Since all default setups are unquestionably also aimed at keyboard arcade players, then its obvious they cannot be driven enjoyably on a high level. Ok there are some very loose cars, old cars that have been decent with whatever default setup but mostly not.
You guys speak of default setups for everyone as fair play, but its the opposite, it is fair play if everyone can set up for themselves and drive their own way. There isnt a racing driver in the world who doesnt know about how a car is set up and it is also false that it takes years to set it up, if you are familiar with it it will take a few laps to get the balance that you like.
For the furai tribute hotlap for example i did ALOT of laps, but i did not enjoy the car AT ALL, i finished pretty back with a time of 1.18.5 i think, maybe better.
Now for the RTTW, i did the following changes for the car:
* Rear wing from 6 to 5
* +6 clicks caster
* +6 clicks rear spring sitffness
* +2 clicks front spring stiffness
* +1 click front ARB stiffness
* -0.5 cm front ride height
* 1 preload, 20% power diff
Not too many changes actually, but car is much stiffer and actually turns in. Now i have to use half the steering lock, i can actually feel the rear and im going 0.5sec faster with more fuel in the car. Absolutly different car. You guys probably think that if i get to open setup i put some crazy settings and drift around the track, no. I remove understeer and make it actually balanced. Everyone could drive this setup much easier, even beginner drivers because you have to yank the car less into corners so its more stable too. Understeery setup can only be driven understeerily, but a setup on the edge can be driven both agressively but also very accurately. It is much more compromised.
So until SRW can start making drivable default setups or different setups for higher SQ groups, then yes i belive open setup should be avaliable.
I think the system now with 2 different groups is very good, you guys could improve other things in the game to bring back players and then you would not have to worry about narrowing everything down. You guys cut down on employees, events and then you will be losing players too and the circle is dead.
About the challenge over hotlap, i kind of enjoy the challenge of many laps but yes it is a bit difficult for some and especially if you have to drive the time with someone else on the track distracting you. It is easier if you have done many laps in a row and know your fuel and stuff but yes it is more attractive to have the hotlap. It is the drivers own responsibility to practice for the race as it gives them more rewards too
Btw nice rewards on this weeks race, its going to be a good one