one of your paddles to the clutch. Squeeze the paddle, press and release the shift button, release the paddle.
Don't have an Elite? Depress A and roll over to the shift button and roll back off of A, You need to depress the clutch, change your gear and release the clutch as on a real car.
Want to level up a car, but don't have the time to grind? Set it up at an oval (works on any track) with all assists on. Steering, throttle and braking. Then let the bot tool you around the track. Plug in your controller or rubber band the trigger to stop it from timing out. Got a wheel? It shouldn't time out at all.